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Assistant Director, Engaged Scholarship, Brown University

Brown University’s Engaged Scholars Program is a major new initiative that helps undergraduate students integrate their coursework with out-of-class learning experiences (e.g., community service, internships, and research) in order to develop and connect their learning across multiple disciplines and contexts. The Assistant Director works to advance the goals of the Engaged Scholars Program through: program planning, implementation and assessment; undergraduate student outreach, programming and advising; support to academic departments and faculty; and cultivation of alumni and community relationships. The Assistant Director collaborates with and engages a wide variety of stakeholders, including the Director of Engaged Scholarship, other Swearer Center and Dean of the College staff members, participating departments and faculty, undergraduate students, alumni, and community practitioners.

Candidates must have a B.A. (advanced degree preferred); 5-7 years’ experience in organizational management/ administration, including development & execution of strategy and organizational systems/processes, documentation, and assessment. The successful candidate will have experience communicating and working effectively with undergraduate students, faculty, and community members, as well as an understanding of and experience with departmental and faculty needs; university systems and resources; and student needs, interests, and abilities. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, high integrity, and a personal commitment to social justice are essential.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae through Brown University’s career opportunities website. The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by January 15, 2015 will receive full consideration.

 

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Executive Director, Wisconsin Campus Compact

Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) is a consortium of colleges and universities who share a commitment to the civic mission of higher education and the value of integrating community engagement into students’ academic and co-curricular experiences. WiCC’s mission is to strengthen civic engagement and service-learning partnerships between Wisconsin’s postsecondary institutions and the communities they serve. Member institutions include public, private, 2 year, 4 year, technical colleges and statewide Extension throughout Wisconsin.

The Executive Director of WiCC is responsible for providing leadership and assistance to member institutions for the purpose of furthering both student and institutional engagement. This includes the providing support and technical assistance for a wide range of engagement activities such as community-based learning and research, community and public service, and community-campus partnerships that seek a more just, democratic and healthy society. The Executive Director must be able to collaborate and build partnerships at the state and national levels among institutions of higher education, governmental and volunteer agencies, foundations and others committed to public and community service. S/he must identify and make available resources, forums and information to member campuses to achieve these common purposes.

The Executive Director is the primary administrator for WiCC and the essential link to the national Campus Compact network. The current host institution for WiCC is UW-Extension, and the WiCC office is presently located in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information, please visit http://www.uwex.edu/jobs/documents/Executive-Director-Wisconsin-Campus-Compact.pdf.

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Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Leadership Development, Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College announces a national search for an Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Leadership Development to lead and oversee a new initiative – SUMMIT – which reinvents a liberal arts education for the 21st century. As the College celebrates its 125th anniversary, this initiative will transform the College into a center for leadership in a global society by preparing every student to be an effective change agent. Reflecting the holistic education this initiative affords Agnes Scott students, the Associate Vice President (AVP) will report directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College as well as to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. The preferred starting date is June 1, 2015, or as soon thereafter as is feasible.

Agnes Scott College (ASC) is a highly selective, independent, national liberal arts college for women, located in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. The College stands in the company of America’s top colleges dedicated to providing a dynamic liberal arts education as the foundation for a successful and meaningful life. A diverse and growing community of scholars, ASC educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.

SUMMIT is a global learning and leadership development curriculum exclusive to Agnes Scott. It provides all students, regardless of major, with an individualized four-year program designed to develop their personal leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics. The inaugural Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Leadership Development will provide direction for and have the opportunity to shape the SUMMIT initiative. The AVP will work closely with faculty, academic affairs and student life staff, students, and the broader community to transform students’ experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The College seeks a collaborative visionary who can turn ideas into reality and build a signature initiative that strategically expands the Agnes Scott footprint.

The College is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. A full search profile providing additional information about Agnes Scott College as well as the position can be found under Current Searches at www.academic-search.com.

Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the qualifications and desired attributes listed in the profile, a curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to AgnesScottAVP {at} academic-search(.)com// .

Applications received by January 15, 2015, will be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Andrea Warren Hamos at awh {at} academic-search(.)com// or Andrea Cowsert at abc {at} academic-search(.)com// .

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Summer Site Coordinators (multiple positions), DukeEngage

DukeEngage, Duke University’s renowned civic engagement program, is now accepting applications for the position of site coordinator.  Numerous two-month, paid positions are available for current and recently graduated professional and graduate students.  Openings are in programs located in the United States, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and India.  Some positions require specialized language skills, but many are open to any mature, motivated individual with a strong desire to support undergraduate students who are engaged in volunteer service.

The Site Coordinator (SC) is a key member and front-line administrator of each DukeEngage site. The SC’s primary responsibilities are to mentor program participants; support faculty/staff site leader(s); serve as the liaison between students, DukeEngage staff, and community partners; and coordinate service, social, cultural enrichment, and recreational activities and reflection sessions in consultation with program participants. The SC is also responsible for managing program finances, working with vendors providing goods and services for the DukeEngage site, gathering program data, and preparing periodic reports for program directors and the director of DukeEngage or his designate. Responsibilities will include on-site residence, day, evening, and night commitments throughout the week; SCs may not hold other employment or enroll in courses while the DukeEngage site is in operation.

Specific duties:

Participant Welfare

  • Manage all concerns regarding student health, social/cultural adjustment, program participation, living accommodations, and site safety, and report issues in a timely fashion to the program director(s) and the director of DukeEngage or his designate.

 Community Building

  • Serve as the primary liaison between DukeEngage students and community partners.  Support partner/student relationships and address concerns.  Visit all DukeEngage volunteer placement/project locations throughout the program to ensure the safety and success of the DukeEngage participants. Meet individually with student participants to discuss progress with service placements/projects and to develop plans for continued curricular and co-curricular engagement back on campus.
  • Work with the site leaders and student participants to design and lead weekly reflection sessions.  Identify, budget for, and coordinate weekly cultural, social, and recreational activities designed to immerse student participants in the life of the host community.

 

Support and Enforcement of Community Standards

  • Create an environment of mutual respect that supports the rights of both the Duke and host communities, while also safeguarding the rights of individuals, and that holds participants accountable for their decisions and actions.
  • Establish regular, open office hours each week at an accessible location(s) for program participants, site leaders, and community partners. In addition to regular office hours, the SC should encourage students to meet him or her by appointment.
  • Mediate conflicts between student participants and between students and community partners, when necessary, to maintain a positive and productive program environment.

Operations and Financial Management

  • Drive vehicles, including vans, rented for DukeEngage use.
  • Track expenditures against approved budget and ensure that funds are spent as budgeted, that program stays within budget, and that DukeEngage staff are notified before the program exceeds the budget in an expenditure category.
  • Collect receipts for purchases, document expenses, and reconcile expenses at end of program.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for issues related to housing and other logistical commitments during the summer.
  • Transport, distribute, re-collect and inventory all capital equipment for the DukeEngage site that must be returned to Duke University.
  •  Contribute to the documentation of the DukeEngage program: photograph representative activities and events of the program; advise student bloggers when appropriate; work with site leaders to prepare, write and submit an end-of-program report within two weeks of the end of the DukeEngage program.

Training

  • Complete pre-departure training and orientation for DukeEngage SCs; read and review all DukeEngage training materials; read the Duke Staff Handbook and sign the Handbook’s “Acknowledgement of Receipt”; attend program staff training in late April, and attend and facilitate sessions with program-specific cohorts during the 2015 DukeEngage Academy in Durham, North Carolina, scheduled for Monday, May 4th and Tuesday, May 5th.

Qualifications

Required of all site coordinators:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field of study
  • Eligibility or authorization to work in the United States
  • Eligibility for hire as an exempt employee of Duke University
  • Driver’s license valid at site of specific DukeEngage program
  • Documentation of a safe driving record
  • Proof of health insurance coverage for entire period of employment with DukeEngageSpecific knowledge of and experience living, studying or working in region where DukeEngage program is located

Additional requirements for DukeEngage programs that involve international travel:

  • Passport with an expiration date no earlier than six months after end of DukeEngage program
  • Ability to meet visa requirements of host country
  • Fluency in at least one local language or dialect

Skills:

  • Works well independently of direct supervision
  • Possesses excellent communications, organizational and problem solving skills
  • Works cooperatively with others in a non-routine environment
  • Productively and sensitively negotiates the needs of student participants and community partners in varying cultural contexts

Required work experience or training:

Three years of post-college work experience or education/training

Preferred work or volunteer experience:

  • Advising and counseling college students or other adolescents
  • Volunteer management
  • Event planning

To decide if this is the right opportunity for you, you can learn more by browsing the DukeEngage web site or visiting the DukeEngage YouTube channel.

To apply for a site coordinator position, you must submit your application on online, a process that will take about 30 minutes.  The first round of employment interviews will take place during December but we will continue to interview eligible candidates until all positions are filled. A PDF of outlining the job responsibilities is also located online.

This job description contains an illustrative but not exhaustive list of the types of job-related tasks, duties and responsibilities required of the DukeEngage Site Coordinator.  Duties will vary depending upon the location of each DukeEngage program. 

This is an exempt, full-time term appointment that confers no university benefits.

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Director, ASPiRE Community Engagement Living-Learning Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Applications are sought for the Director of the ASPiRE Community Engagement Living-Learning Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). ASPiRE (Academic Scholars Program in Real Environments) is an innovative community-engagement focused living-learning program for 200-225 upper-level undergraduate students. The ASPiRE Director provides leadership and oversight for all operations of the program, its staff and curriculum. The Director is a 12-month non-tenure-line position. The responsibilities and qualifications for this position are fully described at http://www.pubinfo.vcu/facjobs (Community Engagement. Applications must be received by January 5, 2015. VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

http://aspire.vcu.edu/

 

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Associate Director of Programs, Maryland-DC Campus Compact

Organization Description

The Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) is a non-profit membership association of 34 colleges and universities, public and private, 2- and 4-year. As the region’s largest higher education consortium, MDCCC provides leadership to member institutions in building a culture of civic engagement. Founded in 2008, MDCCC strengthens the capacity of member institutions to enhance student engagement and improve community life. MDCCC’s vision is to develop global citizens and create just communities. MDCCC holds “Standards of Excellence” accreditation through the Maryland Association for Non-Profit Organizations as a 501(c)3. MDCCC is supported through a combination of institutional dues, federal and private grants, individual gifts, and in-kind contributions. MDCCC combines a fast-paced, professional work environment with a small, family-friendly organizational office culture. MDCCC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Position Description

The MDCCC Associate Director of Programs (ADP) will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) and the MDCCC team in providing the highest level of service to all stakeholders – including but not limited to administrators and faculty, students, corporate and community partners, donors, and government agencies. By coordinating conferences, retreats, workshops and grant administration, the ADP will be a key player in implementing the strategic plan. The ADP will assist in fulfilling the mission of MDCCC, deepening campus-community partnerships throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Applications may be sent to Madeline Yates (yates@mdccc.org) and be copied/cc’d to Pat Bassett (bassett@mdccc.org) through December 18, 2014.

 

 

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Academic Specialist in Diversity and Civic Engagement, Michigan State University

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (http://rcah.msu.edu), Michigan State University (MSU), seeks applicants for academic specialist position in diversity and civic engagement. Successful applicant will establish strong collaborative programs with diverse community, faculty, and student partners inside and outside MSU to enhance our groundbreaking civic engagement curriculum and commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. This involves designing, implementing, and improving programs that increase the diversity of our student body, teaching courses in our civic engagement curriculum, and supporting continued college-wide enthusiasm for engaged citizenship and pedagogy. Application review begins 1/15/2015 until position filled. Position starts 8/16/2015. Master’s degree, demonstrated experience with historically marginalized populations and ability to develop/implement programs supporting networks of these populations required. Desired: 1) familiarity with retention and mentoring initiatives; 2) understanding of research on recruitment and retention of historically marginalized students; 3) past implementation of successful relationships, projects, and initiatives with diverse community/university partners; 4) working knowledge of democratic and generative engagement, civic identity, and agency; power and privilege; and structural inequity; 5) five years experience; and 6) excellent project management skills. Salary commensurate with training and experience.

More information/apply at https://jobs.msu.edu. Click on Search Postings at left, enter 0302 in Posting Number field, click Search and follow prompts. All applicants must apply using this application portal.

Candidates must submit 1) letter of intent detailing career goals/interests, 2) curriculum vitae, (3) portfolio documenting leadership in community partnerships, teaching experiences, and programs; and (4) full names/contact information (phone numbers, e-mail, postal address, fax numbers) of three individuals to submit confidential reference letters (letters solicited automatically).

 

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