Job ID: 48539
Job Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
Job Category: Administration
Date Posted: Sep 19, 2012
Service Learning Director, CCSRE FTE 100%, (3P2)
The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is seeking to hire a Director of Service Learning to provide leadership, direction and strategy for initiatives and experiences related to public service, service learning and community engaged scholarship. The CCSRE service learning initiative supports a dynamic community engaged academic program supporting students who are interested in connecting their academic interests with community concerns, and supporting faculty who are looking to integrate community service experiences in their courses. The primary purpose of the Director of Service Learning is to be the permanent resource to enable academic ideas to be translated into direct community benefit. The Director of Service Learning will interact with students, faculty members, community partners in local and international non-profit organizations, and associated campus staff to implement, coordinate and facilitate community engagement opportunities and service learning courses. CCSRE’s unique program-based model of community engagement is a model for the Stanford University campus and other institutions across the country. As a leader and staff member of a nationally recognized program in service learning, s/he is expected to participate in a variety of outreach efforts, including teaching, lecturing, and writing, to contribute to the theory and practice of service-learning and community engagement at Stanford University in particular and in higher education in general.
Management and Program Leadership (35%)
Design and direct planning, implementation and evaluation of the Center’s service-learning, public service, and faculty outreach/development activities. In collaboration with Faculty Director, develop long-term strategy for engagement of faculty members affiliated with CCSRE in providing community-based learning opportunities for students. Responsibilities include (1) providing a cohesive vision and direction for community engagement in CCSRE, (2) ensuring that programs welcome and serve all students and faculty, (3) advising students in the CSRE major to develop a coherent thematic focus in the public service concentration by ensuring there are adequate course and internship opportunities to meet student needs, (4) publicizing opportunities related to the service learning initiative with affiliated faculty, students, alumni, and community partner organizations, (5) administering the CCSRE Award for Community Outreach and Engagement which is presented to a graduating senior who has effectively and impressively integrated community issues and public service into their academic work, (6) maintaining effective stewardship with donors and supporters through delivery of annual reports and ongoing program assessment and evaluation demonstrating the initiative’s impact.
As needed and upon request of the Faculty Director, represent the Center at meetings, committees and conferences on and off campus. Serve as a liaison between the CCSRE and the Haas Center and the staff of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and units of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs for effective collaborations in engaged scholarship.
Faculty Outreach and Development (30%)
Conduct outreach to faculty and consult individually with faculty to develop and support service-learning experiences. Develop materials, both print and on the website for outreach and faculty development in the area of service-learning and connect faculty to professional development opportunities related to community engagement and service-learning as organized by the Haas Center or (inter)national associations. Work with faculty to identify and develop appropriate community sites for teaching or research and work collaborative with partners to maintain effective and reciprocal relationships between community organizations and CCSRE (this includes contributions to the Haas Center’s community partner database). Support faculty with developing grant applications and reports to support professional development and implementation of service learning courses. Oversee logistical needs regarding implementation of service learning courses and experiences for faculty.
Teaching and Student Advising (25%)
The Director of Service Learning is the primary advisor for students who declare as students in the Public Service Concentration of the major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. As such, the Director is available to students to provide advice and mentorship in course and experience identification as students work to build a coherent and cohesive program of study. Each quarter, the Director serves as an instructor for Directed Reading, Directed Research, and Public Service Internships—individually designed academic experiences for which students can enroll for credit under the mentorship and teaching of the Director of Service Learning. Directs the Community Research Summer Internship Program—a community engaged research program that financially supports students in developing collaborative and rigorous research experiences with community agencies. The Director is responsible for securing funding, recruitment and selection, preparation (through teaching CSRE 146: Community Matters: Research and Service with Community Organizations each spring), supporting students in designing research experiences (and navigating IRB), supervising a graduate program assistant, evaluation and assessment (including planning an annual internship forum where students present their research projects).
Leadership in the theory and practice of Service Learning (10%)
Provide leadership in the theory and practice of service learning, showcasing CCSRE as a model for other departments, programs, and centers across campus and higher education. Develop trainings and materials to highlight the innovative programs developed via the service learning initiative and work closely with CCSRE staff to ensure those stories are highlighted via the website, newsletter, and other communication outlets. Write materials, reports, articles, and presentations to communicate CCSRE’s theory and practice of service-learning at professional meetings, and to colleagues at Stanford and in other institutions.
- Advanced Degree and/or scholarly and professional accomplishments in a relevant field, indicating an ability to work as a peer with university faculty. Doctorate preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and exert leadership in programs and activities involving faculty, staff, students and community organizations, and to consult with faculty on matters of service-learning pedagogy and curriculum development.
- Possess deep understanding of theory and practice of service-learning pedagogy; theory and practice of student development in higher education; theory and practice of public service research; program development and implementation experience; curriculum development and teaching experience at the higher education level.
- Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience in nonprofits, government, social/public/community service, or higher education • Familiarity with theories, literature, and concepts important to the study of race and ethnicity.
- Professional or volunteer experience in the community and demonstrated use of innovative approaches and sensitivity to community needs.
- Ability to articulate the complexities surrounding the intersections of service and privilege and demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
- Ability to work effectively under pressure and with multiple interruptions while maintaining flexibility and a good sense of humor.
- Must be accurate and attentive to detail and follow through as well as have the ability to view problems from a “big picture” or third person point of view; demonstrated analytical ability.
- Knowledge of Stanford’s institutional structure and administrative systems desired.
- Knowledge of computers and computer applications required; knowledge of Macintosh computers and applications highly desirable. Microsoft Office experience preferred.
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Ability to work sensitively and ethically with confidential information, work independently, and demonstrate good judgment and tact when handling difficult or sensitive situations.
- Demonstrated creative initiative and excellent problem solving skills.
- Organized approach to work with ability to delegate effectively.