Director, Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives (Administrator I)
Sonoma State University
November 15, 2017
Rohnert Park, California
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Application Deadline First review of applications will be at 8 am on November 27, 2017. Applications received on or after the first review date may not be considered.
Conditions of Employment This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.
Responsibilities Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with the Seawolf Commitment, our values include respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Academic Programs, the Director, Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives (Director) provides vision and leadership for the Center for Community Engagement, including faculty development in the areas of service-learning, community-based scholarship, and faculty community service, and supervises staff and student personnel. The Director manages strategic initiatives around unit assessment and promotes, under the direction of SSU's ALO, the institution's accreditation efforts, particularly with regard to student and faculty support services. This position is responsible for the design, implementation, and on-going management of various projects in Academic Affairs related to community engagement, assessment, and accreditation, and may also involve projects related to regulatory compliance with CSU and Title 5 directives.
Under general supervision from the AVP for Academic Programs, major duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following in support of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). The Director is responsible for leading the CCE and providing mission-driven leadership around community engagement and service initiatives which includes: Implementing and assessing University's Civic Action Plan Hiring, supervising, and evaluating faculty fellows, VISTA AmeriCorps members, support staff, program coordinators, and student assistants and interns Implementing a web-based program to track and monitor internships and community engagement Overseeing prior learning assessment process Developing a process for certification of internships/service-learning sites and risk management Serving as the primary advocate and communications source for service-learning and other community-based learning programs to the campus community (including faculty, staff, and students), as well as to the surrounding community Serving on relevant governance and ad hoc committees, including but not limited to Professional Development Subcommittee, Senate Diversity Subcommittee, Sustainability Executive Committee, Academic Planning, Assessment & Resources Committee and Academic Coordinating Team Assisting faculty and community partners in the development of service linkages and partnerships Planning and facilitating faculty and community partner professional development opportunities relevant to community engagement and service-learning Developing and managing the office's community engagement database, website, newsletter, social media, and other informational resources Developing, preparing, and presenting at trainings and workshops on service-learning, community engagement, and other relevant topics Promoting assessment of student support units in Academic Affairs and, in collaboration with staff from other divisions on campus, focusing on training, best practices, and development of departmental, unit, and institutional learning outcomes Serving on ASPIRE, the University's assessment working group, and providing leadership and vision for the improvement of student learning outcomes assessment and unit assessment, including usage metrics, satisfaction metrics, and direct assessment of student learning Working under the direction of the University's ALO, developing and implementing continuous improvement projects related to accreditation, including, but not limited to, supporting the effort to develop and assess Institutional Learning Outcomes, managing working groups building continuous improvement processes in service units, and participating in the assessment of WASC core competencies Building capacity and developing assessment and retention strategies in student support units related to institutional mission and strategic planning, high impact practices, the Graduation Initiative 2025, including projects related to retention, graduation, and closing the achievement gap for underrepresented students Managing special projects related to regulatory compliance with CSU and Title 5 directives
Performs other secondary duties as assigned.
Duties will primarily take place in an office setting however additional duties may be performed in various locations on the Sonoma State University campus, including working both indoors and outdoors to support and participate in university activities and events. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be available during the regular campus hours Monday through Friday to meet the operational needs of the campus and department. Your specific start time is determined by your Appropriate Administrator. Evening and weekend hours may be required and will be specified only by the supervisor to meet operational needs. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. This position will require occasional travel, by automobile or airplane, and overnight stay to travel to trainings and meetings off campus.
Qualifications This position requires a minimum of 5 years of experience in service-learning, along with progressively responsible and applicable management and/or supervisory experience. Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position is required. Master's degree in related field and higher education experience highly preferred. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) and proven expertise in the strategic use of social media platforms including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln and WordPress required.
In addition, the incumbent must possess: Clear understanding of service-learning pedagogy and best practices, with experience in training and workshop development around service-learning Knowledge and experience with assessment, accreditation, retention initiatives, and high impact practices Experience managing organizational processes, including policy interpretation, policy development and evaluation, and process design; ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures independently and use sound judgment and discretion to act when precedents do not exist Experience with personnel and operating budget development and management, with a working knowledge of fiscal policies and operations Ability to work cooperatively with other units in the University engaged in social media use and help develop a unified approach to interaction with students, faculty, staff and community Excellent interpersonal skills and awareness and appreciation of cultural and socio-economic diversity to enhance communication with diverse populations Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively facilitate meetings, discussions, and formal presentations on behalf of the Center
The incumbent must demonstrate integrity and sound judgment in performing duties; possess the ability to supervise the work of staff and recommend appropriate personnel actions; be able to apply strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills and train and evaluate performance, taking corrective action as needed; deal with stressful situations while maintaining composure; and contribute to a collaborative environment utilizing exemplary communication and problem solving skills as necessary. Must have strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously, adjusting quickly to changes needed on a daily basis. Must have the ability to effectively communicate with all levels within the university and establish and maintain productive and effective, inclusive working relationships amongst diverse populations including staff, faculty, administration, students, and other internal and external constituents.
The duties of this position may include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate may be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.
Qualification Note Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.
Application Process Click the 'Apply Now' to apply to this position. Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. The ADA Coordinator is available, at 707/664-2664, to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.
Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: 1. Cover Letter and Resume - application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so cover letter and resume must be included in the same MS Word or PDF file (file name should not contain any spaces or special characters)
In your cover letter, please specifically address the role of a Center for Community Engagement in promoting faculty excellence and responding to community needs. Please also address the role assessment can play in the improvement of services for students, faculty, staff, and the community.
2. Online Employment Application (complete entire application, resume/cover letter will not substitute for any part of the application)
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
Other Information Equal Employment Opportunity: The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
About Sonoma State University Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.
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