Department:Institute for Policy Research and Engagement Appointment Type and Duration:Regular, Ongoing Salary:$65,000 - $80,000 per year Compensation Band:OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2018-2019 FTE:1.0
Application Review Begins Immediately, apply by June 5, 2019 to ensure consideration; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants To ensure consideration, please upload the following with your online application by the application deadline: • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly. • A resume/CV of your professional work experience, education, and applicable certifications. • Names and contact information for three professional references. • Responses to the following supplemental questions. Please limit your combined responses to no more than two, single spaced pages. • What experience do you have managing AmeriCorps programs? • What experience do you have working with rural communities? What is your philosophy for working with rural communities? • What do you see as the key issues facing rural Oregon communities in the next five years? • How would you approach supporting and mentoring RARE program participants?
Department Summary Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) is an AmeriCorps program administered through the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE). The mission of the RARE Program is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions, through the assistance of trained graduate-level participants who live and work in communities for 11 months. Participants assist communities and agencies in the development and implementation of plans for achieving a sustainable natural resource base and improving rural economic conditions while gaining community building and leadership skills.
The RARE Program has an annual budget of approximately $1 million. All of the program funding is through external sponsors (federal, state, and local government). The Program Director oversees the activities of 25-30 placements each year, as well as coordinating with those placements supervisors.
Position Summary The RARE Program Director is responsible for all aspects of the RARE Program development and implementation. RARE is primarily an external engagement program that includes training and service from the participants. The Program Director will make decisions about all programmatic activities and expenditures and will serve as PI or co-PI on all financial sponsorship of the program. The Program Director will work closely with the IPRE Executive Director and Departmental Grant Administrator (DGA).
Minimum Requirements • Master’s degree in urban planning or related field. • Five years experience with administering volunteer programs. • Experience in a university environment. • Experience working within the rural community development arena. • Understanding of service learning and volunteerism.
Professional Competencies • Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, project management, and time management skills. • Demonstrated collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve collective goals working with the University of Oregon, College of Design, and RARE team members. • Excellent oral and written communication skills; attention to detail. • Self-motivated, ability to work independently as well as part of a team. • Ability to work with varied and diverse audiences, including faculty, students, and funding agencies. • Ability to plan, execute, and analyze marketing and communications strategies for program, including identifying new marketing, public relations opportunities. • Superior customer service skills, including students, faculty, and community partners. • Ability to efficiently manage project timelines and unit budget. • Ability to evaluate effectiveness of research activities. • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Preferred Qualifications • Experience working in rural Oregon. • Experience working with the RARE Program. • Experience working with an AmeriCorps site.
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