Assistant Director for Youth & Educational Partnerships, Center for Community Engagement Middlebury College
Posting Number: S01415
Position Summary: This position is responsible for multi-faceted efforts to design and implement experiential learning opportunities that foster college students' civic learning and active participation in diverse communities, with a specific focus on Youth & Educational Partnerships. The Assistant Director (AD) provides leadership to oversee and administer academic and community partnerships that support accessible, integrated, and immersive student learning. The AD's primary responsibilities are twofold: (a.) To identify, support, and sustain interested faculty and community partners who help foster student learning related to Youth & Educational Partnerships. As such, the AD crafts and implements curricula that cultivates inclusive student leadership and development, while also advising student participants and building program capacity among youth and mentoring programs. (b.) To oversee CCE's on- and off-campus strategic communications, marketing, and outreach by designing and implementing communications tools online and in print that illustrate CCE's engagement with and support for students, faculty, and communities, locally and around the globe, and provide constituents with resources and information about connecting academic inquiry with civic participation. Through this leadership, the AD contributes to the College's mission to prepare students to lead engaged, consequential, and creative lives, contribute to their communities, and address the world's most challenging problems.
Essential Functions: Earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2020. Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Youth & Educational Partnerships
Initiate, develop, and maintain impactful collaborations between faculty and youth-related experiential programs that link interdisciplinary academic learning and community-connected learning (e.g., child development faculty members might provide mentor trainings, a research topic on youth resilience in Addison County might be a project based learning opportunity in a sociology class, or a set of courses might be identified as a way for program participants to gain deeper knowledge about their experiences and interests).
Develop and support community partnerships through which Middlebury College students apply the knowledge and analytical skills learned in the classroom to consider and address issues related to early childhood education and youth development.
Monitor, advise, and support approximately nine mentoring and youth-related student service organizations and collaborative educational initiatives that provide place-based, experiential learning opportunities for over 250 Middlebury College students on a weekly basis. Design and implement trainings for youth and mentoring organization members using best practices in higher education student development with a specific focus on civic and social identity development, supporting students full participation in our diverse communities.
Implement policies and advise students in systems and protocols for sustainable organizational development and responsible risk management.
Proactively build capacity for programs that improve college aspirations for children from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds in Addison County.
Design and implement assessments for student learning outcomes and program-level impacts. Contribute to CCEs data tracking initiatives. Strategic Communications
Work collaboratively with CCE staff to develop and manage an engaging, inclusive CCE story across internal and external information distribution channels for diverse stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community partners).
Communicate with academic departments and faculty about opportunities for curricular connections including but not limited to community needs for particular initiatives, project-based learning, funding and professional development.
Capture and publicize college-community connections supported and enacted through CCE programs, networks, and partnershipsthrough print, social media, web, audio, and visual meansthat inspire and support student, faculty, and community involvement.
Apply national best practices for community/civic engagement and academic service-learning. Incorporate appropriate college student development theories across work efforts.
In collaboration with the Program Director, recruit, hire, and supervise 6-10 student staff and leaders related to program areas; provide corresponding guidance, direction, training, and mentoring.
Manage the AmeriCorps VISTA grant and supervise one full-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.
Work independently to initiate, prioritize, and complete assignments.
Work closely with Director and Program Director on additional selected projects as needed. Support CCEs programs as an active and engaged team member overall as needed.
Requires some night and weekend programming responsibilities.
Perform other responsibilities, as needed.
Qualifications Education: Bachelors degree is required; masters preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
Demonstrated experience working with historically underrepresented communities and knowledge of the barriers facing historically underrepresented communities, including people with disabilities, people of color, and queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, first-generation, low-income, international, immigrant, undocumented, tribal and indigenous communities.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and experience working in a collaborative team. Can build relationships effectively with diverse students, faculty, staff, community partners, families, and children.
Proven leadership and organization skills with experience in program oversight and coordination.
Ability and experience to design and facilitate CCE trainings that develop college students civic leadership skills and commitment.
Ability to advise college students around concepts of positive youth development, inclusive organizations, and appropriate communication.
Ability to work independently with self-direction and set priorities for work responsibilities amidst multiple demands.
Ability to produce clear written documentation and speak persuasively to diverse audiences.
Facility with multiple media platforms (e.g., Mailchimp, Drupal, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Canva) as well as strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suites. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Cloud applications is a plus.
Experience with and understanding of risk management needs.
Valid drivers license, required; own transportation preferred.
Experience in the field of community engagement, with understanding of social justice and cultural competency issues.
Candidates who are familiar with both the College and Addison County are desirable.
3-7 years related community engagement, non-profit, and/or higher education experience.
Physical Demands: Basic office physical demands. Note: Office is currently on the second floor of 20 Old Chapel Road.
From its proud history spanning more than two centuries, Middlebury College has emerged as one of a handful of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges. Middlebury is unique among these schools in being a classic liberal arts college that also offers graduate and specialized programs operating around the world.