Position Summary: The Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) is an academic program that facilitates academic research projects useful to local nonprofit organizations. Community-based learning enriches course work by encouraging students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to the pressing issues that affect our local communities. Working with faculty members and community leaders, students develop research projects, collect and analyze data, and share their results and conclusions, not just with their professors, but also with organizations and agencies that can make use of the information. Students can do such community-based work both in courses and, in a more in-depth manner, as part of junior or senior independent work.
The CBLI Program Coordinator will support community-based research by working intensively and deliberately with local community partner organizations in the formation of research projects that meet community information needs. The Program Coordinator reports to the Director of CBLI.
Specific responsibilities include:
-Cultivate relationships and network with CBLI's community partners to develop ideas for community-based research;
-Collaborate with the Director of CBLI and community partners to define projects, develop measurable goals, and integrate projects into community-based courses;
-Assess impact on community partner organizations and/or develop follow-up projects after research is completed;
-Maintain list of information needs of partner organizations;
-Monitor, develop, and share information about best practices in community-based research with colleagues, partners and others at their request;
- Respond to student requests for information and equipment.
- Facilitate Derian internship program, in which students work and do research with selected CBLI partner organizations.
- Plan and manage CBLI events.
- Administer office finances and track CBLI funds.
- Maintain up-to-date content for CBLI website and other publications.
Essential Qualifications: Position Requires:
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and a high degree of professionalism and initiative.
- Ability to work independently and function effectively as part of a team.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and using web browsers and e-mail; ability to learn other University systems.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail; accuracy, flexibility and demonstrated ability to be pro-active and to prioritize tasks.
- Ability to handle varied multiple and competing priorities.
-Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, and 5-7 years of relevant practical experience in project management, higher education administration, and/or non-profit management.
-Experience with and enthusiasm for service-learning, nonprofit work, and/or community-based research.
The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check.
Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Application Deadline: 01-25-2013