Community-Based Learning Coordinator

Poughkeepsie, NY
Jun 01, 2017
Institution Type
Community College
General Summary:
The Community-Based Learning Coordinator is responsible for initiating, planning, and coordinating relevant co-curricular and curricular Community-Based learning opportunities through the Office of Academic Affairs. The Coordinator will collaborate and provide service projects with community partners from low income, high-risk children/families service agencies and nonprofits to address community identified needs. The coordinator provides training/orienting of faculty, staff and students to develop mutually beneficial curricular and co-curricular Community-Based learning programs at local high risk non-profit organizations.
The coordinator must demonstrate excellent communication skills including the ability to discuss and negotiate sensitive issues.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Build and maintain partnerships between DCC and community non-profit organizations and public agencies to establish, maintain, improve, and market Community-Based learning sites;
• Collaborate internally, in the community with non profits and with other college departments to develop new service opportunities and coordinate with existing initiatives;
• Supervise AmeriCorps Vista who will assist in promoting new campus-community partnerships that contribute to the expansion of STEM programming within the Poughkeepsie City School District elementary schools as well equitable access to education within the community.
• Advocate for service as a valuable learning tool; promote a culture of service-learning on and off campus;
• Conduct awareness activities and events, including Service-Learning Symposiums;
• Recruit and train faculty to integrate service learning into courses;
• Support faculty and provide professional development activities to promote service-learning teaching and other community-engaged scholarship;
• Design and facilitate faculty training sessions on various service learning topics;
• Oversee service learning taskforce, an advisory group of DCC service learning faculty members that focus on expansion of service learning offerings within the campus and commuity
• Educate students, faculty, and community partners about Community-Based learning partnerships and related requirements;
• Assist faculty and students in selecting sites in relation to course objectives and personal interests;
• Work with students to support academic service learning initiatives;
• Orient students to Community-Based learning expectations and issues addressed by the selected agencies; Provide service learning orientation to inform students of service learning policies and procedures each academic semester;
• Maintain Community-Based learning partnership opportunity and information web page;
• Gather data on all service learning students each academic semester; Maintain student tracking database for statistical reporting;
• Monitor program budgets and purchase supplies and equipment;
• Conduct site visits with community partners; investigate opportunities for adjustment or expansion;
• Plan and coordinate co-curricular service projects for student programs, organizations and clubs;
• Develop and Maintain a Service Learning resources webpage;
• Coordinate with supervisor, staff and the college to develop safety oversight and risk management procedures and support program training for students and faculty;
• Publicize activities to internal and external audiences and participate in dissemination activities.
• Support resource development, publications;
• Participate in departmental, divisional, and institutional assessment activities;
• Performs other work-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree;
• Two (2) years of experience in curriculum development, training, coordinating Community-Based learning, service learning and/or community service projects;
• Thorough knowledge of applied and service learning theory and curriculum development;
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
• Ability to develop collaborative partnerships between and among diverse groups of people in multicultural environments;
• Ability to work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse populations.
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects independently and work in an environment with regular interruption.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and set priorities.
• Working knowledge of computer use including proficiency in Microsoft Office and social media.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master's degree in related field;
• Knowledge of service learning integration strategies;
• Experience in teaching, work in higher education service-learning or community-engagement activities;
• Experience working with community and county agencies/institutions;
• Excellent verbal and written communications, and interpersonal relationships;
• Record of success presenting information, multi-tasking, and providing leadership;
• Ability to develop, facilitate and lead workshops, meetings and training experiences;
• Ability to work independently, plan and organize;

Application Instructions:
Applicants for this position should submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing a proven ability to enhance student success, an understanding of working with a diverse population of students and colleagues, and a commitment to engaging with community partners to achieve shared goals.

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Applications from minorities, veterans, the disabled and all others are encouraged (AA/EOE).