COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR

Location
Easton, Pennsylvania
Posted
Jun 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Community Partnerships Coordinator facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between Lafayette faculty and students and a wide variety of nonprofit, for profit, and civic organizations in the greater Easton area. The CPC’s responsibilities include identifying and publicizing collaborative opportunities, developing community partnership agreements (Memoranda of Understanding), addressing transportation needs, and overseeing clearance procedures and the CCE’s GivePulse data base.

The Community Partnerships Coordinator also supervises a group of trained student leaders. This student team (the Bridge team) maintains three long-term community partnership programs, oversees two campus-wide days of service, facilitates other one-time volunteer opportunities, and plans and implements the community engagement module of Lafayette’s Connected Communities initiative.

This position is a one-year, full-time position with benefits; it may become a regular full-time position for which the person hired will be eligible to apply. Ideally, the Community Partnerships Coordinator will join the CCE staff in late July or early August.

Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters degree preferred.

·         The ideal candidate will have programming experience and training in one or more of the following fields:  civic engagement, community-based learning, diversity education, or student leadership development.

·         Two or three years experience working in higher education is desirable but not essential.

Salary:    Salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

Application Deadline:    The search committee will begin reviewing applications on June 30th.   All applications received before this date will receive full consideration. 

Submit cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to:  http://apply.interfolio.com/42633

Background

Lafayette College is an independent, highly selective, coeducational institution of approximately 2,400 students.  Lafayette is located in the city of Easton which, together with Allentown, Bethlehem and adjacent communities, makes up the Lehigh Valley. The Valley is rich in history and comprises Pennsylvania’s third largest metropolitan area, with a population of over 500,000.  In contrast to this urban dimension, the Lafayette campus borders on rolling farmland that stretches north to the Pocono Mountains.

A residential college, Lafayette offers its students a wide variety of living options, including single gender and coeducational residence halls, apartments, fraternities, sororities, and living groups organized around shared intellectual interests.  Approximately 85% of students live on campus. 

The College is committed to providing its students with a wide range of learning opportunities designed to make the greatest possible contribution to their educational experience.  One of the College’s core values is community engagement; faculty and students are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofits, businesses and civic organizations to address important community-identified needs and concerns.  Community-based learning, research and service opportunities are available through coursework and the Excel Scholar research assistant program; through the America Reads/America Counts federal work study initiative; through the Landis Center’s co-curricular “leadership through service” MOSAIC programs; through extracurricular projects sponsored by student clubs and organizations; and through one-time volunteer opportunities, including two campus-wide days of service.   Founded in 2013 and housed in the academic division of the college, The Center for Community Engagement promotes and supports this diverse array of community-based learning, research and service activities.  The Community Partnerships Coordinator is a key member of the Center’s staff, serving as the primary liaison between the college and its current and potential community partner organizations. The Community Partnerships Coordinator must have strong managerial, administrative, and interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with students, faculty, and members of the local community.