Program Coordinator for Alternative Breaks

Boulder, CO
Aug 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Who we are:

The Division of Student Affairs values the diverse backgrounds, histories, identities and life experiences of every member of our community. We strive towards inclusive excellence in making our policies, processes, and actions socially just and equitable. We celebrate and embrace differences. We are committed to welcoming and including diverse groups and perspectives in building a climate where all people can succeed. Our challenge is to create a campus in which all members can thrive in an environment where they feel at home, welcome and safe.

As a part of Student Affairs, the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) fosters a culture of service by connecting CU Boulder to engagement opportunities that positively impact our communities. Through an educational framework of equity and inclusion, we develop socially responsible student leaders who understand, advocate for, and provide services to meet campus and community needs.

The Alternative Break Coordinator is responsible for coordination and implementation of a popular and critically important community engagement program, ensuring quality student leadership and experiential learning for all participants. Responsibilities include advising and support of program, partnerships, training, and participants, event planning, recruitment, supervision of VRC student staff and relationship management with campus and community organizations. They will ensure quality student leadership and experiential learning for all participants. This position requires tenacity, energy, and a commitment to social justice and civic engagement work. The Alternative Breaks Coordinator is part of a dynamic and interconnected team of staff and students, and reports directly to the Assistant Director of the Volunteer Resource Center.

What your key responsibilities will be:

  • Create and execute fun, educational, impactful, and safe alternative break trips for CU Boulder students
  • Create effective systems for successful Alternative Breaks program: Participant recruitment, Applications, Scholarships, Training, Assessment, and Reporting
  • Ensure and instill a social justice framework in all program operations
  • Represent the Alternative Breaks program and the Volunteer Resource Center across campus and in the community
  • Form a community of strong student leaders committed to the Alternative Breaks program
  • Present and share best practices
  • Represent the Volunteer Resource Center and the University of Colorado to various constituencies to enhance community service and engaged learning, and campus-community engagement
  • Carry out other duties necessary to the success of the programs and other projects within the Volunteer Resource Center
  • Continually assist in executing events and office management
  • Assist in developing strategies and templates to improve Alternative Breaks quality effectiveness, accountability, and response to student and community partner needs
  • Assist in Volunteer Resource Center program assessment and evaluation

Training and Education
  • Assist in the creation and execution of year-round trainings to prepare site leaders and staff partners for Alternative Breaks
  • Assist in the creation and execution of site leader retreats including developing training plans, logistics and event management, securing locations, food, facilitators, as well as instructing activities
  • Integrate diversity, social justice, civic engagement, social responsibility into all training curricula
  • Stay current on Alternative Breaks program best practices and implement data-driven continuous improvements
  • Research and understand social and environmental issues of our Alternative Break trips to better explain to campus community

  • Cultivate existing and new community partners for future Alternative Break trips
  • Design and execute Memoranda of Understanding between the Volunteer Resource Center and Community Partners
  • Cultivate campus-wide partnerships to gain support for the Alternative Breaks program

Program Management
  • Aid the Assistant Director in the management of a sizable programmatic budget-revenues, expenses, receipts, and reports
  • Assist students and staff partners with budget-related protocols
  • Advise students to focus on accountability to donors and community partners by completing metrics and deliverables that quantify the effectiveness of program impact
  • Manage all trip reservations and required documentation for motor pool and car rentals
  • Prepare all necessary budget and travel documentation for each trip
  • Advise student staff for the successful management of the Alternative Breaks recruitment and application process
  • Oversee individual trip budgets and determine allocations per trip in conjunction with other VRC staff
  • Plan for program reserves for ADA accommodation needs, accidents, or other unforeseen program expenses to ensure program sustainability and success

  • Support the Assistant Director to best manage the Alternative Breaks scholarship funds and distribution
  • Encourage, teach, and mentor students in leadership skills, professional skills, and personal growth
  • Mentor and supervise Alternative Breaks student coordinators and support them to schedule and plan trainings, meetings, and logistics support of recruitment of Site Leaders and participants
  • Facilitate and ensure smooth communication between student coordinators and student participants, site leaders, staff partners, and community partners
  • Provide a mid-year and end of the year position evaluation with students and will work with the Director to develop an understanding of leadership within a student coordinator position
  • Coordinator will advise students and mentor student leaders using leadership and development theories, supports students, interns and volunteers one-on-one and in group settings through mentorship, active listening, good communication skills and making appropriate referrals, oversees work schedules, reviews work and approves student staff hours

What we can offer:

The salary range for this position is $38,000.00-42,000.00 depending on experience.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • At least 1 year previous experience participating, leading, planning or program management of service learning travel experiences.

What you will need:
  • Ability to work in a team-based setting and with diverse groups.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to accomplish multiple tasks autonomously and efficiently.
  • Excellent communication skills including strong writing, facilitation and interpersonal skills.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Previous experience in social justice education and facilitation.
  • At least 1 year previous experience planning and implementing co-curricular service-learning programs or service-based travel events in a higher education setting or related field.
  • Previous related experience working in student development, student advising and leadership development, or volunteer management.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining a program budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and exercise sound decision making on relevant issues.
  • Previous experience with multiple technology platforms.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Previous experience supervising or advising students, professionals, or groups.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by August 13, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-10464.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Student Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10458 - Volunteer Resource Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 3, 2017

Closing Date: Aug 13, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00736317