Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research

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Campus Location Boston Campus Working Title Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research Description

The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research. Reporting to the Vice President for Equity & Social Justice, the Executive Director is responsible for the ongoing development of a programmatic model that supports community, fosters meaningful relationships, deepens political education, and advances community-based social justice and human rights efforts. The Executive Director works to develop coalitions of people and engages in community organizing work that seeks to make material differences in the experience of communites that are impacted by the marginalizing affects of structural violence and systemic oppression. This work is informed by an understanding of the strengths of communities, the rights of communities toward self-determination, and respect for community ways of knowing and community-based knowledge. The Executive Director works in deep collaboration with the staff of the Social Justice Center on the development of anti-oppression efforts and community-based liberatory practices on campus as well as within the local community. The Executive Director also provides guidance for the community engagement efforts of faculty, students, and staff at Emerson.

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

An advanced degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

The ability to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Elma Lewis Center that builds on existing strengths.

Demonstrated commitment to human rights, social justice, and knowledge of social change strategies.

Ability to develop and sustain meaningful relationships with communities and advance coalition-building, community-organizing, and movement-building networks.

The ability to develop robust political education programs that raise consciouseness and center community-based knowledge and the experiences of people from marginalized groups.

A deep understanding of and familiarity with the marginalizing effects of structural violence and systemic oppression on individuals and communities.

Strong interpersonal, intercultural fluency, communication, and computer literacy skills.

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

A doctoral degree is desirable.

Knowledge of the ways in which critical race theory, black feminist theory, queer theory, and decolonizing and indigenous perspectives inform community engagement work.

Ability to engage with ideas that consider the impact of colonization, border imperialism, capitalism, and its effects on the lived experiences of communities, and act on those ideas in a manner that reduces harms to communities and supports the development of liberatory practices.

Ability to communicate in a language in addition to English.

Required Prior Work Experience

Seven years of experience leading initiatives or organizations that promote social justice and human rights.

Previous experience developing, nurturing, and sustaining authentic and meaningful relationships within marginalized communities.

Previous experience building coalitions for the purpose of making material differences in the lives of people from marginalized communities.

Previous experience developing and hosting community-based discussions of issues of social consequence that lift up community perspectives and experiences, and mobilize community assets for change.

Previous experience developing and implementing political education and consciousness-raising programs through a social justice lens.

Previous experience building a sustainable resource model for an organization or program including evidence of a successful fundraising.

Special Instructions to Applicants Diversity Statement

Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: [email protected]

Annual Clery Report

In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

Union Non-Union Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Emerson College also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Benefits Package

Information on Emerson College’s benefits package can be found here.

Classification Title Director 2 Salary Grade 20 Classification Code E2 Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Provide leadership and strategic direction for the Elma Lewis Center including but not limited to administrative, programmatic, financial, and supervisory oversight of the Center’s community engagement work, youth development programs, academic engagement activities, and political education initiatives.

Actively participate in and support the development of the Social Justice Center’s practice areas – Advocacy & Support, Community & Movement Building, Community Ways of Knowing & Sharing, and Access & Equity.

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Develop, nurture, and sustain meaningful and supportive relationships with individuals and communities on campus and in the larger community. Support coalition-building and community organizing efforts designed to make material differences in the lives of people, with particular attention to communities that are most affected by structural violence and systemic oppression.

Utilizing a relationally-based approach to community engagment, co-create appropriate measures of community accountability in alignment with social justice values that are expressed through commitment and evidenced by actions.

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Strengthen and develop the consciousness-raising programs and political education efforts of the Elma Lewis Center through community-informed program development.

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Take the lead in developing and sustaining community-based discussion of issues of social consequence that center community ways of knowing, community-based knowledge, and the experiences of communities that are affected by the marginalizing effects of structural violence and systemic oppression.

Lift up and support the vibrance, resilence, and liberatory practices of communities.

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Develop a sustantainable resource model for the Elma Lewis Center that enhances the Center’s ability to effectively fulfill its expressed commitments to communities.

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Engage with community members, community-organizers, human rights advocates, activists, and academics committed to advancing social justice in national and international contexts to share work, discuss emerging strategies for social change, and build coalitions on a larger scale.

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number FY11/120979STFF Open Date Close Date Requisition Specific Questions

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    Posted: 12/29/2018
    Application Due: 2/7/2019
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