Program Director, Projects for Peace

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Program Director, Projects for Peace

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Center for Community Engagement


Middlebury, VT Campus

Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening:

Criminal Background Check

Position Summary:

This is a term position with an end date of 03/01/2024.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position (as of 3/17/2021).

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

This position, working in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement leadership and the Davis United World College Scholars Program, will advance the mission of the Davis Projects for Peace program. The position will combine the functions of coordination, strategic design, cohort development, institutional integration, alumni network development, reflection, assessment and documentation.

Projects for Peace (PfP) began as the vision of Kathryn W. Davis and is a grant program intended to instill or grow a lifelong passion for peace and service in young people. PfP is externally funded and administered by Middlebury College.

This position will be based at Middlebury College, and will require some travel between Middlebury, Vermont and Projects for Peace partner institutions and events.

Essential Functions:

Overall strategic and operational management and implementation of the Davis Projects for Peace program.

Communication and collaboration as needed with the Davis United World College Scholars Program.

General Responsibilities:

Specifically, the Program Director will:
● Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in integrated development and implementation of the Davis Projects for Peace program;
● Facilitate information sharing and assist in building a learning community between PfP grantees;
● Conduct tool development and best practices, including for recruitment, selection, retention, support, cohort development, and cross-institutional collaboration;
● Apply a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice throughout programmatic responsibilities;
● Coordinate and disseminate virtual training for students in core skill areas, both for those developing proposals and those who are awarded a grant.
● Collaboratively develop and implement assessment plans designed simultaneously to track, assess, and guide Projects for Peace strategy and to foster collective impact;
● Develop and maintain a Communications Plan to raise the profile of PfP. Direct the production and maintenance of annual reports, websites, social media and other supporting materials as needed;
● Foster cohort development and integration of PfP institutional liaisons, students, and alumni;
● Travel domestically to interact with funders and beneficiaries of the programs;
● Be an expert spokesperson for international understanding through education and experience;
● Supervise a part-time administrative staff member who provides logistical and administrative support for the PfP program


M.A. degree in a related field or BA and demonstrable work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Excellent interpersonal, organization, collaboration and communication skills, as well as energy, initiative, high motivation, and ability to think strategically.
● Understands social dynamics of power and privilege and has demonstrated ability to apply this understanding to create diverse and inclusive educational environments that critically examine inequalities.
● Strong evidence of collaborative work, systems thinking and excellent writing skills are required.
● Skills developing and managing program budgets.
● Facility with electronic media, web-based tools
● Managing vendors and consultants


Minimum of 5 years experience in higher education and/or international affairs, as well as demonstrated experience in working with college-aged and diverse populations.

A demonstrated interest in advancing diversity, equity, and access.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The person in this position may be able to start remotely due to COVID, to be negotiated upon job offer. As normal work operations resume, the person in this position will be required to spend some days in the office each week but may be able to continue to work partially from home.

Review of applications will begin 3/15/21.

This is a term position with an end date of 03/01/2024.

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.




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Posted: 3/18/2021
Application Due: 4/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time