Coordinator for the Johnson Center of Civic Engagement

Employer
Susquehanna University
Location
Selinsgrove, PA
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

Position Title:

Coordinator for the Johnson Center of Civic Engagement

Position Approval Date:

07/09/2021

Is this position budgeted?:

Yes

Is this position an essential position?:

No

About Susquehanna:

As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,300 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna’s unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University’s 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.susqu.edu.

Position Summary:

Job SummaryThe Coordinator for the Johnson Center of Civic Engagement (JCCE) works to foster a campus culture that inspires civic leadership and social responsibility while instilling a lifelong commitment to service. Areas of responsibility include the management of the Johnson Center, leadership of several significant service programs as well as monthly service and civic engagement programs or events, oversight of the center budget and endowed funds, and collaboration with faculty and staff on service-learning, civic engagement, sustainability, and social justice activities. This is a 12-month position reporting to the Career Development Center. On campus room and board may be available and requires participating in campus life on call responsibilities. The year ahead will include assessment of the JCCE. As such, this position is designed to anticipate change and will be a 1-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. Specific Responsibilities· Oversee the general operation of the Johnson Center for Civic Engagement including supervision of student staff and an AmeriCorps VISTA when applicable.· Coordinate the summer pre-orientation service-learning experience (SU SPLASH) for first-year students.· Manage SU GIVE, SU SERVE, ALV, and other annual large-scale programs for the campus community. · Provide leadership for monthly service and civic engagement programs such as blood drives, voter registration, volunteer recruitment, etc. · Hire, train, and supervise student staff including program assistants, SPLASH mentors, GIVE and SERVE student coordinators, etc.· Partner with faculty who are embedding service-learning in courses.· Manage service-hour submission and tracking using campus software systems in collaboration with the Office of Leadership and Engagement.· Collaborate with campus and community partners to connect students to service and volunteer opportunities and support events of the Career Development Center relevant to the mission of the JCCE. · Assess program outcomes and assist with donor stewardship. · Maintain ongoing professional development via involvement with relevant professional organizations.

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, AbilitiesKnowledge of current issues and emerging trends regarding service-learning and civic engagement. Demonstrated experience working with community engagement initiatives, with a focus on connecting academic and community-based experiences. Knowledge of program coordination, student development theory, and student mentorship strategies. Demonstrated competence and capacity for diversity and inclusion. Excellent communication skills. Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team. Skilled at managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Able to work occasional nights and weekends. Exhibited success in navigating the complexities and challenges of both community partnership and student professional development. Education and ExperienceMaster’s degree in higher education, public policy, social work, sustainable development or similar field or a combination of bachelor’s degree and two years of significant relevant work experience (AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, etc.) required as is demonstrated experience in program design and implementation.
Physical DemandTypical office environment: Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time and to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires manual dexterity and the ability to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education and Experience
One to three years of experience in higher education and experience in student-staff oversight as well as collaboration with faculty, staff, and community partners preferred.

Benefits Eligible:

Yes

Number of Months:

12 months

Additional Work Schedule Details?:

1 year appointment with possibility of renewal

Status:

Full-Time Benefits Eligible

Posting Date:

07/12/2021

Closing Date:

07/30/2021

Open Until Filled:

No

Posting Number:

AH00760

Organization

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. About 2,200 undergraduates come from 32 states and 15 countries.

The university is located in Selinsgrove, Pa., a town of about 5,000 situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River, 50 miles north of the state capital, Harrisburg. The campus is about 90 minutes from the Pocono Mountain recreational areas, and about a three-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1858 by Lutherans, Susquehanna University welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. It is a community that expresses its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents.

Students may enroll in one of two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences or the Sigmund Weis School of Business. A Susquehanna education is distinguished by a strong liberal arts program enhanced by equally strong professional programs in areas such as business, education and communications. Degrees are offered for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science.

Susquehanna University is recognized in several guidebooks to selective colleges, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges includes Susquehanna among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Susquehanna is small enough to be academically flexible, yet large enough to offer a wide variety of choices—more than 50 major emphases, 45 minors and 850 courses. Susquehanna offers a challenging Honors Program for exceptional students and emphasizes experience-based learning, including internships, study-abroad semesters and award-winning community service programs.

Small classes and a student-faculty ratio of about 13 to 1 offer students personal attention and challenging opportunities. Student participation and team learning are encouraged, as is faculty-student research that exposes students to current, practical applications in their field of study. Students are offered extensive opportunities for involvement and leadership in university life. They can choose from more than 100 student organizations, 23 intercollegiate sports, numerous intramural and club sports and a full schedule of lectures, concerts, films, plays and social events.

Susquehanna's strong academic and career advising programs have led to strong post-graduation success. Typically, 94 percent of the graduating class is working full time or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months.

Diversity Profile: Susquehanna University

Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

Affirmative Action - Susquehanna University is committed to making every effort to enhance the diversity of our community – students, faculty, and staff. The hiring process is important to achieving our strategic goals to recruit and retain staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the affirmative action process, we work together to ensure a diverse community while remaining diligent in our commitment to selecting the most qualified candidate for open positions.

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Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

In the classroom, on the campus and beyond

We use experiential learning to engage students in a multicultural education that prepares them for life in a diverse and interconnected world. Our new Central Curriculum, taught by a diverse faculty with different viewpoints and experiences, challenges students in their ways of perceiving and knowing the world. The unique Global Opportunities (GO) requirement prompts students to experience ways of knowing and being that are unfamiliar, and to reflect on those experiences. In the process, we expect that all students will examine their world view and how it is constructed.

A diverse and vibrant campus community fosters relationships marked by mutual curiosity and respect. Students, faculty and staff are supported in these relationships by the Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Residence Life, and the Bias Response and Education Team.

The university also understands its physical and emotional connection to residents of the Susquehanna River Valley. Arts and educational events open to the community create possibilities for healthy dialogue regarding difference. Relationships built through interaction and dialogue with the greater Selinsgrove community serve to broaden and enhance the community in which we live and learn.

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