Stockton University

Community Engagement Coordinator, Stockton University

Posted on June 11, 2018

AmeriCorps One Year Full-Time (1700 hours) Position at Stockton University. Start date: August 27, 2018

Changebuilders Program is a Collaboration between  New Jersey Campus Compact and Stockton University.

Stockton University, serving through this project as a “Changebuilder” campus, has committed to creating opportunities for hundreds of new college volunteers, with each student volunteering on community projects for 40 100 hours per year. This project will result in between 10,000 and 50,000 hours of high quality, project-focused volunteer time will be dedicated to Atlantic City/South Jersey Region through this work over the next 5 years – including students taking service learning, experiential philanthropy and community based research courses, completing projects for nonprofits and local government, and working together to tackle issues of inequality. Students will be recruited into one of two tracks, a) the one-year individual model (40 hours total), and b) the multi-year cohort model (100 hours annually).

We are seeking a qualified candidate to work with the Director of Service-Learning to coordinate these initiatives – an amazing opportunity for a dedicated candidate that is committed to Atlantic City/South Jersey region promising future.

Please note that this is a full time, AmeriCorps service term position. AmeriCorps consists of local, regional, and national organizations who are committed to using national service members to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. This position therefore falls under the Federal Agency, the Corporation for National Community Service, that works to eliminate poverty in partnership with state of New Jersey. It will require initiative, drive and a passion to affect change in low income communities by serving those in need. Through their service, AmeriCorps members gain valuable skills, along with quantifiable professional and educational benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve. Also, in return for their service, members will receive a modest living allowance, health benefits, and the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend. Read more about how to join AmeriCorps here.

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC – a 501c3 nonprofit) is a presidents’ higher education coalition that supports community prosperity through purposeful community engagement. Changebuilders is the flagship program and represents a massive statewide partnership with AmeriCorps, the New Jersey Commission on Volunteerism, students and other NJ higher education institutions, expert practitioners from each campus, New Jersey’s businesses and industries, and numerous community partners.

Position Title: Community Engagement Coordinator – Changebuilders Program
Position Supervised by: Daniel Fidalgo Tomé, Director of Service-Learning
Program Managed by: New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC)
Position Funded by: NJCC & AmeriCorps

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work with the Office of Service-Learning at Stockton University to carry out the annual plan of programs, practices and initiatives focused on the region’s nonprofit agencies, government offices, public schools, and other community and neighborhood organizations
• Recruit students inclusive of all identities, ethnicities, races, religions, or socioeconomic backgrounds
• Research the full array of programs and practices made available through the NJCC Changebuilders Wiki; then propose, adapt and develop new programs and promote these to students
• Work to ensure a pathway of experiences is developed for students recruited for the full multi-year cohort model (100 hours per year); and provide opportunities for students recruited for the one-year model (40 hours total) to consider continuing their civic development thereafter
• Empower students to create innovative ways of telling their stories of why community engagement and building toward change is so important – both to them and to society
• Prepare students to represent themselves and the institution professionally; coordinating students’ scheduled volunteer hours; tracking their perfect time-keeping and actions while volunteering in communities
• Build relationships with local businesses to ensure student volunteers have access to mentors and advisors from the business community who can help translate service into skills for the workplace and for the social application of excellence
• Explore opportunities for civic transfer pathways from community colleges to the baccalaureate institution that are mutually beneficial – these are strategies that encourage transfer students’ academic persistence and excellence through community engagement
• Work to develop opportunities to recognize students and community partners for their work; help to nominate one student finalist for the Changebuilders Award ($1,000) and for the Newman Student Civic Fellowship (National cohort of public problem solvers)
• Work with your supervisor to maintain program compliance; Track all relevant program data and compile these monthly and quarterly for New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC)
• Develop presentations about the Changebuilders program at Stockton University and help make presentations to the local community, partners in the region, funders, and others based on opportunity
• As part of a statewide cohort of Community Engagement Coordinators in the Changebuilders program, help to build your peer-network, facilitate trainings that feature coordinators’ own skills and achievements
• Comply with Stockton University rules and regulations governing community engagement activities
• Leave the program stronger than you found it when your year started; and use the year to build your professional network; actively consider and prepare for your role as a Campus Compact alum following your year of service

Qualifications and Experience:
New Jersey Campus Compact strives to attract and retain a diverse and talented staff who will contribute to the organization’s and our partners’ goals, mission and vision. We encourage individuals of any identity, ethnicity, race, religion, or socioeconomic background to apply.

New Jersey Campus Compact is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by law.

Specific qualifications and experience include:
• A Bachelor’s Degree (or pending undergraduate graduation this semester) is preferred, however some college combined with work experience may substitute for a degree
• 2+ years experience with community engagement and/or non-profit organization work
• Candidates must have a demonstrated experience with coordinating events and programs, working with community agencies in a voluntary capacity, and excellence in working with people of different identities, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
• Must be able to drive college vehicles to transport self and at times others to partner locations

Required Training:
• New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC) 3-day orientation in September for all coordinators from across the state; includes one day orientation with supervisors
• 1-week orientation at Stockton University
• Monthly NJCC-directed trainings on running various community engagement initiatives, sharing best practices, networking and career-building relationships

Compensation:
Living Allowance: $14,000
Education Award: $12,000* only upon successful completion of the term of service; $12,000 represents an AmeriCorps Education Award AND an award match if accepted to an award-matching schools in New Jersey (at non-matching schools the award is therefore $6,000); the award is applied to a subsequent year’s tuition

Benefits: Health and Dental Benefits (if required); Childcare Benefits (if eligible); Loan Forbearance and Interest Accrual Benefits (if eligible)

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and list three references by June 29, 2018 to: Daniel.Tome@stockton.edu


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