Assistant Director for Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, West Chester University

Posted by on November 18, 2013

Assistant Director for Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Student Affairs seeks applicants for the Assistant Director of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant Director works under the general direction of the Director of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, to promote and support service-learning and community engagement opportunities for students.  Responsibilities include:

•             Coordinates the Federal Work Study “America Reads” program, in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid.  Oversees meetings, reflections, trainings, and recognition events with student leaders and volunteers.

•             Assists the Director with overseeing a Graduate Assistant and possibly an Internship/ Practicum student from the MA Counselor Higher Education program.

•             Promotes the engagement of students in service projects on campus and in the community. Advises individual students and student leaders on connecting with community service agencies.

•             Primary contact person for WCU student clubs and organizations related to community engagement. Assists student groups with developing and managing volunteer/service projects/programs, fundraising activities, tracking volunteer hours, and volunteer recruitment.

•             Coordinates meetings with the Presidents and Service Chairs from student clubs and organizations and advises the Student Volunteer Council.

•             Facilitates large scale service projects sponsored by the office such as the Volunteer Fair, Bear Fair, MLK Day of Service, Annual Maggie Trip Day of Service, and Annual Volunteer Reception.

•             Builds, develops, and maintains relationships with community and non-profit agencies that provide community service opportunities for students.

•             Advises student leaders (and Faculty/Staff Advisors to student clubs and organizations) on organizing and coordinating off-campus Alternative Break service trips.

•             Assists the Director with student leader selection, orientation, and training.

•             Oversees the Outstanding Volunteer/Project of the Month awards program and serves as the chair of the university-wide selection committee of faculty and staff.

•             Assists the Director with advising and overseeing the Scholars in Service enrollment efforts and volunteer program.

•             Contributes to the ongoing evaluation and assessment of programs and services, including student learning outcomes.

•             Assists the Director with the compilation of student organization and faculty service-learning hours, service reports, and office assessment efforts.

•             Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling education, or closely-related discipline. Two or three years of professional experience in coordinating community service opportunities or co-curricular service-learning in a university and/or college setting. Established record of assisting student leaders, clubs and organizations in planning and implementing complex and detailed oriented activities and events.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge and understanding of student development theory and ability to apply that to practice. Ability to multitask, prioritize, and work collaboratively to maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff and community partners. Background working with K-12 partnerships. Experience in assessing programs, services, and learning outcomes. Excellent communication, organization, and project management skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and social media tools.

Starting salary is $44,362. Excellent benefits package including undergraduate tuition fee waiver for self and dependents. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist. Anticipated start date for this position is late spring/early summer.

Apply by online application at Electronic application allows for cover letter and resume attachments (both required). References with contact information will be required prior to interview. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s Educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence.  West Chester University is an AA/EOE employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background and consumer reporting checks.

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