Staff Positions

Posting date 01.09.14

Coordinator of the Purposeful Lives Initiative

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • In conversation with the AAC&U faculty planning team and other campus leadership, design the Purposeful Lives programs and initiatives, including budgets, scope and sequence of events, number of participants, collection of appropriate data, outcomes, and assessments; in year one, the Coordinator will develop certificate possibilities so that students can earn additional credentials—beyond the degree—as they participate in the Purposeful Lives Initiative.
  • Establish community partnerships, including development of partnership agreements with all non-profits participating in service-learning activities; work with community partners, faculty, staff, and students to determine University-sponsored community projects.
  • Assist local partners in understanding how the assets of the University may contribute to problems identified by the local community, be they thematic (e.g. food security). demographic (e.g. a particular neighborhood), or organization (e.g. Habitat for Humanity)
  • Collaborate with academic leadership to expand Declaration Day activities to include Purposeful Lives commitments so that students in their first year commit to working with a community-based project sponsored by the University.
  • Oversee faculty grant process (beginning summer 2014) awarding 3 – 5 faculty grants to incorporate service-learning into their courses; assist faculty in developing appropriate partners and will help faculty develop pre-flection and re-flection exercises and appropriate assessments.
  • Collaborate with Coordinator of Meaningful Lives Initiative to hire peer leaders (work study positions) to help facilitate the University’s involvement with its community partners and to be responsible for various day-to-day operational issues.
  • Design and implement an Alternative Spring Break Work Trip in conversation with supervisor and student leadership team, including PR, any fundraising, recruitment of volunteers and transportation.
  • Oversee Better Together RSO.
  • Represent SU with energy, intelligence, imagination, integrity and professionalism.
  • Assist with community needs assessment.
  • Organize pre- and post-reflection conversations with students on civic engagement, citizenship, knowledge gained and student growth.
  • Educate campus faculty and staff on merits of service-learning and work with faculty, staff, and departments on implementing service-learning in coursework and leadership programs. Design training program for students that includes expectations, information about the community partner, and reflection assignments.
  • Promote Purposeful Lives initiatives on the website, in print, in the newspaper and with the Board of Trustees.
  • In cooperation with other campus faculty and staff, write and submit SU programs for the President’s Community Service honor roll and Carnegie classification awards.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a shared vision for the Schreiner Experience team

Freshman Advisor and Teaching

  • Assist students in matters ranging from adapting to the university environment to giving guidance about academic programs and offering career planning.
  • Be familiar with the undergraduate curriculum, as well as university rules and regulations
  • Communicate regularly with advisees; respond to students' queries and requests for help
  • Monitor student performance and participate in retention interventions as coordinated from the Retention Office
  • Teaching Effectiveness – provides current course syllabus, communicate course expectations, maintains knowledge in course content, communicates effectively, motivates students, responds to student needs, accepts responsibility for student outcomes, performs self-evaluation, and allows for student evaluation.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Master’s preferred (i.e., but not limited to M.Div or MSW)
  • Proven, successful experience in undergraduate education and excellence in teaching
  • Proven success in cultivating community partnerships
  • Experience in academic advising and mentoring of undergraduates
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

 Preferred

  • A broad understanding of and experience civic engagement and service learning pedagogy
  • Experience working with the development and implementation of service learning experiences
  • Demonstrated awareness of transition issues of students entering higher education
  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal communication skills, presentation skills and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and creatively to build new program elements
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team

Rate:  DOE

Schreiner University
Human Resources Office
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2100 Memorial Blvd.
Kerrville, Texas 78028
hr@schreiner.edu
 
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