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Reporting to the Associate Director for Academic Service Learning (ASL), the Assistant Director for ASL works collaboratively with the ASL team (as well as other Steans Center staff) to cultivate, facilitate, assess and evaluate Community-based Service Learning (CbSL) courses and partnerships within Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) and Project-based Learning (PbL) frameworks. The Assistant Director provides capacity-building support for the ASL team throughout the CbSL cycle of clarifying instructional and community engagement objectives; designing, developing and implementing strategies; locating, recommending, and developing curricular materials and community assets; selecting appropriate technology tools; providing training and technical support to faculty; and assessing the effectiveness of strategies and/or technology tools. Additionally, the Assistant Director contributes to the conceptualization, facilitation, assessment and evaluation of faculty engagement programs. The position serves on the Steans Center Management Team and supervises one part-time Academic and Community Program Coordinator.
Responsibilities & Duties
Recruit new faculty and develop new community-based courses, especially within the areas of education, technology, science, business, law, communications, theatre and music.
Work collaboratively with the Academic Service Learning (ASL) team and current/potential community partners to develop service learning projects and placements in community organizations each academic quarter.
Support faculty teaching courses with projects that integrate Community-based Service Learning (CbSL) pedagogy, serving all academic colleges and departments on all DePaul campuses, and troubleshoot issues that arise between (CbSL) courses and community organizations hosting service learners.
Advise and support faculty and students through CbSL & PbL experiences.
Manage and develop relationships with community partners for CbSL and PbL. Provide development and capacity activities for community partners to access CbSL and PbL curriculum.
Develop new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships, by conducting site visits, attending community events and meetings.
In partnership with the Associate Director for Academic Service Learning, assist in the development and maintenance of resources and programs that increase the capacity of community partners to work effectively with DePaul University's curriculum especially in the above mentioned disciplinary areas.
Develop staff, undergraduate and graduate student capacity to work on CbSL, especially leveraging PbL in the above mentioned disciplinary areas.
Develop and support website content, presentations, workshops and on-line trainings on CbSL and PbL at DePaul and external conferences and workshops.
Serve as a member of the Steans Center Management Team and participate in documenting community engagement through the university's Collaboratory program.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Requires a minimum of three years of experience working in the field of higher education service learning administration.
Experience working with non-profits/community organizations essential.
- Masters degree.
- Supervision of one part-time Academic and Community Program Coordinator.
Certifications & Licenses
- Valid drivers license.
Other Skills & Abilities Reqd
Familiarity of Chicago communities and social issues.
Familiarity with service-learning, community-university partnerships, and community service in higher education.
Familiarity with Project-based Learning (PbL) theory and practice.
Familiarity with Student Development theory and practice.
Excellent verbal/written interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated project development and managerial experience.
Demonstrated organizational research, outreach, and recruitment.
Demonstrated experience leveraging content design tools
Highly organized self-starter.
Highly developed logical-thinker with problem-solving skills.
Must be able to spend extended periods standing.
Sitting, kneeling, crouching, bending, and routinely lifting up to 25 pounds may also be required.
Reading, visual acuity, color vision, hand-eye coordination and motor skills sufficient to use a computer, copy machine and other office equipment are required.
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This position requires some evenings/weekends, as well as travel to and from off-campus community partner sites.
Salary & Benefits Package:
DePaul offers a comprehensive package including competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain the best talent in order to further the University's mission. For more information, please visit the following pages:
Required Background Check:
Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:
Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act
DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.
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