Warren Wilson College is seeking an Assistant Director of Community Engagement, with the right aptitude, education and experience to direct the Bonner Leaders program. The Assistant Director will set the vision and goals for the Bonner program and support approximately 25 students who work 10 hours per week and engage with community organizations on a variety of projects. This student leadership development program was launched in the early 2000s and provides a platform for students, especially first-generation, BIPOC, and low-income college students, to thrive as civic and community-engaged leaders. In addition, the Assistant Director will support the Associate Dean of Community Engagement in building relationships with community organizations, focusing on BIPOC-led and BIPOC-serving organizations.
Ideal candidates will have working knowledge of student leadership development, specifically the experiences of first-generation and underrepresented college students; and possess the ability to recruit, train, inspire, and support student leaders. Competitive applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion.
Interested individuals should read further to learn more about the qualifications and job responsibilities for this full-time, exempt position. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5pm EST on March 15, 2021. The anticipated start date for this position is May 17, 2021. Please be aware no relocation is available for this position. All applications must be received electronically. Thank you!
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Position Summary Under the leadership of the Associate Dean of Community Engagement, the Assistant Director of Community Engagement will oversee the Bonner Leaders Program. The program is part of a national civic engagement leadership program sponsored by the Bonner Foundation. Since 1990, the Bonner Foundation has built partnerships within higher education institutions to foster deep integration of college access, diversity, and inclusion. The Bonner Leaders program in particular aims to provide opportunities for underrepresented college students to develop and foster civic-engagement leadership skills. In addition to the management of this program, the Assistant Director will support the Associate Dean in managing the college’s community engagement requirement, including building relationships with community organizations, with a focus on building and maintaining partnerships with organizations that serve BIPOC communities. Other responsibilities will include: advising and outreach to students and employees, and providing substantial support for the office’s annual events, including Service Day and Community Engagement Awards.
Bonner Leaders Program & Crew Supervision
Directs the Bonner Leaders Program, to include recruitment and acceptance of Bonners, weekly training and supervision, and broader programmatic vision.
Designs and coordinates educational training calendar for Bonner Leader students, including a semester-long training intensive for new Bonners and ongoing trainings for all Bonners.
Serves as a crew supervisor for majority of Bonner Leaders students (20-25 students annually), who work approximately 10 hours per week. Supervision responsibilities including developing and updating job descriptions, approving timecards, and participating in ongoing supervisor development through the Work Program Office.
Manages Bonner cornerstone events including First Year Trip and Second Year Exchange with other Bonner schools.
Serves as the liaison with the Bonner Foundation through regular communication, managing the Bonner budget, and completing surveys and reports. Attends Bonner annual meetings, including Directors meeting in November and Summer Leadership Institute in June.
Coordinates with Project POWER AmeriCorps program to support Bonner Leaders in receiving an annual part-time education award.
Collaborates with Associate Dean on partner relationship building; Maintains and builds partnerships with community organizations for Bonner site placements. Special attention will be paid to building and maintaining partnerships with BIPOC-led organizations and organizations that service local BIPOC communities.
Administrative, Operational, and Resource Management
Offers customer service and advising to students, staff, and faculty seeking connections and opportunities with community organizations.
Collaborates with Associate Dean on data management projects using volunteer management software. Projects may include: student advising, monitoring and flagging of deadlines, communication strategies, and annual reporting.
Conducts and oversees general operations including, but not limited to: business supply orders, building management and resource allocation.
Manages the scheduling and routine maintenance of CCE-assigned vehicles in conjunction with Autoshop and Motorpool and with the Associate Dean of Community Engagement
Supports co-curricular groups and campus organizations to develop and track engagement opportunities and initiatives.
Coordinates signature events, including Service Days and Community Engagement Awards.
Actively participates in broader Warren Wilson College and departmental activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A minimum of one year of professional experience in community engagement or non-profit sector
One year of previous supervision experience
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and demonstrated knowledge of justice-oriented community engagement
Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
Demonstrated understanding of risk management needs
Valid driver’s license, required
Previous experience and knowledge of Bonner Leaders and/or Bonner Scholars programs.
Previous supervision experience with college-age students
Professional experience in college community engagement programming, student development, or a related field
Previous experience working directly with first generation and BIPOC college students
Working knowledge of the Asheville-Buncombe County nonprofit sector
About Warren Wilson College
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.