Associate Director, Service Learning and Civic Engagement Center
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 146854258
Associate Director, Service Learning and Civic Engagement Center
Job Description Summary About the BSLCE Established in 1990, the BSLCE, seeks to enhance student learning through academically connected community engagement and co-curricular programs, partnering with our local, national, and international nonprofit community partners to help address important public issues. Guided by Bentley's undergraduate curriculum, the Service-Learning programs provides a service experience that complements student coursework, while developing impactful programs in the community. Guided by Bentley's commitment to ethical leadership, the Civic Engagement programs engage students in nonprofit, social change, equity, social justice, and social entrepreneurship work toward creating sustainable solutions to local, national, and international issues.
The Associate Director of Academic Programs for the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center (BSLCE) works with the center's Director and Senior Associate Director in developing academic service-learning courses across all disciplines. This position works directly with faculty in helping to develop service-learning courses, community partners in creating “client-based” course opportunities,, and with students in BSLCE's nationally recognized and innovative student leadership model. Bentley is one of the first universities to bring service-learning to the curriculum, nearly three decades ago, and through the BSLCE has been at the forefront of creating and innovating best practice academic civic experiences for students and in true partnership with community organizations. Bentley's 4th-Credit service-learning model, alongside the many embedded service-learning courses we have, is a model that allows for a full spectrum of enriching experiences for students, faculty, and community partners.
The Associate Director of Academic Programs will play an important role on a dynamic team of colleagues and students working collectively to create deep social impact through our aggregate civic engagement work. This position is responsible for managing the duties and responsibilities detailed below and reports to the center's Director.
Recruit, help to on-board, and run workshops for, and liaise with faculty interested in designing service-learning projects; expand opportunities in the 4th-credit option and embedded service-learning courses; work with the Director and Senior Associate Director to help develop and design international and multi-disciplinary service-learning projects; oversee communications with faculty engaged in both 4th-credit and embedded service-learning, the student Program Managers as they communicate important dates and course information to faculty, and some of BSLCE's community partners; with the Director and the Student Directors, design and coordinate academic sessions, including reflection meetings and trainings; assist with advising and training students in Committee work, as well as Program Managers, scholarship students, and Graduate Assistants; work directly with Faculty Fellows; serve as center lead, along with the Director, in identifying opportunities for faculty and students to produce research on their service-learning and civic engagement work, and in working with them as they move their research forward; help identify relevant conferences and resources for faculty, staff, and students; work with the Director in oversight of the Nonprofit Management Minor; oversee the application process and placement system (through GivePulse); serve on campus committees as identified by the Director; serve as liaison for the partnered programs between BSLCE and the Honors Program.
Implement and monitor academic service-learning projects and assist in their development.
Includes working with community reps, department chairs, faculty and students to enhance the quality of existing projects and develop new ones, as well as providing guidance and implementation in student led initiatives and trainings
Work with the Director and Senior Associate Director to establish and maintain contacts betweenBSLCEand community organizations.
Design and facilitate on- and off-campus service-learning events and special programs.
Work with the Director and Senior Associate Director to design and implement program evaluation.
BSLCdatabase management and report generation.
Work with faculty, students and staff in initiating research opportunities.
2-3 years of experience working with community agencies and/or student populations.
Detail-oriented, excellent communication skills and ability to design training sessions for students involved in service-learning.
Advanced knowledge of various academic disciplines and prior work experience in working with faculty from multiple academic disciplines.
Good public presentation skills.
Must be able to navigate effectively with several constituencies in both on- and off-campus settings (i.e., students, faculty, community organizations, staff and clientele).
Must have detailed knowledge of needs and interests of community sites in order to negotiate and manage.
Must be proficient in use of PC-based computer programs including, Microsoft Office.
Must have some familiarity with program, an assessment tools and applications
Familiarity with GivePulse, Adobe Suite, WorkDay, and Courseleaf and experience with the Sustainable Development Goals, social justice and equity work, and partner-centered community work preferred
Typical office setting with extensive sitting and computer work
Must be available for evening and weekend work (events and retreats).
Ability to travel regularly to off-campus sites and community service events.
Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.
Bentley University is one of the nation's leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader and one with the deep technical skills, the broad global perspective and the high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. To achieve our goal, we infuse our advanced business curriculum with the richness of a liberal arts education. The results are graduates who are making an impact in their chosen fields and turning their passions into success stories. Located on a classic New England campus just minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers.