Director for the Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement
Notre Dame de Namur University - Belmont, CA

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Reports to: The Dean of Students

Status: Full-time, 12-months, Exempt

Supervises: Part-time staff, one Graduate Assistant, two part-time faculty

General Description:
The director of the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement supports the mission and vision of NDNU by providing leadership to a center which reflects the University internally to campus and well as externally to the larger community. The center is pivotal to the University’s advocacy for social justice by developing and educating student leaders, supporting faculty, and heightening the consciousness of all community members around social justice issues. It accomplishes this by offering students the opportunity to learn and respond with solutions through significant community engagement experiences and preparing students for a life of service in their chosen fields. A key component of the work of the Center is support for and encouragement of community-based learning, a method of integrating community involvement activities into academic courses and student leadership programs. This work is to be done in the context of the University’s Strategic Plan, Academic Plan, Mission and Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community, and in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and in the context of the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

Specific Responsibilities/Duties:
1. Planning and Assessment

Responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive and active planning process, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive three-year business plan

Establish and implement methods for achievement of annual goals and objectives for the SDSC

Address the mandates of the strategic plan following the designated process for assessment and reporting

Develop and assess student learning outcomes related to service and engagement experiences; Develop data tracking system to record student engagement experiences; provide reports to the University as requested

Conduct a comprehensive support unit review according to the campus schedule

Serve as the data gathering clearing house for University information related to Community Engagement

2. Leadership Development

Provide training and direction to staff and graduate assistants in support of the Center’s programs/activities

Provide leadership development training and other learning opportunities consistent with Catholic social justice doctrine and the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching

Coordinate service opportunities for students who are interested in volunteer experiences to serve the community

3. Community Partnerships/ Engagement

In collaboration with Career Services, develop and maintain community partnerships that generate student engagement and internship opportunities and continue outreach efforts to new agencies that are aligned with the University mission and values

Provide training and direction to the part time Community Partner Coordinator

Represent the SDSC at official campus and community functions

Serve as a resource to faculty and staff working on community engagement opportunities

4. Programming

Develop vibrant programs that provide opportunities for the students, staff, and faculty to work in partnership with local communities, with emphasis placed on the expansion of Call to Action Day. Other programs include First Year Experience, Community Engagement Experience for Freshman Orientation, Call to Action Day, Earth Week, and Thanksgiving in the Park, among others.

Develop new methods and programs to involve the student body in social justice activities, including day and evening students

Provide oversight and support for the enhancement and implementation of the DSC Speaker Series and other programs that provide opportunities for bringing the external community to campus for dialogue around social justice, community engagement, and environmental sustainability

Work in collaboration with and develop joint programming and achievement of mutual goals with the Office of Spirituality (Campus Ministry), the Office of Diversity, and the Mission Integration Council

Provide oversight and support enhancement of the Dorothy Stang Scholars Program; Support the development of faculty-sponsored community engagement courses

Provide oversight and support enhancement of the Bonners Leaders program, including student recruitment, training, and evaluation of Bonner Leaders and Volunteers consistent with Bonner program standards and the mission and values of the SDSC ; Complete administrative materials consistent with requirements for AmeriCorps and Bonner requirements

5. Administration

Provide administrative oversight for all programs and activities of the Sister Dorothy Stang Center; supervise and evaluate SDSC staff

Represent the SDSC in the Student Affairs organization

Work with President for appointment of the SDSC Advisory Board; Facilitate tri-annual meetings of the SDSC Advisory Board

Facilitate and complete nominations for recognitions and awards for NDNU related to social justice and community engagement

Work collaboratively with the Development Office to procure new sources of funding for the SDSC through gifts and grants

Develop and manage the SDSC annual budget

Qualifications:
Required

Master’s degree in sociology, anthropology, public administration, theology or a related field and a minimum of 5 years working in the field of social justice and community engagement work/service learning

Demonstrated ability to articulate and implement the mission and programs of the Center congruent with the University’s mission and to take initiative for creating and sustaining a vibrant Center

Demonstrated understanding and appreciation for the vision and values upon which Notre Dame de Namur University was founded and by which it strives to operate. Thorough understanding of and ability to support the Hallmarks of a Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community; An understanding of and commitment to the tenets of Social Catholic Teaching and Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to a variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, administration, community members, business and non-profit organization leaders

Proven history of administrative acumen and managerial experience; excellent organizational and analytical skills

The ability to provide a comprehensive leadership development curriculum

Preferred

Successful experience with securing extramural funding through grants and contracts and fundraising

Knowledge of assessment methods for demonstration of program effectiveness and goal achievement

Successful experience in leading and administering a successful center in a university setting

Knowledge of and experience with AmeriCorps programs

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