Program Coordinator for Community Engagement

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
14 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
11 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit


The Office of Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE) strives to transform students to transform the world. The office mission is to maximize student potential through high quality, innovative programs and services. The SLiCE office offers a broad range of programs, and services for Colorado State University students, faculty, staff, and the community in the areas of leadership development, student involvement, and service and volunteer programs. Through the programs at SLiCE, students find both support and resources to graduate as engaged, active participants and leaders in their local, national, and global communities.

Position Summary

The Program Coordinator of Community Engagement has the primary responsibility for the development and coordination of SLiCE’s co-curricular service program Alternative Breaks along with other SLiCE service and leadership initiatives.
The Alternative Break program is an immersion experience into different cultural, environmental and socioeconomic communities. Participants provide service in exchange for education about current social and cultural issues facing the host communities. Participants travel for one week during school breaks (spring, winter) and volunteer for nonprofit and government agencies across the country and world. The number of trips per year varies between 15-20 destinations and involves over 200 students.
The Program Coordinator of Community Engagement will serve as a contributing member of the SLiCE team and will support all department programs.
The Program Coordinator of Community Engagement will have an abiding concern for, and commitment to, serving the diverse needs of the university community, active promotion of an inclusive environment, and supporting the Lory Student Center as the focal point of campus life.

Required Job Qualifications

Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, or related field by start date.

Two years full-time, professional experience in Student Affairs, Community Service Administration, Community Development/Outreach, or similar field.

Demonstrated experience facilitating extended experiential trips in diverse settings—outdoor, rural, urban.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Demonstrated commitment to public service, social justice, and diversity with an understanding of and appreciation for cultural, ethnic and individual differences.

Demonstrated experience facilitating volunteer service programs within a higher education setting.

Demonstrated experience with fiscal management, fundraising, risk management, and supervision of a diverse staff.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships.
Ability to work evenings and weekends when appropriate and necessary.

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Coordination Duty/Responsibility

Provide leadership and oversight for the day-to-day operations of SLiCE’s Alternative Breaks program and service and leadership initiatives. This includes working collaboratively with students and staff on the selection of sites, social issues, and training/development of participants. Determine learning outcomes and methods to achieve those outcomes. Facilitate training topics for development and growth of participants. Stay abreast of all relevant University policy/procedures, communicate regularly with program participants, and oversee all official communications related to programs including marketing, public relations, website and social media.

Manage several budget accounts totaling approximately $175,000: General Alternative Break budget, Alternative Break grant fund, Foundation account, Keller scholarship account, and service and leadership initiatives. Work closely with SLiCE accountants in managing individual trip expenditures.

Collaborate with offices/departments who are program partners.

Connect with and maintain relationships with program alumni.

Coordinate fundraising efforts for community engagement programs.

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category Event Coordination Duty/Responsibility

Coordinate leadership training retreats, advisor events and trainings, and annual recognition programs. Plan trip travel agendas in cooperation with host institutions, non-profits, etc. Provide event planning for weekly meetings including agendas, room reservations, catering, guest speaker needs, etc. Travel to destination locations may be involved.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Advising Duty/Responsibility

Provide advising and council to volunteer student trip leaders and staff/faculty/alumni trip advisors. Meet regularly with leaders, participants, and advisors to develop and build necessary skills for success.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Supervision for 2 student staff, including hiring, training, and evaluation. Meet weekly with direct reports and create a supportive environment for personal and professional growth. Create schedules, develop projects, determine deadlines, etc.

Responsible for selection, training, and evaluation of 30+ undergraduate student trip leaders. Manage background checks of student site leaders, determine adjustment for hire if necessary or elimination from consideration based on background check

Responsible for selecting, training, and providing support to 10+ trip advisors traveling with student participants who are volunteers comprised of alternative break alumni, CSU staff members, and/or CSU faculty members. Develop and conduct advisor specific trainings annually. Trouble shoot and solve problems as they arise.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Administrative Duty/Responsibility

Attend staff meetings along with all office retreats and trainings.
Meet regularly with supervisor to provide updates, monitor performance, seek guidance, and provide feedback.
Complete progress, fiscal, and year-end program reports as requested.
Serve as a contributing member of SLiCE and the Lory Student Center staffs. This could include, but is not limited to, retreat and workshop facilitation, staff training planning and execution, program attendance, travel with Alternative Breaks and international service and leadership initiatives, ASCSU advising, and serving on committees to further support the mission and purpose of SLiCE, the Lory Student Center, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Kathy Krell

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.