Center for Public Deliberation Program Coordinator
Description of Work Unit
The CPD serves as an impartial resource to the northern Colorado community. It is based on the belief that democracy requires high quality communication, but unfortunately such communication is rare. Working with students trained in small group facilitation, the CPD assists local government, schools boards, and community organizations by researching issues and developing useful background material, and then designs, facilitates, and reports on innovative public events.
The Center for Public Deliberation Program Coordinator (CPDPC) within the Department of Communication Studies is a full-time, twelve-month Administrative Professional position. The CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) was established in the Fall of 2006 and is, “Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving.” It serves as an impartial resource for the northern Colorado community to assist in community problem-solving. The CPD analyzes issues, designs public participation events, hosts forums that students facilitate, and writes reports on key issues while working with a wide variety of local institutions, including city, county, and state government, school districts, and campus and community organizations. Deliberation requires safe places for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process, and the CPD is dedicated to providing these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado. Primarily supported by the Department of Communication Studies and the College of Liberal Arts, the CPD is also supported by grants from foundations and other organizations. As it enters its second decade, the CPD is poised to expand its teaching, research, and community service reach. The CPDPC is central to helping the CPD grow.
In support of this growth The CPDPC will have responsibility 1) for grant-writing and support for CPD oriented grants and other departmental grants as needed, 2) providing logistical support for university and community CPD events, 3) mentoring and teaching CPD student associates, and 4) engaging in long-range program planning including exploration of professional graduate curricula in deliberation, 5) clearly articulating the CPD story to internal and external constituents.
Required Job Qualifications
MA in deliberative practices with an emphasis in communication studies.
Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.
Demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: successful support grant-writing, organizational and event planning skills, experience mentoring and/or teaching deliberative practices, experience in long-range program planning, and/or experience in public relations.
Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Construct proposals and administer the resulting grants and contracts to increase capacity of the Center for Public Deliberation and the department as a whole to meet its goals. Duty/Responsibility
Assume primary responsibility for construction of departmental grant proposals.
Consult with director(s) of the Center for Public Deliberation, the departmental budget officer, the College of Liberal Arts grant administrator, and Sponsored Programs to develop competitive proposals.
Construct budgets based on the grant criteria and reflecting actual costs.
Process travel and procurement including documentation for grant funds.
Generate project reports as required by the terms of the grant or contract.
Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Coordinate events that support the mission of the Center for Public Deliberation and the department as a whole. Duty/Responsibility
Work with sponsors, vendors and university staff to arrange and pay for goods, services, and facilities.
Schedule facilitators and presenters in consultation with departmental faculty.
Arrange travel for participants as necessary and according to university and departmental standards and procedures.
Generate participant packets including information, procedures, survey instruments, etc.
Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Teach and mentor CPD student associates to develop their expertise and expand the capacity of the CPD. Duty/Responsibility
Teach stand-alone units, short courses, and credit courses in deliberative studies.
Mentor student associates as they develop their skills in facilitating deliberative conversations.
Establish partnerships with organizations on and off campus to schedule events where students can utilize their facilitative skills.
Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Plan and develop curriculum and program expansion that meets the CPD mission of expanding knowledge and skill in community deliberative practices. Duty/Responsibility
Engage in long-range curriculum development to embrace new research findings in collaboration with faculty.
Develop program guidelines, procedures, and best practices for professional graduate certification in deliberation.
Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Articulate the CPD story to internal and external constituents. Duty/Responsibility
Clear and compelling articulation of the goals, achievements, and capacity of the Center for Public Deliberation in discussions with and presentations to university and community constituents.
Percentage Of Time 20
Special Instructions to Applicants
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. A complete application packet will include a cover letter, a resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three professional references.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Shift Work, Travel
Search Contact Greg.Dickinson@colostate.edu
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