Reporting to the Director of the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, the Specialist provides oversight of community-based learning programs, to include support for faculty, students and community partners involved in course-based service, as well as comprehensive data management to enable the collection, storage and analysis of campus- and community-level data to inform evidence-based decision-making.
Responsibilities and related duties:
Data management and evaluation (30%)
Manage a portfolio of data tracking systems to gather data on community-based scholarship, co-curricular service and community-partner impacts.
Report at semester and yearly intervals on program effectiveness.
Ensure consistent high-quality data collection.
Follow data-collection schedules, where established, and develop schedules as needed.
Promote a culture of reflection, learning and data-based decision-making.
Work collaboratively with campus and community partners to negotiate data sharing agreements and obtain FERPA releases, as needed.
Lead the design and implementation of program evaluation and assessment systems in response to new programs or revision of existing ones, to include place-based initiatives.
Develop and maintain relationships with campus committees and departments in support of data management, retrieval and evaluation.
Identify interventions that improve outcomes and drive performance across programs.
Provide organization and oversight of academic service-learning efforts (30%)
Provide day-to-day coordination of course-based service placements, to include identification of placements for faculty; alignment of service placements with course objectives; support with reflection; in-class, pre-service trainings for students; coordination with students, faculty and community partners in completion of needed, pre-service screenings or trainings; communication and coordination of campus visits by community partners.
Identify and advocate for community-partner needs to faculty and students to ensure a mutually beneficial experience for learners and the community.
Support identification of community-based research projects.
Provide student, faculty and community-partner training on service-learning pedagogy, independently, through a faculty-learning community, and in collaboration with local networks.
Event planning and management (20%)
Plan and oversee major service-related events to include Community Building Day, MLK Day of Service, weekly Service Spotlight, etc.
Coordinate with on-campus and community partners to provide scheduling, transport, risk management, budgeting, staffing, volunteer recruitment and placement as well as other logistics as needed for events from 10 to 1200 participants.
Website support (10%)
Maintain a volunteer recruitment website, to include editing of page content through a software-driven editor and/or use of html.
Keep a directory of partnering volunteer agencies up to date and coordinate with Director on tiered partnership initiative and risk management.
Troubleshoot software problems, communicate with licensor and assist with visioning new functionality.
Provide excellent customer service to website users.
Coordinate with other universities and agencies in the region using the same software.
Related duties (10%)
Attend meetings of Partners in Campus and Community Engagement.
Support Director with intercollegiate initiatives to include faculty development.
Engage and supervise student leaders as assistants in community-based learning and communications/reporting work.
Participate in anti-racist and anti-oppression training initiatives undertaken in support of the Center’s partnership with the West Central neighborhood.
Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field, Masters’ degree preferred. (i.e. education, public policy, business administration)
Two years’ experience in a higher education, non-profits, or volunteer services environment.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple activities and work effectively with individuals of different ages, backgrounds and levels of experience, including students and faculty.
One-year experience in surveying, data management, program review, evaluation and reporting.
Knowledge of education data and experience helping practitioners use data to improve performance.
Knowledge of statistical and data analysis tools.
Knowledge of systems, community capacity, mobilization and commitment to improving outcomes for low-income youth and families.
Understanding of and commitment to ongoing study of barriers faced by communities around ethnicity, race, class, gender, privilege and oppression.
Possess a strong desire to address inequality through initiatives that connect campuses and the wider community.
Ability to work in a confidential, service-oriented, computerized work environment.
Advanced experience in Excel, databases, web-based platforms and assessment tools.
Ability to work occasional weekend or evening hours, as required.
Excellent communication skills, familiarity with community development theories
Ability to multi-task and perform a variety of tasks with minimal supervision and multiple interruptions.
Highly self-motivated and able to exercise initiative and sound judgment.
Excellent follow-through and fulfills responsibilities in a timely manner.
Experience in event planning, grant writing and management.
Demonstrated ability to work with confidential information.
A personal commitment to the Christian faith.
Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to establishing effective relationships and positive communication across multiple dimension of diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical and mental ability, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, religious belief, national origin or other identities.
A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
Background check required.
The following documents are required to complete the online application form:
A letter of interest that relates your education and experience to the qualifications of the position.
The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three academic/professional references.
A one-page document describing your personal commitment to the Christian faith.
Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.
About Whitworth University - Spokane, WA
Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized and ranked as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 2,900 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located on a 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines, Whitworth offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $83 million in campus improvements have been made over the past decade, including a new center for the visual arts, a landmark general academic building, a new science facility, three new residence halls and several outdoor athletics facilities.