Date: May, 2013
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Position Title: Program Manager
Reports to: Director of Student Leadership
The Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service at the City College of New York (CCNY) is a nonpartisan educational, training and research center named for one of CCNY’s most distinguished graduates. Established in 1997, the Center’s mission is to prepare new generations of publicly engaged leaders from populations previously underrepresented in public service and policy circles. The Center also seeks to build a strong culture of civic engagement at City College and to mobilize campus resources to meet pressing community needs and serve the public good.
What We Do
For CCNY students, the Center offers generous scholarships, leadership development training, and opportunities for public service and public policy research. The Center also encourages faculty to teach service-learning courses and to engage in community-based research, in order to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations and government agency partners. The Center also sponsors numerous conferences, symposia, and workshops annually to elevate policy conversations and advance innovative solutions to complex public problems.
The Partners for Change Fellowship will serve twenty CCNY college students in 2013-2014. Student fellows in the program engage in service and research in five of the Center’s areas of interest (education, health justice, urban sustainability, community and economic development, and international development). Fellows work in partnership with local non-profits to provide support services that meet critical organizational needs and conduct research that informs public debate or provides information to forward organizational goals. The Program Manager for Partners for Change is responsible for implementing this program, including supporting the student recruitment and selection process, teaching and mentoring students in seminars, workshops, and one-on-one meetings, developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, serving as the principle liaison between the Center and Leaders in Residence, and guiding students through the process of developing and presenting research.
In Fall 2013, The Division of Social Sciences (now the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership) will begin to integrate the activity of this scholarship program into core elements of its curricular offerings. That effort will include the design of interdisciplinary and intensive problem-based courses structured around one or more of these areas of interest. The Program Manager will assist in the coordination of this effort from inception to launch.
- Participate in planning and teaching for the Partners for Change Fellowship
- Lead seminars that provide students with professional coaching and skills in research
- Serve as the main adviser to student research projects in health justice, education, urban sustainability, community and economic development, and international development
- With the Director of Student Leadership, participate in processes to assess, improve, and revise program curriculum.
Serve as a liaison among fellows, their host organizations, Leaders in Residence and the Center
· Develop and build relationships with current organizations; with support from the Director of Student Leadership, make recommendations for new and continuing sites from year to year,
· conduct site visits to host organizations, maintain contact with supervisors, coordinate evaluation processes for students,
· produce a monthly newsletter to keep partners informed of program developments,
· develop and maintain relationships with program alumni,
· serve as principle liaison for Leaders in Residence.
Participate in the recruitment and selection of Partners for Change Fellows
· Work with the Program Coordinator for Student Leadership to identify potential candidates for the Partners for Change Fellowship,
· serve on the selection committee for new fellows, and, with the Program Coordinator for Student Leadership, coordinate the selection process,
· lead information sessions, classroom visits, and respond to inquiries about the program,
· develop and update recruitment and application materials.
Bringing Partners for Change to Scale: Powell School curricular innovation
· Coordinate the roll-out (project management and timeline) for new course offerings within the Colin Powell School,
· with the Center Director and Director of Student Leadership, help to shape the recruitment of and development of faculty teams for this initiative,
· work with faculty groups on curriculum development; serve as point person for coordination and communication between faculty working groups and the Center (Spring 2014),
· facilitate the participation of Leaders in Residence (when appropriate) in planning process,
· share best practices with faculty work groups throughout the planning process and the program’s launch.
· Develop working knowledge in new program areas, and keep abreast of important local initiatives and trends.
The Program Manager should be prepared to support the Center’s other initiatives (faculty initiatives, professional workgroups) in health justice, education, urban sustainability, community and economic development and international development / global security. As the Center develops initiatives in other outcome areas, the program manager will serve in a support role to develop proposals for new initiatives and to identify new opportunities for community partnerships. When appropriate, the Program Manager will be responsible for recruitment, hiring, and supervision of a summer intern. Additional duties may be assigned as necessary. Some evenings and weekends required.
· Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in an education related field, Master’s Degree preferred
· Four or more years of experience working with students in a higher education setting preferred
· Interest and experience in student development, student leadership, and/or any of the relevant outcome areas (education, health justice, international development, community development, urban sustainability)
· Experience building and managing strong relationships with community organizations
· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate meaningfully to undergraduates students
· Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities
· Ability to work comfortably in teams
· Exceptional work ethic, and a proven track record as a goal-oriented, flexible, entrepreneurial self-starter
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Powell Center also offers a generous benefits package.
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is July 1.