Colleges of the Fenway Assistant Director for Service Learning - Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts

The Assistant Director for Service Learning and Community Programs organizes service learning courses at Simmons - promoting service learning, developing courses with faculty, matching faculty and community partners based on course learning and partner organizational goals, and overseeing the assessment of all aspects of the service learning program. The Assistant Director plans, manages, and evaluates certain community engagement programs at Simmons; supervises, trains, and supports students; and manages strategic partnerships with community organizations and enterprises.

  1. Plan & Implement Service Learning Strategy & Programs Plan and execute the growth of service learning at Simmons. The Asstistant Director will reach out to faculty members, departments, and schools to identify past and current service learning successes and benchmark best practices in the industry to grow the use of the service learning pedagogy in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College. Develop standards ? e.g., protocols, memoranda of understanding, learning contracts, etc. ? and formal and informal documentation to ensure that faculty, students, and community partners have a clear mutual understanding of the general expectations for service learning engagements and the specific agreed roles and expectations for each particular service learning engagement. Work with individual instructors to identify and select community partners and works with instructors, partners, and students to ensure clarity in the service elements of the service-learning course. Support The Boston Course and the Leadership Course needs for community partner connections by collaborating with faculty to identify and define their course needs, researching and selecting potential community partners, and facilitating a conversation between the faculty and the partner. Identify faculty development needs (through ongoing work with faculty teaching service learning courses and through outreach efforts) and coordinate with the Center for Excellence in Teaching to create and offer faculty professional development in the pedagogy of service learning. The Assistant Director will help deliver portions of the professional development, help identify faculty to co-lead sessions and faculty to participate in the development program. Develop and implement service learning evaluation (from instructor, student, partner, and participant perspectives). Report on evaluations and aggregate semester?s evaluations to make recommendations for program improvements.

  2. Manage Community Partner Programs and Events The Assistant Director is Simmons?s lead liaison to summer community partners (Beacon Academy, Sociedad Latina, and Mission Safe), coordinating with Simmons facilities and dining services and serving as first contact for the program directors. Support the Simmons / Boston Teachers Union School partnership, including close collaboration with the MACC VISTA, and the faculty VISTA supervisor. Work with Wentworth Institute of Technology on implementation of SAT Prep/Mentoring Program. Coordinate Promising Pals program with graduate student assistant. Represent Simmons College to community organizations and agencies in the Mission Hill neighborhood and throughout the city of Boston.

  3. Manage Scott/Ross Internal and Community Events Plan and implement student, faculty, and staff Global Service programs, including Alumnae/i Service Day. With the Assistant Director of Student Led Programs, coordinate events and activities, including but not limited to: Community Connections Fair, Recognition Luncheon, Promising Pals Breakfast, and Family End of Year Celebration.

  4. Participate in creation of shared vision and strategy for community engagement for Simmons Particularly around student engagement in the Boston community as part of the service programs, the undergraduate general education program, undergraduate and graduate service learning; community-based research programs; and other community engagement initiatives. Develop multi-year implementation plans for service-learning programs, resulting from the vision and strategy.

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree Minimum of 3 years experience Experience in higher education community service programming, particularly in service learning. Record of successful collaborations with faculty. Demonstrated ability to work with community (school and agency) partners to build relationships and create programs of value to all parties.

Instructions to Applicants: Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

As a College committed to diversity, Simmons encourages applications broadly. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body and curriculum.

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Date Posted: 6/19/2017