Job Details

Whitman College
  • Position Number: 1957656
  • Location: Walla Walla, WA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

NW5C Coordinator, Community-Engaged Learning
Whitman College

The Northwest Five Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (NW5C), funded by the A.W. Mellon Foundation and comprising Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, Whitman College, Willamette University, and University of Puget Sound, announces the four-year, grant-funded position of NW5C Coordinator of Community Engagement, to be housed at Whitman College. The NW5C Coordinator will support the goal of the NW5C's program, which is to utilize the humanities to build capacity for meaningful, relevant community-engaged learning, in collaboration with local community partners and fellow consortium members. The NW5C Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the work of the Community-Engaged Learning Project Committee, which is headed by 5 faculty liaisons (one per campus). The NW5C Coordinator will report to the NW5C CEL Learning Project Committee, with direct supervision from the Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Whitman College.The ideal candidate will have experience and competency working with diverse constituencies and will be able to work intentionally and meaningfully to build reciprocal relationships with community partners. A background in program development and management, excellent communication and organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to successfully execute projects while working under limited supervision is required. Familiarity with higher education and/or experience working with community engagement is highly desirable.

1. Oversee communication, convene and facilitate meetings across the NW5C.
2. Provide strategic oversight and assistance to project-related activities.
3. Work collaboratively with the Community Learning Specialist and community partners associated with all NW5C institutions.
4. Maintain project website.
5. Ensure accurate grant and budget management.

Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation:

1. Understanding of liberal arts education and its potential connections with community-based learning.
2. Actively and positively contribute to the College's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
3. Demonstrated computer skills including word processing (Microsoft Word), spreadsheet/database (Excel), and the ability to learn specialized department software systems.
4. Demonstrated ability to work in close cooperation with faculty and students.
5. Demonstrated ability to work independently and flexibly under limited supervision.
6. Travel may be required as necessary and as is feasible.
7. High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
8. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Four-year college degree or equivalent professional experience.

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