In collaboration with campus partners, the Assistant Director’s primary focus will be to support and create opportunities for students to become socially responsible citizens committed to building a more just world. The Assistant Director provides oversight for ten student Service Organizations, two residential service theme communities and the Ignatian Service Corps – LMU’s post-graduate service program. The position works closely with our LMU service organizations, and it also is the main point of contact for students interested in post-graduate service.
Position Specific Responsibilities:
- Direct the Service Organization Council and advise LMU’s ten Service Organizations. Work in conjunction with service organization leadership to create norms and set policies and procedures for each of the organizations.
- Direct the Ignatian Service Corps (ISC), LMU’s post graduate volunteer program for recent graduates interested in doing 11 months of community service. Manage relationships with ISC placement sites located throughout Los Angeles and oversee the recruitment and application process.
- Lead the University post-graduate advising program. Develop and maintain relationships with more than 25 organizations that actively recruit students in their senior year for post-graduate volunteer work.
- Develop policies and procedures in collaboration with Residence Life staff for two theme-housing programs: Center for Service and Action House and the McCarthy Experience in Service and Action (MESA). Actively advise program and service activities, as well as provide leadership development opportunities for the students involved in these communities.
- Supervise the On-Campus Service Requests System.
- Supervise a wide variety of student service programs and activities such as the annual Hunger Banquet, semi-annual Blood Drives and annual Service Retreat.
- Represent LMU within the community service and post-graduate service communities, professional organizations or associations, and serve on committees and boards as required.
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested by the Associate Director of the Center for Service and Action.
- Minimum 4 years of student program management and development experience.
- Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of: student leadership development, program development and evaluation, group and individual student advising, experience with post-graduate service programs and leading student reflections.
- High level of cultural competency, including sensitivity to issues of race, class, and the ethical dilemmas that may arise from the development of strong reciprocal campus and community partnerships.
- Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, staff students and community leaders.
- Knowledge and ability to animate LMU’s Jesuit Catholic mission, vision and values
- Demonstrated computer competency and preferably knowledgeable of MS Office, web design, and on-line survey software.
- Availability to work nights and weekends when necessary.
- Required Education: Typically a Masters Degree in student development, higher education administration, social work, public administration, non-profit leadership or another related field or equivalent experience.