POSITION TITLE: Director of the Saint Benedict the
Moor Justice Center
DEPARTMENT: Student Affairs
POSITION STATUS: Full-Time (12-month)
POSITION REPORTS TO: VP for Student Affairs
The Director of the Saint Benedict the Moor Justice Center, reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Chief of Staff, is responsible for the development and provision of programs and services that foster social justice in accord with Catholic Social Teaching and Franciscan Values. In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Benedict the Moor, the Justice Center offers transformational education and formation opportunities, both co-curricular and in conjunction with classroom learning, that promote reverence for the unique, God-given dignity of each person. Emphasis is placed on cultivating a campus-wide culture of dialogue, understanding, and care for all people as cherished members of the human family. As such, special attention is given to the development of multicultural competencies and opportunities for service and reflection among poor and marginalized people. The Saint Benedict the Moor Justice Center encourages, inspires, educates, and empowers students to live and work effectively in culturally diverse environments with a deeper sense of responsibility and solidarity as lifelong servant-leaders for social justice.
Provide innovative leadership, strategic planning, and programming, including the assessment of such programs and services, consistent with the mission of USF.
Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners to achieve the goals of the Saint Benedict the Moor Justice Center.
Educate and network with our USF community to expand on campus a welcoming, appreciative, and respectful environment and a culture of service and community engagement so that students will be prepared for lives that foster peace, justice, and compassionate service as socially responsible citizens of the world.
Initiate promotion, communication, and education related to the Center-its multicultural programs and service-learning initiatives-with students, faculty, staff, academic departments, athletics, student clubs and organizations.
Partner with other staff in the Division of Student Affairs, especially Campus Ministry, in planning service events.
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate student Justice Center Advocates, providing them with leadership and professional development in conjunction with Student Affairs programming.
Develop programs and services for students designated as underrepresented at USF (African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander)
that support and enhance their holistic growth and overall success.
that are designed to promote their recruitment, matriculation, retention, and ultimate graduation.
Act as a student advocate, linking students with other campus support services, the mentorship program, career development, etc., and provide guidance to the university on the needs of underrepresented students.
Recruit faculty, staff, alumni, corporate representatives, and others to present seminars and act as role models.
Advance partnerships in the community for service opportunities and serve as a liaison, providing referrals and guidance to students and campus groups in their service with community partners.
Orchestrate the Faculty Fellows Program, supporting faculty in integrating service-learning into their curricula, and assisting in preparing their students for positive volunteer experiences.
Oversee administration, staffing, and policies, including the development and management of the annual operating budget for the Saint Benedict the Moor Justice Center.
Collaborate with Institutional Advancement to initiate and manage fundraising efforts when opportunities through grant writing and management, major gifts, and corporate and foundation relations.
Maintain records and confidential files for the Center, continue the contract with the service tracking software company, and update the service registration, tracking website, and data bases as needed.
Oversee the tracking and recording of student service-learning data especially for courses designated as service-learning.
Keep record of all campus service involvement and work with the USF staff to generate required and desired reports, providing data to financial aid for service-based scholarship decisions.
Apply annually for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll award on behalf of USF and coordinate recognition opportunities and celebration events for students, faculty, and staff.
Serve on university committees and special projects, as necessary.
Represent the university in both local and national communities.
Perform other duties as requested.
Center: Meet on a regular basis with student Justice Center advocates.
Division: Meet regularly with the VP for Student Affairs/Chief of Staff to report on budgetary, staffing, and progress, to communicate issues, and resolve problems in areas of responsibility. Meet on a regular basis with Division of Student Affairs members to remain apprised of issues within the division.
University: Meet and consult with staff as appropriate to aid in the development of policies and procedures. Meet with students, faculty, staff, and administrators as described above to achieve the goals of the Saint Benedict the Moor Justice Center.
External: Meet periodically with local businesses, corporations, and foundations; alumni; neighborhood and community organizations; and parents.
Provide direct supervision for student staff members.
University of Saint Francis (USF) employees demonstrate a commitment to the University's mission and support of its Catholic and Franciscan traditions. Employees provide the intellect, empathy, and ability to serve our students and community. The USF Way of serving is a source of pride for many employees. To provide a consistently high level of quality experience across our university, we provide the following service expectations for all employees. These standards have been tailored by position and responsibilities and are incorporated into performance evaluations.
Standard #1: Provide opportunities for deeper conversations, prayer, and reflection.
Standard #2: Utilize best practices in communication and service.
Apply care to your words and deeds to ensure respect for others.
Commit to follow through without exception and with quality.
Offer additional assistance after serving as in, "How else may I assist you?"
Respond promptly, whether in person, via phone, or email.
Standard #3: Recognize and celebrate milestones and achievements.
Standard #4: Use resources wisely and support green initiatives.
Practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church and dedicated to the ministry of Catholic education. Shares in the responsibility for articulating the Catholic, Franciscan values to the faculty, staff, and University constituents.
Master's degree required in an appropriate field, preferably higher education.
Five years of progressive responsibility in higher education or the not-for profit area.
Preferably directing a college or university department/program for underrepresented students and establishing campus-community partnerships.
Knowledge and Skills
Requires strong leadership abilities and excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated teaching and public speaking ability.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Team-collaborative style and ability to work with a wide variety of constituencies.
Strong understanding/expertise in working with issues faced by underrepresented students.
Ability to plan innovative programs and to creatively market and promote services and opportunities.
Grant writing and management experience.
Advanced computer skills are a plus (data base development/management).
Ability to analyze data to make data-informed decisions.