Pitzer College’s Community Engagement Center seeks an experienced professional for the position of Program Manager for Critical Justice Education Projects. This is an interim, grant-funded, exempt, staff position available from July 2018 through June 28, 2019 and annually renewable until June 30, 2023. Reporting to the Dean of Faculty, the Program Manager will enhance and expand The Claremont Colleges’ curricular and co-curricular justice education projects to meet the goals of the Mellon Critical Justice Education Grant.
Pitzer College is a top-ranked liberal arts institution and member of the prestigious consortium of The Claremont Colleges. With a student body of approximately 1,000 co-educational undergraduates, Pitzer’s core values include social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability.
1. Work in collaboration with the Critical Justice Education Faculty Coordinator, the Justice Education Working Group, the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration, and with the respective Community Engagement Centers of TCC to develop, implement and manage the five-year series of grant-funded intercollegiate academic programs related to critical justice education, including:
a. Collaborate with participating faculty to develop a new cohort of students interested in this field and their alignment with justice education-themed first-year seminars, community-based courses, disciplinary courses, study abroad experiences, and senior seminars and theses;
b. Enhance and expand TCC’s currently operating curricular and co-curricular justice education projects, particularly Inside-Out Prison Exchange courses offered at the California Rehabilitation Center (local men’s prison) and the emerging Inside-Out courses and Insight Garden Program at the California Institute for Women (local women’s prison);
c. Develop and facilitate the administrative infrastructures, policies, and procedures needed for intercollegiate program support;
d. Explore and evaluate the possibility of creating an academic major and minor in critical justice studies and a new intercollegiate program or center for critical justice education;
e. Further relationships with existing community organization partners involved in critical justice education, reform, and policy, including nascent efforts with Norco College, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and All of Us or None;
f. Increase TCC’s participation in and impact on public policy debates and advocacy for changes in the state’s criminal justice system.
2. Coordinate with all internal and intercollegiate administrative offices and academic committees to ensure timely approval of the academic projects related to this grant, and carry out implementation.
3. Coordinate regular meetings with the Lead Dean, the Critical Justice Education Faculty Coordinator, the Justice Education Working Group, and the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration for program oversight and support.
4. Establish relationships with key prison administrators and become familiar with the prison chain of command and procedures.
5. Assist faculty teaching or developing Justice Education-themed courses and Inside-Out Prison Exchange courses with community engagement management (i.e., clearance of volunteers, visitors and class materials), community partnership development, and prison partnership logistics.
6. Develop, implement and assess faculty training and student orientations for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange.
7. Develop, implement and assess events (workshops, conferences, and training) that fall under the grant.
8. Collaborate on the assessment and corresponding reporting of grant activities and courses that fall under this grant.
9. Collaborate with Pitzer’s Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations on related grant reporting and submission.
10. Collaborate with the advancement offices of TCC to identify, assess and submit proposals for future funding to support grant activities.
11. Create directories of all on-/off-campus activities and opportunities related to justice education community/civic engagement.
12. Create and maintain public representation of programming (i.e., online media, etc.).
13. Maintain directories of all grant activities on-/off-campus and opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and partners.
14. Coordinate visiting scholar/activists, artists, and guest speakers to teach courses or course units, visit classrooms, participate in seminars and workshops, develop art gallery exhibitions, and/or make public presentations.
15. Coordinate assessments on student learning, community impact, and programmatic sustainability to improve programs and refine procedures and policies.
16. Seek program support systems to ensure post-grant program longevity.
17. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility: May supervise a student employee.
Work Hours: The regular hours for this position are 40 hours per week 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The work hours will vary due to needs of the College, including some weekend or evening events.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. Knowledge of community engagement best practices, curricular and co-curricular justice education field, and higher education assessment and reporting.
2. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including public speaking and presentation skills.
4. Strong organizational, time management and leadership abilities. Excellent ability to switch quickly between tasks and manage interruptions.
5. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in order to satisfy key projects on schedule.
6. Demonstrated ability to use intermediate and some advanced functions of recent versions of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), the internet and web-based forms.
7. Ability to manage grant budgets. Basic accounting skills are a plus.
8. Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with campus faculty, staff, and students as well as the various constituents of community partner sites. Understanding or experience with The Claremont Colleges, Norco College, local prisons, and/or re-entry or policy organizations is a plus.
9. Commitment to the social justice mission and values of Pitzer College and understanding of the benefits of a liberal arts education.
10. Demonstrate a commitment to relationship building, social justice, teamwork, and a positive attitude.
11. Ability to travel to partner sites and/or other off-campus meeting locations.
12. Ability to transport students in college-owned, large-capacity vans to and from sites, field trips, and other destinations.
13. Ability to accept critique and a commitment to self-improvement and growth.
Education: Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. A master’s degree is preferred or commensurate experience.
Experience: Must have at least three (3) years of related experience. Must have experience working with faculty, staff, and students in higher education, prison staff and educators, incarcerated students and re-entry service/ restorative justice organizations is a plus. Individuals who were formerly incarcerated are particularly encouraged to apply.
Licenses/Certifications: Must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurer.
Working Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. May occasionally work outdoors for events and activities, and in other educational settings in the community and local prisons.
Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time and operate a computer for prolonged periods of time. Mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment. Must be able to communicate in person and over the telephone. Must be able to read printed materials and a computer screen. Must be able to drive large-capacity vans to/from partner sites, field trips, and other local destinations.
Rate of Pay: The monthly salary will be commensurate with qualifications, plus excellent benefits which can be viewed at https://www.pitzer.edu/human-resources/benefits/.
To Apply: PRIORITY DEADLINE: Applications received by July 27, 2018 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will commence immediately. Please visit our web site at https://www.peopleadmin.com/ to complete the online application and have the following documents ready to upload:
1. Letter of Interest: Addressed to the Search Committee, describe your reasons for being interested in this position.
2. Additional Statement: Provide a one-page statement on your understanding of and experience with working at the intersections of prisons and higher education and collaborative educational and advocacy community-based programs.
3. Resume: Provide relevant experience with dates.
4. Professional References: Provide a list of three professional references, including their names, business titles, phone numbers, email addresses, and an indication of how you are acquainted with them (e.g., former supervisor, coworker, etc.). References will be contacted for top applicants only and advance notice will be provided.