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Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.
As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary’s reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.
1. Immersions and Education Programming:
Coordinate all aspects of the existing Immersion opportunities:
Salinas Farmworker Experience, Blackfeet Immersion, and Border Lives (Arizona/Mexico Border)--facilitate pre-trip prepatory meetings with participants, create and deliver curriculum (drawn from Catholic Social Teaching and other relevant documents/sources);
Train student leaders; contact community partners; determine on-site schedule; arrange transportation, food and lodging; communicate travel details to participants; collect fees; facilitate on-site reflection and direction.
Research and develop new immersion opportunities for the SMC students.
2. Alternative Spring Break (ASB's) Opportunities:
Recruit, interview and train students to design and lead ASBs, based on students’ ideas and observations of what issues are current and of interest to their peers.
The Assistant Director is responsible for assembling a student team; training the students; researching the site contacts and program possibilities; creating and arranging the itinerary of the trip; collecting student fees; communicating with students (what to pack, expectations for the trip, etc.); arranging for transportation, and on-site food and lodging, setting and allocating the trip budget, and any other administrative tasks that arise in the successful facilitation of Alternative Spring Break.
3. One-Day Service Opportunities:
In partnership with other departments on campus (like CILSA and FYE), deliver these low-risk opportunities for students to serve in the Bay Area and filter their service through the lens of faith and the Christian tradition. These opportunities are designed to meet students where they are in terms of understanding Social Justice and then draw them into a deeper consideration of these issues as they become more involved with service and reflection in MMC. These programs are designed by the Assistant Director (in collaboration with campus partners) and student leaders. The Assistant Director is responsible for all administrative details of successful implementation, as well as training of student leaders.
4. Catholic Relief Services Partnership
Recruit, train and supervise team of students to deliver Fair Trade Fridays on the first Friday of every month, the 24 Hour Food Fast Retreat during Lent, and other educational opportunities that highlight the work of CRS.
5. The Assistant Director will support, mentor and oversee the work of the Lasallian Scholar (a graduate student) and student leaders to successfully advertise and facilitate these events. Manage the administrative details of reserving appropriate space on campus and arrange for necessary materials and hospitality.
Other Duties as Assigned:
Preferred: Masters Degree in any of these fields.
Experience: 3+ years experience in a Catholic educational setting facilitating justice education, immersions, service opportunities or similar work. Previous experience and success with ongoing service projects and programs, and other academic initiatives that address Catholic Social Teaching. Proven experience and success in designing, delivering and assessing student leadership training and formation.
Skills/Abilities: Proven ability to lead conversations, reflections, prayer, community building and program development around topics and experiences pertinent to social justice and Catholic Social Teaching. Experience with tracking budgets, developing communications to promote programming, awareness and engagement, and managing databases. Conversational Spanish highly desirable.
Other Requirements: travel for immersions and conferences, weekend and evening meetings and trainings.
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