Assistant Director, Justice Education and Immersions - Saint Mary's College-California in Moraga California

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Saint Mary's College-California

Moraga, California

United States


Detailed Job Description

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.


The Assistant Director for Justice Education and Immersions promotes a faith that does justice in the exploration of Catholic Social Thought, the lived experience of direct service opportunities, and deep reflection and prayer as a means of processing and integrating the content of service and intellectual engagement. 

In addition to coordinating existing, and developing new, service immersion programming, the Assistant Director serves the campus as a resource for the body of Catholic Social Thought and the Lasallian priority of a preferential option for the poor.

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:

  • Opportunity to develop and deliver a Lasallian Service Internship January Term course. 
  • Collaborate with MMC staff and student leadership when departmental program support is required.
  • Contribute to staff agenda for weekly meetings
  • Meet regularly with the Associate Director, Mission and Inclusion, for support and direction.
  • Provide support to the college community on issues of programs related to justice  in the Catholic tradition and Catholic Social Thought.


Experience and Qualifications:

Required: Bachelors degree in education, theology, non-profit administration, law, politics, or other related field.

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.


Salary Information

Depends on Qualifications


Please apply on-line at 1) Include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the mission of the College2) A resume 3) The name and contact information for three (3) professional references.  Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check.Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

Keyword Phrases

  • Catholic, Lasallian, liberal arts college
  • De La Salle Christian Brothers
  • committed to the educational benefits of diversity
  • Program Administrators and Coordinators
  • Academic Administration
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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