2017-18 Community Engagement Fellowships

Alternative Breaks

The Community Engagement Fellow for Alternative Breaks, based in the Office of Community Engagement, will advise and support Student Coordinators in managing the work of Branch Out Alternative Breaks. This Fellow reports to the Director of Community Engagement.

About Alternative Breaks

Branch Out alternative breaks is a catalyst for life-long active citizenship and critical self-reflection and learning, and allows students to make a significant positive impact alongside community partners. The Fellow will ensure Branch Out’s success by executing quality alternative breaks, program development, and fostering student leadership. The Fellow will continue to develop Branch Out as a home for students who seek to live as active citizens, engaged in a lifelong pursuit of social justice.

Position Responsibilities

 

Branch Out Program – 90%

  • Advising and Supervision
    • Supervise and advise Student Coordinators in developing, managing, and evaluating a high-quality program
    • Coordinate and participate in hiring process for Student Coordinators
  • Administration
    • Supervise and manage program budget
    • Facilitate travel logistics, including plane ticket purchases, and van rentals 
    • Manage need-based financial aid and reorientation grant programs
    • Ensure annual manual updates for student directors and site leaders
    • Maintain records of job processes for transition from year to year
    • Track and compile post-trip evaluations
    • Track student trip payments
    • Implement risk management and safety protocols; serve as back-up emergency contact for alternative break trips; ensure availability of first aid kits for each trip
  • Alumni and Donor Cultivation
    • Maintain relationships with donors and alumni, ensure each donation receives a personal thank-you
    • Transfer participant information to Advancement for alumni record-keeping
    • Work with Site Coordinators to reach out to alumni who can serve as hosts, community partners, and co-educators for alternative breaks

 Office of Community Engagement - 10%

  • Manage social media pages
  • Represent the OCE and William and Mary at campus and community events
  • Support OCE programs such as Active Citizens Conference and Celebration of Active Citizenship as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Skills

  • Experience in leadership of alternative breaks or other community engagement
  • Ability to advise, train and mentor students and groups, and facilitate student development
  • Strong organizational skills for the coordination and implementation of programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Experience leading trainings and presentations

 

Preferred Skills

  • Leadership experience with Branch Out
  • Knowledge of social justice issues and commitment to engaging with them
  • Experience with supervision
  • Interest in college student development and higher education community engagement
  • 1-3 years of experience with the above areas

Further Information

  • This position is limited to 36.25 hours per week, but requires occasional evening and weekend hours
  • The Fellow is required to attend a week-long summer training program, the Alternative Break Citizenship School, with Break Away
  • The Fellow will co-lead a 7 Generations pre-orientation trip in August 2017
  • The Fellow will have the opportunity to attend a domestic alternative break free of charge.
Education Programs

The Community Engagement Fellow for Education Programs, based in the Office of Community Engagement, will support student leadership in issue education, training, and enrichment programs for the OCE’s education programs. This fellow reports to the Director of the OCE.

About Education Programs

The Office of Community Engagement provides students with meaningful opportunities to engage with local youth through partnerships with schools and communities. Students involved in these programs gain skills as a tutor or mentor, practice critical self-reflection about their work, and develop a deeper awareness of social justice issues in education and other related social issues.

Position Responsibilities

 

Student Advising – 50%

  • Advise teams of student leaders in planning and implementing issue education, training, and enrichment programming for school-based education partnerships
  • Advise Pineapple Kids student organization

 Supporting Education Programs – 40 %

  • Assist with student volunteer training at the beginning of each semester
  • Supervise after school homework help and enrichment in unstaffed sites at local middle schools, up to four afternoons per week (12 hours per week)
  • Staff and support weekend Enrichment Programs (3-4 hours per program)

 OCE – 10%

  • Maintain program records and transition materials
  • Meet regularly with the Coordinator of Education Programs to collaborate on shared interests among programs as needed
  • Represent the OCE and William and Mary at campus and community events
  • Support OCE programs such as Active Citizens Conference and Celebration of Active Citizenship as needed

Qualifications

Required Skills

  • Leadership experience in community engagement
  • Ability to advise, train and mentor students and groups, and facilitate student development
  • Strong organizational skills for the coordination and implementation of programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

 Preferred Skills

  • Experience as tutor, mentor, or other role in education, and knowledge and skills for how K-12 students learn
  • Interest in and knowledge of social justice issues in education and commitment to engaging with them
  • Interest in college student development and higher education community engagement
  • 1-3 years of experience with the above areas

 Further Information

  • This position is limited to 36.25 hours per week, but requires occasional evening and weekend hours
  • The Fellow will co-lead a 7 Generations pre-orientation trip in August 2017
  • The Fellow will have the opportunity to attend a domestic alternative break free of charge
Local Engagement


The Community Engagement Fellow for Local Engagement will facilitate campus engagement with the Williamsburg, including efforts to understand and address local community-identified need. This includes executing large-scale service programs and community events, facilitating on-campus discussions, and supporting the Aim 4 students in their community engagement. This Fellow reports to the Assistant Director of Community Engagement.
 

Position Responsibilities

 

Campus-Wide Engagement – 40%

  • Facilitate three large scale service programs (Make a Difference Day in October, MLK Community Day in January, and Spring Into Action in March), including recruiting student participants and managing community placements
  • Manage the W&M Volunteer and Community Internship Fair in September
  • Advise students and student organizations on effective engagement with the local community
  • Host events that connect campus and community to address local social issues

 Williamsburg Engagement - 20%

  • Lead small groups of students in regular service at two local nonprofits
  • Facilitate education and reflection with volunteers
  • Track community impact of regular service

 Community Discussions and Dialogues20%

  • Facilitate at least four Conversation Café dialogues each semester including students, faculty/staff, and community members
  • Facilitate at least five community discussions addressing social issues and featuring local community partners
  • Publicize discussions and dialogues

 Aim 4 Community Engagement – 10 %

  • Track service hours and other expectations of Aim 4 participants
  • Coordinate group service and community experiences for Aim 4 participants
  • Coordinate with community partners as co-educators to assure effective service experiences
  • Manage communication of opportunities and expectations to Aim 4 students

 Office of Community Engagement10 %

  • Meet with community organizations and members to explore additional local partnerships
  • Support OCE programs such as Active Citizens Conference, Community Engagement Grants, and Celebration of Active Citizenship as needed
  • Attend local community and civic events and recruit students to attend as well as part of #GowithOCE
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Skills

  • Experience with event planning and managing logistics
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Facilitation of dialogue with attention to controversy with civility
  • Leadership experience advising or training students

 Preferred Skills

  • Experience working with nonprofits
  • Interest in college student development and higher education civic engagement
  • Interest in local social issues and community engagement
  • 1-3 years of experience with the above areas

 Further Information

  • This position is limited to 36.25 hours per week, but requires occasional evening and weekend hours
  • The Fellow will co-lead a 7 Generations pre-orientation trip in August 2017
  • The Fellow will have the opportunity to attend a domestic alternative break free of charge
Housing Fellow


Based at Housing Partnerships, Inc. (HPI), the Housing Fellow will
 maximize the College of William & Mary’s human resources and commitment to service to better the housing conditions of those living in poverty in the larger community of Greater Williamsburg. The Fellow reports to the Executive Director, Abbitt Woodall (an alumnus of W&M).

Responsibilities:

  • Educate members of the college and the larger community about the challenges faced in aging homes when poverty and/or disability limit the ability to repair one’s home. 
  • Produce volunteer recruitment materials and organize trainings as needed before hands-on volunteering opportunities.
  • Assemble team(s) from the W&M community and beyond to complete home repairs under the guidance of experienced professionals. 
  • Coordinate with staff to match repairs needed with groups who can accomplish them. 
  • Coordinate training opportunities for HPI’s volunteers enabling them to take on skilled tasks and provide an even higher level of support to HPI and their community.
  • Lead the implementation of a volunteer management system which will handle all volunteers from the community to improve relationships with potential, current, and past volunteers.
  • Recruit student interns and volunteers to help with other aspects of the agency, including but not limited to, assistance with special events, donor communication, and scheduling.

 Skills Needed:

  • Genuine desire to support the mission and work of HPI
  • Excellent computer skills in database management, Microsoft Office Suite including Excel and Word, word processing and website management
  • Experience with nonprofit operating practices and principles
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail

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