Apply to Be a Branch Out Coordinator

Shape the future of Alternative Breaks at W&M

Position Overview

Branch Out Student Coordinators are responsible for planning and implementing a year of successful high quality alternative breaks. Branch Out Coordinators provide leadership for the entire alternative break program, working closely to fulfill the Branch Out mission, vision, and values. Six Coordinators  work collaboratively on a team together with Branch Out's advisor, with two focusing on each of three areas.

General Responsibilities

  • Advise Site Leaders in developing thorough and engaging pre-trip education, facilitate trip logistics, and implementing a successful reorientation plan
  • Recruit and select Site Leaders
  • Plan and facilitate Site Leader Retreat
  • Support fellow Student Coordinators when necessary

Education Coordinators
Education Coordinators work closely with Site Leaders to ensure they are supported and prepared to implement high-quality alternative breaks and develop active citizenship. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Based on the syllabus and class learning objectives, develop lesson plans for and facilitate and lead all sessions of site leader training, in collaboration with the advisor a the program advisor Plan and lead Site Leader class in cooperation with OCE staff.
  • Plan and lead reorientation events after fall, winter, and spring breaks
  • Create a sense of inclusion and fun among Site Leaders through group-building and bonding events

Site Coordinators
Site Coordinators work closely with community partners, housing hosts, and transportation managers to develop sustainable, mutually-beneficial partnerships. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop partnerships for all trips, confirming community partners, housing sites, and transportation
    • Work with the advisor to implement the budget for each break
    • Manage and evaluate impact plan evaluations
  • Evaluate partnership opportunities to ensure alignment with Branch Out values and positive community impact
  • Facilitate logistics for the Site Leader training retreat
  • Problem-solve as complications arise with community and housing partners

Development Coordinators
Development Coordinators promote a quality experience for participants, creating an inclusive, fun community and ensuring alternative breaks are accessible to all.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Recruit participants for all alternative breaks
  • Welcome participants to their teams in a spirit of celebration and lightheartedness
  • Oversee publicity and branding for Branch Out through social media, interest meetings, and other creative methods
  • Plan and implement events including the year-end "Now What" celebration
  • Apply for W&M funding opportunities; research additional program-wide funding opportunities as available
  • Develop and implement a program-wide fundraising plan
  • Plan and implement an alumni engagement strategy, including regular communication, community and student impact reporting, and a homecoming gathering
Commitment
  • Positions end April and end April of the following year; Summer Hours are required for all positions with as many as 5-10 hours per week
  • Attend Break Away's Alternative Break Citizenship School for one week over the summer at no cost
  • Attend three transition meetings with outgoing Student Coordinators after hired in March and April 
  • Plan and participate in one weekly “Trunk” meeting with all of the Student Coordinators and the program advisor
  • Plan and participate in one weekly "Twig" meeting with the program advisor and your co-coordinator
  • Plan and participate in at least one weekly "Roots" meeting with your co-coordinator to work collaboratively on coordinator responsibilities 
  • Serve as an advisor for alternative breaks (fall, winter, and spring) and meet regularly with Site Leaders
  • Attend one overnight Trunk retreat in the fall, Site Leader retreat in September, and one day Trunk retreat in the spring
  • Student Coordinators are paid $7.25 per hour, for an average of 5-10 hours per week

Applicants who are currently studying abroad are welcome to apply; interviews will take place via Skype or Google Hangout.

Requirements
  • Previous leadership and community engagement experience; experience with Branch Out as a Site Leader is preferred
  • Commitment to community engagement, Branch Out mission, vision and values
  • Understanding of and commitment to the value of education, orientation, training and reorientation in alternative breaks
  • Experience with public speaking, training and peer education
  • Understanding of and ability to manage productive group dynamics
  • Interest in working with a co-coordinator in a collaborative style
  • Strong organizational and communication skills including attention to detail and follow-through
  • Problem solving and ability to adapt to ensure a high quality and successful program
  • Ability to serve as ambassadors for the Branch Out Alternative Breaks program, contributing ideas for improvement and publicizing our goals with the campus and beyond
  • Ability to make the required time commitment to the program outlined below
    • Effective leadership takes time and energy. Involvement in this program requires an on-going commitment throughout the year. We want your involvement in this program to be an enhancement to your well-being and not a contribution to unhealthy over-commitment. Please carefully consider if participating in this program is sustainable with your other priorities.

Coordinators cannot also serve as site leaders.

We welcome and encourage rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply for Coordinator positions.

Application Process

Applications will be open on February 20th and will close on March 12th. Interviews will take place on March 14th and March 15th. 

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