Program Manager for the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in collaboration with the Executive Director, Social Justice Resource Center Program Manager, Spiritual Advisors, and Student Workers and Graduate Assistants of CSDS, the Program Manager will support the administration, operations, programmatic and communications functions of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service. S/he will design, implement, and evaluate programming that advances the mission of the Center, Student Affairs and the University. The Program Manager’s overarching role will help achieve the Center’s goals to: 1) Support students in becoming global citizens and leaders, 2) Provide opportunities to explore personal spirituality and religious expression 3) Foster interfaith and intercultural appreciation and competence, 4) Offer experiences of community, wellness, and wholeness, 4) Provide opportunities for constructive action through community service and civic engagement, and 6) Build partnerships with University departments, disciplines, and partners in the wider religious, academic, and public service communities. Specifically, in terms of programming and communications, the Program Manager will help lead/teach/inspire program participants; assist with programs and events planning and management, publicity and recruitment, train/equip student leaders, monitor assessment and evaluation of programs, manage the Center’s communications strategy, website content development, ENEWS, publications, and social media sites. S/he will use social media for the creation and enhancement of community, in addition to promoting Center events. S/he will coordinate signature events, speakers, retreats and seasonal celebrations, service experiences, and interfaith dialogue forums, as well as advance outreach to international and other student groups. In terms of critical operational and administrative functions, s/he will support the welcoming environment of the Center, extending hospitality to visitors; hire and supervise work study students, reconcile budgets, oversee procurement, and interface with University offices, and Spiritual Advisors to schedule the University’s Sacred Space and coordinate the learning, dialogue, prayer, worship, yoga, meditation, and spiritual practices schedules and co-facilitate educational programming. The appropriate candidate will likely be called upon to provide for some of the spiritual and pastoral needs of the University Community and may also serve as an advisor to student organizations.
Masters degree(s) preferred, in Higher Education, Communications, Marketing, Theology/Religious Studies, Peace Studies, International or Intercultural Relations, or related fields. The qualified candidate will possess a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in higher education and/or related field (nonprofit/non-governmental organizations, service learning, social service agencies working with young adults, religious institutions, interfaith/multicultural organizations, etc.). The position requires excellent administrative skills; attention to detail; initiative; strategic thinking and planning skills; creative program development skills; group facilitation skills; student leadership development skills; oral, written, presentational, and interpersonal communication skills; skills in working with religiously and culturally diverse communities on and off-campus; the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, administrators, students, and local and global University partners at all levels; a student-centered philosophy of education with interest in cooperative/experiential/creative pedagogies; a commitment to social justice, nonviolent conflict resolution, pluralism, and interfaith/cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. Other helpful skills include website content development and management; social media outreach skills, budget management, community development, mediation/negotiation/conflict resolution skills; and the ability to effectively supervise students and volunteers. The appropriate candidate may help provide pastoral services/chaplaincy functions to one or more student communities.