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Seeking Center Director for the Downtown Education Collaborative

The Downtown Education Collaborative (DEC)—a community education partnership between Andover College, Bates College, Central Maine Community College, and University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn—seeks an experienced, creative, dynamic leader to coordinate a unique initiative: the launch of a storefront center dedicated to joint, community-based educational work in and with Lewiston’s downtown residential neighborhood.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled collaborator, an able organizer, and a social entrepreneur with an ability to work comfortably in both academic and community settings. S/he will be skilled and knowledgeable at working with faculty and students from diverse academic settings and skilled and knowledgeable at working with diverse community perspectives and interests. The ideal candidate will be open, resourceful, and flexible, earning trust and offering good judgment as s/he sets the Center’s agenda, fosters collaboration, and nurtures DEC’s practice of consensus governance. S/he will possess a working knowledge of, or good instincts about, community issues, non-profit management, and academic culture.

The position is temporary, with a three-year commitment and the possibility of longer tenure if further funding is secured. The position offers an annual salary of $40,000 combined with an outstanding benefit package. Tentative start date for this position is January 9, 2007.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled collaborator, an able organizer, and a social entrepreneur with an ability to work comfortably in both academic and community settings. S/he will be committed to DEC’s underlying principles of community-based education and shared governance. S/he will be skilled and knowledgeable at working with faculty and students from diverse academic settings; and skilled and knowledgeable at working with diverse community perspectives and interests. The ideal candidate will be open, resourceful, and flexible, earning trust and offering good judgment as s/he sets the Center’s agenda, fosters collaboration, and nurtures DEC’s practice of consensus governance. S/he will possess a working knowledge of, or good instincts about, community issues, non-profit management, and academic culture.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred, and bachelor’s degree required, with preference for professional experience in higher education and/or the non-profit sector with knowledge of and relationships in the Lewiston-Auburn community desirable.
  • Leadership ability, administrative skills in staff supervision, financial management, program organization and implementation, and grant writing, fund-raising skills and experience desirable.
  • Cultural competency skills, including the ability to negotiate at all levels of cultural differences: ethnic, socioeconomic, academic/non-academic, bench research/community based participatory research.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Flexibility of schedule with occasional meetings and programs on evenings and weekends.

Candidates should submit the following online at www.bates.edu: a vita or resume, names and contact information for three references, and a letter of application describing the reasons for the applicant’s interest in the job, relevant experience and expertise, and familiarity with higher education, community work, or the Lewiston-Auburn locale.

Bates College values a diverse college community and seeks to assure Equal Opportunity through a continuing and effective Affirmative Action program.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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