Location: Gardner, MA Category: Part Time (Non-Benefit) Posted On: Mon Jan 13 2020 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
The Portrait of a Graduate Program Assistant will play a critical role in successful implementation of the Barr Foundation Portrait of a Graduate grant and will serve as overall administrative grant support across all partners as well as primary administrative point of contact for MWCC Early College programs participating in this grant's activities. The Program Assistant will be responsible for efficient and timely flow of communication; planning and scheduling meetings and related logistics; organization of Working Team and subcommittee member activities; and ensuring project objectives and planned activities are executed with stakeholder perspectives strongly represented.
This individual will be highly visible throughout the year-long process and must be comfortable in creating and growing symbiotic relationships throughout the schools, districts, and community organizations.
The Portrait of a Graduate Program Assistant will ensure that the year-long process regularly engages key stakeholders for their ideas, experiences, and feedback to the design of an aligned vision of what high school students in North Central Massachusetts will know and be able to do by graduation. Key stakeholder groups will include: 1) current and graduated students (of all ages); 2) parents and family members; 3) K-12 educators (teaching faculty, classroom aides, school administrators, district leadership, guidance counselors, current and previous participants of Changemaking); 4) local elected representatives (school committee members, mayors/town managers, city councilors/selectmen, state representatives, etc.); 5) business community (chambers of commerce, business owners and employers, especially youth employers); 6) higher education faculty and administration; 7) workforce-related agencies (economic development agencies, planning commissions, MWCC continuing education programs, MassHire, and other employment agencies); 8) social services, health, and youth organizations (school resource officers and police departments, DCF, substance abuse, Spanish American Center and other language support organizations, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club); and 9) community perspectives (senior citizens, Lion's Club and other service organizations, city cultural commission members, public libraries and museums, city/town recreation departments, Ashoka fellows and staff, learning community members.
Provide positive and responsive leadership by communicating with care, humility, openness, and professionalism to all stakeholders of Portrait of a Graduate process;
Support selection, onboarding, and ongoing communication with Working Team members and volunteers for any subcommittees established by the Working Team;
Maintain regular contact and organization with Portrait of a Graduate Media Coaches and Alumni Outreach team members;
Attend at least one Changemaker Communities professional development session, which leverages the skills of empathy, leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving, and underpins the overarching philosophy for this process;
Opportunity to attend professional development and learning community convenings sponsored by the Barr Foundation, and also participate in school site visits;
Participate in orientation session and weekly check-in meetings with project director and/or Core Facilitators.
Share enthusiasm for portrait of a graduate vision and inclusive creation process with stakeholders to encourage participation during the grant year and beyond;
Promote events and attendance for listening sessions, focus groups, and other Portrait of a Graduate-related gatherings through the creation and distribution of marketing messages, invitations, posters, and other forms of media;
Liaise with contracted social media support?Three Clovers Social Media?and Program Manager, United Way Youth Venture, and proactively share updates, news, photos, and video (with appropriate releases).
Participate in learning community, led by The Learning Agenda, to understand best practices of other grantees and communities reinventing school systems;
Assist in distribution and design of student, educator, and Working Team surveys;
Participate in review of existing school frameworks on local, state, national, and international levels?ensure this research is shared and help to connect the dots for Working Team members and stakeholders participating in the process;
Support compilation of data into accurate picture of the behaviors, challenges, and successes of our graduates.
Administrative Support & Logistics
Support organization of book study group for Working Team;
Support scheduling of Working Team meetings and other events and gatherings by synchronizing calendars of key individuals as well as the school, district, and other known community events;
Assist in retrieving required data and documents (i.e., permission slips, meeting sign-in sheets, etc.);
Other duties as assigned.
Must be comfortable in a highly visible and fast-paced role;
Must be able to create and grow symbiotic relationships throughout the schools, districts, and community organizations;
Must have strong communication skills, as well as sharp problem-solving, and customer service skills;
Must be team-oriented and open to collaboration;
Strong time management skills;
Must have access to reliable transportation.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND APTITUDES
Understand file storage, data security, FERPA, and organization workflow;
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $15.00-16.00 per hour Employee Status: Part Time Benefits: No Hours per Week: 18 Number of Weeks: 52 Grant end 12/2020
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Internal Number: 119721
About Mount Wachusett Community College
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.