ECO COMMUNITY PARTNER LIAISON
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The College of Education has an outstanding opportunity for an ECO Community Partner Liaison.
In September 2016, the College of Education launched a new undergraduate major in Education, Communities and Organizations (ECO) focused on fulfilling the teaching and learning needs of communities in equitable and sustainable ways. The foundation of the ECO major is a belief that teaching and learning happens not only within the formal classroom, but also in community settings. In this sense, we see health educators, youth advocates, coaches and corporate trainers as teachers who foster access to learning for a range of constituents in any community.
The ECO curriculum combines human development, equity studies, learning sciences, organizational theory and community engagement to prepare students to work in a variety of teaching and learning roles serving youth, families and professionals. The ECO major serves students who want to work with youth beyond the age of 8 and adult learners in a variety of community teaching and learning contexts. As such, students in the major plan to pursue careers in elementary and secondary teaching, higher education, youth development, policy reform, professional development, and a host of non-profit and government organizations.
The ECO program requires a year-long internship where students apply classroom knowledge alongside professionals in the field toward community-identified goals. Students in this internship will use their knowledge of community-based methods, which emphasize using community knowledge, promoting an asset-based approach and sustaining equitable relationships. The internship, which culminates in a capstone, has been constructed in collaboration with community contacts.
We are seeking a Community Partner Liaison to join the ECO team and take primary responsibility for initiating, cultivating, and sustaining strong relationships with community organizations. These organizations will principally, but not exclusively, serve as hosts for the year-long ECO capstone internship. In our efforts to uphold the value of equitable community-based research and practice, we are seeking applicants with experience in facilitating community voices as a part of the continued development and revision of the ECO major.
Effectively accomplishing this work requires an in-depth and nuanced understanding of communities and the individuals and organizations within them, as well as the skills to convey the importance of community-based learning to community organization representatives. Similarly, reciprocal partnerships also require articulation of community strengths and priorities to university students, faculty and administrators. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs.
The Community Partner Liaison will contribute to the ECO major through four major responsibilities:
1. Identify, initiate, cultivate and sustain strong relationships with many community organizations to serve as hosts for the year-long capstone internship.
2. Ensure a wide range of internship options are available that utilize community assets and students’ skills, but also meet community needs and promote student learning goals.
3. Work with faculty and undergraduate team (attending meetings, participating in class, holding focus groups and other connection between students and communities) to assist students in understanding communities and organizations, as well as reflecting on learning goals and outcomes from the capstone experience.
4. Coordinate the evaluation of community-based learning experiences, from both organizational and student perspectives. Contribute substantively to conversations on how to shape the ECO program in ways that respond to community-identified needs, strengths, and opportunities.
Other duties as assigned.
| • Bachelor’s degree in education, community development, ethnic studies, psychology or related fields
• 2-3 years of work or volunteer experience in community-based settings and demonstrated skills, knowledge and competence in working with a variety of individuals and organizations
• Experience in fostering relationships with, and/or liaising between, multiple stakeholders or community organizations
• Experience using equity-based approaches to community partnership development
• Strong written communication skills
How to Apply:
In your cover letter, please discuss your qualifications for this position and how your perspective on diversity, equity and inclusion will inform your role as Community Partner Liaison.
| • Experience facilitating learning experiences of students from K-12 or higher education institutions.
• Successful candidates will also possess the ability to read situations and people well and communicate across organizational interests and student development levels.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
The ECO major is committed to being a program that is inclusive of students from a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, ideological and social backgrounds, as well as serving communities in equitable, socially just and sustainable ways.
In your cover letter, please discuss how your perspective on diversity, equity and inclusion will inform your role as Community Partner Liaison.
The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or firstname.lastname@example.org.