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Assistant Director in the Center for Educational Partnerships - College of Education

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Education

Summary: This is a full-time, administrative professional position in the Center for Educational Partnerships, in the College of Education and Community Innovation. The Assistant Director will support the center’s mission of developing partnerships and initiatives that enhance the academic programs of the college and serve PK-12 schools.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of education, higher education, or administration (public or non-profit), or comparable degree
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in, collaborating, or volunteering with K-12 schools, community organizations, and/or other informal educational settings
  • Experience and desire to lead grant management, including budgeting, researching, communicating, and reporting
  • Project management, administration, and financial oversight skills
  • Proven experience in cultivating and maintaining partnerships
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and presentation abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to focus on and manage multiple project

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Experience in fund and donor development
  • Master’s degree in the field of education, higher education, or administration (public or non-profit), or comparable professional experience
  • Event planning and management
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Website editing/management skills and knowledge of content management systems (CMS)
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Experience in managing/using Google Drive or other cloud-based platforms

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for grants and program management, including writing, budgeting, and reporting for multiple grants/projects
  • Manage currently established partnerships; develop and manage new school and community partnerships
  • Curriculum development, programming, and/or content development
  • Work to promote experiential learning, including but not limited to service-learning, place-based education, design thinking, community-based learning, and/or project-based learning within the college and the community
  • Work cooperatively with the CEP office and GVSU faculty in support of projects and events, with an emphasis on experiential learning, including the Groundswell program, and other environmental education initiatives
  • Identify faculty resources and connections for supporting community partnerships
  • Write and publish materials, including university publications, and make professional presentation
  • Assist in CEP projects and programs, and special projects as assigned by the Dean or CEP Director
  • Serve on and/or lead university and community committees or initiatives, as appropriate

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Department/Division:  College of Education and Community Innovation / Academic Student Affairs

Campus:  Pew

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter, a resume, writing sample, contact information for three references, a copy of transcripts, and one (1) strong writing sample (i.e., a published piece, article, press release, etc.). The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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