The Washington Program at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is an established and respected leader in liberal arts education in the nation’s capital since 1972. The program has at its core an innovative experiential learning approach centered on a full-time internship, accompanied by three academic courses on government and policy, and enhanced by a variety of co-curricular programs and speakers. Students are competitively selected for participation in the program from CMC and the other Claremont Colleges (Pomona, Scripps, Pitzer, and Harvey Mudd Colleges), all leading liberal arts institutions. The program has helped to build a large alumni network in Washington, and our students continue to lead in a diversity of areas in public service and policy.
We seek a student-focused full-time Director who has the professional and managerial skills, along with the understanding of higher education, that are required to manage a comprehensive, high-quality experiential learning program. If the person has a PhD or JD and is interested in teaching a course in the program, we will consider an appointment as visiting professor and appropriate compensation.
The Director develops and manages key relationships with governmental, non-governmental, and private sector organizations in Washington, D.C.; recruits students on campus in Claremont; and is responsible for management and oversight of all student development and administrative aspects of the program. The Director works with a faculty committee to ensure the quality of the curricular and co-curricular learning in the program. Finally, the Director works with appropriate offices at CMC to enhance the visibility and impact of CMC’s presence in Washington, D.C.
The ideal candidate has a background in public policy, government, or law, and/or significant interest and experience in higher education, experiential learning, career services, student development or student support. Knowledge of public policy, government, law, leadership, or any other aspect that is central to Washington, D.C., is a plus. The ideal candidate displays flexibility, assertiveness, diplomacy, and enthusiasm for student learning. If the ideal candidate has a PhD or JD, we would expect them to teach a course in the program and/or take a leadership role in coordinating courses.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will live in the Washington, D.C. metro area where s/he will be responsible for overseeing the professional and student life experiences of up to 15-20 students per semester. The Director will likely travel twice each semester to Claremont, CA for meetings with students, faculty, and staff, and is responsible for maintaining regular communication with campus.
The Director will: • Build and maintain relationships with local employers and institutions and the vibrant network of CMC alumni and parents in the region so as to create opportunities for internships and co-curricular learning for students; • Provide support and mentoring to students in matters related to academic and personal growth in coordination with CMC’s Dean of Students and Dean of Faculty Offices; • Manage all aspects of the program, including budgets, student recruitment, orientation, emergency/crisis management, and relations with the CMC campus in Claremont; • Possibly develop and deliver one course per semester.
EDUCATION: A doctoral degree in any relevant field, such as political science, law, public policy, or public administration is preferred. A master’s degree in a relevant field is acceptable for experienced practitioners, whether in higher education or in policy-related areas.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
EXPERIENCE: • Demonstrated experience working in a context of higher education, whether in the curricular or co-curricular space; • Knowledge of the institutions, agencies and professional culture of Washington, D.C., • Comfort in performing multiple projects, meeting deadlines, responding to others in a timely manner, and working both independently and collaboratively with a high standard of integrity and ethics, in support of the College’s strategic vision and the division’s/department’s annual goals; • Experience as a practitioner in Washington, D.C. and/or capability to teach a course is highly desirable.
LICENSES: A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to meetings and events is required.
HOURS: This is a full-time, 12-month position. The regular hours for this position can be at least 40 to 50 hours per week during the semester and may include evenings. Regular hours may vary due to the needs of the College and the program. Overtime, holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required. The best candidate for this position must be willing to work a flexible schedule.
TRAVEL: Some travel will be required.
CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt level, benefits-eligible position.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Part-time staff. The position will be supported by the staff of the Office of Off-Campus Study and a faculty advisory committee.
REPORTS TO: The position reports to the Dean of the Faculty. Proximate academic responsibility for the program, including courses and any associated academic appointment for the Director, resides in the Department of Government.
OTHER: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.
This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of the employment position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.