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Director of Campus Partnerships

Employer
Interfaith America
Location
Working from home
Salary
$90,000-$100,000 annually
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

ABOUT US 

Interfaith America is a national nonprofit organization based in Chicago. We believe that religious diversity is a foundational American strength, and we are building a nation that achieves that promise for the common good. Our mission is to inspire, equip, and connect organizations and leaders to unlock the potential of America’s religious diversity. We leverage our expertise in interfaith leadership in different sectors and spaces in American life, such higher education, health, public policy, racial equity, corporations/business, tech - giving leaders and institutions the tools and resources they need to positively engage religious diversity for the common good.

 

At Interfaith America, we are ever-adapting and changing. We look for people who set audacious goals and love that one workday may not be like the next. We have a strong commitment to pluralism and building bridges across deep differences. Our programs help people build skills to bridge deep ideological divides. Our work is about staying in relationship with one another and contributing to the common good even when we might disagree on fundamental things. We seek to attract and retain a team of staff comprised of a wide variety of views and backgrounds we need to achieve our vision, especially people from communities historically underrepresented in interfaith work. 

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

Interfaith America has worked with American colleges and universities for over a decade. We are committed to providing high quality programming that suffuses and sustains higher education’s commitment to engaging religious diversity and advances a culture of pluralism more broadly on campuses At this moment, higher education is reckoning with its role in society and re-prioritizing a commitment to pluralism. Given this current context, the Director of Campus Partnerships will be responsible for key aspects of IA’s growing work with campuses seeking to become exemplars of pluralism. This work involves consulting with college and university presidents, senior administrators, and other stakeholders to develop a strategy for modeling pluralism across all areas of the campus experience.  

 

Responsibilities:

 

Serve as senior-level consultant to college presidents, administrators, and network leaders 

  • Build relationships with external higher education networks and professional associations and represent IA at their professional conferences and spaces. 
  • Build relationships with individual college and university presidents and senior leaders who are committed to modeling pluralism and identify strategic collaboration opportunities. 
  • Collaborate with IA colleagues, partner organizations, and higher education networks to advance a proactive strategy of increased attention to modeling pluralism across American higher education. 
  • Contribute literature and best practice resources to the fields of pluralism and interfaith cooperation in higher education. 

Oversee IA Consultations, Programs and Trainings to Support Campuses Becoming Exemplars of Pluralism  

  • Lead in-depth consulting engagements with campuses seeking to become exemplars of pluralism. Field inquiries from campus partners, devise concrete scopes of work and contracts for each interested campus that are in line with IA’s strategic objectives and the campus’s unique needs, and lead the on-campus work and follow-up. 
  • Convene groups of institutions in cohorts to work together and learn from each other as they implement key practices to model pluralism. 
  • Serve as primary program lead with the Association of Catholic College & Universities (ACCU) on the biennial Presidents Institute on Moral Leadership for a Diverse Campus 
  • Co-design and co-lead the biennial Presidents Institute with ACCU 
  • Support participating campuses in achieving articulated outcomes through follow-up grants and ongoing offerings 
  • Explore additional collaboration opportunities and maximize positive outcomes with regard to the ongoing partnership with ACCU
  • Lead short-term consulting and training work with individual campuses as needed. 

Contribute to Organizational Culture and Projects as Needed 

  • Lead or contribute to additional time-bound projects as determined by organizational needs and cultural realities. Projects may include building relationships with key underrepresented networks of campuses (e.g., community colleges, Minority Serving Institutions) or guiding interest groups on topics of salience.
  • Ensure that all programming delivers excellently on IA goals and grant requirements. 
  • Contribute to funder reports regularly. 
  • Contribute positively to organizational culture and collaboration; uphold IA policies and values. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate degree in higher education, organizational management, religion, or related field
  • High level of religious literacy; fluency in pluralism and an “engaging deep differences” approach to diversity
  • Seven or more years’ experience and a record of success in higher education, consulting, bridgebuilding or interfaith work, or other related sectors 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications (not required)

  • Experience effecting change in or consulting for complex organizations, ideally in a college or university environment
  • Experience working with senior-level executives 
  • Experience leveraging interfaith leadership in a variety of settings 
  • Training, facilitation, curriculum design, pedagogy, or related skill sets
  • Supervision (direct or indirect) of individuals with diverse working styles and backgrounds 

Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking - Aptly explores, deciphers and interprets the best concepts for achieving organizational excellence, anticipating and responding to change and aligning organizational systems, processes and people with changes in the IA business landscape. 
  • Trusted advisor -Apt at building trust-based relationships both internally and externally and viewed as a source of valuable advice. 
  • Program Leadership - Ability to lead programs, manage staff, and delegate work effectively and ensuring that all items are completed within scope, budget and timelines. 
  • Project Management - Aptly leading, planning, and executing project or pieces of a project, ensuring all project members are staying within timelines and budgets.
  • IA Theory and Methodology –Ability to explain and engage constituents in Interfaith America’s theory and methodology in a way that resonates with that constituent, and they understand our work within their own context. (learned on the job, not required prior to start date)
  • Inclusive and equitable decision maker - Ability to lead, listen, think critically, and leverage the thinking of diverse groups for smarter ideation and decision making that lead to equitable outcomes in our work. 

Supervisor: Vice President of Higher Education Strategy 

Leadership level: Director

Compensation: $90,000 - $100,000 annually, plus excellent benefits. Please read more about our benefits here 

Travel: 30% of the time traveling on behalf of IA

Location: Remote, frequent travel for work, and 4 trips to our Chicago office per year 

 

Other Requirements:

The Director of Campus Partnerships position requires the ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, to: maintain regular attendance; travel to campuses across this US; work cooperatively with others; adhere to Interfaith America personnel policies and safety rules; sit and/or stand for extended periods of time; operate standard office equipment, including computers, telephones, photocopiers, and projectors; communicate orally, in writing, and via computers and digital devices; and requires close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, transcribe, view a computer terminal and other office equipment. 

Interfaith America is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, marital status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Reasonable accommodation will be provided as needed to enable qualified applicants with a disability to participate in pre-employment procedures.

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