Manager, Social Justice Programs

  • Adler University
  • Vancouver, BC V6B3J5, CAN
  • Feb 22, 2023
Full time

Job Description

The Manager, Social Justice Programs is responsible for the development, management, and evaluation of social justice and community engagement programs at the Vancouver campus; these include but are not limited to the Social Justice Practicum (SJP), Community Action Day, Social Justice Beyond Borders and the annual University Retreat.  The Manager is responsible for the Social Justice Practicum experience; a requirement of all Adler students and the foundation to the development of socially responsible practitioners.  Oversight of the SJP program involves community partner development, student placement, site evaluation, and reporting.  Interface with academic programs is essential.  The Manager reports to the Executive Dean, Vancouver Campus with dotted-line responsibilities to the Director of the Center for Civic and Community Action in Chicago.


  • Master's degree in clinical counseling, community psychology, urban planning, public health/policy, social work, or other relevant areas or experience.
  • Dynamic professional with a record of working in diverse settings with experience building partnerships. Broad knowledge of community outreach.
  • Excellent oral and written skills and be able to function within an academic environment.
  • Ability to lead and inspire others about community and social responsibility.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external departments and partners for the purposes of experiential learning and community engagement.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet programs.


Supervision (if applicable):  Coordinator, SJP Program


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages the Coordinator, SJP Program, and provides mentoring and other management oversight.
  • Identifies and nurtures SJP sites that will provide student experiences in community outreach, evaluation, and social action research.
  • Oversees existing SJP partnerships by monitoring the quality of training provided and students' engagement in the experience.
  • Creates SJP projects that meet institutional standards, learning objectives, and exit competencies to maximize the experiential learning experience.
  • Coordinates workshops that prepare and train students for the Social Justice Practicum.
  • Manages/promotes SJP poster events/SJP celebrations.
  • Evaluates student learning and distribute grades at the completion of the SJP.
  • Educates, trains, implements, evaluates, and reports on community engagement best practices with internal and external partners.
  • Maintains tracking of student progress within appropriate databases.
  • Analyzes and reports, as required, on campus-wide engagement activities.
  • Coordinates data collection, analysis, and reporting of student community engagement activities and achievements.
  • Works closely with faculty and the university leadership to develop collaborations with external communities, agencies, and local government.
  • Assists faculty in the integration of social responsibility training into all aspects of the curriculum, including providing training through workshops, guest speakers, and supervision seminars that run concurrently with community placement.
  • Connects and collaborates with training coordinators of all programs and interfaces with academic programs as needed.
  • Develops an active community partner speaker's bureau for additional training opportunities.
  • Assists with the development of events that involve community partners/speakers.
  • Assists, when required, the Director, Development in identifying and developing funding opportunities for the Vancouver campus.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Additional Duties/ Skills:

  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Experience with database management.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and populations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Work Environment:  The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.


Universal Core Behaviors:


  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect, and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School's Vision, Mission, Values, and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.

 Teamwork and Collaboration:

  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships

 Responsive to Change:

  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge, and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate, and informed independent judgment when needed.

 Quality-Driven and Accountable:

  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions, and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in a professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining the highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).

 Support of Vision, Mission, Values, and Key Strategies:

  • Supports and models the School's Values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism, and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment to advancing the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal, and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the School's strategic plan and key strategies.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Adler University is committed to the principle of equal employment and advancement opportunities for all employees and potential employees, along with discrimination and harassment-free workplace environment. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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