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Associate Director of Civic Learning - Tisch College of Civic Life
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 10, 2020
Title Associate Director of Civic Learning - Tisch College of Civic Life
University Tufts University
Medford\/Somerville, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Sociology - General
    Public Policy & Administration
    Psychology - General

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares Tufts University students to become active citizens and community leaders. The only university-wide college of its kind, Tisch engages Tufts students in meaningful community building, public service experiences, and transformational learning. It also conducts and supports groundbreaking research on civic and political participation and forges innovative community partnerships.

Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) one of over 50 organizations supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), was established in 2008 to transform the biomedical research process through education, promoting collaboration, and the provision of research infrastructure and support services. Tufts CTSI accelerates the translation of laboratory research into clinical use, medical practice, and health policy. In addition to its work with Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, and other partner organizations, Tufts CTSI contributes to the national CTSA

Tufts CTSI and Tisch College of Civic Life seek a leader to oversee Civic Learning for the Health Professions at Tufts University. This is a new position designed to integrate ongoing civic learning activities and expand civic learning opportunities and to support program and education evaluation needs across Tufts.

Tufts University Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine currently offer or require civic learning for their students, supported by Tisch College. Through professional placements in community organizations, students develop advanced skills and deepen their understanding of health-related issues. Each of Tuft’s 3 medical schools has its own coordinator of civic learning who is primarily responsible for the service placements and for the students’ reflections. The Assoc. Director will supervise the existing programs and expand health-related civic learning across Tufts to serve the Medford campus and other Tufts CTSI partners. The Assoc. Director will be responsible for program consistency, use of evidence-based practices, benefits to communities, educational outcomes, and evaluation. The Assoc. Director will engage communities to promote positive community outcomes and ensure responsiveness to community needs. An additional important role for the Assoc. Director is advising Tufts CTSI community groups, students, and faculty broadly on developing and implementing program, education, and research evaluations, including all phases of evaluation projects; design, data collection, data analysis, reporting and consultation. It is expected that the Assoc. Director will lead and support scholarship in the areas of civic learning and community-engaged research and will publish based on program and evaluation data.


Basic Requirements:
Requires a minimum of four-year college degree.
5+ yrs. management experience.
A history of leadership in community-engaged service and research.
Experience working with underserved and health disparity populations.
Excellent negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and communication skills.
7-10 years of experience and success in stakeholder representation, government relations, or policy-making.
Experience leading service-learning programs.
Excellent negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and communication skills.
Extensive experience, and a track record of scholarship, using evaluation methods including quantitative and qualitative research, creating data collection tools and surveys, and performing statistical analysis of data collected for evaluation of education and community-based programs.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in a health care, social science, or public policy (e.g., medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, political science, sociology, public health, or related disciplines).
Leadership in the development of stakeholder and community engagement programs for health care and/or research.
Knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and related issues in the education of health professionals.
Training or extensive experience in communication with professional and community stakeholders.
Experience leading and mentoring professional colleagues.
Familiarity and interest in use of digital media for outreach, communication, participant recruitment, and stakeholder surveys
Familiar with program and education evaluation and clinical and translational scientific methods.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

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