The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center employees will begin sifting through applications submitted for the new position of assistant director beginning Sunday.
This position was created to aid the existing management staff with supervision and training of employees. The assistant director will also serve as the Alternative Breaks Program adviser.
“We’re very excited to be getting this assistance here in the Volunteer Center,” Volunteer Center Director Shawna Ross said. “We had a proposal in to (Central Michigan University) for some time now, and we’re happy we’re finally able to go forward with it. This position will allow us to expand our volunteer opportunities for students.”
According to the position’s job posting, the new director will be charged with assisting registered student organizations and collaborating with current staff members to improve and develop student volunteer programs.
“The assistant director will also be responsible for assisting RSOs in their service programming, coordinating outreach to the student population, integrating students to the volunteer center OrgSync database and assisting the director in the development and implementation of program evaluation and assessment,” the job posting read.
The position’s salary will be configured after a candidate is chosen and will be based on their previous experience and education.
Applicants, at minimum, must have a bachelor’s degree and one year of professional experience with student organizations or programming, among other organizational and personal qualifications.
“Once the position closes on (Oct. 13), the search committee will begin reviewing the applications,” Ross said. “The field will be narrowed, probably through phone interviews and then eventually on-campus interviews to determine who the person chosen will be.”
The Office of Student Affairs, which the volunteer center reports to, has played an integral part in creating and advocating for the creation of this position.
Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Tony Voisin is hopeful the position will create opportunities to help students that want to get more involved with volunteering through CMU.
“We’re very excited about the position,” Voisin said. “It’s all about the students, and we have hundreds of students on waiting lists for not only Alternative Breaks, but the mentoring programs as well. So, we really wanted to get Shawna some help over in the volunteer center with the position.”