Bing Overseas Studies Program: Service Learning Partners Coordinator - Cape Town

Stanford University
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Friday, 20 June, 2014
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Stanford University
Bing Overseas Studies Program - Cape Town

The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the Service Learning Partners Coordinator position for its centre in Cape Town, South Africa.  

Stanford University is one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions and is known for its entrepreneurial character and its relationship to Silicon Valley. Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences.

The BOSP Cape Town office is comprised of 4 employees who serve an average of 25 students for the Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. As part of the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, you will help students as they encounter South Africa culture through conferences, workshops, and partnership organisations. The Cape Town program enables students to learn about the local communities, their achievements and their challenges through service-learning, community-based partnership research, related academic courses and extracurricular activities, all aimed at helping students achieve a deep understanding and appreciation of the city, its cultures, the wider Western Cape region and South Africa generally.

The Position:

The Service Learning Partners Coordinator (SLPC) coordinates identification, placement and monitoring of students working with community organisation partners through the Service Learning Programme offered at the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) in Cape Town, South Africa.  

The Service Learning Partners Coordinator (SLPC) is responsible for the following:

  • Build and maintain relationships with the centre’s community partners. This includes working with centre staff to design and run a mini-conference/capacity building forums with partners and other higher education institutions;
  • Record and facilitate reflection on the centre’s partnership practices;
  • Identify and coordinate service-learning positions with the centre’s community partners;
  • Matching students with service-learning placements. Monitoring student progress with partner organisations. Conduct orientation with students to the service learning placements and implement at the end of each quarter an Exit programme for students;
  • Meet students weekly for supervision, support and reflection on their service-learning placements;
  • Work with centre partners, centre staff and students to develop transport schedules for service-learning attendance;
  • Consult with and assist the Seminar Lecturer in curriculum design, ensuring that the sessions strike a good balance between theoretical models and reflection on students’ service-learning experience. Upon request of the Lecturer facilitate seminar sessions;
  • Maintain close contact with Stanford visiting faculty, local faculty and lecturers, student advisors, students and BOSP home campus staff, regarding community service learning program;
  • Assist the lecturer in identifying and arranging guest speakers to the seminars;
  • Participate in class meetings and co-facilitate discussions;
  • Arrange meetings and assist with routine conferences including scheduling rooms, managing equipment, and assembling material, including a partner pack;
  • Setup and maintain the online-learning platform for the service-learning course, including the mapping, resources and assignments tools.


Education and Experience

  • Four years of university studies with a graduate degree in a relevant field preferred, or equivalent experience;
  • Minimum of three years’ work experience in a similar role;
  • Experience in and knowledge of the many diverse communities and NGOs in the Western Cape or a similar area.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent client orientation and demonstrated ability to build interpersonal relationship to enable the person to work effectively and collaboratively with staff, community partners and students;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of South African culture, history and business etiquette;
  • Computer proficiency with skill in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Knowledge of service-learning pedagogy and programme design;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines, working independently and collaboratively as appropriate with professional colleagues both within the center and abroad in a team-oriented environment;
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness;
  • Strong attention to detail with a high level of accuracy.

Employment Conditions:

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience;
  • At the time of hire must be legally authorised to work in South Africa;
  • Must comply with all visa, work authorisation, and tax related laws and regulations as a condition of employment;
  • Position is benefits eligible subject to applicable South Africa/US laws, regulations and Stanford University policy.

Application Deadline: 20 June 2014.

Starting Date: Target date of 1 September 2014.

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