Assoc Dir Educ & Action Research, Santa Clara Univ.

Associate Director of Education and Action Research, Miller Center for Soc Entrep, Santa Clara University

Position TitleAssociate Director of Education and Action Research
DepartmentMiller Center for Soc. Entrep.
Part YearNo
FLSA StatusExempt
Standard Hours (hours per week)
40
for more info and to apply see https://jobs.scu.edu/postings/3037

Position Summary Information

Position Purpose
Reporting to the Director of Education and Action Research, the Associate Director of Education and Action Research in the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship leads the “Social Impact Assessment” strategic initiative. Responsibilities include designing and implementing practical research projects with social enterprises in the developing world; convening a SCU faculty interest group in social impact evaluation and measurement; developing curriculum (learning modules, and an undergraduate class); and documenting the collective social impact of the Center’s programs. Reporting to the Director of Education and Action Research, the Associate Director of Education and Action Research in the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship leads the “Social Impact Assessment” strategic initiative. Responsibilities include designing and implementing practical research projects with social enterprises in the developing world; convening a SCU faculty interest group in social impact evaluation and measurement; developing curriculum (learning modules, and an undergraduate class); and documenting the collective social impact of the Center’s programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Lead action research projects with social entrepreneurs (55%)
a. Develop partnerships with consulting firms to analyze and foster best practices in social impact evaluation in the social enterprise movement (to be done with the Director of External Relations). 
b. Conduct research with a select group of GSBI social enterprises to enhance their impact evaluation through action research projects.
c. Mentor action research projects of Global Social Benefit Fellows.
d. Document and disseminate findings via white papers, journal articles, conference presentations and in other appropriate media.
2. Developing social impact evaluation and measurement curriculum (20%)
a. Enhance GSBI curriculum in impact evaluation
i. Develop a toolkit for stage- and sector-appropriate impact measurement systems for Base of the Pyramid economic environments.
ii. Support replication initiatives and GSBI Network partners.
iii. Support Impact Capital Program with messages about impact evaluation.
b. Contribute to the curriculum development of Santa Clara University
i. Develop and teach an undergraduate course titled “Impact Evaluation for Social Justice.”
ii. Coordinate curriculum development (e.g., cases, exercises, and learning activities) to share with other departments and programs.
3. Convene a faculty interest group in social impact assessment (15%)
a. Convene, lead and manage a faculty interest group, articulating action research and curriculum development to support the Center’s engagement with GSBI social enterprise partners. 
b. Share information about research needs of the social enterprise movement with participating faculty to determine a shared research agenda. 
c. Coordinate the award of the Center’s seed funding for research projects. 
d. Work with the Director of External Relations in the Center to raise additional funding for these activities. 
e. Write and submit several specific research proposals, in partnership with the Office of Sponsored Projects, to support research evaluating the capacity of social entrepreneurship to address development goals.
4. Document the collective social impact of the Center’s programs (10%)
a. Design social impact assessment reporting systems and coordinate the aggregate of data from all departments and program participants.
5. Other duties as assigned.
Provides Work Direction
n/a
Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal. 
• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
• May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, venders or suppliers.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Typical office environment.
• Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
• Offices with equipment noise.
• Offices with frequent interruptions.
Knowledge
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Skills
Effective writing skills in a variety of contexts, including white papers, research reports, scholarly journal articles, and similar documents.
Abilities
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Education and/or Experience
PhD in a relevant social science discipline.
Five years + of practical experience in social impact evaluation and program analysis of development efforts in the Global South (Asia, Africa and/or Latin America). Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the fields of social entrepreneurship, energy poverty, climate resilience, or gender equity.
Experience in both quantitative and qualitative social science research, and experience in participatory action research.
Experience in undergraduate instruction is a plus, although that is not a focus of this position.
Salary Information$2899.42 - $3384.17 semi-monthly

Posting Detail Information

Close Date
Open Until FilledYes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include with the application materials, in the writing sample section, three social impact evaluation or measurement reports, that you have authored or coauthored. These may be internal reports, white papers or scholarly journal articles.
This is a fixed-term position beginning 9/16/15 – 9/15/16 with the possibility of extension or conversion to regular status dependent on funding and/or business need.
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