Director of Character Education
Department:Markkula Ctr for Applied Ethic
Part Year: No
FLSA Status: Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week):40
This position directs all Character Education programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, including the development and marketing of curricula for K-12 students, workshops for training teachers and parents to use the curricula, and other programs developed to promote character education among youth. This individual creates the character education strategy of the Center, in consultation with the Executive Director. This individual has a role in raising the funds to support the Character Education programs but shares that responsibility with the Executive Director and the Director of External Relations. The individual develops and maintains relationships with key leaders in education locally and nationally, and with key faculty and staff on campus. This individual serves as a senior staff member of the Center, representing the Executive director at selected meetings and university events. This individual also talks to the media regarding character education issues in the news.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Develop strategy for the Ethics Center's Character Education Program
a. Assess existing strategy on an ongoing basis
b. Propose to Executive Director strategic changes in the Character Education program
2. Develop Character Education curricula for public education
a. Identify needs for curricula in public and charter schools, in home schooling, and in other educational settings.
b. Lead a character curriculum development process, using staff and consultants as necessary
3. Develop Character Education curricula for private and faith-based education
a. Identify needs for Character Education curricula in private and faith-based settings
b. Lead a Character Education curriculum development process for these materials, using staff and consultants as necessary
4. Develop and implement a marketing program to encourage adoption of Character Education materials
a. Identify effective systems for distributing curricula to public and private education
b. Lead a marketing effort, using staff and consultants as necessary
5. Develop and implement a Character Education teacher training program
a. Identify effective methods for educating teachers to use Character Education curricula
b. Design and offer Character Education teacher training materials to promote use of curricula
c. Evaluate the effectiveness of the program; revise effort as needed
6. Create and manage the Center's budget for Character Education Programs
a. Identify the Center's needs and resources for Character Education Programs
b. Track and report expenditures and revenues for Character Education Programs
7. Participate in development activities to raise funds to support Character Education Programs
a. Working with the Director of External Relations (DER), identify potential sources of funds.
b. Draft and/or review funding proposals.
c. Accompany DER or Executive Director on fund raising visits.
d. Meet with donors to report progress in CE.
8. Exercise thought leadership in Character Education
a. Makes presentations at regional and national conferences
b. Responds to media calls regarding breaking character education issues
c. Writes articles and blog posts for Center website
9. Develop key relationships with educational leaders locally and nationally
a. Develop network of leaders in character education scholarship
b. Develop network of leaders in public education
c. Develop network of leaders in private and faith-based education
10. Develop key relationships with faculty and staff at Santa Clara University
a. Develop relationships with key faculty and staff in the School of Education & Counseling Psychology and in the Liberal Studies (teacher development) Program
b. Develop relationships with key faculty and staff in other parts of the University to facilitate the Center's Character Education work.
11. Serve as a senior staff member of the Ethics Center
a. Participate in staff and senior staff meetings
b. Represent the Center and the Executive Director at selected meetings
c. Participate in the strategic development of the Center
12. Perform other tasks assigned by Executive Director
Provides Work Direction:
1. Manage a small staff and consultants to perform the Character Education work of the Center.
a. Hire staff and consultants to perform needed Character Education work.
b. Set goals, manage, and evaluate work of employees and consultants
1. Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.
2. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
3. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services.
4. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives.
5. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
6. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.
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.
This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
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, vendors or suppliers.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Typical office environment.
Familiarity with moral development and character education
Familiarity with civic education and social-emotional learning desirable
Familiarity with public, private and faith-based education
Strong written and oral communication
Strong presentation skills
Familiarity with web publishing desirable
Networking with other thought leaders and organizations
Understanding of marketing desirable
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelors' Degree required, Advanced degree preferred
6-8 years experience in the field of education
Teaching or administrative experience preferred
Management experience preferred
Salary Information: $3145.00 - $3697.50 semi-monthly, depending on experience
Open Until Filled: Yes
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About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master's universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California's oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
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