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Academic Internships Director

$5,732 – $8,176 monthly

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 6/03/23

Job Description

Academic Internships Director

Job No: 527123
Work Type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Student Services

The incumbent will lead the newly created Academic Internships Office at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Reporting to the Executive Director of the CCE, the incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the establishment and expansion as well as the day-to-day operations of the Academic Internships Office by providing guidance to the Center's and campus staff and relevant support to students, faculty, and community partners to create and maintain high quality, high impact academic internship opportunities. This includes but is not limited to:

  • overseeing office staff and operations; serving as a resource for students participating in academic internships and other high impact practices
  • providing mentorship, support, guidance, and professional-personal development opportunities for students
  • serving as a hub for strategic thinking regarding academic internship policies, procedures, and best practices
  • coordinating between, with and across campus and community stakeholders involved with academic internships
  • serving as a liaison between academic units, Student Affairs (e.g. Career Development Center), Risk Management/Contracts as well as the Chancellor's Office
  • developing systems of tracking, assessment and reporting of student learning outcomes, community impact and continuous improvement
  • guiding and supporting the development of curriculum and professional development for faculty teaching internship courses and training for community partners (e.g. site supervisors) and staff.

The incumbent will provide direction, supervision and guidance for staff assigned to academic internship-related duties, programs, and services as well as community partner and community host sites. The incumbent will also facilitate the resolution of issues and concerns brought forward by students, faculty, and community host site personnel in consultation with the Executive Director and the Senior Faculty Fellow for Academic Internships. Overall, the incumbent will work under general supervision of the Executive Director and in consultation with the Senior Faculty Fellow to perform highly complex tasks and policy related work including reviewing difficult problems, developing, and recommending courses of action, and implementing proposed solutions. As a part of this effort, the incumbent will serve as a strategic thought partner in the development, implementation, and administration of department/center, college, division, and campus policies, and help create responsive programming and solutions that ensure stability and sustainment of programming in campus and community contexts. This incumbent will also lead strategic planning and communication efforts in collaboration with other, high-profile campus units to leverage, centralize and make more accessible and efficient academic internship services, support, and programing on campus. They will also help identify grant and potential development opportunities.
Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee the operational needs for the establishment and development of a cohesive Academic Internships Office within the CCE and support student success efforts and the, overall, success of academic interns, faculty, staff, community partners involved in the development and implementation of equitable academic internships and ensuring their success.
  • Provide guidance, support, and mentorship (professional-personal-educational) to students participating in and equity-driven access, support and guidance to students interested in participating in academic internships. This includes but is not limited to: strategic planning, and support for student-centered, college and department level academic internships, and oversight and coordination of university-wide academic internships programs, initiatives and projects such as but not limited to the College Corps @ The Beach Fellows Program and the Long Beach Community Internship Program (LBCIP) as well as other efforts that support creating, developing, strengthening, and/or expanding academic internships.
  • Develop and maintain a communications plan and systems (strategic branding, marketing and communications) and serve as a liaison with the Chancellor's Office, Student Affairs (e.g. Career Development Center staff), college and department level faculty and staff, Financial Management Division, Faculty Development Center, Risk Management/ Contracts and other key campus and community stakeholders involved with academic internships and other high impact practices.
  • Build, develop and implement procedures and systems of tracking, assessment and reporting of student learning outcomes and community impact in adherence to and alignment with external and internal policies and best practices and research on academic internships and high impact practices more generally.
  • Identify grant and funding opportunities and develop proposals for community-university partnerships, engagement, and internship opportunities
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Possess general knowledge of organizational and program management methods

  • Demonstrated ability in overseeing and implementing academic internships and related partnership development programming

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize knowledge of current policies, principles and best practices of high quality, high impact academic internships

  • Demonstrated ability to design program evaluations and assessments, interpret data, and align responsive actions to improve equitable outcomes

  • Demonstrated ability to apply and promote principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to program design and delivery

  • Demonstrated ability to stay current on research and literature as it related to high impact practices, academic internships, community partnerships, and DEIA in higher education

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply program policies and procedures

  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements

  • Demonstrated ability to develop programming and services aligned with effective student success strategies, efforts and indicators (e.g. persistence, retention, graduation -Specific experience in developing effective student success programing is a must);

  • Demonstrated ability to obtain factual and interpretative information

  • Demonstrated ability to operate independently and as a member of a team in a high-traffic, high-demand, student-equity-centered office/program

  • Demonstrated ability to collect, compile, analyze, and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentations based on these data

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, faculty, CSULB administrators, student organizations, private and public agencies, and others in committee work, and student advising and community contacts

  • Ability to effectively use Word, Excel, and Power Point to create reports, printed forms, resource materials, and presentations

  • Experience working with public affairs and governmental affairs

  • Excellent writing skills and verbal communication skills required in order to assist students, faculty, and community partners.

    Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
    Education and Experience

    Equivalent to a bachelor's degree with upper or graduate coursework in counseling and guidance, human relations, behavioral sciences, education, student development or related field required. Minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in academic internships, community engagement or equivalent programs required. Five (5) + years preferred. Master's degree in relevant field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.
    Physical Summary

    Sedentary work - Involves mainly sitting. Walking and standing are minimal. Lifting is limited to lightweight objects (10 pounds or less).

    Center for Community Engagement

    SSP IV

    Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

    CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,732 - $8,176 per month

    Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.
    Time Base

    Full-time temporary position for one (1) year with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.
    Application Procedures

    Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.

    PLEASE FILL OUT THE APPLICATION COMPLETELY. It is important that all sections of the on-line application are filled out completely and accurately. Please include all relevant education and experience. Your application will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
    Additional Information

    CSULB is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.
    Equal Employment Statement

    California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

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    We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact
    Out of State Employment Policy

    California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

    As of January 1, 2022 the .
    Out of State Employment Policy

    California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

    As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

    Application Closes: May 09, 2023 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.