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Program Coordinator for Center for Social Change and Community Involvement at Lewis & Clark

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Campus Compact of Oregon


Host Site Name: Lewis & Clark College
Department: Center for Social Change and Community Involvement, Program Coordinator
Location: Portland, Oregon
Position Title: Center for Social Change and Community Involvement, Program Coordinator

Summary of Position and Project Goal:

The VISTA project will develop a sustainable volunteer program, specifically focused on alternative breaks and immersive programs, for the Lewis & Clark College (L&C), Center for Social Change and Community Involvement (CSCCI). The CSCCI has four pillars of the program; L&C Volunteers, Alternative Breaks Program, Immersion Programs, and Leadership Development. The VISTA project will work directly with the Alternative Breaks Program, and Immersion Programs pillars. Primary functions will include serving as the liaison with community partners in the greater Portland area, and U.S. or international partners which students will travel for immersion programs and alternative breaks. All service-learning projects will be grounded in social change and an Inclusive Leadership framework. The work will be approached through theoretical frameworks such as Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory, developing a sustainable service-learning model that prioritizes the needs of BIPoC students and communities, first-generation college students, and low income students. This position will collaborate with the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, and the Office of Student Accessibility.

Essential Responsibilities/Activities:

  • Work collaboratively with Lewis & Clark College staff, the Executive Director of CSCCI, and other CSCCI staff to become familiar with the College, the CSCCI, and the greater Portland community.
  • Research and document all findings regarding volunteer, alternative break, and immersion programs that exist at other colleges and universities.
  • Participate in training and professional development opportunities as necessary.
  • Engage in ongoing office and community based relationship building, focusing on partnership capacity for service-learning; this includes but is not limited to engagement with students, faculty, staff, and community partners in the Portland metro area and beyond.
  • Research and attend various events, gatherings, meeting spaces to be in community with BIPOC folks and organizations in order to start developing relationships and connections for potential partnerships, collaborations, and/or other community engagement initiatives.
  • Create and implement policies and procedures to help create sustainable practices for the center. This may include but is not limited to volunteer agreements, site agreements, and other volunteer-based agreement forms.
  • Ensure accurate record keeping and retention / organization of files.

Marginal Responsibilities:

  • Meet regularly with CSCCI staff, Student Life leadership team members and key stakeholders to start building relationships and creating conditions for collaboration and support.
  • Support Day of Service events, as needed, in collaboration with CSCCI staff.
  • Collaborate with CSCCI staff to plan alternative break and immersion programs as a form of support.

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:

  • Attend all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required trainings and events
  • Complete and submit all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required progress reports, timesheets, and other paperwork

Required Qualifications:

  • 18 years and older
  • Must have at least an Associates Degree or equivalent credits
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
  • Able to serve full-time for 365 days
  • Ability to pass a criminal history background check

Site Specific Requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Familiarity with private liberal arts colleges is preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience
  • Event coordination experience
  • Proficient in all Google Workspace applications

AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:

  • A living allowance of $16,617 (for VISTAs serving in Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties)
  • A living allowance of $13,362 (for VISTAs serving in any other county of Oregon)
  • An education award of $6,195 or cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
  • Relocation allowance of $550 and mileage - based reimbursement if moving more than 50 miles to serve
  • Health benefits
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payment on qualified student loans
  • Child care (if eligible)
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Access to an extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums
  • Federal jobs non-competitive eligibility for one year after service

Site Specific Benefits:

  • Access to the Pamplin Sports Center Weight Room
  • Break Away Membership
  • Meal Plan - Flex Only Plan
  • L&C Long-term Parking Pass or Trimet bus Pass provided, if needed
  • Bookstore: 10% discount on trade books, clothing, cards, office supplies, basic computer equipment, and more
  • Full access to L&C Watzek Library
  • $150 Professional Development Fund

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About Campus Compact of Oregon


620 SW 5th Ave. Suite 910, Portland, OR 97204, US

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION Campus Compact of Oregon convenes and supports the work of educational institutions individually and collectively to improve their practice around institutional equity, collaborative learning, and community engagement to respond effectively to a racially diverse and changing Oregon. OUR EQUITY STATEMENT As a racial justice and educational equity organization, we owe it to ourselves, our partners, and the communities that we collaborate with to strive for the utmost integrity. With this, we seek to dismantle harmful systems that perpetuate hate, xenophobia, and ignorance while working to center those most impacted by institutional, systemic, and interpersonal oppression: Black Indigenous & People of Color, LGBTQAI2++ people, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, and people with disabilities. ‚Äč


Campus Compact of Oregon is the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions of higher education, and the only regional or state Compact welcoming K12 schools and education nonprofits as members. We embrace our unique position to strengthen educational equity in Oregon through a focus on racial justice, community engaged learning, and college and K12 partnership. Take a look at how we do this through our programs.

Campus Compact of Oregon currently operates four AmeriCorps programs: an AmeriCorps VISTA program, Summer VISTA, and two state/national projects Connect2Complete and College Access Corps. All Campus Compact of Oregon programs are committed to promoting racial equity and social justice, and eliminating inequities that exist in Oregon in postsecondary access and success for students of color and first generation students. National service members are placed at colleges, universities, K12 schools, or education nonprofits and work with a supervisor at this host site. Each of our programs achieve this mission in a slightly different way.



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615 South Palatine Hill RoadPortland, OR 97219



  • Program Management
  • Organization
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 year, full time

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