United We Serve: Yes We Should!

Check out Serve.gov to keep abreast of Obama’s summer service initiative United We Serve:

“United We Serve” is a nationwide service initiative that will help meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own “do-it-yourself” projects. “United We Serve” is an initial 81 days of service but will grow into a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans.


First Steps First: Hiring The Service Program Coordinator

We have just about wrapped up our search for the Service Program Coordinator. This position is made possible with funding from AmeriCorps/VISTA and with assistance from Oregon Campus Compact. We are grateful for their support and guidance, and we hope to have a Coordinator identified in the next few weeks! In the meantime, here are the details of this person’s position:


The Marylhurst University Service Program Coordinator will develop and facilitate three service-oriented programs at the University: 1) service-oriented partnerships between the University and other organizations; 2) service-oriented activities for university faculty, staff, and students to participate in, and; 3) service learning curricular offerings for Marylhurst students. Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers will be essential to the success of the program.


Full-time, August 17, 2009 – August 20, 2010


• Identify, develop, and coordinate community service-oriented partnerships for the University.

• Design and implement service-oriented activities for university faculty, staff, alumni, and students to participate in.

• Facilitate the development of service learning curriculum.

• Plan and facilitate University-sponsored, service-oriented event: “Marylhurst University Service Conference.”


• Design and write material for program (forms, brochures and other literature);

• Design appropriate forms, signage and written material for activities (sign-in sheets, directions, etc.);

• Track volunteer information and activities in a database;

• Complete general office duties related to position (mailings, filing, phone calls, community fairs and outreach activities, etc.); limited to 10%.

• Complete and submit in a timely manner all OSSC/AmeriCorps required reports and time sheets.

• Attend OSSC/AmeriCorps sponsored orientation, trainings, meetings and disaster response.

• Collaborate with Center for Learning Technology (CLT) Coordinator and Web Strategist to access and update on-line resources.

• Serve as a representative of the program and present on the program at various venues.

• Participate in identified training and professional development activities.


1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who enjoys working with diverse groups of people.

2. Experience and/or desire to work in a University setting.

3. Interest and/or experience in recruiting and supporting volunteers for community-service programs.

4. Experience and/or desire to learn event planning.

5. Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

6. Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

7. Valid driver’s license, good driving record and own transportation.

8. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.


See Oregon Campus Compact for complete compensation package information.


Director, Center for Experiential Learning & Assessment


Oregon Campus Compact: www.oregoncampuscompact.org


Melanie Booth, Ed.D.

Director for the Center for Experiential Learning & Assessment

mbooth@marylhurst.edu / 503-636-3941