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Job Posting: Associate Director

Employment Opportunity

Associate Director

Lasallian Volunteers of The De La Salle Christian Brothers

Job Overview:  The Associate Director is responsible for directing and assisting in the activities of the program. The Associate Director is a part of a four-member-team which includes the Director, Director of Development and the Coordinator of Recruitment. The Associate Director will travel extensively and assist with recruitment, interviewing, placement and advancement (personal, professional & spiritual) of 50-60 volunteers. The Associate Director will coordinate and manage many levels of program logistics, including: communicating with site & community directors, and collecting and updating frequently used forms, documents and other office materials. The Associate Director assists the Director in the overall operations of the program.  In the absence of the Director, the Associate Director acts in lieu of the Director.

General Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):

  • Overall implementation and planning for Orientation, Midyear and Debriefing Retreats; organize planning committees for these formation programs.
  • Organize and oversee site/community visits in collaboration with the Director; lead site/community check-ins during staff conference calls.
  • Connect with the volunteers, sites and communities by completing site and community visits.
  • Lasallian College/University visits as necessary
  • Assist with overall office operations at National Office
  • Assistance with overall development of the program.
  • Coordinating relationships with new sites/communities or termination.
  • Under the guidance of the Director, supervise and conduct annual performance reviews of the Recruitment Coordinator.
  • Manages and implements all AmeriCorps requirements and is a liaison to CVN/AEAP. The position necessitates collaboration with contacts at all sites and communities as well as CVN/AEAP.

 Qualifications:

  • Willingness to participate in Lasallian Formation Programs.
  • Formal Catholic/Christian formation (e.g. lay leadership program, Christian community living, Religious Formation, Lasallian Formation programs, etc.).
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • Bachelor or higher degree in an educational, social service, religious or other related field.
  • 2+ years work experience in an educational, social service, religious or other related field.
  • Understanding of a full-time, faith-based volunteer experience (special focus on community living & spiritual development).
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

Location of Office:
The Christian Brothers Conference, located in Washington, DC
Start Date:
Immediately
Benefits:
Full health benefits, Employee Pension Plan, 403B Employee
Match, Professional Development
Salary:
Competitive
Application Deadline:
Immediately; until position is filled

Applicant should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Jolleen Wagner
Director of Lasallian Volunteers
Hecker Center, Suite 300
3025 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
202-529-0047
jwagner@cbconf.org

By |June 27th, 2013|Categories: job openings, news + events|Comments Off on Job Posting: Associate Director

Trey Bradley: Qualities and Traits

“A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.”  -Author Unknown

Trey Bradley, 12-14, La Salle School, Albany, NY

This service year, as a Lasallian Volunteer,  I have had to provide structure and exhibit integrity. As with every LV at each of our sites, I’ve also had to be a life-changing presence. All of these abilities I believe make up just what a father is. This service year I learned quickly that the children we work with need consistency. I was challenged to interact with them in a way that was not condescending, and still deliver the message that I am their elder. I benefitted from pre-training at my site. The training was Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, TCI for short; it was a week of concepts and cycles of how and why our kids act the way they do. In the training the lecturer indicated the importance of relationships with the children outside of the child’s crisis mode. The speaker also alluded to the fact that most of our children come from dysfunctional home situations and that is why they are in our care. At the end of training I felt confident I had the tools I needed to serve my students.

How wrong I was when, I showed up and immediately thought the children would respect me. I found myself asking some days; haven’t these children had any home training? I then went back to my training and answered my own question with a no, and I braced myself for the challenge. The challenge was to teach them what their home situation didn’t and hope that they could retain and apply it. So, I learned quickly to fashion myself; my goal was to be austere at the beginning and as time progressed add in humor. It was working and I thought wow, I’ve never acted this ascetic. All things were going well until I had to be a referee for one of the basketball games. In that game all the kids whom I thought would respect my calls and not argue fell apart.

After the game I was left questioning if what I was doing really established a solid foundation. I realized that questioning my impact was wrong. I could not equate the impact of months of building healthy relationships, to one moment of defeat. The children came back and apologized and I then had an a-ha! moment. To those kids, my presence throughout the campus, on a day to day basis, showed them I cared. I came in on time and no matter how I was feeling, gave them the same personality each day. When there were games, I explained to them the rules and stood by them, never changing. All of these examples showed them I had not fled them completely; it was just at times of frustration, they had no way of expressing it in a way that was not disrespectful to me. I learned a lot from refereeing and it has taught me a thing or two about what it means to be a good father. To our kids a disciplinarian is seen as being evil because in most of their situations they were allowed to roam freely. Being firm and not changing how you respond based on their behavior is new to them. The majority of the time they are used to getting praise for favorable behavior and shouted at for unfavorable behavior. All they’ve heard is do as I say not what I do; I show them to do as I do. All of these lessons have helped me to see that a good father is hard to come by because to practice these things on a daily basis takes discipline that not many people are ready to accept. It has also allowed me to appreciate all the people in my life who were willing to undertake the challenge.

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” -Abdul Kalam

Trey Bradley, 12-14, La Salle School, Albany, NY

By |June 18th, 2013|Categories: blog|3 Comments

Kathleen Glackin joins Lasallian Volunteers Staff!

Lasallian Volunteers is excited to announce that Kathleen Glackin will be the new Recruitment Coordinator beginning July 1, 2013. Kathleen received her Bachelors Degree in Theology and Communication at Loyola University Chicago. Kathleen spent two years as a Lasallian Volunteer at De La Salle Elementary at Blessed Sacrament in Memphis, TN. As a Lasallian Volunteer, Kathleen served as the librarian for the students in Kindergarten thru 2nd grade, taught computers, and helped run the after school program.

After completing her two years of service Kathleen remained in Memphis and served as the Assistant Catholic Campus Minister for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis working with college students at the University of Memphis and Rhodes College. Kathleen is “thrilled to serve as the Recruitment Coordinator and to promote the Lasallian Volunteers.”

Kathleen will join the rest of the staff at Christian Brothers Conference in Washington, DC. Please help us in welcoming Kathleen to the staff!

By |June 17th, 2013|Categories: news + events|4 Comments

Maggie Sanborn: Wrapping Up a Year of Service

Maggie Sanborn, 12-13, LEO Center, Oakland, CA & San Miguel HS, Tucson, AZ

My year is complete. My bags are packed and flight ticket has been purchased. As I sit to reflect on this year I cannot even begin to imagine what will come next for me. A few weeks ago at our Debriefing Retreat we were asked to reflect on our years in terms of a playing field; think of who was on our teams, what our fields looked like – just a creative way to reflect. I have learned so much this year that putting it into words seems like a feat I do not know if I can accomplish, but here I go.

Over a year ago this May I arrived in Oakland, California to look at the potential site I will be serving, as I packed my bags this May I am leaving Tucson, Arizona. What? How did this even happen? Let’s go to the start. After a meticulous search for the perfect post-graduate program – Lasallian Volunteers won for me. Faith – Service – Community; all the things I was looking for in my service experience. I was so stoked to be doing this! When I arrived in California, I loved it.

So many hopes for the year – what will I accomplish, how will I change this place, how will this place change me. So many questions were stirring through my head. I was ready to go; ready to fully immerse myself in this program, in this community, in this site. My “playing field” was set and my team was full. But the big man upstairs had quite different plans for me – and it was a twisty road to say the least. You have to make do with what you are given, make the best out of a hard situation, and find your own way – but with LVs, staff members, coworkers, and alumni – it is clear I was not alone. But I have made it through. I followed the path he put out for me and now with tears in my eyes – I leave Tucson.

Being an LV has definitely changed my life in the positive. I have lived in 2 states (Arizona and California), 2 completely different cities (hello the desert and the Bay Area!) I have learned that being flexible in the work place, yet making sure your voice is heard and your needs and concerns are met is crucial. I have learned that one should not back down from a challenge (like being tossed in the air in CA and landing in AZ) because good things come out of it.

I have become a stronger, more mature person. I have developed a faith of my own. I have come to know the importance of social justice, especially in the United States. I have made lifelong friends. I have been impacted and inspired by my students. I know I can handle anything that comes my way because the support behind me that I have made this year.

Being a Lasallian Volunteer has changed me and I cannot wait to share that with the world.

Maggie Sanborn, 12-13, LEO Center, Oakland, CA & San Miguel HS, Tucson, AZ

By |June 10th, 2013|Categories: blog, news + events|1 Comment

Summer 2013: Kayla Bryson-Tucker

Service Site: DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota

University: Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania

What do you do?
I am a campus minister and I also coach 9th grade volleyball and softball.

How has your involvement with the Brothers affected you?
Before becoming a Lasallian Volunteer, I never met a Christian Brother or even considered what their impact could have on my life. Little did I know that the Brothers I live with would become a part of my family. Not only have they been my biggest cheerleaders, but also they have helped me decide to come back for a second year of service. Community has been my rock. All of my Brothers have different personalities, different humor, different experiences, and different hobbies. Never in my life would I have thought I would learn how to weave or curl, go to horse races, or learn bazaar card games. The Brothers also have taught me the importance of praying with others. Every Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we have community prayer. I see the sincerity and peacefulness in the faces of my Brothers, which inspires me to explore my own faith and spirituality even more.

Which of the core values (Faith, Community, Service) are most important to you?  Why?
Faith. Service. Community. All three core values are very important to me, but what has become most important has been something that led me to the Lasallian Volunteers in the first place, my faith. My faith has been tested many times this year, but it has held strong. I often find myself saying little prayers to myself to help me get through the day, thanking God for bringing me to Minneapolis, or asking God to take care of a student. Without my faith I would not have been able to persevere through the valleys or praise God when I’m at the top of the mountain loving life.

Real Women Volunteer

Do you see yourself as different now from your friends from college as a result of the LV experience?  How so?
I do see myself different now than my friends from college, mostly due to the fact that most of them are either in graduate school or they are still searching for jobs. My experience as a Lasallian Volunteer has been priceless. I have learned how to actually work 8-4:30 or later everyday, see the beauty in diversity, look past what drives me crazy about people and see the goodness in their heart, explore social justice issues, grow in my faith, form a family away from home, just to name a few.  Whenever I am home with my family or friends, I find myself constantly wanting to talk about DeLaSalle, my students, my coworkers, and my friends. Each and every person at my site has been extremely welcoming and I cannot imagine my life without them.

How would you like to continue your involvement with the Lasallian family after your time with the Lasallian Volunteers?
I want to remain an active member in the Lasallian Family and not become a distant cousin that you never knew you had. I pray that God’s plan for me is the same plan I have in mind, and if it is I will be working in Lasallian education for many years to come. If I am called in another direction, I would love to help lead retreats for the LVs and become a LV Alum Mentor. One thing I’ve realized recently is that when I become invested in something, it becomes a part of who I am. Even if I am stranded in Country Town, USA without another Lasallian around me being Lasallian will never leave me and I will never be disconnected. I will always remember that I am in the Holy presence of God, and as long as I remember that, I will never be away from this wonderful Lasallian family.

By |June 3rd, 2013|Categories: lv of the month, news + events|3 Comments