Sacramento State is located in the heart of Northern California, one of the most beautiful, diverse and rapidly growing areas in the country. The 300-acre campus, just five miles from the State Capitol, is situated along the American River parkway that offers miles of trails and recreational access to the city's two rivers, Folsom Lake and the historic Sacramento riverfront. Growth in the region has provided significant opportunities for faculty research and engagement with civic and business organizations as well as extensive research and internship opportunities for the University's approximately 26,000 students. The University, where quality teaching is a top priority, offers instruction leading toward the bachelor's degree in 60 disciplines, the master's degree in 40 disciplines, two joint doctoral degrees, and houses numerous research and community service centers.
Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a population of approximately 2 milion. Sacramento, a city and county with a very diverse population, was identified by Time Magazine in 2002 as "America's most integrated city." As California's capital, Sacramento is an advantageous setting for premier academic programs. As a major metropolitan university, Sacramento State is committed to providing leadership in addressing signficant regional needs and to enriching our liberal arts tradition. The proximity of Sacramento State to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research internships, and employment.
Hiring Dept. Information
The Center for Collaborative Policy, established in 1992, is a self-supporting unit of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The Center's mission is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes. The Center has an exceptional track record of success that has been well documented in both academic and public media accounts. The successful candidate will join a team of respected and highly qualified professionals who are committed to advancing the art and science of collaborative public policy making. For more information, see our website: www.csus.edu/ccp
The Center uses a wide range of processes such as consensus building, mediation and dispute resolution, feasibility assessment, collaborative process design, training, strategic planning, visioning, organizational change, civic engagement, and collaborative public involvement. Center staff also teach courses and develop curriculum in collaborative public policy for graduate and undergraduate degree programs.
The Center works on California's most challenging public policy issues such as governance and fiscal reform, social and health services, sustainable environmental policy, water policy, land use and growth management, air quality, emergency services and homeland security, and transportation. The Center designs and facilitates complex collaborative processes that result in policy actions and agreements, transformation of stakeholder relationships, and integration of collaborative processes into the public policy work of participating organizations.
With appropriate support and oversight, a Lead Mediator/ Facilitator is responsible for projects with a substantial degree of policy, political, and stakeholder complexity. A Lead Mediator / Facilitator is also expected to fulfill leadership and development responsibilities within the Center, commensurate with their professional experience and professional growth. A Lead Mediator / Facilitator:
-- Works as a public policy mediator and facilitator on complex policy issues that engage a
wide range of stakeholders by using processes such as stakeholder assessment, process design, multiparty consensus- building, dispute resolution/ mediation, public involvement, visioning, and strategic planning;
-- Manages Center client projects, which includes such activities as guiding program and business interactions with clients; developing project work plans; keeping abreast of the Center's contract and business administration of the project; and designing and implementing a project structure to assure that high quality deliverables are completed on time and within budget.
-- Works as a trainer, coach, and strategist for clients, individual stakeholders, and stakeholder groups to help build their capacity for collaborative public policy action;
-- Prepares and presents written materials that document, analyze, and explain collaborative public policy development to stakeholders, clients, colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students, opinion leaders, other professionals, and the public;
-- Contributes to the overall health of the Center by assuming organizational management and leadership responsibilities such as proposal development, marketing to attract clients to the Center, supervision and mentoring of Center professionals, and guiding internal teams to enhance the Center's practice, practitioner growth, financial health, or contributions to the University.
-- Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
-- Experience facilitating consensus-building and dispute resolution for multiparty public policy processes, with skills in large and small group facilitation, mediation, collaborative process design and interest-based negotiation.
-- Current knowledge in one or more policy issue areas, such as natural resources, land use, water, flood, environmental protection, health and human services, transportation, emergency services, energy, public finance.
-- Experience related to local, regional, state or federal government, with an understanding of political dynamics as well as how public policy is developed and implemented.
-- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
-- Strong, personable presence in front of small and large groups, with developed public speaking skills.
-- Excellent writing skills and verbal communication skills in combination with a demonstrated capacity for strategic analysis.
-- Commitment to the enhancement of collaborative policy-making practice and theory.
-- Leadership abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work impartially with stakeholders and colleagues with very diverse backgrounds, styles and perspectives.
-- Ability and desire to make major contributions to the long-term strategic and financial development of the Center.
DESIRABLE SKILLS AND ABILITIES
-- Experience designing and providing trainings on such topic as consensus-building, dispute resolution, facilitation and/or strategic planning.
-- An advanced degree from an accredited university in a related field.
This position is defined in the Management Personnel Plan of The California State University. It is excluded from the collective bargaining process and is also exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
This position is open until filled. Application review will begin on SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
In-person interviews will be held with finalists.
Salary will be commensurate with demonstrated experience in public policy mediation and facilitation in the range of $6,250 and $7,083 monthly for full time work. Timebase between 80% and 100% time, as an option for the successful candidate. Timebase less than full-time will be prorated. Appointments may be renewed annually.
ANTICIPATED START DATE: OCTOBER 2011.
Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at htt://www.csus.edu/webpages/employment.stm External applicants can apply by clicking on the Staff and Management Opportunities at Sacramento State link. Internal applicants can apply by logging on My Sac State. Complete instructions for applying are found at the link labeled "Instructions."
Candidates please submit the following:
1. A detailed cover letter with a statement describing:
a. Your skills and expertise related to the qualifications and desirable skills and abilities
described in this job announcement.
b. The reason for your interest in the position.
c. Why you would be a good match with the Center's mission as well as the job
d. How your experience and expertise satisfies each of the following five areas of required
-- Process skills in facilitation and mediation
-- Public policy development
-- Political dynamics
-- Project management
-- Personal presence and public speaking
2. A resume that includes your educational background as well as a chronological listing and description of your professional positions, publications and trainings in the skill areas applicable to the Center's practice. Trainings include both trainngs you have led and those you have taken.
3. The names and telephone numbers of the immediate supervisors (or major clients if self-employed) from your last two professional positions.
4. Names, affiliations, and telephone numbers of three stakeholders who have participated in multiparty processes where you have functioned in a facilitation and/ or mediation capacity.
5. A writing sample from a previously completed piece of work, preferably related to the processes conducted by the Center.
6. A sample list of the multiparty policy processes for which you have functioned in a formally recognized facilitation or mediation role, along with the process sponsor, a one or two sentence description of the process, number of participants, duration, and a brief definition of your role.
7. For two cases listed in #6, provide a two-page description covering each item below. These are cases that we would like to further discuss as part of the interview process. The Center will treat this information as confidential.
-- Nature of the challenge, conflict / unresolved issue; key policy question and/ or goal of
-- Participating stakeholders (type of interests and/ or organizations represented);
-- Characterization of your role and responsibilities;
-- Process design (i.e. description of the process roadmap used to achieve the goal);
-- Communication between the collaborative process and external parties (e.g. constituents;
elected officials; the media; the public);
-- Political context and factors;
-- Outcome; successes; challenges; limitations; insights.
8. Salary and /or fee history
Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who assist the University in meeting its Strategic Plan goal to: "Build and sustain a vibrant learning community derived from the strength and vitality of our diverse campus." Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.
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