The Basic Needs Program Manager has the primary responsibility of providing leadership, vision, coordination, and supervision of basic needs programs, resources, and services for the students, staff and faculty at CSU. Centering diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Basic Needs Program Manager directly facilitates the delivery of food security initiatives such as the Rams Against Hunger (RAH) Meal Swipe Program, the RAH Food Pantry, and RAH Pocket Pantries.
Additionally, the Basic Needs Program Manager builds and enhances collaborative relationships between various internal and external stakeholders, including an array of administrative and academic officials throughout the University, as well as community leaders and non-profit agencies (ex. Food Bank for Larimer County, Larimer County Eligibility, Specialists/SNAP Benefits specialists, CSU Case Management, Murphy Center, CSU Off-Campus Life, RamRide, Office of Financial Aid, Neighbor to Neighbor, etc.). This individual collaborates closely with CSU agricultural initiatives and local food production efforts to source fresh and local produce, thereby minimizing impact and promoting sustainable practices.
The position is responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of dynamic collaborative and inclusive partnerships, for managing current basic needs initiatives present at CSU, for the centralization of basic needs services, and for developing new, creative, resource-efficient initiatives.
The Basic Needs Program Manager collaborates with CSU’s Development Office to expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and create opportunities for programmatic strengthening. This position serves as the primary organizer and point of contact for fundraising initiatives related to basic needs programming at CSU including, but not limited to: Day of Giving, C.A.N.S. Around the Oval, Giving Tuesday, grant writing, donor cultivation, corporate giving, etc.
The Basic Needs Program Manager raises campus awareness about RAH services and engages the broader community in honest conversation around basic needs security at CSU and beyond. They will draft, disseminate, and revise all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations; and advocate for the manifestation of CSU’s Principles of Community through a more food and housing secure community.
The Basic Needs Program Manager will serve as a contributing member of the SLiCE team and support collaboration amongst all areas within SLiCE.
The Basic Needs Program Manager will have an abiding commitment to serve the diverse needs of the university community, the active promotion of an equitable and inclusive environment fostering a culture of belonging in support of multiple and intersecting identities, and the development and enhancement of collaborative relationships with a variety of University and community-based entities.
Some evenings and weekends are required dependent on department programs and services, Division of Student Affairs programming and events, and University calendar.
Required Job Qualifications:
Earned Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related field
Four years full-time, professional experience in Student Affairs, Community Service Administration, Community Development/Outreach, Non-profit management, or similar field
Demonstrated experience with personnel/supervision, risk management, and volunteer coordination
Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity and social justice with a solid understanding of, and appreciation for cultural, ethnic, economic and individual differences
Preferred Job Qualifications:
Demonstrated knowledge of campus food insecurity and other basic needs challenges facing college students
Demonstrated experience with social justice educational programming on topics related to intersectionality, power, privilege and oppression across multiple identities (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc.)
Demonstrated commitment to public service
Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships
Demonstrated experience with program planning, administration, and implementation of both small and large-scale programs
Bilingual English and Spanish
Demonstrated experience with budget management
Demonstrated experience taking initiative in accomplishing goals
Demonstrated experience with fundraising
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Colorado State University
The Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE) office is located in the heart of the Lory Student Center. The office mission is “In solidarity, we are unyielding in our commitment to: identify and critically reflect upon oppressive systems that perpetuate harm in order to construct and foster belonging within purposeful communities. We envision an equitable and just society.”
SLiCE offers a broad range of programs and services for Colorado State University students, faculty, staff, and the community in the areas of leadership development, involvement, community/civic engagement and volunteer programs. Through the programs at SLiCE, students can find both support and resources to graduate as engaged, active participants and leaders in their local, national, and global communities. The work of SLiCE staff members is guided by and in alignment with CSU’s Principles of Community, the Division of Student Affairs Values, and the Lory Student Center Mission.
Department webpage: http://lsc.colostate.edu/slice/