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Bonner Staffing Models


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Presented at the 2013 New Bonner Directors and Coordinators Orientation.

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Bonner Staffing Models

  1. 1. Staffing Your Program The roles of directors, coordinators, students, and others
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover • Staffing Standards • Student Roles • Considerations for where to house • Sample Organizational Structures • Opportunities for collaborating across campus
  3. 3. Staffing Standards • 40 students: to 1 staff • During BLP start up: clarify roles of staff and appoint director • Bonner Director reports to Senior Administrator • Creatively leverage available staffing (e.g., work study, VISTAs placed with partners)
  4. 4. Thoughts? Dividing Staff Roles?
  5. 5. Student Roles • Senior Intern(s)—training, site liaison, administration • Congress Representatives—two student leaders with a big idea project • Bonner Leadership Team & committees—class meetings, projects, community fund • Bonner student liaison with campus-wide student leadership structure
  6. 6. Bonner Interns Who? • 1 - 4 motivated students, mostly rising Seniors or Juniors, who serve in key program management roles • Primary placement for 10 hours/week is with Bonner Program • Have demonstrated and developed leadership qualities throughout program (or on campus for new programs) How to pick? • Identify students who have strong understanding of Bonner Program and/or how service is organized on your campus • Groom students in junior year (or before) • some Senior Interns start in the summer before their year What they do? • Coordinate the Bonner Leadership Team (students) • Organize and help lead meetings, training, & enrichment activities • Help manage service sites, serving as a liaison • Help manage BWBRS When and& Where? • Senior Interns have track at Summer Leadership Institute • Many also were Congress Reps or attend Congress
  7. 7. Bonner Interns Training & Support • Every summer and through online connections • intensive training • program management • how to lead your peers • how to design and lead workshops • download and use the Senior Intern Handbook
  8. 8. Bonner Congress Who? • Two motivated students who show leadership potential and a desire to improve your program, school, and community • Willing to communicate with peers, the Foundation, and other schools • Will make a commitment above and beyond their regular service hours How to pick? • Educate yourself and prospective students on the role • Work with students to identify idea for their Congress Proposal • Create a process that includes student voice (voting, presentations, nomination committee) and administrator input What they do? • Design & implement a plan for a big idea to build or strengthen their Bonner Program, campus, or community • Collaborate with other Reps and learn from other campus programs • Attend two meetings annually When and Where? • Online (emails, Bonner Congress Group,Wiki) • Fall Meeting and track at Summer Leadership Institute
  9. 9. Bonner Congress - Big Idea Project • Their role is to Represent, Build, Lead • They identify a project for strengthening: • community impact • student development • campus-wide culture • Start-up can be the Big Idea project
  10. 10. Bonner Congress Meetings • Every fall and summer • inspiring learning • national networking • connect with national and international partners • attend workshops • engage in visioning, planning and sharing best practices
  11. 11. When looking where to house consider • Access to resources • Visibility and location • Access to students • Access and status with faculty • Institutional respect • The potential for building a culture of service
  12. 12. Some Governance Considerations Strengths Concerns Other Student Affairs Fit with broader departmental mission; student-led programs; larger scale Fails to become integrated at institution’s core; lack of curricular change; co-curricular devaluation Many campuses have started from this vantage point Academic Affairs May build around capacities of faculty & students; with care, meet more complex community desires Service can be episodic if only tied to courses; lack of student leadership; staff driven Having program under Academic Affairs does not guarantee curricular change Student & Academic Affairs (separate but coordinated) Can provide a broader range of student & faculty involvement and types of engagement Lack of coordination can lead to frustration; students left to navigate options on own This strategy may be equally effective; it largely depends on leadership & resources Integrated Center (‘hub’ where curricular & co-curricular are combined) Leverages resources & change; curricular and co-curricular; high potential for campus-wide institutionalization Coordination and decision- making may involve more time & people; building but no vision or plan Many established campuses seem to be moving here, but it requires power negotiations
  13. 13. Questions? Considerations?
  14. 14. Sample of an Organizational Structure Center Director (manages Center & oversees Bonner Program) VISTAs (training, enrichment, community partnerships) Other Center Staff (manage other programs) Senior Intern(s) (training, enrichment, community partnerships) Bonner Congress Reps (Foundation link, student voice, special projects) Bonner Student Leadership Team (class reps, committees, community fund) Site/Project Coordinators (campus-wide volunteer management) Bonner Coordinator (manages Bonner Program)
  15. 15. Start-Up Model: Grow Over Time - Bonner Program director may wear multiple hats - Begin with 5-10 students (usually freshmen with some upper class student leaders) - Progressively add more students each year (by class) - Link with campus-wide service programs from outset (for events, projects) Bonner Program Director (manages Bonner Program) Bonner Leaders (5-10 students — 2 serve as Congress Reps) Other Campus Faculty/Staff (engaged in community service learning) Student Service Programs (campus-wide volunteer management)
  16. 16. Established Program: Continues to Build Staff Bonner Program Director (overall management) Bonner Scholars & Leaders (20-100 students — 2 serve as Congress Reps) Other Campus Faculty/Staff (engaged in community service learning) Center Director (manages Center & oversees Bonner Program) VISTAs in management roles (training, enrichment, community partnerships) Service Learning/CBR Staff (supporting academically-based service) Community Work-Study Programs (i.e.,America Reads, 1-2 year commitments by student) Site/Project Leaders (for teams of students at 6-15 sites or clusters) Other Student Service Projects/Clubs (1x or occasional service projects)
  17. 17. Other Student Leadership Roles Site or Issue Team Leader • Manage a team of students who work at same service site or with a similar issue (i.e. homelessness) • Issue-based research • Help set goals and create long-range plans • Recruit volunteers and coordinate projects Class Reps • Represent class on the Bonner Leadership Team • Familiarity with the student development model • Assist with cohort/class meetings (training, reflection) Committees • Examples include: ★Bonner Love (community building) ★Community Fund ★Campus-wide Initiatives
  18. 18. Sample Campus: Rider University Assistant Director of Campus Life (Annie Pasqua) Urban Education Coordinator / FT AmeriCorps Member Coordinator of Community House / House Director (Jane Sanchez) President Bonner Senior Intern Administrative Assistant (Vickie Mclaughlin) Director of Campus Life (Dave Keenan) Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Site-Based Team Dean of Students (Dr. Anthony Campbell) Bonner Leadership Team (2 Freshmen, 2 Sophomores, 2 Juniors, 2 Seniors)
  19. 19. Opportunities to Collaborate Leverage the Bonner Program to build campus-wide culture Academic Departments CBR,, courses, minor, High-Impact Initiative Chaplain/Religious Life vocation; advising; enrichment workshops Public Relations/IT Department media, news, website Student Life/Affairs Shared training; calendar; student groups Career Services career advising, fairs, trainings, nonprofit career exploration, internships Multicultural Affairs diversity, training, recruitment, community relations International Affairs study abroad, trips, internships Admissions recruitment, selection, diversity
  20. 20. Strategies for Collaboration?
  21. 21. • Access to and stated support of senior leadership • Financial support (i.e., work study, stipends) for students to engage in service • Visibility in online and written communications (from recruiting to alumni news) • Faculty engagement and curricular links • Lived mission, strategic plans, and budget that reflects community engagement priorities Key Factors for Institutional Support
  22. 22. • Strategically build your team—starting with students • Creatively consider new programs—from more Federal Work Study placements to partnering with national organizations • Integrate, integrate, integrate • Communicate frequently, positively, and strategically with those above you—manage up • Build a core constituency on and off campus Recommendations for Building Support
  23. 23. What else?