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Director of Ozanam Scholars Program

Administrative/Professional --> Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) --> VISA

Queens, NY
ID: 218830-951

St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations. 


A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.  



Director of the Ozanam Scholars Program

Vincentian Institute for Social Action



Job Summary:


Reporting to the Executive Director for Mission and the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (V.I.S.A.), the Director of the Ozanam Scholars Program will provide leadership and management for the four-year student leadership program. This includes the design, implementation and maintenance of events and programs to promote academic scholarship, Vincentian service and global citizenship for approximately 100 students annually and approximately 200 alumni. This position is responsible for the supervision of one full-time administrator (Associate Director of the Ozanam Scholars Program), one part-time faculty member (Ozanam Scholars Faculty Advisor), and three (3) graduate assistants. The Director will also collaborate with faculty and academic colleges to support student research and development.


Job description:


  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Ozanam Scholars Program, including the supervision of one full-time administrator (Associate Director of the Ozanam Scholars Program), one part-time faculty member (Ozanam Scholars Faculty Advisor), and three (3) graduate assistants;
  • Work closely with the Office of Business Affairs to manage the University operating budget of approximately $175,000 designated to support the program;
  • Provide vision and leadership in line with the University’s strategic plans;
  • In collaboration with the Ozanam Scholars Faculty Advisor, VISA’s Faculty Research Consortium (FRC) and the Ozanam Scholars Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), develop research opportunities for sophomore, junior and senior scholars, and other workshops to enhance student research and leadership skills;
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of community partner relationships in Queens and Staten Island to support program-wide Vincentian service opportunities;
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Mission Assessment and the Office of Institutional Research, supervise the implementation of assessment measures and evaluations for students, community partners and faculty mentors;
  • Coordinate recruitment and evaluation of student cohorts and administrative staff;
  • Manage and maintain alumni communication with approximately 200 Ozanam Scholar alumni


Measurement and Evaluation:


  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Mission Assessment to implement assessment tools measuring the impact of community partner Vincentian service projects;
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director for the Ozanam Scholars Program to track student development, Vincentian service hours and scholarship renewal evaluations




  • Annually serve as chair of the committee to recruit, interview and select approximately 25 new eligible Ozanam Scholars;
  • Collaborate with Admissions, Financial Aid, and the University Freshman Center to develop and maintain recruitment and programming for incoming cohorts


Relationship Management:


  • Maintain positive working relationships with service partners, faculty, the Faculty Advisory Committee, colleges and other VISA constituents


Student Research:


  • In collaboration with the Faculty Advisor, Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) and the Faculty Research Consortium (FRC), oversee the development and implementation of research activities across all cohorts, including Independent Study Proposal, Independent Study Research and Capstone Research; research workshops; Pitch Competition and Capstone Defense




  • Responsible for traveling locally, nationally, and internationally to evaluate, support and supervise program excursions;
  • Responsible for coordination and implementation of senior trip travel and pre-trip workshops;
  • Responsible for coordination and travel for all junior and senior conferences


Professional Collaborations:


  • Collaborate with the Faculty Advisor and the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) to research participation and presentation opportunities at national conferences to promote program research;
  • Collaborate with the Editor of the Journal of Vincentian Social Action (JoVSA) in the development and creation of an annual Ozanam Scholar-specific issue featuring the Capstone Research projects of the senior cohort;
  • Monitor the development of all academic requirements (social justice minor, research workshops and program specific courses), meeting with the college deans and department chairs as needed;


Best Practices:


  •  Maintain national standards for the program through benchmarking and research


Additional Responsibilities:


  • Provide support to the Executive Vice President for Mission and the Executive Director for Mission and the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) regarding special projects and other duties as assigned




  • Firm understanding of and commitment to the Catholic and Vincentian components of the University’s Mission; strong interest in poverty alleviation, social justice, and community service in a post-secondary environment preferred;
  • Service-learning and/or community-based research experience
  • Global service-learning experience
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work on both Queens and Staten Island campuses as needed
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as needed
  • Must be flexible to work weekend and evening hours as needed
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint; knowledge of Banner and Canvas is a plus
  • Strong organizational, analytical, supervisory and interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • This position requires access to a University vehicle, with a preference for satisfactory results of a DMV check for driving record and a valid driver’s license


Supervisory Responsibility:


This position manages one full-time administrator, one part-time faculty member, and approximately three part-time graduate-level employees in the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) and is responsible for the hiring and performance management of the employees within that department:

  • Associate Director of the Ozanam Scholars Program (full-time administrator)
  • Ozanam Scholars Faculty Advisor/Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) Chairperson (parti-time faculty member)
  • Approximately 3 Ozanam Scholar Graduate Assistants (part-time)


Work Environment


  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printers, etc.


Physical Demands


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; move about; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs. The employee must be able to travel locally, nationally and internationally using various forms of transportation, including airlines, trains, charter buses and University vans. Specific verbal abilities required by the employee include the ability to speak to large and small groups of students and faculty members, often presenting both in person and virtually.


Environmental Conditions


Due to the nature of the Vincentian service travel requirements for the Ozanam Scholars Program, the position requires the ability to travel locally, nationally and globally to underserved and under-resourced locations with small and large groups of Ozanam Scholars.


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work


This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. However, in collaboration with the Executive Director for Mission and the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA), these hours can be adjusted as this position often requires evening and weekend hours.



Travel is an integral part of this position, including the supervision of local, national and international Vincentian service trips and occasional research conferences, in addition to visits to the other NY campuses.


Required Education and Experience:


  • Masters degree in education, psychology, sociology, business or an appropriate social discipline;
  • Minimum five years experience in higher education or community agencies;


Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Masters degree in education, psychology, sociology, business or an appropriate social discipline;
  • Minimum five years experience in higher education or community agencies;


Other Duties:


“All persons hired are required to be vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law.”


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events. 


Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education. 


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.