Associate Director, Community Engagement, University of Delaware

Posted by University of Delaware on October 18, 2022

The Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) is a unit of the Provost’s Office. As a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution the University of Delaware has a long tradition of applying knowledge, creativity and civic commitment to the critical challenges facing communities in Delaware, across the nation, and around the world. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated UD as a community engaged university. The Community Engagement Initiative is responsible for strengthening UD’s identity as an engaged research university and for implementing the university’s strategic civic action plan through knowledge- and place-based partnerships, support for faculty engaged scholarship, and undergraduate and graduate student programming.

The incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide community engagement programs for students, and support for faculty participation in support of student programs. The incumbent serves as a member of the Community Engagement Initiative leadership team in carrying out the University’s Civic Action Plan and in support of local, regional and national partnerships. The incumbent reports to the Director and Deputy Director of the Community Engagement Initiative but operates independently in carrying out the major responsibilities designated below.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership in development, implementation and assessment of significant and innovative university-wide curriculum-based service-learning and community engagement programming.
  • Directs the Community Engagement Scholars course of study, the only university-wide approved course of study for students in all majors and minors. Recruits, selects, and advises potential students, applicants, and current students. Works with the Faculty Review Board to design programming that facilitates successful student completion. Teach Introductory course SPPA 100: Introduction to Civic Engagement.
  • Provides substantive technical assistance university-wide to faculty and senior professionals to advance academic and co-curricular community engagement programming through workshops and individual advisement. Designs and develops educational materials.
  • Serves as key member of CEI leadership team, responsible for research, writing and implementation of university-wide Civic Action Plan.
  • Establishes collaborative relationships with community organizations, facilitating connections with both academic and student life programs, including state and local governments, non-profit community agencies and Delaware institutions of higher learning.
  • Manages budget and external funds to support programming, student awards, and faculty development grants.
  • Designs and develops undergraduate courses and seminars.
  • Provides guest lecturing and formal classroom instruction.
  • Authors proposals, reports and marketing materials. Develops and maintains informational websites.
  • Convenes, develops, and plans programming for national, regional, and state professional and scholarly meetings. Makes presentations.
  • Serves on university-wide work groups, developing new procedures or projects to enhance UD/community partnerships.
  • Serves in leadership positions on university and department work groups.
  • Serves on special committees or panel appointments by the Provost.
  • Mentors other professional staff or students.
  • Holds memberships in professional organizations at the state, regional, or national level.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

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