Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research
Description: The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research. Reporting to the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, she/he/they will work with constituents across the campus to provide support, assistance, and technical expertise to the local community. The Executive Director is responsible for external relations including the development of mutually beneficial community partnerships in a manner that reflects an understanding of community-based knowledge and the rights of community for self-determination. The Executive Director is also responsible for the development of a sustainable financial model for the Elma Lewis Center including successful development, fundraising, and grant writing efforts. She/he/they also oversees the implementation of programs stemming from community partnerships. Working collaboratively with the ELC's Director of Administration and Academic Engagement, the Executive Director directs the operations of the Elma Lewis Center including but not limited to staffing, budget oversight, and other administrative functions necessary for the smooth operation of the Center. The Executive Director also works collaboratively across the Division of Diversity & Inclusion to advance goals related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Campus Location: Boston Campus
Required Knowledge: An advanced degree in a related fieldAbility to identify and secure external resources and financial support for the ELC to advance Emersons community engagement effortsExperience developing mutually beneficial and productive relationships and partnerships with a wide range of community organizations, schools, and civic groupsDemonstrated commitment to social justice and evidence of strong intercultural fluencyA record of leadership and sound management practices, including experience with strategic planning, program evaluation, and assessmentAbility to navigate an academic environment or an organizational environment characterized by collaborative decision-makingAbility to work effectively with internal stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, and senior administrators to advance community engagement and facilitate collaboration at the highest levelDemonstrated strong interpersonal, human relations, communication, and computer literacy skills
Preferred/Desirable Knowledge: A terminal degree is strongly preferred
Required Prior Work Experience: Substantial experience leading community engagement initiatives or a community-based organization
Diversity Statement: Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
Open Date: 10/05/2017
Classification Title: Director 2/AVP1
Salary Grade: 20
Job Family: Executive
Implements the Colleges vision and strategic intent for community engagement in a manner that builds on the strengths of existing programs and facilitates the development of new programs and initiatives.
Develops and implements a robust development and fundraising strategy. Identifies and develops funding streams for the Elma Lewis Center including potential corporate and foundation sources, individual donors as well as grant writing opportunities in order to support the continued growth of the Elma Lewis Center.
Cultivates and maintains positive external relationships through the initiation of meaningful and mutually bene?cial community and school partnerships that are grounded in an ethic of care, solidarity with community, and collaboration that serves communities and enhances the public good.
Contributes to efforts that inform public policy through civic action, and identify areas where Emerson is poised to lead
Engage with national thought leaders as well as colleagues at other institutions to advance civic engagement efforts in higher education.
Emerson College is the nation’s premier private college dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, media outlets, and research centers. The College enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 641 graduate students from 71 count...ries and 48 states. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in its people, in the curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural and geographical communities. Our inclusive excellence framework recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.