Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. The ideal start date is no later than July 1, 2018. The successful applicant may start in May or June if available.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Associate Director of Faculty and Academic Engagement at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will be responsible for leading the vision, strategic expansion, and impact of community engagement in academic spaces at Washington University in St. Louis. This position will foster and build relationships with faculty and leadership across all seven academic schools at the university – both undergraduate and graduate levels - to assure robust and high quality opportunities for faculty and student engagement in the community, most often through community-engaged teaching and learning. The Associate Director will identify needs, priorities, and best practices to develop and implement new strategies and partnerships which advance faculty excellence, student learning, and positive community change through academic community engagement.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead Community-Engaged Teaching curricular support and visibility.
The Associate Director will support the development and integration of community-engaged courses into the university’s curriculum through work with administrators and faculty members at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Specific duties might include developing a course designation system, creating a course assistants program, and supporting communications about opportunities, resources, and impacts of community-engaged courses.
Provide academic community engagement support to faculty across the university.
The Associate Director will support efforts to foster and develop faculty fluency, appreciation for, and participation in community-engaged pedagogy, research, and service. This position will liaison with academic leadership and faculty across the university and will provide coaching, consultation, and training support to faculty as they inquire about and work in an engaged manner. The Associate Director will be well-versed in community engagement literature and effective in conveying core principles and strategies to faculty from a broad range of disciplines.
This position will work closely with leadership in academic schools and departments, the Teaching Center, other interdisciplinary institutes, and related units to advance a shared vision, guiding principles, and a broad range of resources to support academic community engagement.
Create and manage administrative infrastructure to support academic community engagement.
The Associate Director will create and oversee the infrastructure supports necessary for a robust academic community engagement program which assures quality, reduces barriers for faculty, and increases access for students. This includes management of budgets, transportation resources, the Civic Engagement Fund (grant process for course development), risk management procedures, partnership agreements, and other scaffolding necessary to support students, faculty and partners in community-engaged work.
In partnership with the Assistant Director for Strategy and Evaluation, and working with university administrators, this position will develop programmatic goals and associated evaluation and assessment to monitor and ensure that the program simultaneously advances university and community goals, including academic rigor and community partner needs. The Associate Director will also encourage and identify avenues for scholarship and thought leadership in academic community engagement.
Facilitate partnerships between faculty and community partners.
In partnership with the Assistant Director for Campus and Community Partnerships, the Associate Director will serve as a liaison and convener between faculty and community partners in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-engaged courses and projects, with emphasis on partnership development and principles of effective practice. The Associate Director will collaborate closely and convene campus colleagues who coordinate academic community engagement on behalf of their departments or schools.
Serve on the Gephardt Institute’s senior leadership team.
The senior leadership team strategizes across all institute functions, including faculty and academic engagement; student and alumni engagement; civic engagement education; community partnerships; and evaluation and strategy. Manage strategic projects, particularly for emergent opportunities and issues. Provide consultation and support to professional staff and student staff, particularly with regard to faculty/academic engagement and partnerships. Represent the institute at external and internal meetings, committees, special events, and other functions as assigned by the Director. Contribute to initiatives, meetings, and events of the Gephardt Institute, including donor cultivation and stewardship, funding proposal and reports, and special events. Perform other duties as assigned.
The Associate Director may opt to teach a course at the university routinely or periodically, if it is deemed mutually beneficial.
Five or more years of full-time professional experience in higher education, which includes substantive teaching or leadership.
Demonstrated experience with community engagement and/or community partnerships.
PhD or other terminal degree.
Ten or more years of experience, which may include doctoral level training and/or relevant professional experience.
Demonstrated experience and expertise in forming and sustaining effective and ethical university/community partnerships.
Demonstrated comprehension, competency and commitment to best practices and current issues in community-engaged work; educating and partnering with racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations; and equipping students and faculty for responsible engagement with marginalized communities and complex community issues.
Demonstrated knowledge of effective faculty development approaches, including design and delivery of interactive workshops and best practices for consulting and collaborating with faculty on the development of courses and instructional methods.
Demonstrated knowledge of effective, evidence-based approaches to designing and teaching community-engaged courses.
Demonstrated experience training and consulting with faculty, higher education, and/or non-profit professionals.
Demonstrated leadership and/or classroom teaching experience in a college or university.
Prior experience collaborating and managing projects with individuals from many different disciplines.
Substantive knowledge, demonstrated experience, and passion for community engagement and/or community-engaged teaching.
Strong ability to relate, collaborate, and communicate with faculty across a broad range of disciplines.
Advanced communication skills and demonstrated experience with teaching/training, facilitation, and/or written communications.
Demonstrated experience with the development and management of programs and procedures.
Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.
Ability to function both independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment. Ability to dialogue across difference and think across disciplines.
Ability to collaborate and build relationships with a culturally diverse and broad range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, community partners, alumni, donors, prospective donors, and executive-level administrators and external advisors.
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and skills for working with issues of power, privilege, identity, racial equity, and cultural humility in pedagogy, reflection, and community contexts.
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, empathy, humility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to embrace and navigate change, sound judgment, diplomacy, tact, and sense of humor.
Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage details while maintaining a landscape view of priorities, values, and vision.
Enthusiasm and ability to work in a dynamic environment with multiple functions, audiences, and priorities.
Ability and willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours both on-campus and off-campus in service to community partners and to the institute’s mission.
The hiring range for this position is $58,441 - $76,011 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
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