Associate Director for Community Engagement - Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR62983
The Associate Director for Community Engagement is responsible for leading the Gephardt Instituteâ™s vision and strategy for fostering robust, impactful, and mutually beneficial community engagement in the St. Louis region among Washington University undergraduate and graduate/professional students.
This position uplifts Washington Universityâ™s St. Louis Commitment, a university strategic planning priority to be Washington University in St. Louis, for St. Louis, and with St. Louis. The specific focus of this position is student learning and engagement as a vital component of the universityâ™s comprehensive St. Louis Commitment. The Gephardt Institute envisions that Washington University students will embrace St. Louis as a vital part of their education, learn from and collaborate with community partners, and apply their talents to affect positive change in St. Louis. The Associate Director will lead this strategic priority with a keen focus on the instituteâ™s goals to educate all students for lifelong engaged citizenship, catalyze partnerships that respond to community needs and priorities, and infuse civic engagement throughout the Washington University student experience.
This position serves as lead educator on the theory and practice of ethical community engagement among undergraduate and graduate/professional students, and across academic and co-curricular initiatives, through: Development and oversight of curriculum and engagement strategies centered on community knowledge; partnership facilitation among St. Louis civic and community organizations, Washington University students, and Washington University faculty/staff educators; and leadership of St. Louis summer fellowship programs.
The Associate Director applies the instituteâ™s theory of change, data-informed strategies, and leading practices in community engagement with attention to initiatives that foster both student learning and community impact.
This position requires a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and access. This position also requires a strong commitment to non-partisanship and to engagement of all Washington University students regardless of their political positions.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Leads strategy, curriculum, partnership development, and program development to foster studentsâ™ learning and engagement with the St. Louis community, with attention to knowledge and skills for ethical engagement. - 50%.Â
Responsibilities, which are supported by two full-time coordinators, graduate fellows, and undergraduate interns.
Identifies, cultivates, and sustains strong and trusting relationships with civic/community organizations and other strategic partners in the St. Louis region; serve as a key point of contact for civic/community organizations and initiatives seeking to engage and partner with students to advance organizational priorities and student learning.
Facilitates mutually beneficial connections and partnerships with St. Louis civic/community organizations and initiatives, with a focus on building sustainable systems, procedures, and communications.Â These partnerships may be with student-facing programs, individual students, and/or faculty teaching civic and community engaged courses.
Designs curricula, training, immersive experiences, and other educational/engagement programs, with a focus on replicable and scalable initiatives. Drives educational content that uplifts community voices; multiple perspectives and narratives; the assets, opportunities, challenges, and complexity of the St. Louis region; Gephardt Institute values; and a broad range of strategies and industries that contribute to the progress and vitality of the St. Louis region.
Supervises staff responsible for new student programs and communications; tailored outreach strategies; events, workshops, presentations, and consultations; prospective student/family engagement; and the student to alumni transition.
Manages the Civic Engagement Fund grants program to cultivate and support impactful community partnerships.
Fosters collaboration, coordination, communication, capacity building, and shared curricula for St. Louis engagement efforts among student-facing departments, faculty teaching Civic and Community Engaged Courses, and academic community engagement hubs.
Writes and regularly reviews Memoranda of Understanding to confirm and document community partnership agreements.
Oversees St. Louis fellowship programs, with a focus on strategic growth and measurable impact on community priorities and student learning â“ 25%.Â
Supervises a full-time program manager responsible for leading the design, curriculum, implementation, evaluation, and scaling of a signature St. Louis fellowship program to cultivate students as civic leaders and contribute substantially to regional progress.Â This signature program will integrate and build on the successes of the current Goldman Fellows Program, Beuerlein Fellows Program, and Arts as Civic Engagement.Â
Facilitates mutually beneficial and sustained partnerships to support substantial student internships with nonprofits, government, civic organizations, social enterprise, business, or related industries that are pursuing civic change efforts.
Collaborates with university partners to integrate students with strategic initiatives of the St. Louis Commitment through internships and educational opportunities.
Ensures that the programâ™s educational content is aligned across the institute, as described in the section above.
Supervises professional and student staff responsible for managing programs, facilitating cohort-based student learning, and facilitating strong and trusting partnerships with civic/community organizations and initiatives.Â Â Â Â Â
Supports fundraising and stewardship efforts, including proposal writing, donor and prospective donor engagement, reporting, and development of external communication pieces (video, website, external collateral, etc.).
Oversees documentation of the program that can serve as a replicable model for other colleges/universities and for civic/community organizations nationally.
Collaborates and maintains alignment with university efforts associated with the St. Louis Commitment, including current and future community engagement leaders and hubs. - 10%
Identifies and advances emergent strategies to integrate student learning and engagement with the St. Louis Commitment and for the Gephardt Institute to contribute to the realization of the Commitment. This may include, but is not limited to, leading or supporting expansion of community engagement resources and development of a strategy to serve university staff.
Coordinates with Gephardt Institute and university colleagues to regularly review and modify, and consistently implement, risk management policies and procedures associated with student community engagement.
Serves on the Gephardt Instituteâ™s senior leadership team to strategize across all institute functions. â“ 15%.Â
Collaborates with the Associate Director for Civic Engagement, Associate Director for Faculty and Academic Engagement, and Associate Director / Chief of Staff to develop and implement integrated student engagement curricula and strategies. Â This includes strong attention to engaging and educating students with marginalized identities, students from low-income backgrounds, and students underrepresented in Gephardt Institute programs. Â
Coordinates the instituteâ™s Community Advisory Council, which informs the instituteâ™s community engagement plans and strategy.
Cultivates and sustains key relationships and partnerships with university units including Student Affairs; academic departments and schools; interdisciplinary centers and institutes; Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Campus Y; Government & Community Relations; General Counsel; Advancement; and University Marketing and Communications.
Represents the institute at external and internal meetings, committees, special events, and other functions as assigned by the Director.Â
Contributes to initiatives, meetings, and events of the Gephardt Institute, including donor cultivation and stewardship, developing strategy and vision for initiatives, planning processes, grant/proposal applications, and special events.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Ability to travel to on- and off-campus locations for meetings and events.
Night and weekend work often required.
Please attach a cover letter with your application.
Masterâ™s degree in Social Work, Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Studies/Planning, Non-Profit Management, Education, or a related field.
Previous experience in civic/community engagement work and/or work in an educational setting, with progressive management and leadership responsibility.
Twelve or more years of experience that includes both civic/community engagement work and work with undergraduate and graduate students, with progressive management and leadership responsibility.
Substantive knowledge of St. Louis civic/community organizations and initiatives, stakeholders, history, and the regional landscape.
Demonstrated ability to work in a non-partisan environment. Commitment to maintaining a non-partisan and inclusive approach to all educational, programming, outreach, and communication strategies.
Substantive experience with multiple forms of community engagement, such as community development, non-profit leadership, social services, immersive experiences, community organizing, international service, K-12 education, philanthropy, etc.
Demonstrated experience and expertise in forming and sustaining mutually beneficial community partnerships.
Demonstrated experience and track record of success in translating visions into plans, scaling programs, and developing and continuously improving systems and procedures.
Professional experience in a college/university office or youth-serving organization addressing civic engagement, community engagement, and/or community outreach.
Substantive knowledge and passion for civic engagement, community engagement, civic learning, community development, community partnerships, social change, and/or related areas.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with curriculum development, program development, partnership development, proposal writing, program design and implementation, and evaluation, with special emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.Â
Teaching, training, and/or intergroup dialogue facilitation experience with adolescents, college students, and/or recent college graduates.
Substantive experience supervising professional staff, managing others, and/or leading teams.
Exceptional curriculum development, program design, and teaching/training skills to facilitate deep learning and engagement within a highly diverse, intellectual, and passionate student body.
Exceptional writing and editing skills with strong attention to both detail and nuance.
Strong supervision and relationship management skills, with capacity to lead or guide others; function collaboratively in a team-based environment; dialogue across difference; and handle challenging internal and external dilemmas or support others through them.
Excellent organizational, analytical, problem-solving, project management, and event planning skills. Strong time management, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple priorities, and ability to forecast and plan work across teams, while maintaining a landscape view of priorities, values, and vision.
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and skills for working with issues of power, privilege, identity, racial equity, and cultural humility; and for equipping students, faculty, and staff for responsible engagement with marginalized communities and complex civic issues.
Commitment to the Gephardt Instituteâ™s values of Inquiry, Empathy, Collaboration, Integrity, Equity, and Action.
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, empathy, humility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to embrace and navigate change, sound judgment, diplomacy, tact, and sense of humor.
Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate and build relationships with a racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse and broad range of stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, civic leaders, donors, prospective donors, and executive-level administrators and external advisors.
Enthusiasm and ability to work in and provide leadership for a dynamic environment with multiple functions, audiences, and priorities.
Demonstrated ability to lead from a middle management position.
Ability and willingness to work frequent evening and weekend hours in service to students, community partners, and the instituteâ™s mission.
Ability to travel to off-site locations for meetings, events, and other community engagement efforts.
Bachelor's degree in related field and five years of professional experience or masterâ™s degree in related field and three years of professional experience.
$62,000.00 - $106,000.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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