The School of Social Work (SSW) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) is accepting internal and external applications for Director of Community Engagement and Outreach beginning fall semester 2023.
This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that may include a partially remote work location, consistent with System Office policy. UNC Chapel Hill employees are generally required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned duty station. If business needs change, an individual employee's designation may be adjusted with a required minimum of ten (10) business days' notice unless employee conduct or safety issues necessitate otherwise at the discretion of management.
The Director of Community Engagement and Outreach will serve as a member of the SSW's administrative team, will direct the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, and will support the SSW's commitment to working with communities to enhance research, teaching, and clinical training. In collaboration with the Dean, faculty, communication and information technology teams and development office, the Director will provide leadership and support for outreach and engagement activities that will connect the school with communities throughout North Carolina and beyond. The outreach activities will help faculty, staff, and students partner with external groups, such as nonprofits, agencies, schools, and advocates. Additionally, the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach will oversee all aspects of planning, marketing, and implementation of SSW events and initiatives and ensure outreach and engagement activities provide learning opportunities, advance scholarship, support innovation, and foster professional development opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The Director of Community Engagement and Outreach will be responsible for coordinating relevant SSW and university staff, engaging the community, and ensuring necessary processes are followed and resources are available to support the successful development and launch of SSW community-engaged scholarship.
The Director will work closely with the Dean, the Director of Planning & Operations, and relevant units within SSW to oversee the planning, marketing, and community outreach for programs and projects led by the administrative team, groups and institutes, community partners, and SSW faculty. The individual will help create and maintain reciprocal, inclusive partnerships between the SSW and communities so that research, teaching, and clinical work are conducted with communities to address social problems. The Director will foster a collegial and collaborative work environment and work to improve SSW's relationship with the community and its capacity for community-engaged scholarship.
Education and Experience:
*A minimum of 5 years' experience in higher education with administrative and/or leadership experience (e.g., experience as a department chair, assistant dean, and/or program director or coordinator) or leadership experience in social service or research administration. *A master's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or similar discipline. *A minimum of two years post-master's degree practice experience. *A demonstrated record of event planning or program management/project coordination experience. *Evidence of developing collaborative partnerships among student leaders, faculty, staff, community advocates, and community organizations at the local, state, or national level. *Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact professionally with students, faculty, staff, and community partners. *Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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