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Associate Director, Community Engagement

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College / VP Area: Office of the Provost
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Academic Administration, Full Time



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.


  • 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.


  • Master's degree and five years related experience in academic program administration and supervision, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience and/or education in the scholarship of engagement and community partnerships preferred.
  • Ability to develop and implement curriculum, recruitment, and evaluation plans.
  • Expertise in developing programming for faculty and students.
  • Experience with program planning, implementation, organizing resources, and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to work closely with diverse set of communities, including administrators, faculty, students and off-campus partners.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team setting.
  • Ability to create effective, sustainable, university/community partnerships.
  • Skill in financial planning and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of university budgeting and funding procedures, standards, and project management principles and practices.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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