Associate Dean and Director of Community Engagement
Location: Meadville, Pennsylvania
Required Education: Master’s
Higher Education Institution
Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Associate Dean and Director of Community Engagement. The position is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Success. The Maytum Center for Student Success is dedicated to holistic student support and inclusive excellence in accordance with Allegheny College’s Renaissance Vision. We seek candidates who will support the core values of Allegheny College: always strive for success; be flexible; be a problem solver; take a creative approach; and collaborate with positive energy.
The primary responsibility of the Associate Dean and Director of Community Engagement is to provide support, vision, and direction for service and community engagement on and off campus. The Associate Dean and Director supervises the Office of Community Engagement, supports community collaboratives, works collaboratively with campus partners, and is the primary liaison to the Bonner Foundation and responsible for directing the Bonner program. The Associate Dean and Director has responsibility for programmatic administration of service and community engagement endowments and funds. Community Engagement staff work regularly with students, faculty and local agencies to support initiatives throughout Crawford County. They encourage student learning through community engagement and participate in student affairs activities such as residence life training, orientation, leadership, advising student organizations, and admissions events.
The Associate Dean and Director of Community Engagement will provide supervision and oversight for staffing, budgeting, and programming within the Office of Community Engagement; oversee collection and assessment of data related to the goals and outcomes of community engagement and student service; manage college-wide service programs and events; maintain partnerships across divisions within the College, including but not limited to Academic Affairs, Athletics, Institutional Advancement, Student Affairs, and Sustainability; maintain partnerships with community partners and organizations and service on community boards as appropriate; advise individual students and student organizations concerning community engagement and service opportunities; direct the Bonner Program (Scholar and Leader); and co-teach Bonner capstone course.
Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in a related field and at least five years of experience in community engagement or a related field. Demonstrated cultural competence in working with students from diverse backgrounds is essential. Prior experience with the Bonner Program and/or AmeriCorps is preferable. The successful candidate will possess a strong ethic of service, strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and experience with grant writing/management, supervision, professional development, and community partnership development. Knowledge of the community beyond the college will be essential to this position. Some travel is expected, as is the ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed. A valid driver’s license is also strongly preferred.
ALLEGHENY STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY
Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.
As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits. Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or by e-mail to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.
Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world.