Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.
The Assistant Director for Public Purpose Initiatives is responsible for the strategic design and coordination of public purpose initiatives that foster a civic ethos on the TU campus and intentionally connect work for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with civic and community engagement. The public purpose initiatives include educational, informational, and experiential components and focus on food and housing security among students, environmental sustainability, media literacy, and civic professionalism, among others. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director and Assistant Director for Civic Engagement to connect initiatives strategically to ongoing and new efforts across campus. The Assistant Director coordinates a fellowship program for undergraduate students, supervises one graduate assistant, and reports to the Director.
Responsibilities and Duties
There are 5 core functions to this role:
Design and coordinate public purpose initiatives,
Coordinate and produce storytelling focused on change makers, and coordinate public purpose storytelling fellowship program,
Design and facilitate public purpose workshops,
Work with the Director to connect public purpose initiatives strategically to ongoing and new efforts across campus,
Supervisory, leadership, and administrative support: Supervise the Graduate Assistant for Environmental Initiatives, support the Director in assessment efforts, and serve on divisional and university committees, task forces, workgroups.
Design and coordinate public purpose initiatives that foster a civic ethos on the TU campus and intentionally connect work for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with civic and community engagement. Initiatives include educational, informational, and experiential components and focus on food and housing security among students, environmental sustainability, media literacy, and civic professionalism, among others. Recruit, train, and mentor student leaders to support these initiatives.
Utilize storytelling and public humanities research methods (e.g., photovoice, oral history) to collect and disseminate stories of campus and local change makers. Coordinate a public purpose storytelling fellowship program for undergraduate students. Recruit, train, and mentor student leaders connected to the initiative.
Collaborate with the Director to develop public purpose workshops for a variety of audiences to build individual and collective civic agency among members of the campus community. Facilitate public purpose workshops and train staff, faculty, and students to co-facilitate.
Work with the Director and Assistant Director for Civic Engagement as well as campus partners to connect public purpose initiatives strategically to ongoing and new efforts across campus. Campus partners include BTU, the Center for Student Diversity, the FoodShare, Housing and Residence Life, New Student and Family Programs, the Office of Sustainability, Student Activities, and Student Success Programs. Work with appropriate partners to respond to needs related to public purpose initiatives, including assisting students, staff, and faculty in incorporating relevant educational, informational, and experiential components into their organizations and departments.
Supervise the Graduate Assistant for Environmental Initiatives to provide direction and coordinate their responsibilities. Support the Director in assessment efforts to measure the impact of public purpose initiatives. Work with appropriate campus and community partners to respond to inquiries from environmental agencies. Serve on divisional and university committees, task forces, workgroups, standing committees, and, if applicable, advise student organizations. Participate fully in major University programming and programming sponsored by Student Affairs including, but not limited to, New Student Orientation, Family Weekend, and Commencement. Assist with other duties within Division of Student Affairs as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills
Three years of experience
Knowledge of higher education settings
Experience with civic engagement and community engagement programs and initiatives
Experience working with diverse student populations
Committed to continuous learning, development, and research on current trends and best practices
Ability to work with a wide range of students, staff, and faculty in a diverse college setting
Strong communication skills
Understanding of and passion for social issues
Knowledge of best practices for community and civic engagement
Demonstrated experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation
Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously and with limited supervision
Microsoft Office 365
Educational background in Anthropology, Global Studies, History, Modern Languages, Political Sciences, Sociology, or a closely related field
Experience in program development and facilitation
Experience in training student leaders
Knowledge of qualitative research methods, community organizing, and storytelling approaches
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, please click here. TU also offers a variety of great perks and discounts, which can be found here.
If you are motivated, innovative and team-oriented, we would love to hear from you. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application. This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days.
The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up-to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety.
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).