The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator. The Community Engagement Coordinator manages community relations efforts to effectively support and promote the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and its mission, programs and services. The Coordinator works to expand the community's awareness of UWL's programs and services, strengthen the partnerships currently in place, and cultivate new opportunities and relationships with community, civic and business groups. Increased community engagement is one of the four pillars of the university’s “Sustaining Excellence” strategic plan. Working directly with the Chancellor’s office and the Division of University Advancement, the Coordinator will also collaborate with the divisions of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Administration & Finance, and Diversity & Inclusion.
Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
Serve as UWL’s primary point of contact for external organizations or businesses who are interested in developing or furthering partnerships with UWL students, staff, or faculty. (35%)
Maintain and enhance relationships with communities of interest or identity with ties to UWL.
Connect interested partners with appropriate resources, units, and/or individuals on campus.
Convey the general processes and procedures associated with partnerships (such as internships and contracts, and a variety of memos of understanding) to external entities and refer to the appropriate sources. Furthermore, convey the academic calendar and academic needs for students associated with the wide variety of potential community-based opportunities.
Promote services and collaborations available through UWL to community stakeholders.
Serve as a public speaker on community engagement when requested by senior cabinet members.
When requested by senior cabinet members, represent the university at events that directly reflect or inform UWL-community partnership opportunities.
Serve as UWL’s internal primary point of contact for community engagement efforts. (35%)
Lead and coordinate the efforts of the Community Engagement Council (CEC). This council is composed of members from academic units, undergraduate research, alumni, career services, university centers, continuing education, communications and other stakeholders.
Serve as UWL’s Wisconsin Campus Compact representative.
Direct interested students to the Involvement Center to pursue outreach opportunities such as volunteering, philanthropy, etc.
Collaborate closely with UWL’s Career Services Office to ensure students are aware of newly developed internship opportunities in the La Crosse community
In conjunction with University Communications, develop and maintain content for UWL’s community engagement web presence (including UWL’s community engagement portal) and provide story ideas on UWL-community partnerships. (15%)
Serve as UWL’s primary expert regarding the status of UWL-community partnerships. (15%)
Collaborate with Institutional Research to oversee and maintain the collection of data regarding community partnerships as reported to UW System, UWL, and external constituents.
Advance efforts to develop a system for assessing community engagement at multiple levels.
The requirements for this position include:
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university in a content area appropriate to a position related to community/public relations
Ability to proactively identify and establish relationships with potential new UWL community partners
Proven track record of an ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, constituents, businesses, and community groups
Evidence of the ability to assess and quantitatively demonstrate the efficacy of community engagement partnerships
Experience with project management and goal achievement
Capacity to effectively use technology to manage schedules, communication, and deadlines
Evidence of inter-unit collaboration and outcomes
Evidence of understanding of inclusion and diversity as crucial components of student success
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of the La Crosse community
Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited university in a content area appropriate to a position related to community/public relations
Experience with program assessment
Evidence of successful collaborations within the La Crosse community
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required, including a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information for at least three professional references. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu. Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by the first review date of April 15, 2019.
Please contact Greg Reichert, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, at email@example.com if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.