Warren Wilson College is seeking an individual with the right aptitude, education and experience to serve as the Associate Director of Community Engagement. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Community and Global Engagement and housed in the Center for Experiential Learning, this is a dynamic and highly collaborative position that carries out the work of the College’s community engagement commitment by assessing the needs, priorities, and programming of a wide range of non-profit partner organizations in Asheville and the surrounding area. The position will harness and nurture those relationships to create meaningful and embedded service learning opportunities for Warren Wilson students and faculty that are driven by the values of equity, justice, and reciprocity.
Ideal candidates will possess a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (preferably education, psychology, social work, or public administration) and will have five or more years of professional work experience in non-profit or higher education settings. They will be strong relationship-builders, will have a high aptitude for advising college-aged students, and will be detail oriented and well versed in social justice pedagogy and various approaches to community engagement work. Competitive applicants will have strong familiarity with the non-profit landscape in Asheville, NC and established relationships with local community partners. Please be advised this position does require the ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed for program requirements, some local travel and work in community settings, and occasional overnight travel.
Interested individuals should read further to learn more about the qualifications and job responsibilities for this full-time, exempt position. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5pm EST on Wednesday, June 23rd. The anticipated start date for this position is August 1st, 2021. Please be aware no relocation is available for this position. All applications must be received electronically.
Warren Wilson College is committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
The Associate Director of Community Engagement is a full-time, 12 month employee who works under the supervision of the Associate Dean of Community and Global Engagement to manage Community Engagement (CE) at the College, which is a mainstay of the required curriculum for every student. The Associate Director’s primary goals are to collaboratively set the strategic direction for and implementation of Community Engagement, facilitate community engagement opportunities for the campus that support reciprocal community partnerships, and act as a liaison between students, faculty, and community partners to shape innovative collaborative programming. This position includes supervision of the Assistant Director of Community Engagement (who oversees the Bonner program), two AmeriCorps VISTA positions, and supporting the work of the Center for Experiential Learning faculty liaison.
Manage Community Engagement
Oversee the development, design, and implementation of programs that support students in fulfilling the Community Engagement Commitment.
Collaborate with Associate Dean to reinvent the community engagement requirement for all students into a model that is more streamlined and embedded in the curriculum.
Manage operating and programmatic budgets in order to prioritize needs and areas of growth.
Collaborate with various offices on campus (e.g. Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Career and Professional Development, and Residence Life) to collaborate on educational programs, such as the campus dialogue initiative.
Contribute to the development and implementation of risk management policies.
Co-chair Community Engagement Advisory Committee.
Liaison between the College and NC Campus Compact and support regional collaboration with Mars Hill and UNC Asheville.
Collaborate closely with the Center for Experiential Learning faculty liaison to strategize new ways of engaging faculty in community engagement and establishing more designated coursework committed to community engagement.
Manage Community Partnerships
Develop and maintain long-term, intentional, and mutually-beneficial partnerships with nonprofit organizations and schools.
Build relationships with community partners via email, phone, and in-person meetings to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship.
Conduct regular and consistent program site visits.
Chair Community Partner Advisory Board, which should meet at least once a semester.
Seek consistent and structured feedback from community partners.
Facilitate connections between faculty and community partners for course development and mutually beneficial programming.
Student advising for community engagement requirements
Support all students at the College (with the exception of Bonner students) through in-person advising and email communication.
Work closely with the Data & Operations Coordinator to ensure timely, accurate, and thorough data keeping in GivePulse and the online student information system (Jenzabar Ex).
Execute a communication plan to campus that delivers clear information and reminders about CE opportunities, requirements, and deadlines.
Support and set the direction for partnerships with Bonner Foundation, AmeriCorps, and voter mobilization partners.
Support and guide the Assistant Director of CE in their work with the Bonner Foundation through regular communication, overseeing the Bonner budget, and completing surveys and reports.
Represent the department to the AmeriCorps program, including enrolling and exiting crew members and monitoring AmeriCorps hours.
In collaboration with the Associate Dean, direct a campus-wide team to support and promote election engagement; serve as primary liaison to Turbovote, ALL IN, Campus Vote Project, etc., regarding campus wide election engagement.
Support Employee Development
In collaboration with the Associate Dean, CGE, contribute to employee team development for Community Engagement, including staff retreats and meetings.
Facilitate and direct the process of goal setting for all direct reports (Including Assistant Director of Community Engagement and AmeriCorps VISTAs), and conduct one on one sessions on a regular basis to monitor workflow and offer feedback and guidance to support the professional development of direct reports.
Supervise AmeriCorps VISTAs and serve as primary contact for the host institution.
Supervise and develop leadership training for returning student crew members and senior interns.
Oversee the development and implementation of the Sophomore Exchange program and Bonner Congress representatives.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in education, psychology, social work, or public administration or related field
Five years experience working in the nonprofit sector, or in higher education, or a combination of both
Two years of supervision experience
One year of leadership experience with community based nonprofit organizations
Evidence of experience with and knowledge of issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and a demonstrated commitment to justice-oriented community engagement
Master’s Degree in education, psychology, social work, or public administration or related field
Previous experience with Bonner Scholars or Leaders program
Previous experience working directly with college-aged students in an advisory role
Previous experience managing volunteers and the relevant logistics of high volume service projects
Three to five years experience working for community-based nonprofit organizations, in progressive leadership roles
Working knowledge of the Asheville-Buncombe county nonprofit sector
About Warren Wilson College
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.