Director - Center for Civic Engagement

Binghamton University   •  

Binghamton, NY

Industry: Education.


Not Specified years

Posted 346 days ago

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Associate (SL-5)

Salary: $90,000

Position Summary

Binghamton University invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Director of the Center for Civic Engagement. As a strategic leader within the Division of Student Affairs, the Director will have overall responsibility for programs that support the University's commitment to civic involvement and providing students with learning opportunities and experiences outside of the classroom.

Established in 2010, the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at Binghamton University serves the dual purposes of creating solutions to community problems and developing experiential educational opportunities for students. The success of the CCE has been pivotal in Binghamton University's growing reputation for civic and community engagement as well as recent accolades including designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public & Land-Grand Universities and a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Director will be charged with advancing the mission of the CCE by overseeing the Center's work with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to create and expand experiential learning opportunities with public benefit. Efforts will be directed at developing meaningful community partnerships, promoting ongoing service opportunities, supporting faculty engagement (engaged teaching and scholarship), and providing resources and support for student-led change-making. The Director will be involved with Center management and will focus time on strategic initiatives such as creating a culture of engagement across the institution and securing external funding/resources.

Roles and Responsibilities

The next Director will manage a dynamic organization and have strategic and programmatic oversight for initiatives of the CCE.  Specific responsibilities of the next Director include:

  • Develop and strengthen campus-community partnerships
  • Build strong linkages of cooperation with academic departments, centers, and other units on campus for mutual benefit
  • Represent the University in community organizations and initiatives; participate in activities to foster collaborative work with off-campus groups
  • Develop and host public/university events to identify and explore community assets, needs and issues
  • Support schools/units in their efforts to expand range of campus-community partnerships

Pursue external funding for programs as well as nominate programs for state and national awards

  • Identify relevant grant funding opportunities, complete grant applications and    oversee all grant projects
  • Nominate programs for awards such as the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Campus Compact Spotlight Awards and others as opportunities present themselves
  • Develop and implement fundraising/development plan

Supervision and Operations

Lead the development and implementation of strategic planning, oversee program implementation, provide leadership for project management and budget oversight

Supervise 5 staff members toward fulfillment of well-executed events and a highly engaged campus culture of service to Binghamton and the surrounding communities as well as other regions and global targets

Initiate the development of mid-year and annual reports for both administrative and development goals

Increase and enhance campus participation in community based and civic learning activities with an emphasis on deep, sustained engagement

  • Enhance the efforts of community-based and civic learning programming managed by CCE (Community Schools and Youth Programs, Bridging the Digital Divide Project, Community Health Engagement Opportunities, voter engagement, Passion to Action and other resources to help students create positive community change)
  • Expand relationships externally to increase service opportunities; including those in Broome County and surrounding area
  • Provide support and direction to partnership with Broome County Promise Zone to enhance university connections and support to local schools through student volunteers, interns, facultypartnerships, and other resources
  • Promote the development of service opportunities in both curricular and co-curricula formats to increase the quality and depth of experiential education activities
  • Oversee the identification, expansion, and coordination of the network of faculty and community members interested in participating in collaborative learning and service
  • Foster the development of projects with local government, business community, economic development organizations and non-profit agencies that will help advance community interests as well as provide learning opportunities for students
  • Develop and promote problem-based participatory learning opportunities on-campus as well as off-campus

Advance the scholarship and recognition of service and civic engagement

  • Foster the development of research related to mission of CCE and disseminate results to stakeholders
  • Partner with SAASI to engage in program/university assessment and evaluation and document the extent of activities and impact
  •  Facilitate collaboration with regional, national and international organizations and institutions on scholarship and research that studies the processes, relationships and impacts of outreach work on all constituencies (students, faculty, community)


Qualifications and Qualities

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Career Programs and Experiential Education, the Director will be a visionary administrator with a collaborative, open management style that fosters participation and contribution by others. S/He will have a background that may include community and/or economic development or the development and oversight of experiential learning programs; either from within higher education or a comparable setting. Otherdesiredqualifications of the next Director include:

  • Demonstrated relevant experience in administration of community-based or service learning programs; ideally within a higher education environment
  • Working knowledge of experiential education, community-based research and service learning
  • Creativity to look beyond common boundaries and identify new and innovative ways for Binghamton University to positively affect communities in which it is a part while providing educational opportunities for its students
  • Strong knowledge of current events; including issues and opportunities present in local regional and global communities
  • Strong communication skills; proficiency in oral and written communication, public  speaking and comfort leading group discussions
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with faculty, students, staff, and community leaders
  •  Organizational and operational skills to plan and oversee programming and assessments
  • Supervisory and leadership experience and the ability to build effective teams; proven ability to manage, motivate a diverse team
  • Experience with strategic administrative roles including strategic planning, program implementation, project management and budget oversight
  • Experience with fundraising, grant writing or other means of identifying and securing external funding to support and grow programs is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of the role of (and trends related to) civic engagement in higher education
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and build credibility with a broad group of constituents including peers, subordinates, staff and community stakeholders
  • Ability and interest in working collaboratively across divisions and offices on and off campus
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion


A master's degree in Education, Public Administration, Political Science, Social Work, Human Development or related field is required.  Preference given to candidates with an earned doctorate.