Appalachian State University is seeking a dynamic, creative, energetic, organized professional to join a great team to advance the civic engagement of our student body. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and affords the unique opportunity of working with experienced professionals in a team approach to meet local community needs through service-learning & community-based research.
Academic Civic Engagement is part of the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) Program, which is supported jointly by the Division of Student Development and the Division of Academic Affairs. Centrally located in the new wing of the Plemmons Student Union, ACT is closely aligned with a wide variety of student support offices and is easily accessed by thousands of students each day. ACT has a 25 year history of meeting local community needs by engaging students and faculty members in the community. Academic Civic Engagement works in collaboration with the co-curricular component of ACT.
The Director of Academic Civic Engagement is a full-time position which reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and is housed in the University College within the Division of Academic Affairs. This is a masters-level position, with experience in teaching a service-learning course or administering an academic service-learning program required. Occasional evening and weekend work expected as part of a flexible work schedule. Preferred qualifications include international travel, administrative experience, advising/leading students, and an earned doctorate, as well as a demonstrated commitment to service.
The successful candidate will oversee both the domestic and international service-learning programs, comprised of over 100 courses. The position description and more information about ACT, University College, and Appalachian State University are available at www.act.appstate.edu, www.engagement.appstate.edu, and www.universitycollege.appstate.edu. Appalachian State has a solid reputation regionally for developing outstanding student leaders, a thriving co-curricular volunteer and service-learning program, and maintaining positive & healthy relationships with our local community partners. ACT is well networked throughout the state of North Carolina through North Carolina Campus Compact, in addition to various national networks. The Academic Civic Engagement program recently completed the Carnegie Reclassification framework, and has been instrumental in identifying engagement as a key strategic direction in our new strategic plan.
General Job Description:
The Director of Academic Civic Engagement works to strengthen and expand the service-learning & community-based research programs, including both domestic and international efforts. This position manages all aspects of the Service-Learning & Community-Based Research Program including: project development, faculty/community partner development and relations, grants, syllabi review, student orientation sessions, risk management, assessment, etc. The Director works collaboratively with many Student Development offices and academic departments, including student development staff in the ACT office & Student Programs, and the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) & the Hubbard Center for Faculty Development. The Director of Academic Civic Engagement will advance strategic initiatives related to service-learning through the coordination and facilitation of the Service-Learning Council, comprised of faculty, students, and community partners. Additionally, this staff member will market both the domestic & international options available to students. The Director will informally teach student development and program planning principles to student leaders, graduate assistants, and interns.
Qualifications: Master's Degree and minimum 5 years of experience required. Experience must include either teaching a service-learning course or administering an academic service-learning program. Preferred qualifications include administrative experience, conducting faculty trainings, advising/leading students, international academic experience , and an earned doctorate as well as a demonstrated commitment to service.
To apply: Only electronic applications will be accepted. Send current resume or vita, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Sonya Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline to apply: Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Proposed starting date for this position is August 30, 2014.
Individuals with disabilities desiring reasonable accommodations in the application process should contact the chair of the search committee. All offers of employment will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.