University of Mississippi, Director of Community Engagement

The University of Mississippi needs your help recruiting and hiring the inaugural Director of Community Engagement. After learning more about the position, please consider applying and/or sharing this email with interested CE colleagues. Applicants may apply for the position at: https://careers.olemiss.edu/job/Oxford-Director-of-Community-Engagement-MS-38677/589707700/

The successful Director of CE candidate will co-create, develop, and sustain a comprehensive CE unit with four complementary functional areas integrating UM’s research, learning, and services missions. The functional areas include: i) credit and non-credit Social Change Model of Leadership Development programs, ii) a comprehensive volunteer center, iii) a center for community-engaged learning and research, and iv) an initiative for community-based partnerships. 

During UM’s 2019 Carnegie Community Engagement application self-study, the CE unit was identified as a needed institutional priority, and this position was subsequently conceptualized and approved. Once hired, the director will build the broader CE team including additional dedicated CE staff and graduate service assistants. 

A successful CE director will need to excel in the follow areas: 

  • Vision and demonstrated success in co-creating, revising, and sustaining integrated curricular and co-curricular CE programs with community partners, students, faculty, and staff 
  • Ability to work across university divisions and silos and community divides
  • Success in serving and elevating the work of other people, departments, and organizations
  • Ability to contextualize CE work across UM’s learning/development, research, and service missions 
  • Ability to tailor language and presentations to connect with different audiences (e.g. community, faculty, student affairs, students, and administrators)
  • Proven administrative and leadership skills (e.g. hiring and supervision, performance coaching and leadership, managing complex budgets, time and resource management, assessment and evaluation)
  • Ability to form and sustain respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships across the university and within communities

The CE director will report to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for CE. The CE unit will be the newest component in UM’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement(DCE). Established in 2017, DCE integrates the Inclusive Excellence Model with essential elements in CE. 

DCE’s core work includes: 

  • Developing respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships within and beyond the academy
  • Ensuring access and equity
  • Addressing complex social, civic, economic, and moral challenges
  • Improving the culture of learning, development, and civic action
  • Advancing UM’s research, learning, and service missions
  • Increasing the diversity of formal and informal curricula
  • Transforming individuals, institutions, and communities
  • Ensuring positive campus and community climate

DCE is a dynamically developing division at UM. DCE’s role is transforming people, institutions, and communities through partnership, access, and engagement that fosters belonging, enriches learning and development, and creates a more equitable and thriving world. The work of DCE is delivered through the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, the Ronald E. McNair Program, and the LSMAMP IMAGE Program.

The UM CE unit will complement the missions of the existing offices and serve a vital institutional role in establishing and sustained long-term, respectful, and mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations; building CE capacity through new infrastructures, programs, and community partner, student, faculty, and staff development; supporting the integration of CE methods and logistics in formal and informal teaching/learning, research, and service; and connecting UM faculty, staff, students, and administrators with partnering communities to capture new opportunities and address humanity’s most complex social, civic, economic, and moral problems.

We are excited about filling the very important role of CE Director at UM and ask that you consider applying and for you to share this email with other CE scholarly practitioners who may be interested. If you have additional questions, please contact the search chair, Dr. Stephen Monroe at smonroe@olemiss.edu.