Job Details

Weber State University
  • Position Number: 3829387
  • Location: Ogden, UT
  • Position Type: Extension and Outreach

Executive Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning

Requisition Number: S01365P:
Position Category: Staff
Campus Location: Weber State University - Ogden, UT
Hours Per Week: 40-50
Months Per Year: 12
Alternate Work Schedule:
Pay Grade: E34
Hourly Pay Rate:
FLSA: Exempt

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Weber State University, located in Ogden, Utah, seeks an Executive Director of its Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL). Weber State University has successfully earned the Carnegie Foundation's Elective Classification for Community Engagement since 2008. The Center, a strategic partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, facilitates curricular and co-curricular service, civic engagement and community research experiences for students, faculty and staff and serves as a catalyst for campus-wide community engagement initiatives. Community research efforts are housed in the Community Research Extension (CRE) of the center located off campus in the community and led by the Director of Community Research.

This position offers an opportunity to build on an already vibrant program of community engagement involving over a quarter of Weber State's students in partnership with over 100 community organizations and numerous robust student-led community engagement programs. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to shape direction, expand an already solid team, and continue to propel Weber State and the CCEL onward as a national leader of community engagement.

The Executive Director of CCEL has the following key responsibilities:
  • Lead all administrative and business operations of the CCEL and its core programs including the CRE, which includes: oversee funding, programs, and internal administration including tracking key performance indicators; direct resource planning, donor stewardship, and human resource functions; supervise staff and faculty; oversee execution of communications strategy; cultivate strategic planning; and facilitate community outreach grants offered through the center.
  • Support the Director of the CRE in leading a robust set of community research initiatives and managing demand for research expertise among a growing set of community partnerships.
  • Facilitate the development, maintenance and assessment of both curricular and co-curricular community engaged learning opportunities for WSU students.
  • Work with data analysts to track indicators, work with staff to help ensure data collection is part of the center's workflow, and make strategic course corrections based on that information.
  • Cultivate, expand and strengthen reciprocal community partnerships, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to nurture and sustain faculty and staff as community engaged educators and scholars.
  • Ensure accessibility to and participation in community engaged learning for historically underrepresented students in higher education, including, but not limited to: BIPOC, first-generation, PELL eligible, non-traditional, and LGBTQ+ students.
  • Conduct research and assessment investigating the impact of community engagement on students, faculty/staff and community. Use the findings to make data-driven decisions regarding center and institutional policy, practice and infrastructure.
  • Provide coordination among the multiple community outreach entities across campus to: a) better track and assess measurable outcomes of WSU's student engagement with the community; b) create collaborative partnerships that will result in the most meaningful outcomes for the community and WSU students; and c) create synergy between the efforts of WSU's community outreach offices.
  • Enhance the Center's connection to relevant national organizations and initiatives in the field (e.g. Campus Compact, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiative, American Democracy Project, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement) and promote the engagement of staff and faculty with these organizations.
  • Support and promote the staff's strong ethic of teamwork and professional development.

We actively encourage applicants who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity mission of Weber State University through teaching, service, and/or research.

Required Qualifications:
An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline. The opportunity for a part-time faculty appointment is possible depending on the qualifications of the candidate and departmental need.

Three years of administrative experience at a program level or above in higher education, community engaged learning, community agency administration, student leadership development, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
Seeking applicants with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the functioning of both higher education institutions and community organizations.
  • Deep knowledge of the field and literature of community engagement and familiarity with the national conversations on community engagement in higher education.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to initiate, develop and sustain relationships with diverse stakeholders including community agencies, students, faculty, department chairs, deans and professional staff.
  • Experience implementing a strategic plan, including eliminating or adding programming or events, that is informed by systematic assessment and data.
  • Experience successfully implementing equity, diversity and inclusion strategies that promote student success.
  • Experience directing a community engaged learning program including, but not limited to, service-learning, community-based research and/or civic engagement, in a college/university setting

Background Check? Yes

Benefits Summary:
WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Job Open Date: 01/23/2023
Review Date: 02/15/2023
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Notes to Applicant:
This is a full-time, 12-month exempt appointment. The position reports to the Associate Provost for High Impact Educational Experiences and Executive Director of Student Wellbeing. Salary is competitive and includes a full range of benefits.

Applicants from academic affairs, student affairs, and other areas of campus administration, nonprofit organizations, and government are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please complete the online application and attach a cover letter, current resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

For qualification determination, your application and/or resume must address the required and preferred qualifications and must contain average number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be considered incomplete.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.
Physical Activity of this position: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction., Operate, activate, use, prepare, inspect, place, detect, or position. , Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm. , Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips. , Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance.

Physical Requirements of this position: Light work. Exerting up to 20 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Use of arm and/or leg controls exerting forces greater than that for sedentary work.

Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision: Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

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Weber State University is an EOE/Minorities/Female/Vet/Disability employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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