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Position Summary:

The Inaugural Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement will deepen and advance the University’s commitment to civic life, service, and community engagement by leading campus and community stakeholders in preparing students for lives as informed, engaged citizens in relationship with local communities. The programs and initiatives developed will assist students’ in identifying their values, ethics, and commitments toward contributing to the public good in meaningful ways in partnership with members of the Willamette community that connect University learning goals, programs, and initiatives, to community goals and needs.

The position has guaranteed funding for 3-years with the hopes of continued support in subsequent years.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Develop a department vision and goals, coordinate assessment of achievement of student learning outcomes, and provide leadership oversight for initiatives and relationships that contribute to the achievement of departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities.
  • Develop and sustain programs which combine analysis, action and reflection. Implement the building blocks of establishing a comprehensive community-engaged learning center.
  • Demonstrate collaborative leadership with faculty, staff, students and community partners to create a far-reaching and vested interest and engagement.
  • Supervise and train staff and student leaders who are leading Civic Engagement initiatives. Advise student organizations and projects.
  • Establish an advisory committee to work on program development, program values, policies, learning goals, long-term planning and assessment.
  • Serve as a consultant and liaison to faculty and staff as they seek to develop robust curricular and co-curricular programs in pursuit of civic engagement initiatives.
  • Represent the University at local civic events and programs, forging and cultivating mutual, reciprocal interests between the University and its communities.
  • Conduct site visits with potential and current community partners.
  • Serve as a catalyst to engage the department with the intellectual life of the University to educate students on issues related to responsible citizenship in a democracy. This could include new trainings, a speaker series, new curricular offerings, new programming or public scholarship promotion.
  • Facilitate meetings, workshops and professional development events for faculty, staff and students on issues related to public service, local/social issues that impact the community, and strategies for creating positive social change.
  • Oversee the management of civic engagement programs, including recruitment, ongoing training, volunteer tracking, assessment and risk management.
  • Create a voter engagement plan that educates students on relevant issues facing their communities, engages them with public leaders, and inspires students to get involved and vote in local, state, and national elections each year.
  • Serve on related campus and community committees.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree in student affairs, nonprofit administration or another related field required. Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in higher education administration or leading a nonprofit organization.
  • Personal commitment to positive social change. Experience and theoretical grounding in community-based learning pedagogy and research, social change theory, and ethics of good practice in civic engagement.
  • Demonstrated understanding of equity and inclusion objectives and a commitment to centering diversity and equity in programs and operations.
  • Understanding of higher education processes, values and civic aims. Demonstrated understanding of student development theory and application.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with experience leading a team of professionals and creating a positive, collaborative and productive work culture. Experience in hiring, training, supervising and supporting staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders. Experience with program promotion and public relations.
  • Experience in volunteer management, event planning, program development and nurturing strategic campus and community partnerships.
  • Experience with multi source budget management. Background in fundraising through donor relationships and grant writing/management from public or private sources.
  • Knowledge of local nonprofit organizations, k-12 schools, as well as local history and resources.
  • Demonstrated creative approach to work and an ability to reimagine new possibilities in a changing environment. Ability to multitask and persevere with complex, divergent responsibilities.

Salary: $85,000

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:

  • Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
  • Current Resume

​Incomplete applications will not be considered.