Director of Community Engagement
Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

At, Rhodes College, we aspire to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We will achieve our aspiration through a college wide commitment to our vision.

Rhodes' rigorous approach to liberal arts and sciences inspires students to discover and cultivate lifelong passions, and to make a difference in the classroom, on campus, in the city of Memphis, and throughout the world. Simply put, our mission is to prepare students for life and career, wherever those journeys take them.

The Division of Student Life plays an integral role in the College's vision and values, and every member of the Division of Student Life supports the delivery of a transformative student experience.

Job Overview:

The Director of Community Engagement provides creative vision and leadership to students, faculty, and staff through strategic community partnerships and engagement for the Kinney Community Service program, Bonner Scholars, and Community Service Student Employment. The position reports to the Dean of Equity & Engagement and provides assistance in the leadership and administration of the Belonging alignment and serves as one of the institution's student advocates.

The Director of Community Engagement will be an energetic visionary member of the student life team, providing leadership and service to the Rhodes community broadly. A commitment to student development and success, experiential learning, and a high level of student interaction is essential.

Job duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Direct campus-wide efforts to providing service opportunities for Rhodes students, particularly through the Kinney Program.
  • Serve as Bonner Scholar Program Director.
  • In partnership with Financial Aid, administer the Community Service Student Employment program (CSSE). Work with students and community partners on placements, completion of hours and evaluation.
  • Maintain relationships with not-for-profit and advocacy leaders in Memphis to provide quality learning opportunities for students. Advance High-Impact Initiative by providing regular opportunities for training, networking and evaluation opportunities
  • Serve as an active and engaged member of the Belonging alignment. Provide direct support and collaboration across the alignment. Support diversity, equity, and inclusion work across the alignment and division. Supervise, train and evaluate student leaders and student staff associated with Community Engagement and it's programs. Lead and attend student programming including evening and weekend meetings, lectures and panel discussions, student trainings and leadership.
  • Work collaboratively with other campus entities engaged with the community such as the Memphis Center, coursework involving community placements, External Programs, the Learning Corridor, the Fellowships office and Career Services. Coordinate Bonner/Kinney programming with "Memphis Centered" and Communities in Conversation series.
  • Generate regular reports of student participation in service areas. Collaborate with research and institutional data-gathering and program evaluation. Prepares long- and short- range plans and budgets, and monitors and reports performance related to goals and manage office budget. Supports and maintain programs and services that engage and retain students.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function to perform the duties of this position.

Job Requirements:
  • Rhodes College requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 with exceptions for medical or religious reasons, which will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • Master's Degree in higher education administration, student personnel or related field required.
  • Minimum of three to five years professional experience with community service in an urban environment in the field of social service or higher education (community engagement, service-learning, and/or Bonner center/foundation, preferred).
  • Flexible and evening and weekend hours will be required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Prior work with diverse populations, experience facilitating groups, and with advisory responsibilities, and prior work with volunteers and administration in non-profit agencies preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of Compliance & Risk Management
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies
  • Proven leadership in the area of risk management
  • Ability and experience in investigating and responding to risk management and wellness concerns
  • Knowledge and experience with policies and legal issues in higher education
  • Knowledge of FERPA, Clery, Title IX, and other applicable federal laws

Ability to Provide Leadership and Supervise Staff and Manage Environments
  • Able to work independently in a highly productive and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to provide consultation and coaching for managers, supervisors, staff, faculty and administrators
  • Ability to mediate and use problem-solving skills to conduct alternative dispute resolution
  • A thorough understanding of the organizational management of student affairs including partnership building with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community Ability to provide perspective and utilize a proactive style of leadership that encourages teamwork and interaction
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population, promote a campus climate of inclusion and participation by all students
  • Ability to analyze complex situations and to make sound judgments and decisions

Strong Communications Skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of student services and deep commitment to the connection between the curricular and co-curricular spheres of a college community
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the ability to deal with complex and sometimes sensitive issues
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to effectively present information to large groups of people

Collaborative and Relational Approach
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships across campus with special attention to Dean of Students, Dean of Student Success, Career Services, Residence Life, Campus Safety, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities, and Counseling Center
  • Ability to interact effectively and respectfully with students, faculty, staff, and families in order to establish and maintain good working relationships

A complete application includes a cover letter, a resume and the names of three references.

Rhodes offers an excellent benefits package and a great working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workforce.


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