Director, Brooks College Office For Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development

Allendale, Michigan
Commensurate with experience
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Valley State University seeks an innovative and entrepreneurial individual to serve as the inaugural Director of the newly created Office for Community Partnerships and Student Professional Development. The mission of the office is to support Brooks College in achieving its strategic objectives in the area of high-impact, community-based teaching and learning, and to support students in developing skills, values, and motivation to shape their professionals and communities. This position is a full-time, academic/professional (AP) position reporting to the Dean of the Brooks College.

The Director will provide vision and leadership for the office; cultivate the college’s strategic community partnerships that are mutually beneficial and enhance student learning relevant to the College’s academic offerings; support faculty, both conceptually and logistically, in incorporating service learning and other forms of community-based teaching and research into their courses or supervised student projects; oversee and develop the Brooks College Innovation Lab that is currently under construction; and oversee and strengthen ongoing credit-bearing initiatives that support students in developing interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited institution. Minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience working with or in higher education relating to community-based teaching, service learning, career services, internship supervision, curriculum development, program assessment, or civic engagement. Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collaboratively with persons from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and prioritize multiple projects to completion. Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience supervising staff. Experience in grant writing or securing funding for projects. College-level teaching experience.

Grand Valley State University is a comprehensive 4-year institution and the most rapidly growing University in Michigan. The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies values a collegial and collaborative environment where we support each other and work together in an open and transparent manner. Cultural diversity and diversity of thought and ideas is a foundational principle in our curriculum and our academic community. Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

To read a complete job description to apply, please visit Include a cover letter addressing the qualifications for the position, a current CV, and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted until after an interview. This position will be open until May 21, 2017. If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.