Director for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

Allendale, Michigan
Jul 10, 2017
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Director for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

Grand Valley State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director for Civic Learning and Community Engagement.  The Director assists in cultivating and sustaining mutually beneficial and impactful relationships between faculty, staff, and students with community partners.  The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs responsible for student success.  For additional information about the Office, please see  The position will be available in mid-August.

Grand Valley is a comprehensive, selective, public university that provides a wide array of fully accredited academic programs, each building on a longstanding commitment to education in the liberal tradition.  Grand Valley attracts more than 25,300 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities.  The university offers 86 undergraduate and 37 graduate degrees.  The university places a high value on teaching, scholarship broadly defined, and interdisciplinary collaborations.  It has been consistently ranked nationally in various listings as an “Up and Coming” institution in the Midwest, as one of the “Best Buys” in colleges, one of the “greenest” campuses, and as one of the “Best in the Midwest” in the past decade. 

The University has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, as well as centers in Muskegon, Traverse City, and Detroit.  Grand Valley enjoys exceptionally close ties with its community that have led to countless opportunities for external collaborations and resources. Not only are Grand Valley’s main campuses located close to Lake Michigan, amidst the natural beauty of all of West Michigan, but they are also situated in one of the economically strongest areas of the state.  The university is in the center of a metropolitan area with a population of 1.1 million, supporting a dynamic business environment as well as rich cultural and recreational opportunities.  More detailed information about the University can be accessed at

Qualifications:  Candidates must have:  Knowledge of university/community engagement best practices, drawn from the engagement literature and professional experience; a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred); professional experience in higher education; a collaborative work style; ability to both develop strategy and implement specific objectives in the context of leading and managing multiple projects; experience convening and facilitating groups to achieve outcomes; capacity for relationship building diverse individuals and groups; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills; and demonstrated participation in the national engagement conversation.

Responsibilities:  The Director supports engagement-related aspects of the university; leads efforts to implement the Campus Compact Civic Action Plan; works closely with the Community Service Learning Center to strategically align GVSU’s curricular and co-curricular civic and community engagement; collaborates with colleges and offices across the university to align activities and support engagement across the university; serves as a liaison to community organizations; celebrates faculty, staff, and student engagement through annual engagement awards and a biennial Civic Engagement Showcase; and facilitates communication on engagement opportunities, updates, and activities through newsletters, website, annual reports, and social media tools.

The salary and benefit package is competitive.  Review of candidates will begin August 7, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Apply online at and select “Apply now”.  Include a detailed letter of interest addressing the responsibilities and qualifications, your current vitae, and the names and contact information for three references.  The online application system will allow you to attach these documents electronically.

Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for racial and ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. University policy extends protections to additional identities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

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