Assistant Director of Community Engagement

Wheaton, Illinois
Sep 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Center for Urban Engagement (CUE) Assistant Director of Community Engagement advances the mission of CUE by 1) coordinating and supervising student field placements (e.g., internships and practica, as well as related programs of leadership development and vocational discernment), 2) leading community engagement efforts in Chicago, and 3) assisting with student recruitment.

Field Placement Supervision Duties

  1. Manage the CUE internship and practicum program, developing a network of established internship partners, supervisors, and host organizations.
  2. Teach the Wheaton in Chicago internship seminar, including Civitas: A Manual of Vocational Exploration and Discernment for Wheaton in Chicago, coordinate the Urban Leadership Studio, and organize summer programs or instruction (e.g., pre-field preparation for fall students).
  3. Participate in Wheaton in Chicago student life programming, including Community Dinners, retreats, and other events.
  4. Serve as a resource in implementing field experiences (e.g., field trips, service learning opportunities) that achieve academic and co-curricular outcomes of CUE, as well as partner departments and programs, and raise the profile of Wheaton in Chicago and other CUE programs.
  5. Liaise with appropriate campus offices, departments, and programs for advice regarding the field placement program, and understand the various internship and practicum requirements of programs across the college.
  6. Lead additional student field experiences as assigned.

Community Engagement Duties

  1. Design, develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive strategy for community engagement in Chicago, consistent with the CUE strategic plan for urban engagement.
  2. Represent CUE to key institutions and urban alliances, and at specific events (e.g., Woodlawn neighborhood meetings, Together Chicago, regional and national meetings of the Christian Community Development Association).
  3. Assist CUE and other Wheaton College offices (including cabinet offices, undergraduate and graduate academic programs, Student Development offices, Admissions, and other offices) in identifying and developing relationships and cultivating partnerships consistent with the college’s mission and strategic priorities.
  4. Foster relationships with key external stakeholders, partners, and leaders of anchor and gatekeeper institutions in Chicago and its neighborhoods, including pastors, school administrators, community organizers, community development professionals, business leaders, and others.
  5. Assist CUE faculty, staff, and students in developing opportunities and identifying pathways to better connect in the urban context in Chicago and beyond.
  6. Leverage connections to urban institutions and alliances, in Chicago and beyond, for the purpose of advancing Wheaton’s strategic priorities, with special attention to diversity, and cultivating relationships that promote individual and institutional racial reconciliation.
  7. Emphasize reciprocity in community relationships and partnerships by identifying Wheaton College research, curricular programming, and co-curricular programming that can benefit community partners and others.
  8. Develop a “Practitioner in Residence” program that coordinates focused and meaningful engagement of practitioners with Wheaton in Chicago students and others.
  9. Participate on, manage relationships with, and chair CUE’s Community Engagement Council.

Student Recruitment and Preparation Duties

  1. Devote an average of one day per week to student recruitment efforts on the Wheaton College campus.
  2. Occasionally represent CUE and Wheaton in Chicago at events for interested students.
  3. Proactively reach out to and meet with students who have expressed interest in CUE programs, helping to move students through the application pipeline (i.e., from expressions of interest to starting applications, from starting applications to completing them, from completing applications to enrollment).
  4. Respond to student questions, especially concerning interships, practica, pre-field preparation, and community engagement.
  5. Plan and lead pre-field preparation for each cohort.
  6. Collaborate with CUE faculty and staff to plan, coordinate, and implement Wheaton in Chicago move-in, orientation, mid-semester retreat, end-of-semester retreat, and excursions (e.g., to the annual meeting of the Christian Community Development Association).

Other duties as assigned; Assistant Director may teach (e.g., a May term course on Chicago) if qualified.


  • M.A. in Urban Studies, M.S.W., or related degree required
  • Experience with teaching, experiential education, and/or internship supervision preferred
  • Deep commitment to and track record of engagement with racial reconciliation
  • Familiarity with contemporary principles of community collaboration
  • Record of inclusive conduct; experience working in and fostering an inclusive workplace
  • At least 5 years of experience in urban ministry, education, community development, or related field, preferably including leadership experience
  • A well-established network in Chicago
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills

This position requires a cell phone.

The Assistant Director of Community Engagement must live in Chicago. CUE will have a strong preference for candidates who live in or will relocate to the neighborhood of Woodlawn. The successful candidate may choose to live in CUE facilities in Woodlawn.

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