Director of the Bonner Institute

Job description

The College of New Jersey’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR) invites candidates to apply for the position of Director of the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Housed in the CELR Center, the Bonner Institute coordinates the TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars program and campus-wide civic engagement initiatives.

This position is an excellent opportunity to direct one of the largest Bonner Community Scholars programs in the United States, while working regularly with a varied and diverse range of stakeholders, including TCNJ students, faculty, and staff, Bonner Foundation staff, community organization staff, and community members. The Director is energetic, compassionate, creative, and committed to the holistic development of an intentionally diverse group of passionate and engaged students and to the development of meaningful and substantive relationships with community members and community organizations. The Director is able to work effectively with multiple offices on- and off-campus and to ensure TCNJ Bonners are supported in their academic, personal, and professional efforts. The Director serves as mentor, leader, educator, and motivator for the Bonner Community Scholars and a liaison between TCNJ and the greater Trenton community.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the CELR Center, and supervising and supporting two Bonner Coordinators and two full-time AmeriCorps members, the Director provides leadership of and supervision over TCNJ’s Bonner Community Scholars program. Part of a national network of Bonner programs, the TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars program provides students leadership development and scholarship support through a four-year program of civic engagement and community service. Committed to the values of social justice and diversity of communities and cultures, a TCNJ Bonner dedicates 300 hours each academic year to direct service, community development, and civic engagement on campus and in the Trenton and Mercer County region.

Working closely with the Executive Director, the CEL Director, and the Research and Initiatives Program Manager, the Director contributes to the strategic development of community engagement opportunities for the TCNJ community and implementation of the CELR Center’s and TCNJ’s strategic plans. More information about the CELR Center and the TCNJ Bonner program can be found at

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Providing leadership, inspiration, and development opportunities for the 100+ TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars (BCS);

  • Development and implementation of semester, year, and four-year curricula for BCS that supports Bonner common commitments, personal and professional development, TCNJ and CELR values, and TCNJ BCS learning outcomes;

  • Supervising and supporting Bonner Community Scholars Coordinators and two full-time AmeriCorps members who provide day-to-day supervision of the 100+ TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars;

  • Administering and managing BCS ­­­­­­­­­protocols and processes, including recruitment, scholarship award process, behavioral and performance expectations and policies, Bonner student governance, and coordination with related student support offices (Student Success, EOF, Admissions, Disability Support Services, etc.);

  • Maintaining, developing, and reviewing partnerships with community organizations to ensure meaningful and productive TCNJ Bonner site placements and project development;

  • Ensuring proper risk management strategies are undertaken to protect TCNJ Bonners and TCNJ in their community engagement;

  • Working with CELR Center colleagues to ensure successful implementation of CELR programs and strategic priorities; and

  • Serving as liaison to the Bonner Foundation and directors and staff members at Bonner Foundation network schools.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters required

  • Experience with student development theory and effective implementation strategies and programs

  • Experience with social justice education theory and ability to lead trainings and workshops on social justice issues, contemporary issues, intercultural dynamics, and other topics as appropriate

  • Experience supervising and supporting staff and students

  • Experience establishing, maintaining, and adapting systems and processes to successfully achieve goals and responsibilities

  • Familiarity with principles and values of community-campus partnerships

  • Familiarity with community-based organizations and non-profit processes, preferably in Trenton/Mercer County

  • Ability to work with different stakeholders with differing interests and priorities, including faculty, TCNJ staff, TCNJ students, community organization staff, and public figures

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time

  • Effective and culturally competent and humble communication skills

  • Experience with service learning/community engaged learning theory and practice

  • Experience designing and implementing plans and projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in and familiarity with culture of higher education institutions

  • Familiarity with Bonner Foundation student development programs

  • Flexible and ability to adapt to change

This position carries the state title of Director and is a non-aligned position. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Reappointment is contingent upon performance and funding availability. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and prescription, as well as generous sick and vacation leave. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 professional references, and should pay particular attention to the required diversity statement on Taleo. Review of applications will begin February 23, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. 

Community Engagement at TCNJ:

Community engagement is a high priority at TCNJ, representing one of TCNJ's five Signature Experiences and required of all first-year students as part of the College's general education program.  TCNJ’s commitment to community-engaged learning has earned it the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research is the administrative home for the College’s community engagement activities that integrate educational experiences with community service, student development, and civic participation.  From its origins more than a decade ago, the Center has expanded from two full-time staff members and 12 Bonner Community Scholars to eleven full-time staff, four AmeriCorps members, and over 100 Bonner Community Scholars, making it one of the largest Bonner programs in the country.  The Center recently developed a five-year strategic plan and has begun its implementation.

The Center’s main programs include Community Engaged Learning, the Bonner Community Scholars Program, and Community-Based Research and Initiatives. Grounded in TCNJ’s mission to “empower its diverse students, staff, and faculty to sustain and enhance their communities,” as well as TCNJ’s commitment to the public purpose of higher education, TCNJ’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research develops lifelong learners who are prepared to lead lives of critically informed community engagement.

The Center works in close collaboration with over 30 community partners to provide community engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.  In the past academic year, the Center supported community-engaged experiences for over 1,200 first-year students, more than 500 students in 41 upper-division courses, and 39 internships at 19 community partner sites; these activities involved roughly 50 faculty members.  The Center brought in $1 million in external funding during the last academic year and is a partner in the highly successful Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy and Trenton Prevention Policy Board initiatives. More information can be found at

Institutional Information:

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a highly selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the undergraduate residential experience and offers targeted graduate programs. The College's seven schools - The Arts and Communication; Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering - offer degrees to nearly 6,800 students. The College's distinguished faculty of 348 full-time members provides a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and eighty-five percent of classes have enrollments of 30 or fewer. TCNJ's picturesque campus is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, approximately five miles from New Jersey's state capital of Trenton, and 60 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City. A 95 percent freshman to sophomore retention rate and a six-year graduation rate of 86 percent speak to the quality of the TCNJ experience.

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.




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Posted: 1/23/2018
Application Due: 3/24/2018
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