Director, Community Assessment

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Director, Community Assessment

Job Description:

Research framework, guidelines, and application process to apply for the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement (CCCE) and determine our readiness for application.

Define the institutional requirements and benefits of CCCE for Furman.

Understand and prepare the University for the 5 year cycle for Classification and Reclassification.

Classify institutional commitment to community engagement activities across campus, and in the community, that embody the characteristics of engagement and directly impact the educational experiences of students and the scholarly work of faculty.

Ensure integration of the three major parts of CCCE, when documenting our first time application and assessing readiness for submission, by addressing:

  • Foundational Indicators- including institutional commitment (infrastructure, budget, assessment, professional development, community voice, etc.) and institutional identity and culture (vision, mission, assessment, data, leadership priority etc.)
  • Curricular Engagement- teaching, learning and scholarship that engages faculty, students and the community in mutually beneficial collaboration by addressing community identified needs which deepens students' civic and academic learning, enhances community well-being, and enriches the scholarship of the institution.
  • Outreach and Partnerships-programs and institutional resources provided for the community.

Examine existing research and best practices for community.

Utilize a “retrospective” evaluation process by looking back at prior efforts in community engagement at Furman.

Assess and inventory our engagement portfolio by evaluating where we've been, where we are currently, and where we are headed as an institution under the Furman Advantage.

Collect data on current state of community engagement at Furman and evaluation gaps between current state and desired state, including reciprocal partnerships, faculty rewards, and alignment and integration with larger institutional initiatives.

Build relationships with internal and external stakeholders based on reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority, and co-creation of goals and outcomes.

Develop new set of practices, create new structures, and revise policies to support Community Engaged Learning and TFA.

Participates in professional development opportunities, on- and off campus.

Develop and deliver internal and external training to support community-engaged learning and assessment.

Initiates and manages special projects and assignments as directed by the Executive Director of Community Engaged Learning.

Qualifications, Skills, and Personal Attributes:


  • Robust experience in creating community-engaged learning opportunities for students, designing and teaching project-based courses, managing projects, faculty development, and collaboration with faculty across divisions.

  • Earned master's degree or doctorate (academic discipline open; experience must be community-engaged learning focused).

  • Demonstrated ability to translate vision into practice.

  • Experience in fostering campus-community connections.

  • Mastery of best practices and a broad understanding of the educational, social, cultural, and ethical rationale for community-engaged learning.

  • Working knowledge of scholarship regarding issues related to community-engaged learning.

  • Experience in and seasoned understanding of the higher education environment.

  • Knowledge of the use of current technologies in supporting community-engaged learning.

  • Interdisciplinary teaching and research experience

  • Knowledge of and expertise in theories and methods of classroom assessment and evaluation.

    Skills and Personal Attributes

  • A skilled communicator with fluency across all levels of the institution;

  • An authentic, empathetic, confident, and energetic leader;

  • Adaptable, creative, analytical, and curious;

  • Thrives in a dynamic environment;

  • A proven leader who addresses challenges with humility and creativity;

  • Approachable, patient, and compassionate;

  • A knowledgeable connector and bridge builder;

  • Passionate about community engagement, fostering communities that flourish authentic partnership, and creating deep learning experiences for students.

    Working Relationships:
    • Reports to Executive Director of Community-Engaged Learning
    • Frequent contact with members of academic and administrative departments, students, and community partners and stakeholders.
    • Collaboration with members of own work unit and immediate supervisor to exchange ideas, information and best practices and functions.
    • Frequent contact with students and colleagues from other institutions to exchange information and best practices.

    Responsibility for Final Decisions:
    • Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines.
    • Spends time planning, scheduling, and assigning priorities of several ongoing assignments.
    • Tasks require the development of techniques, formulation of concepts and procedures, direction and /or planning operations, and developing solutions to unique issues.
    • Work involves developing, implementing and interpreting policy.
    • Problem resolution requires experimentation, innovation and/or theory development.
    • Errors may cause inaccuracies in reports, records or data resulting in dissemination of inaccurate or incomplete information.
    • Work is performed independently and employee assumes direct accountability for work and independently resolves all associated problems except where final approval is required.

    Required Documents:
    Resume and Cover Letter

    Education Requirements:

    Certification Requirements:

    Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):
    Thu, August 16, 2018

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    Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.





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    Job No:
    Posted: 8/10/2018
    Application Due: 8/20/2018
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