Director of Student Civic Education

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-01-31
Req: JR03957
Department70680 VP For Civic Engagement

About the UnitThe Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) is responsible for a diverse portfolio of programs and initiatives related to community relations, civic and City/State government relations, economic development, and educational outreach programs, while supporting faculty and local community-based research projects and initiatives. The office works closely with internal and external stakeholders on a range of quality of life initiatives, including public education, community development, workforce development, arts and culture, public safety, employer-assisted housing, and civic partnerships. The OCE also leads a set of high profile initiatives that engage university students in local communities, and actively collaborates with units across campus to support student civic engagement and education.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Director of Student Civic Education is a key member of the leadership team of the Office of Civic Engagement’s Student Civic Engagement Center and reports to the Executive Director of Student Civic Engagement Initiatives within OCE. The Director also directly manages the University Community Service Center’s programs and will support the integration of these efforts into the overall vision for Student Civic Engagement with the OCE and across campus. As part of the Office of Civic Engagement’s Student Civic Engagement team, the Director of Student Civic Engagement is a content expert able to articulate and program around the value of civic experiences and community-based knowledge in helping University students construct paths to productive, socially responsible lives and careers.  Programmatically, the Director of Student Civic Education develops, supports, and oversees orientation-to-graduation programming that aims to engage both students and partners in the development of communities of inquiry and impact, as well as path-making opportunities that facilitate students’ deepening of social responsibility and its implications for their personal, academic, and professional developmentThey also serve as a resource/adviser to on-campus and community partners.


Civic Education and Student Development

  • Develops, designs, and supervises the execution of high quality introductory/orientation experiences for university students and follow-up programming (workshops, dialogues, excursions, direct service experiences) to prepare them for community engagement and civic activity
  • Coordinates with other student development professionals on campus to support and inform developmental student civic engagement programming across the University
  • Guides strategic development and execution of co-educational and co-learning experiences to enhance students’ social capital, civic knowledge, and skill development for respectful and impactful community engagement
  • Liaises with Career Advancement and UChicagoGrad to support path-making to various professions and post-graduate public service

Partnership Development and Community Engagement

  • Empowers community and campus partners as co-educators across student civic engagement initiatives, promoting structures that actively engage diverse voices in the preparation and mentorship of UChicago students
  • Develops sustained partnerships with community organizations on the South Side and across the city to ensure mutual benefit
  • Trains and coaches staff and student leaders on community engagement strategies

University Community Service Center (UCSC)

  • Oversees the programming of the portfolio of civic education and community-building initiatives associated with UCSC, aligning these in support of broader OCE and student civic engagement priorities
  • Supervises and coaches FTE Staff supporting these initiatives
  • Develops new programming initiatives congruent with UCSC’s mission/vision and in alignment with broader OCE and University priorities
  • Collaborates with OCE staff and campus collaborators to integrate UCSC programming with other University-wide initiatives
  • Supports OCE- and campus-wide tracking, assessment, and evaluation of student civic engagement activities
  • Works with OCE staff to increase resource-base for programming initiatives in collaboration with other student-facing units of OCE and the University
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders: University Students, Campus and Community Partners, and Alumni

Thought Leadership

  • Provides thought leadership on engaging students (from orientation to graduation) with on- and off-campus communities to build social responsibility, social capital, and to support student engagement in all of the University’s Civic Engagement framework activities - anchor, education, innovation, and research
  • Engages actively in the higher education student civic engagement field as a scholar and practitioner, informing OCE, USCE, and the University community about innovations and promising practices in the higher education student civic engagement landscape


  • Ability to take initiative and lead others; management experience required
  • Ability to excel in team-based environments and to lead collaborative initiatives.
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to use databases or other record keeping systems preferred
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage concurrent task with interruptions, ability to meet deadlines and respond to many emails, in person and phone requests in a timely fashion, required.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to work under pressure, and manage effectively competing demands
  • Proven ability to collaborate with community organizations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including excellent writing, editing/proofreading ability in English and presentation experience.
  • Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks in a competent and professional manner while also meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with supervision and as part of a team, individually or while taking directions from others.
  • Familiarity with the research, academic literature, and best practices of student development, higher education student civic engagement, and learning/education
  • Competence in developing and supporting both campus-campus and community-campus collaborations
  • Ability to run meetings and make presentations


Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree preferred


  • Minimally 5 years of previous relevant experience with progressive responsibility in higher education administration required
  • Direct experience in higher education student civic engagement (community service, service-learning) strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with students and educational experience in highly selective, top-tier institutions preferred
  • Experience working with community organizations in Chicago preferred
  • Experience with coaching or mentoring and interpersonal advocacy skills preferred

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Office Environment
  • Travel between Campus and Community Locations
  • Some evenings/weekends for events

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Reference list

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit EligibilityYes

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay RangeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5


Job is Exempt?Yes

Drug Test Required?No

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?No

Health Screen Required?No

Posting Date2019-01-31-08:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-07-31-07:00

Posting Statement:The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 3/1/2019
Application Due: 4/30/2019
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