Community Coordinator - #201853

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Posting NumberSHRA628PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleStudent Services SpecialistCompetency LevelJourneyWorking TitleCommunity Coordinator - #201853DepartmentCenter for Community Engagement & Service LearningPosition Summary

This is a full time, 11- month time-limited position that is renewable based on program funding and revenue.

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) and the University Participant (UP) Program ( invites applicants to apply for the position of Community Coordinator.

This position will serve as a liaise with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) and University Participant (UP) Program. The Community Coordinator position will work directly with several community partners on and off campus such as public schools, the Nutrition and Dietetics program, Education majors, employers, families, young adults with intellectual disabilities, and a variety of other WCU undergraduate and graduate students to assist specifically with the Growing [email protected] Program at Cullowhee Valley School and recruitment, training, and outreach initiatives with the University Participant (UP) Program.

This position will work with CCESL (10%) and UP (90%) to coordinate supports and training necessary to facilitate shared community living and learning experiences among WCU undergraduate and graduate students and the surrounding community stakeholders. More specifically within the UP Program, this position will work directly with community employers, students, and families to help identify appropriate employment and community engagement opportunities before, during, and up to a year students complete the UP Program. This person should have experience assessing individual strengths, preferences, interests, and needs related to overall self-determination, advocacy, and self-awareness. Some weekend or evening hours and travel will be required with community engagement and outreach efforts.

Key duties include: Organizing, designing, and maintaining outreach materials and resources to potential stakeholders involved in community engagement opportunities; selecting, managing, and training Growing Minds Volunteers and UP Natural Supports; assisting, recruiting, and scheduling volunteers to support community engagement; assisting with job support needs for current UP students; attending and contributing about UP student performance at monthly person-centered planning meetings; creating work task analysis or individualized support plans; conducting monthly job site observations in the community; and working with families and students with career planning, nutrition education, and benefits counseling; and contributing with a team-based approach to a variety of stakeholders. Other supportive duties will be assigned through CCESL (10% time) and UP (90% time).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Earned bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience working in the field of special education or with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Strong public relation and marketing skills; flexibility and patience; ability to collaborate with other WCU programs, school personnel, employers, and community members; effective oral and written communication skills; self-initiative; ability to independently plan out and follow through with daily appointments; reliable transportation, valid driver’s license with clear driving record and vehicle insurance; knowledge of task analysis and resources for daily living; strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel); ability to work positively with the public and WCU personnel; and strong negotiation and marketing skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Qualifications

Earned bachelor’s degree in special education or a related area from an accredited university; long-term experience working with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on vocational skills or within inclusive postsecondary education programs. Preference will also be given to individuals that have worked previously with schools, nutrition education, local food initiatives, and/or are knowledgeable with state and federal benefits for adults with disabilities, career development support, and/or marketing to further enhance community engagement initiatives within the CCESL and UP Program.

Anticipated Hiring Range$34,000Position TypeTime-Limited Full-TimeNumber of Hours per Week40Number of Months per Year11Salary Band Range$28,713 - $77,112Salary GradeFor administrative purposes during the implementation of Career Banding this Journey level position is considered a Salary Grade 67. Posting Text

Open Date10/15/2019Close Date10/25/2019Open Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions to Applicants

This is a full time, 11- month time-limited position that is renewable based on program funding and revenue. To be considered, you must apply online. Hard copy applications will not be considered.

Please attach the following:
Letter of interest/cover letter
List of references (include complete contact information)

Applicants must upload a DD-214 if claiming Veteran’s Preference.

For questions or more information, contact the co-search chairs, Dr. Kelly R. Kelley, [email protected] and/or Dr. Lane Perry [email protected]

If no applicants apply, who meet the required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Competencies and Training and Experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Effective October 1, 2015 all new hires into positions subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA) will serve a 12 month probationary period as defined by the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
Optional Documents
  1. DD-214
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Posted: 10/17/2019
Application Due: 10/25/2019
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