Director, Community Development

Job description

Open Date:


Classification Title:

Director, Community Development


Provost's Office


Civic Engagement

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Full Time



Primary Function:

The director of community development is an innovative joint position between the University of the South, through its Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) and the South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF). Reporting both to the Director of Civic Engagement and the Chair of the SSCF board, the director is responsible for overseeing the partnership’s local-regional community development initiatives, which seeks to promote the well-being of the communities of the South Cumberland Plateau. Working with the community to develop local strategies aligned to state and regional development goals, the director oversees OCE-SCCF joint community development programs: grantmaking, the AmeriCorps VISTA program, and non-profit capacity building. The director collaborates with faculty to develop courses and research that support the partnership’s community development goals and teaches and also administers the student-run philanthropy program.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

The director of community development

  • Works in collaboration with the SCCF Community Development Committee, Grants Committee, SCCF board to design, co-design, and implement regional community development strategic plans and initiatives using social design and community participation best practices.
  • Assures that grantmaking and capacity-building activities and university and SCCF involvement are focused on collaborative support and engagement with community partners on the plateau.
  • Manages the SCCF’s spring and fall grant round in collaboration with the Chair of the SCCF’s grants committee, including responsibility for community communications, information sessions and support of the grants committee’s work
  • Works with the University’s assistant vice president for government & strategic partnerships and the vice provost for planning and strategic initiatives to cultivate and manage a portfolio of relationships with social sector organizations and local, regional, statewide, and national allies. These include advocacy organizations and service providers, health care providers, schools, housing developers and providers, trade associations, community development and faith-based organizations, economic developers, funders, public agencies, elected and appointed officials, civic groups, and others.
  • Works with communications teams for both University and SCCF to clarify the shared Community Development work and integrated nature of the partnership.
  • Assists with academic course design and implementation related to Philanthropy Internship, Global Leadership Certificate, and training workshops for students. Oversees program evaluation for all community development initiatives to ensure efficacy, efficiency, and sustainable impact. Communicate impacts and outcomes of the work to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manages appropriate financial functions and collaborate with the SCCF Community Development Chair and Director of Civic Engagement to help prepare and manage the Community Development budget.
  • Manages and oversees VISTA staff assuring integration of all activities to create long-term outcomes and clear communication and planning.

Judgment Required:

Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.

Budgetary Responsibility:

Directly prepares budget for program and has full responsibility for planning, forecasting, approval, and balancing budget.


Master’s or advanced degree preferred
Strong business and financial acumen


Experience within higher education institutions in a functional role.

7-10+ years experience with high-profile public/private organization in a leadership role

Job Related Skills:

A sophisticated understanding of national, state, and local social impact landscapes and best practices
Public policy development, implementation, and analysis
Collaborative leadership, coalition building, and management
Public speaking, strong oral and written communications
Able to work successfully with people of diverse functional and cultural backgrounds
Excellent written and oral communications skills
Experience working with and influencing senior institutional leadership on initiatives that involve the development of policies and programs

Student Contact:

Philanthropy Internship and related course


Faculty, administrative department heads


Government officials or agencies, alumni, parents, community members, other institutions, colleges, or companies

Supervision Received:

This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.

Positions Directly Supervised:


Confidential Information:

Conversations with faculty, staff, and community members may be confidential.

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 3/18/2021
Application Due: 5/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time