Executive Director of Civic Engagement

Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois
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Oct 21, 2021

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Executive Director of Civic Engagement

LocationGalesburg, Illinois

Employment TypeFull-Time Benefited

DepartmentStudent Development

Executive Director of Civic Engagement

Knox College invites applications for a full-time Executive Director of Civic Engagement. The Executive Director of Civic Engagement will deepen and advance the College’s commitment to civic life, service learning, and community engagement. As a visible campus leader, this individual serves as the primary voice for civic engagement and communicates the programmatic mission and opportunities to both campus and external communities. With institutional support for civic engagement as one of Knox’s core graduation requirements, the Executive Director builds effective partnerships with faculty and staff across campus to support Knox’s mission of challenging students to explore, understand, and improve themselves, our society, and our world. This position reports to the Vice President for Student Development.

Knox College provides a competitive salary and a strong benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; access to a retirement plan; a generous paid vacation and holiday package; free membership to our recreation center; and more! Tuition remission is also available after a two-year waiting period.

Essential Duties:

As part of the Division of Student Development, the Executive Director of Civic Engagement will lead the Kleine Center for Community Service by setting Center department vision and goals, coordinating assessment of achievement of student learning outcomes, and providing leadership oversight for initiatives and relationships that contribute to the achievement of departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities. The Executive Director supervises a part-time Director and student employees, and is responsible for developing a high performing and cohesive staff, crafting and implementing student-centered community service and civic engagement programs, building and maintaining effective relationships and partnerships with campus and community leaders, and providing oversight and leadership for excellence in departmental operations, budget management, policy development, and overall administration of programs.

Equally critically, the Executive Director will serve as a consultant and liaison to faculty and staff as they seek to develop robust curricular and co-curricular programs in pursuit of the civic engagement graduation requirement. Knox graduates are expected to build connections between academic study in the classroom and its broader civic and social relevance. In pursuit of this goal, students will develop knowledge and skills to be successful in civic life, while developing their capacity to critically evaluate and apply their values in such settings. Careful integration between learning goals and program design are critical to experiential and community engaged learning opportunities. The Executive Director will be a campus leader in sharing insights and best practices in this area, collaborating with academic affairs and the directors of related student support centers to implement new programs, support faculty and staff, and assist students in understanding the value of these opportunities.

Education and Experience:


  • A master’s degree in education or a related area
  • A proven track-record of management and leadership
  • Ability to articulate a vision of civic engagement
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and maintaining robust community partnerships
  • Ability to apply theory to practice; develop programs focused on deep and integrated learning, critical reflection, and related and assessable learning outcomes
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Flexibility and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, faculty, staff, and community partners
  • Skills and experience with administrative writing, interpersonal communication, presenting, and relationship-building


  • Terminal degree in education or another academic discipline
  • Experience implementing civic engagement initiatives on a college or university campus
  • Previous teaching experience


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex.

The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.

Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

337 South Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7751

Email: [email protected]

Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone: 312-730-1560

Email: [email protected]

Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.

For Employees:

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Amy Chambers

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200

Email: [email protected]

For Students:

Director of Disability Support Services

Stephanie Grimes

Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183

340 South West Street

Phone: 309-341-7478

Email: [email protected]


Working at Knox College

Knox College is a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds challenging each other to explore, understand and improve ourselves, our society and our world. The commitment to put learning to use to accomplish both personal and social goals dates back to the founding of the College in 1837. We take particular pride in the College's early commitment to increase access to all qualified students of varied backgrounds, races and conditions, regardless of financial means.

Today, we continue to expand both the historic mission and the tradition of active liberal arts learning. We provide an environment where students and faculty work closely together and where teaching is characterized by inviting and expecting students to pursue fundamental questions in order to reach their own reflective but independent judgments.

The first thing college guides will tell you is that Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 undergraduate students located in Galesburg, Illinois. But to really get a feel for our campus, just consider this: Everything that happens at Knox -- both inside and outside of the classroom -- involves giving our students the freedom to flourish. Knox professors don't just stand in front of classes and "profess" their wisdom, and our students are not mere note takers. Instead, we value:

  • Independent thinking. Our students choose their own path toward a degree, guided by scholar-teachers who encourage them to explore ideas and places, stretch their intellect and their talents, blend thought with action, and fuse imagination with initiative.
  • Egalitarian spirit. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to both women and people of color. And it was on our campus that Abraham Lincoln chose to denounce slavery on moral terms for the first time, during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate. A pervasive spirit of equality thrives on campus today in our commitment to giving every student a voice.
  • Diverse perspectives. With a campus population that includes students from 47 states and 48 countries, 18% U.S. students of color, and individuals from every imaginable religious and socioeconomic background, members of the Knox community are actively challenged to broaden their points of view.

At Knox, the educational experience means being part of a community of individuals who challenge each other to explore, understand, and improve their world. That mission calls on a special sort of scholar-teacher, one who approaches the classroom, the College, and the community in a uniquely engaged way. Our faculty are top scholars - 98% of our full-time faculty have Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field. They are active scholars with frequent work in leading academic publications and showcases of artistic and theatrical work in venues around the world. And they represent a wide range of academic disciplines, educational backgrounds, and cultural experiences. Just as important as their scholarly achievements and diverse backgrounds is how Knox professors bring all of that into the classroom. Our faculty make the classroom a forum for a shared pursuit of knowledge, a vibrant place for exploration and debate. You'll not only learn from your professors, you'll learn with them.

Walk into any class on campus and you'll find professors -- not graduate students - leading discussions. A Knox class is small - average size is 18 students - and it is anything but a passive one-way lecture or note-taking session. Our faculty are not shy about letting students know their own point of view on a subject; but they also expect-and assist-students to form and defend their own opinions and viewpoints in a wide range of coursework. They challenge assumptions and teach students to be independent thinkers.

Our faculty don't hide away in their offices. Their doors are open to work closely with students throughout their educational careers. Through one-on-one mentoring, professors help students plan their studies and even design their own majors and research projects.

At Knox, we never forget that life is about more than the books. Our faculty do more -- and breathe more -- than merely publish. They live in the community. And you'll find them cheering on the Prairie Fire athletic teams, playing on intramural sports teams, discussing current events at the dining hall, or enjoying jazz music with fellow faculty and students at a downtown club - or even performing on-stage. By being engaged scholars, Knox faculty instill a lifelong love of learning in their students and impart to them the skills and the drive to apply their education to their career, their community and their world.

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