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Assistant/Associate Director of Community Relations

Employer
Earlham College
Location
Earlham College - Richmond, IN, 47374

Job Details

Job Details

Level: Experienced

Job Location: Earlham College - Richmond, IN

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: 4 Year Degree

Job Category: Administrative

Description

Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that's just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham's institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.

Earlham College is seeking an Assistant/Associate Director of Community Relations to join our team!

Summary:

Earlham College is seeking a motivated and community-focused individual to fill the role of Assistant/Associate Director of Community Relations. This position will report to the Director of Community Relations and play a vital role in advancing the College's commitment to community partnerships, student involvement, and collaborative initiatives. The Assistant/Associate Director of Community Relations will work closely with both internal and external stakeholders to foster meaningful connections, represent the College at community events, and facilitate opportunities for student engagement in the local community.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Relations to develop and execute strategies for community engagement, sponsorship, and student involvement that align with Earlham College's mission and goals.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with community organizations, businesses, and key stakeholders to identify and develop sponsorship and partnership opportunities.
  • Coordinate and manage the College's presence at community events, ensuring effective representation and engagement with the local community.
  • Design, implement, and oversee programs that integrate students into the community. Support the work of the Center for Career and Community Engagement in securing and promoting student service projects, internships, and other initiatives that contribute to positive community impact.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to identify opportunities for student involvement in the community that align with academic and co-curricular goals.
  • Assist in developing grant-related initiatives focused on student-community engagement, coordinating logistics, student participation, and reporting as required.
  • Serve as a central point of contact for various departments and individuals across campus engaged in similar community-focused efforts, fostering a collaborative and cohesive approach.
  • Organize and facilitate meetings, workshops, and discussions to promote information sharing, collaboration, and coordination among internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of communication strategies that highlight the College's community engagement efforts and student involvement.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of community engagement and student involvement initiatives, utilizing data-driven insights to refine strategies and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Additional duties as needed to support Earlham College.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., Community Development, Public Relations, Higher Education) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in community engagement, event coordination, student affairs, or a related role, preferably within an educational or nonprofit setting.
  • Strong understanding of community engagement principles and strategies, with a passion for fostering positive relationships between institutions and local communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience in planning, coordinating, and executing events or programs, from conceptualization to evaluation.
  • Familiarity with grant-related work and student-community involvement initiatives preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant software applications.
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of community engagement and student involvement.
  • Be a positive example and resource to all Earlham Students

Benefits Working at Earlham:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance*
  • Company paid Long-Term Disability after 1 year of full-time service*
  • Basic and Voluntary Life insurance*
  • Employee Assistance Program*
  • Campus Store Discount
  • Free ticket vouchers for Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • Wellness Center Free Membership or Discount for eligible employees
  • Athletic Games-Free entry to all home games
  • Free entry into most Theatre/Music shows
  • Tuition Benefits for Immediate Family for eligible employees*
  • 403(b) Retirement* – For eligible employees, Earlham will contribute a non-elective contribution equal to 5% of gross pay after 2 years of service. After 3 years of service, this non-elective contribution increases to 8%. Vesting credit is available for new employees with previous service in the education sector with required documentation.
  • Many Wayne County Chamber of Commerce member businesses offer discounts to anyone with an Earlham ID

*All employee benefit offerings are subject to employee eligibility per plan documents.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply

  • Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal
  • Cover letter - Please address your thinking and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position.
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with Contact Information
  • Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

    Earlham's Work Authorization Policy

    Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

    Organization

    Working at Earlham College

    Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

    • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
    • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
    • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
    • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
    • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
    • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
    • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
    • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.

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