The College of New Jersey's Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR Center) invites candidates to apply for the position of Director of Community Engaged Learning (CEL). Housed in the CELR Center, the Community Engaged Learning program organizes curricular and co-curricular community-based activities and projects that address community-identified needs. Community Engaged Learning is a signature experience at TCNJ, and takes the form of introductory and upper-level course-based projects, one-day projects, and internships, among other occasional projects. Engaging more than 2,000 students each year, Community Engaged Learning is an integral part of the TCNJ experience for students and faculty.
This position is an excellent opportunity to direct and strengthen a well-established community engaged learning program, while working regularly with a varied range of stakeholders, including TCNJ students, faculty, and staff, community organization staff, and community members. The Director is enthusiastic, compassionate, innovative, and committed to growth and development of community engaged learning through reciprocal relationships with diverse and energetic partners. The Director works to ensure that CEL at TCNJ exemplifies ethical and responsible standards in community-campus partnerships, maintains the academic rigor of CEL experiences, and aligns CEL planning and implementation with established CEL learning outcomes. The Director serves as a liaison between TCNJ and the CELR Center with community-based partners, public figures, and the greater Trenton community.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the CELR Center, and supervising and supporting three CEL Coordinators, a graduate assistant, and an AmeriCorps/VISTA member, the Director provides leadership of and supervision over TCNJ's Community Engaged Learning program. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Bonner Institute Director, and the Research and Initiatives Program Manager, the Director contributes to the strategic development of community engagement opportunities for the TCNJ community and implementation of the CELR Center's and TCNJ's strategic plans. More information about the CELR Center and the Community Engaged Learning program can be found at http://celr.tcnj.edu/
Key Roles & Responsibilities:
Planning and coordinating development opportunities for faculty, students, and staff that support the growth and development of Community Engaged Learning at TCNJ
Supervising and providing development opportunities for three CEL Coordinators, a graduate assistant, and an AmeriCorps VISTA member
Maintaining, developing, and reviewing partnerships with community organizations in the Trenton and Mercer County region to ensure meaningful and productive CEL experiences
Designing, supporting, and implementing Community Engaged Learning course-based projects, as needed
Coordinating outreach efforts to recruit faculty to develop CEL courses
Ensuring proper documentation and effective assessment of CEL activities, as well as dissemination of CEL-produced scholarly and creative products
Ensuring proper risk management strategies are undertaken to protect CEL participants and TCNJ
Working with CELR colleagues to ensure successful implementation of strategic priorities and CELR programs, including the Bonner Community Scholars program
Masters degree in relevant field
Experience with service learning/community engaged learning theory and practice, and scholarly service learning/community engagement networks
Familiarity with community-based organizations and non-profit processes, specifically in Trenton and Mercer County
Experience in and familiarity with culture of higher education institutions
Familiarity with principles and values of community-campus partnerships
Documented record of successfully supervising and supporting staff
Demonstrated success at establishing, maintaining, and adapting systems and processes to successfully achieve goals and responsibilities
Ability to work with different stakeholders with differing interests and priorities, including faculty, TCNJ staff, TCNJ students, community organization staff, and public figures
Effective communication skills that demonstrate cultural competence and cultural humility
Experience with social justice education theory
Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
Experience designing plans and implementing projects
Familiarity with community-engagement-based student development programs (i.e., Bonner)
Familiarity with global service learning theory and practice
Flexible and ability to adapt to change
This position carries the state title of Director and is a non-aligned position. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Reappointment is contingent upon performance and funding availability. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and prescription, as well as generous sick and vacation leave. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a list of 3 professional references, and should pay particular attention to the required diversity statement on Taleo. The review of applicants will begin August 27, 2018, with an anticipated start date of in October. A final offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation.
Community Engagement at TCNJ:
Community Engaged Learning is a high priority at TCNJ, representing one of TCNJ's five Signature Experiences and as a required part of the College's general education program. TCNJ's commitment to community-engaged learning has earned it the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research is the administrative home for the College's community engagement activities that integrate educational experiences with community service, student development, and civic participation. From its origins more than a decade ago, the Center has expanded from two full-time staff members and 12 Bonner Community Scholars to eleven full-time staff, four AmeriCorps/VISTA members, and over 100 Bonner Community Scholars. The Center is in the midst of implementing its 2016-2021 strategic plan.
The Center's main programs include Community Engaged Learning, the Bonner Community Scholars Program, and Community-Based Research and Initiatives. Grounded in TCNJ's mission to "empower its diverse students, staff, and faculty to sustain and enhance their communities," as well as TCNJ's commitment to the public purpose of higher education, TCNJ's Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research develops lifelong learners who are prepared to lead lives of critically informed community engagement.
The Center works in close collaboration with over 30 community partners to provide community engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. CELR Center staff also work closely with offices across campus to ensure a broad and well-supported range of community and civic engagement opportunities for TCNJ students, including renewed efforts to build stronger and richer ties among TCNJ, Ewing, and Trenton. In the past academic year, the Center supported community-engaged experiences for over 1,200 first-year students, more than 500 students in 41 upper-division courses, and 39 internships at 19 community partner sites; these activities involved roughly 50 faculty members. The Center brought in $1 million in external funding in 2017-2018 and is a partner in the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy and Trenton Prevention Policy Board initiatives. More information can be found at http://celr.tcnj.edu/
Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a highly selective, comprehensive, residential institution recognized as one of the outstanding public colleges in the country. Emphasizing a residential experience for over 6,800 undergraduates, TCNJ also offers focused graduate programs in nursing, public health, education, and English for 650 students. TCNJ has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence, and TCNJ faculty members are teacher/scholars who share a commitment to broad and deep learning.
The College is one of Barron's 75 "Most Competitive" American colleges and U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 public institution of its kind in the northern region of the country. TCNJ hosts a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, an honor shared by less than 10% of colleges and universities nationally, and the first-ever Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research for master's level institutions from the Council on Undergraduate Research. A 95 percent first-year to sophomore retention rate and a six-year graduation rate of 86 percent speak to the quality of the TCNJ experience.
TCNJ is located five miles from New Jersey's state capital of Trenton, and is roughly an hour from New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus has 39 major buildings, with a brand new STEM building and a completely renovated student center, set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty (ranked 7th in The Princeton Review).
To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.
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About The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey, founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs. TCNJ's exceptional students, teacher-scholars, staff, alumni, and board members constitute a diverse community of learners, The College of New Jersey, founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs. TCNJ's exceptional students, teacher-scholars, staff, alumni, and board members constitute a diverse community of learners, dedicated to free inquiry and open exchange, to excellence in teaching, creativity, scholarship, and citizenship, and to the transformative power of education in a highly competitive institution. The College prepares students to excel in their chosen fields and to create, preserve and transmit knowledge, arts, and wisdom. Proud of its public service mandate to educate leaders of New Jersey and the nation, the College will be a national exemplar in the education of those who seek to sustain and advance the communities in which they live.