Assistant Director of Community Engagement

Pitzer College
Claremont, CA
30+ days ago
Pitzer College
Pitzer College

Job Description

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Claremont, CA

Job Posting Title:

Assistant Director of Community Engagement

Job Details and Requirement:


The Community Engagement Center (CEC) advances community engagement through a lens of social justice theory and social responsibility praxis, centering support around community-based courses, volunteering, and collaborative partnerships of faculty, students, and local community partners. The CEC aims to enhance the community-based research and teaching efforts of faculty and the socially responsible growth and development of course-based interns, volunteers, and work study students, to maintain respectful, reciprocal and quality collaborations with community partners.

Reporting to the CEC Managing Director (MD) under general supervision, the Assistant Director of Community Engagement helps meet the dynamic needs of Pitzer faculty, students, staff, and partner sites. The Assistant Director works with Pitzer faculty teaching or developing Social Responsibility Praxis and Social Justice Theory courses with internship structure and management, as well as community partnership development and guidance, especially in relation to sustainable capacity-building. The Assistant Director will assess student and faculty interests and needs pertaining to skill and knowledge development and coordinate related workshops and trainings. The Assistant Director will research best practices and work with the Managing Director and Faculty Co-Director to implement quality programming at Pitzer. They will assist the MD with related needs/impact assessments and Center reporting; and work with the Office Manager to maintain directories of on-/off-campus activities and opportunities related to community/civic engagement and/or social responsibility. The Assistant Director will take the lead on ensuring course-based needs are met through ethical and collaborative community engagement practices, supervise Fellow, intern and volunteer management; assist with year-end programmatic reporting; and take the lead on planning orientations and other events.


  • Collaboratively assess, develop, and implement CEC initiatives to support the work of faculty and courses, including partner development
  • Manage and support the development of campus relations to ensure autonomy of programs and sustainable capacity-building within community partnerships (i.e., programs that are not Pitzer-dependent).
  • Collaborate regularly with the managing director on program/partnership development and to identify and troubleshoot potential needs for programmatic, logistic, or administrative adjustments or conversations with students, faculty, or partners.
  • Create, plan and coordinate faculty and student workshops and training based on researching their community engagement needs and interests.
  • Designing and collecting assessment data, as well as preparing necessary semester-based and annual reporting for the Center and the College, including an annual report.
  • Coordinate orientation and training sessions for students.
  • Work with the Office Manager to administer student projects and awards offered through the CEC.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the CEC website, communications materials, and the timely release of the monthly CEC e-Newsletter.
  • Contribute to directories of best practices and on-/off-campus community engagement and social responsibility activities and opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and partners.
  • Participate in and attend campus and department activities, including staff meetings and events.

Supervisory Responsibility : Supervise the Community Engagement Fellow, approximately five CEC student employees/interns, and, as needed, volunteers.

Work Hours : The regular hours for this position are 40 hours per week 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The work hours will vary due to needs of the College or department. Will require working some weekends or evenings for events.


The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including public speaking and presentation skills. Fluent Spanish language speaking skills are a plus.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and leadership abilities.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in order to complete key projects on schedule.
  • Demonstrated ability to use intermediate and some advanced functions of recent versions of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), internet browsers and web-based forms. Zoom, Teams, Google Drive/Classroom
  • Strong sense of fiscal responsibility and accountability to budgetary processes.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with campus faculty, staff, and students, as well as the various constituents of community partner sites.
  • Commitment to the mission and values of Pitzer College and the Community Engagement Center.
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to partner sites and/or other off-campus meeting locations.
  • Ability to transport students in college-owned, large-capacity vans to and from sites, fieldtrips, and other destinations.
  • Ability to accept critique; demonstrate a commitment to self-improvement and growth.
  • Knowledgeable in community-engagement best practices, academic training and research and higher education assessment and reporting.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to quickly switch between tasks and manage interruptions while meeting deadlines and performance expectations.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Demonstrates a commitment and appreciation for relationship building, social justice, and teamwork.
  • Performs duties with integrity, discretion, professionalism, and a positive attitude.

Rate of Pay: The salary range will be $5,200-$5,250 per month.

Education : A Master’s degree or commensurate experience is preferred.

Experience: Must have at least three to five years of experience in community engagement work, faculty, and student relations, and/or developing community partnerships. Must have at least two years of supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to individuals demonstrating knowledge of the following:

a) An understanding of the Inland Empire and its surrounding communities, particularly the cities of Pomona and Ontario, and experience working on relevant community justice issues.

b) An understanding of the intersectionality of local social issues pertaining to immigration, incarceration, education, labor, health, environment, as well as interpersonal and structural violence.

c) Have prior experience working community partners on these issues, especially in the Inland region.

d) A combined background in community engagement, academic research and training, and faculty and student relations.

Licenses/Certifications : Must have a valid driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurer.

Working Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. May occasionally work outdoors for events and activities.

Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time and operate a computer for prolonged periods of time. Mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment. Must be able to communicate in person and over the telephone. Must be able to read printed materials and a computer screen. Must be able to drive large-capacity vans to/from partner sites, field trips, and other local destinations.

Priority Deadline : November 1st,2021. Review of applications will commence immediately. Interviews will be conducted by phone and video conference.

Application Materials : Upload the following materials to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter : Indicate your reason for interest in this position, describe how your qualifications make you an ideal candidate, and explain which of Pitzer’s core values best relates to your own.
  • Resume : List relevant qualifications and dates of experience.
  • Professional References : References will be contacted for select applicants and advance notice will be provided. Provide the names of at least three (3) individuals who can speak to your professional qualifications. Include their business titles, contact information and an indication of how you are acquainted with them (e.g., former supervisor, coworker, etc.).

Employment Requirements
Employment is contingent upon a candidate possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities to be able to successfully perform the essential duties of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. Employment is also contingent upon new employees providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States. For positions requiring the use of a college-owned vehicle, employment is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the colleges’ automobile liability insurance. Final candidates in all staff positions will be required to undergo a background investigation; in addition some positions may require a physical lift test and pulmonary function test.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

Pitzer College adheres to both the letter and the spirit of Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, or veteran status, in the administration of its admission policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other College-administered programs, and employment policies. Pitzer strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

Safety Report

In compliance with applicable law, Pitzer College publishes an annual report containing statistical information concerning the occurrence of crime on campus and adjacent thereto, as well as policies and practices concerning security. A copy of this report is online at or by contacting The Claremont Colleges Department of Campus Safety: 251 E. Eleventh Street, Claremont, CA 91711-3947; (909) 621-8170.


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