2433 Director, Center for Community Engagement


TITLE Director, Center for Community Engagement




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Provost for Public Affairs and Assessment


The Director, Center for Community Engagement develops and manages collaborative community engagement, volunteer, service-learning, and immersion experiences for the Missouri State University community.


Education: A Master’s degree is required.

Experience: At least two years of experience working with community organizations is required. Experience with volunteer centers is preferred. Experience with community coalition building, service organizations, alternative break facilitation, organizational development, and/or initiating, planning, executing, and/or assessing programs and services and measuring learning outcomes is preferred.

Skills: Excellent organizational, written, verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Experience working in diverse environment and/or with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred.

Other: The scope of the position frequently requires attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, seminars, and workshops.


1. Oversees the design of Introduction to Service-Learning, including short-term service-learning initiatives in college-based courses.

2. Develops service-learning opportunities and projects for First Year Programs, develops associated reflections and educational materials, and maintains the service submission approval system, service records, and resources.

3. Oversees Immersion Programs, develops trip learning outcomes, plans immersion trips and logistics, trains student leaders and faculty/staff advisors, and leads immersion trips as needed.

4. Oversees the Bonner Leaders Program which provides work-study placements with non-profit organizations, supports participating students through collaborative and cross-cultural problem solving experiences including mentoring relationships, project management, and reflection, and monitors compliance with non-profit partner agreements.

5. Directs the Missouri Public Affairs Academy, meets with high school counselors and teachers to recruit high achieving high school students, supervises and trains academy counselors, and manages the budget and academy logistics.

6. Brings service-learning and service project opportunities to student, faculty, and staff by developing and maintaining partnerships with non-profit agencies and learning partners, attends community organization meetings, trainings, performs committee work, works on grant partnerships, etc.

7. Serves as primary advisor for all service-oriented student organizations and provides training, oversight, and tracking of service hours.

8. Works with students to develop meaningful projects, sets program and performance goals, creates reflection materials and activities to enhance the learning outcomes connected with Public Affairs, and supports scholarship recipients who have a service requirement.

9. Coordinates Large Days of Service, such as Into the Streets, MLK Day of Service, Cesar Chavez Day of Service, Public Affairs Community Engagement Project, etc.

10. Ensures that student safety is a component of all training and planning of trips, events, and programs.

11. Oversees the Student Food Assistance program for students, identifies students in need, maintains partnerships with local food pantries and fresh produce providers, and markets the resource to the MSU community.

12. Works with student groups to engage in service or advocacy in response to natural disasters.

13. Manages the financial resources related to student community service programs, within budgeted limits, in accordance with University guidelines under the guidance and supervision of the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.

14. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

15. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs.

16. Supports the overall operation of Citizenship and Service Learning and contributes to the unit's success by performing other duties as assigned.


The Director of Center for Community Engagement is supervised by the Associate Provost for Public Affairs and Assessment and supervises a graduate assistant and student employees.