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Job Opening at U. of Denver Center for Community Engagement

I just got an email from Eric Fretz, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of Denver. They have a job opening for Associate Director of the Center, and they’re looking for someone with dialogue and deliberation skills and thought the NCDD network might provide some good applicants…

Associate Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, University of Denver

The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) supports the University of Denver in developing the knowledge and experience that enables faculty, students and staff to actively participate in the public life of their communities. We lead the campus in embracing the university’s vision of “being a great private university dedicated to the public good.” We do this by educating, engaging, and equipping the campus community to address and work toward the resolution of critical community issues. With all of our constituents, we attempt to accomplish real, tangible public work that improves the lives of people in our communities.

The Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning is primarily responsible for development and implementation of campus initiatives designed to engage a broad base of DU students in curricular and co-curricular civic engagement activities. These duties include, but are not limited to, 1) development of campus- and community-based dialogues on critical community issues, 2) working with the director on the development of an academically-based CCESL journal, 3) fostering strategic partnerships with key campus (faculty, students and staff) and community stakeholders, 4) managing the Alternative Break program, 5) managing the Puksta Scholars civic engagement program, 6) working with the director to develop CCESL special events, 9) overseeing the Community Work Study program, 10) dissemination (through research, writing and conference presentations) of innovative CCESL programs and projects.

The CCESL is housed in the university’s Learning Communities and Civic Engagement, a unit within Academic Affairs.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of community organizing, civic engagement and service learning in higher education. A Ph.D. is preferred. A Master’s degree with 2-5 years experience in higher education and/or with non-profit organizations as well as ability to research and write for academic and wider public audiences is required.


Application Deadline:
14 May 2007.

To apply:
Go to: www.du.edu/hr/employment/jobs.html. Click on “View and Apply for Jobs at the University of Denver. Select “Associate Director Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning” from “Position Title” pull down menu. Or, select “Learning Communities and Civic Engagement” from “Department” pull down menu.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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