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Position Title

Executive Director for the Office of Community Engagement
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Position Description and Responsibilities:    

The Executive Director for Community Engagement, a member of the Provost’s Cabinet, reports directly to the Provost and is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position with significant administrative responsibilities.  The Executive Director for Community Engagement provides leadership and strategic direction in supporting and strengthening KSU’s strategic goal to become more engaged and prominent in the local community, Georgia, the nation, and the world. This goal encompasses teaching, research, and professional service.  The Executive Director will oversee the campus-wide enhancement of community engagement initiatives and facilitate communications and partnerships with existing areas of the university while promoting expanded opportunities involving the full campus community. The Executive Director will enhance infrastructure that will foster sustained, reciprocal relationships with external entities -- locally, nationally, and internationally – in ways that support teaching, scholarship, and service. The Executive Director will:

  • Work towards meeting the Engagement Objectives listed under Goal 3 in the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan for Kennesaw State University.
  • Serve as an organizational leader for the Engage KSU initiative and work to extend community engagement throughout the campus;
  • Build the infrastructure that supports community engagement to a level that would allow for classification as a Carnegie Community Engaged University.
  • Build on Engage KSU’s work by developing and implementing a strategic plan broadening and deepening community engagement on and beyond campus;
  • Establish professional development programs and promoting appropriate reward structures related to community engagement;
  • Build collaborations and promote synergy with the American Democracy Project, Citizen Alum program, Imagining America, the Center for Student Leadership (CSL), Volunteer Kennesaw State University (VKSU), and other campus entities;
  • Advance and advocate for continued growth in curricular and co-curricular engagement opportunities;
  • Expand resources to support the engagement work across the campus community (including grant-writing and partnerships with external entities); and
  • Facilitate the assessment of engagement initiatives to ensure accountability, refinement, and fulfillment of objectives.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Earned tenured;
  • Academic administrative experience;
  • Demonstrated experience creating and nurturing productive relationships that connect with external groups and programs;
  • A record of scholarship/creative activity reflective of a commitment to the scholarship of engagement and/or experience teaching that incorporates service learning or community engagement;
  • Demonstrated communication, collaborative, team-building, and leadership skills;
  • Excellent strategic planning and implementation capabilities; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty diversity and shared governance.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience with grant writing and acquiring external funding.
Application Procedure:

To guarantee consideration, application materials must be submitted by March 15, 2013.  Candidates should send a letter of interest addressing the applicant’s position qualifications; current curriculum vita; names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of at least three references to Maureen McCarthy, Office of the President, MD 0101.

Date Position Available: July 1, 2013

Policy Statement:

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation, as authorized by law. Georgia is an Open Records State. AA/EOE.


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