Associate Director of Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement

Amherst College

Associate Director of Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Associate Director of Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement position. The Associate Director of Community Partnerships and Civic Engagement is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $82,000 per year – commensurate with experience. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Collaborating with a wide range of partners, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) identifies and supports experiences that allow a diverse set of students to link learning inside and outside of the classroom, address problems that matter, and develop skills that can be applied in other settings. The CCE’ s work is linked to the college’s anti-racism efforts and driven by deep commitment to equity, justice and the greater good.

Reporting to the Advisor to the Provost on Campus Initiatives and Director of Community Engagement, the associate director works with students, campus partners, and local organizations to implement community engagement programs and events designed to help students develop the skills they will need to be effective, engaged citizens. The person in this role is a curious leader and mentor for students participating in community engagement activities. The associate director intentionally designs programs and activities that allow students explore the systemic nature of community challenges and the history of historically excluded communities. In particular, the associate director will:

  • Create and implement cohort-based programs for students based on community needs and thematic areas including K-12 education, civic engagement, economic development, arts, and social services,
  • Coordinate campus wide community engagement events including service activities and local civic engagement, and
  • Support campus partners as they develop opportunities to ensure that all students have access to community engagement experiences.

The associate director takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Student Programs

  • Create and manage student engagement efforts that could take the form of placements, internships, one time service events, cohort based activities, events for and with student groups on campus, Interterm or break-week programs, and special projects
  • Hire, train and mentor a diverse group of student staff participating in community engagement activities such as volunteering and tutoring
  • Help to design and maintain systems for tracking data and understanding the impact of CCE programs on student engagement more broadly
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the field by engaging in continuous professional learning and development

College and Community Engagement

  • Manage events that bring the campus and local community together such as a day of service, food drive, or community lecture
  • Cultivate and support partnerships and serve as a visible campus representative of the CCE and Amherst College in the local community
  • Participate in outreach activities, committees, and collaborative work with other departments and community partners

Cross-Functional Work

  • Support community-based learning courses, contribute to communications efforts, and complete administrative tasks



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3 years of related experience with community engagement and student programs
  • Experience with all aspects of program development and project management including student mentoring, budgeting, evaluation, and reporting
  • Commitment to and demonstrated knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion as related to instruction in higher education, community partnerships, and day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies on and off campus to build inclusive learning opportunities
  • Experience working closely with a diverse set of undergraduates, faculty, staff, and community members
  • Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills
  • Experience managing student staff
  • Occasional travel (less than 5%) and work evenings and weekends when required
  • Valid driver’s license to drive college vehicles to community sites when necessary. Requires successful completion of Five College Risk Management driver credentialing program. (See:


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work or related field
  • More than 5 years of experience
  • Knowledge of local organizations and institutions in the Connecticut River Valley

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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