Associate Director for Community Engagement

Washington University in St. Louis

About the organization

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s mission is to foster a vibrant culture of civic engagement across Washington University, realized by engaged citizens, scholarship, and partnerships that advance the collective good. Through both academic and co-curricular initiatives, the institute educates students for lifelong engaged citizenship, catalyzes partnerships that respond to community needs and priorities, and infuses civic engagement throughout the Washington University experience.


The Associate Director for Community Engagement is responsible for leading the Gephardt Institute’s vision and strategy for fostering robust, impactful, and mutually beneficial community engagement in the St. Louis region among Washington University undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Responsibilities will include:

Leads strategy, curriculum, partnership development, and program development to foster students’ learning and engagement with the St. Louis community, with attention to knowledge and skills for ethical engagement. - 50%.

Oversees St. Louis fellowship programs, with a focus on strategic growth and measurable impact on community priorities and student learning – 25%.

Collaborates and maintains alignment with university efforts associated with the St. Louis Commitment, including current and future community engagement leaders and hubs. - 10%

Serves on the Gephardt Institute’s senior leadership team to strategize across all institute functions. – 15%.

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Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Studies/Planning, Non-Profit Management, Education, or a related field.

Previous experience in civic/community engagement work and/or work in an educational setting, with progressive management and leadership responsibility.

Twelve or more years of experience that includes both civic/community engagement work and work with undergraduate and graduate students, with progressive management and leadership responsibility.

Substantive knowledge of St. Louis civic/community organizations and initiatives, stakeholders, history, and the regional landscape.

Demonstrated ability to work in a non-partisan environment. Commitment to maintaining a non-partisan and inclusive approach to all educational, programming, outreach, and communication strategies.

Substantive experience with multiple forms of community engagement, such as community development, non-profit leadership, social services, immersive experiences, community organizing, international service, K-12 education, philanthropy, etc.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in related field and five years of professional experience or master’s degree in related field and three years of professional experience.

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$62,000.00 - $106,000.00 / Annually

Application instructions

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest with your application.

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