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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement . This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Assistant Director for Strategy & Evaluation is the Gephardt Institute’s lead specialist in evaluation, assessment, strategic development, and organizational learning. With expertise in both evaluation and strategic planning, the Assistant Director is responsible for utilizing evaluation and assessment as a driver for ongoing strategic planning, development, and implementation that will assist the institute in meeting its mission and strategic priorities. This position assures data-driven and strategic practices with attention to student/participant learning, community impact, and institutional impact – supporting both academic and co-curricular initiatives. As part of the Gephardt Institute’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Director provides key management support to the Director and contributes to the collective institute vision of fostering a culture of civic mindedness and effective community engagement at Washington University across all institute functions.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Evaluation and Assessment
Develop and manage assessment, evaluation projects, and measurement systems for the institute and its partnership initiatives, with attention to student/participant learning, community impact, and institutional impact in both academic and co-curricular spheres. Manage all aspects of evaluation project execution, including evaluation project development, IRB applications and approval process, implementation, and data analysis. Prepare data reports and disseminations for various audiences. Use assessment and evaluation learning to inform strategic development, the institute’s organizational learning goals, and knowledge about effective community engagement practices in higher education.
Provide assistance to Gephardt Institute staff in benchmarking and research of effective civic and community engagement practices.
Coordinate university-wide community engagement inventory and tracking, including the collection and evaluation of university data, outreach to campus partners, data reports and disseminations to various audiences. Complete national benchmarking surveys annually on behalf of Washington University, which may include but are not limited to the annual U.S. Presidential Honor Roll and Campus Compact surveys.
Supervise and mentor a team of Master’s Research Fellows that assist in the institute’s ongoing assessment and evaluation projects.
Provide ongoing leadership and support for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the institute’s strategic plan, including stakeholder engagement, strategic process analysis, and directing accountability measures and strategic reviews. Work closely with the institute’s Director and senior leadership to align vision, mission, goals, and budget to strategic plan.
Provide primary support to senior leadership for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification process, including organizational analysis, campus stakeholder engagement, and application writing and submission.
Maintain active knowledge of the movement for the Civic Renewal of Higher Education. This includes reading and synthesizing current research and thought leadership, benchmarking of effective practices, attending key conferences and gatherings, and sharing knowledge with institute staff and stakeholders.
Assist with foundation, corporate, government, and other donor-based proposals, grant writing, and reporting.
Serve on the Gephardt Institute’s senior leadership team to strategize across all institute functions, including community engaged teaching; student and alumni engagement; community partnerships; and evaluation and strategy.
Manage strategic projects, particularly for emergent opportunities and issues. Provide consultation and support to professional staff and student staff.
Assist Director with institute operations as needed, which may include compliance, risk management, procedures, policies, and human resource searches.
Represent the institute at external and internal meetings, committees, donor cultivation and stewardship events, and other functions as assigned by the Director.
Contribute to initiatives, meetings, and events of the Gephardt Institute.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Gephardt Institute Overview
The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is a university-wide institute driven by a mission to cultivate informed and actively engaged citizens across Washington University. The institute serves all students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and reports to the Provost. The institute’s vision of engaged citizens and strong communities is advanced through the following goals:
Catalyze civic engagement among students, staff, faculty, and alumni
Foster student learning, engagement, and leadership in civic life
Support faculty excellence and impact through community-based teaching and engaged scholarship
Serve as convener for campus and community groups in St. Louis to facilitate partnerships, dialogue, and volunteer assistance
Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Health, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Non-Profit Management, Public Administration, or a related field.
Social science research-based training.
Five or more years of full-time professional experience that includes work in higher education and work in (or in partnership with) community organizations.
Demonstrated advanced experience with evaluation design, methods, data analysis, and presentation, including working knowledge of data collection and analysis software.
Substantive knowledge of organizational strategy, development, and learning.
Demonstrated experience providing managerial level support to organizational leadership.
Demonstrated experience with writing proposals, grant reports, and evaluation reports.
Advanced communication skills, including written communications, public speaking, and facilitation.
Strong ability to take ownership in driving and executing an organization’s evaluation and strategic agenda.
Ability to communicate research, evaluation, and strategy process and outcomes to lay audiences, in both verbal and written communications.
Excellent organizational, analytical, and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage details while maintaining a landscape view of priorities, values, and vision.
Strong interpersonal skills, with interest and ability to work collaboratively with a culturally diverse and broad range of stakeholders, including faculty, campus colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, community organizations, donors and prospective donors, and senior-level administrators and external advisors.
Strong problem solving skills and relationship management skills, with capacity to handle challenging internal and external dilemmas or support colleagues through them.
Demonstrated initiative, with professional judgment to plan and execute responsibilities without close supervision. Ability to function both independently and in a team environment.
Demonstrated skill and experience in leading cross-functional teams.
Substantive professional and/or volunteer experience with, and commitment to, community engagement.
Strong time management and attention to detail. Ability to work under pressure and during nights and weekends, as needed.
Enthusiasm and ability to work in a dynamic environment with multiple functions, audiences, and priorities.
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to embrace and navigate change, sound judgment, tact, and sense of humor.
Eight or more years of full-time professional experience that includes work in higher education and work in (or in partnership with) community organizations.
Social science research-based training at the doctoral level.
Professional experience in a college/university office addressing civic engagement, community service, and/or community outreach.
Prior experience in leading strategic and organizational development processes.
Experience with data visualization.
Substantive experience, theoretical, and practical knowledge of civic and community engagement and community partnerships, including principles of effective practice.
The hiring range for this position is $46,215 - $65,000 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
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