The Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator works collaboratively with staff colleagues on and off-campus by supporting community-engaged learning instructors/faculty, courses, students and community partnerships and related efforts to ensure high quality community-engaged learning. The Coordinator reports to the Director of the Center.
Develop, coordinate, and support academic community-engaged-learning courses:
Cultivate relationships and sustain (often over many years) successful collaborations with local community and government organizations to fulfill the objectives of community-engaged learning courses while meeting community needs.
Conduct site visits and maintain regular communication with partners by phone, e-mail, in person meetings and through a monthly electronic newsletter.
Plan and facilitate events to increase community partners’ capacity to work effectively with students.
Support community partners in problem solving situations with students and faculty.
2. Provide pedagogical and technical assistance, consultation and ongoing support to faculty across all Twin Cities campus colleges (including undergraduate, graduate and professional programs) interested in developing and implementing courses utilizing community-engaged learning pedagogy.
Provide guidance on community sites and partnership development, syllabus construction, reflection assignments, problem solving with students and application of institutional policies to CEL courses.
Support instructors in managing logistics of student placements, tracking and assessment of their community-engaged learning courses.
Plan and facilitate faculty development workshops to build faculty members’ capacity to effectively incorporate community-engaged learning pedagogy into their classes.
Provide content for CEL faculty/instructor newsletter and online resources.
3. Facilitate Successful Community-Engaged Learning Experiences for Students
Inform students of all relevant requirements, policies, and procedures.
Guide students to make informed decisions about their community-engaged learning placements.
Advise students encountering challenges at their community-engaged learning sites and/or in fulfilling their course requirements. Communicate with faculty and community partners as needed to resolve issues.
Facilitate pre-service training sessions for community-engaged learning students and support development of on-line training modules.
4. Effectively Co-Manage Community-Engaged Learning with other professional staff colleagues:
Integrate working knowledge of community-engaged learning (focus on service-learning) theories and approaches appropriately to meet each course’s learning objectives and to problem solve.
Communicate effectively with faculty, students and community partners about community-engaged learning pedagogy, policies, and procedures.
Maintain the CCEL’s in-house online system for managing community-engaged learning courses. Update information as needed, set-up courses in the system, and provide guidance to faculty, students, and community partners on using the system.
Ensure that students, faculty and community partners comply with CCEL and University of Minnesota policies.
Recommend and implement changes in procedures and systems to improve efficiency.
Devise and implement strategies that increase the quality of community-engaged learning for faculty, students, and community organizations.
Suggest policy improvements that enhance the quality of community-engaged learning experiences and advance the institution’s public and community engagement mission.
Support development of CEL online resource featuring details on engaged-learning courses to help students make more informed decisions.
5. Contribute to overall CCEL operations, campus and to the field of community-engaged learning:
Teach 1- credit capstone course for the Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP) at least once per year
Delegate work to undergraduate and graduate student staff, with potential of shared supervision responsibilities
Assist with office-wide events: Community Involvement Fair, CESP reception, Welcome Week, All-Office Staff meetings, etc.
Represent CCEL and present on CCEL’s work at various campus-wide, state-wide, regional and national conferences on community engagement
Other duties as assigned
TERMS: This is a 100% time annually renewable academic and professional appointment (classification 9764P3, Student Services Professional 3).
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and at least 4 years of relevant professional experience OR Master’s degree in relevant field and 2 years relevant professional experience
Knowledge of community-engaged learning as a pedagogy and form of scholarship
Documented ability to work successfully with a broad range of higher education constituencies (students, faculty, staff, administrators) and experience developing partnerships with community organization staff and members
Evidence of successfully working in diverse communities as a community-engaged learner, volunteer, community partner, instructor and/or combination of these roles
Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity, equity, inclusion, diversity and racial justice
Strong problem-solving abilities
Highly organized; demonstrated ability to multi-task, strong time management skills
Evidence of Project Management Experience
Demonstrated experience working both independently and collaboratively
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Proficiency in computer usage including Google Suite (Microsoft word, excel, gmail, PowerPoint, google drive, etc.)
Master's degree in a relevant field
Five or more years of professional experience and working knowledge of community-engaged learning
Experience advising students about community engagement related issues
Experience leading and designing reflection for community-engaged students
Experience preparing students to enter new communities respectfully
Experience with learning management systems (lms) such as Canvas, etc.
Experience working within a large and complex system like the University of Minnesota
SALARY RANGE: $48,000-$50,000
Internal Number: 329876
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.