Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning

Job Description:

The Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning analyzes and coordinates communications, programming and pedagogical development, and develops and directly supervises the work-study program. The Assistant Director also provides strategic operational and logistical support.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts university, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Community-Based Learning is committed to contributing to an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

Essential Functions:

  • Together with the office team, provides support to faculty, students, and community partners by designing and implementing programming including (1) orientation/training/informational sessions, (2) faculty/student/community partner workshops, and (3) instructional design consultations that align with CBL’s mission and goals.

  • Primarily responsible for administering, maintaining and assessing performance of CBL’s communications strategy and content calendar in consultation with Director. Collaborate with CBL team to develop a strategic communications plan. This includes the website, social media, and interface with internal and external audiences. Serves as the primary liaison between CBL and W&L Communications and Public Affairs to ensure consistency in messaging about CBL initiatives and to increase the visibility of CBL programing.

  • Assists office in planning CBL programming and curricular development through strategic thinking and initiatives

  • Collaborates with Director and Associate Director in the development and administration of tools for CBL course assessment and program evaluation. Conducts analysis of assessment data to produce reports and make suggestions for programmatic changes/enhancements.

  • Directs supervision and oversight of work study program. Recruits participants, conducts annual evaluations, and provides ongoing mentorship, feedback, and professional develop opportunities for all student employees.

  • Collaborates in editing and formatting formal reports, funding applications, and award nominations.

  • Represents CBL by participating in and actively contributing to meetings, conferences, and committees related to CBL and community engagement work when needed.

  • Collaborates with regional network of CBL professionals to enhance W&L’s visibility and investment in CBL and to make those new CBL resources/professional development opportunities accessible to W&L faculty and students.

  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree is required with at least two to five years of relevant experience; a master's or terminal degree in a relevant field is preferred. Knowledge of higher education systems, culture, policies and procedures is advantageous in this position and experience teaching undergraduates is helpful. Experience in oversight of data management and knowledge of research processes and software is necessary. Supervisory, communication and facilitation skills are expected. Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and manage detailed work are expected. Ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders and constituency groups including administrators, faculty, students, university staff, community partners, and other external constituents is expected. Excellent writing skills and ability to adapt writing and communication approaches to different audiences and constituents as well as technical reports and grant proposals are expected. Knowledge of Give Pulse or other volunteer tracking software preferred. Knowledge of and experience with community engagement programming in the areas of community-engaged research, community-engaged teaching, and community-engaged outreach/service is advantageous to this position.

Application Instructions

Review of applications begins December 4, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information are required.

External Applicants: Please upload your resume on the Quick Apply screen. Your application will automatically populate your resume details, and you may verify and update data on the My Information page. Add your cover letter and any other documents required for the position to the Resume/CV document upload section at the bottom of the My Experience application page. You will not be able to modify your application after you submit it. The My Experience page is the only opportunity to add your cover letter and supporting document attachments. The online application form requires you provide names and contact information for three professional references.

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Click Apply from the Open W&L Jobs report. Update your Education and Job History . Attach your cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references in the appropriate box. Refer to the Job Aid for additional guidance.

Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Types of Work:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Benefit Eligible



Weekly Hours:


Minimum Pay:


Pay commensurate with experience.

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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