Assistant Dean of Campus Life / Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 03, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Dean of Campus Life / Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life

Elon University invites applications for a visionary, accomplished leader to serve as the next Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, providing strategic leadership for a comprehensive vision to support civic life, service learning, and community engagement at Elon.

Founded in 1889, Elon University has held its core values constant throughout its history: close working relationships between faculty and students, a culture that supports constant innovation, a strong sense of community, and a commitment to fulfilling its founders’ vision of an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit. Elon is a selective, mid-sized private university renowned as a national model for engaged and experiential learning. Students work closely with faculty who are dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarship. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. Elon University’s success can be attributed to a stable team of strong leaders working within a collaborative, entrepreneurial culture in which new ideas are welcomed and frequently realized. Change is a constant, rooted in the university’s core commitments to excellence, student success through engaged learning, the teacher-scholar model, wise use of resources, and rigorous, flexible planning.

Today, Elon has just over 7,100 students – 6,291 undergraduates and 826 graduate students – from 46 states, the District of Columbia and 3 U.S. territories, and 49 countries. Global engagement is central to Elon’s experience and the Institute of International Education has ranked Elon #1 in the nation for study abroad for 15 straight years. Elon is ranked among the top-100 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #10 for innovation. In addition, Elon is the leader in the “Focus on Student Success” feature – the only college or university ranked in the top-20 in all eight categories of high-impact academic programs. Included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities and #2 rankings for first-year experiences, senior capstone, and service learning. Elon employs more than 560 full- and part-time faculty and 1,000 full- and-part-time staff. Elon sponsors 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports and is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

University Commitment to Civic Engagement
Elon has long been a national leader in service learning and civic engagement. In addition to the #2 ranking in service learning from U.S. News & World Report, the university is a consulting institution with NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. The university has held the Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement since it was first presented in 2006, and was routinely listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll compiled by the Corporation for National & Community Service. The university commitment to civic engagement is articulated in the Civically Engaged Teacher-Scholar Position Statement, developed by the Elon Council on Civic Engagement. Elon has also served as the host university for the North Carolina Campus Compact since it was established in 2002.

The Position
The Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life will deepen and advance a national model of civic life, service learning, and community engagement at Elon. As a visible campus leader, this individual serves as the primary voice of service learning and community engagement for the university and communicates the mission and vision of the department to the campus and local communities, as well as the higher education profession more broadly. With institutional support for service learning as one of Elon’s five Experiential Learning Requirements (ELR) in the Elon Core Curriculum, the Assistant Dean / Director builds effective partnerships with staff and faculty across campus to support Elon’s mission for “preparing students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.”

The Assistant Dean / Director leads the Kernodle Center for Civic Life, sets department vision and goals, establishes student learning outcomes and coordinates assessment and evaluation efforts, and provides leadership oversight for initiatives and relationships that contribute to the achievement of departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities. Responsibilities of the Assistant Dean / Director include hiring and developing a high performing and cohesive staff, crafting and implementing student-centered community service and civic engagement programs, maintaining effective relationships and partnerships with campus and community leaders, and providing oversight and leadership for excellence in departmental operations, budget management, policy development, and overall administration of programs.

The Assistant Dean / Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life / Dean of Campus Life and is a key leader in the Division of Student Life, serving as member of the division leadership team and representing Student Life on divisional and university committees.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track-record of transformational leadership and demonstrated experience with service learning and community engagement initiatives on a college or university campus. A master’s degree and 6-10 years of progressive leadership in service learning, civic engagement, or a related functional area are required. The university also welcomes candidates with a terminal degree in education or another academic discipline and/or significant service learning and community engagement experience with academic affairs. Teaching and supervision experience are desirable

Candidates must be able to apply theory to practice; develop complex co-curricular programs focused on deep and integrated learning, critical reflection, and related and assessable learning outcomes; demonstrate intercultural competence and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; articulate a vision for civic engagement; and demonstrate skills and experience with administrative writing, interpersonal communication, presenting, and relationship-building. Flexibility and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, faculty, staff, and community partners are required for this position.

Application and Additional Information
For a full job description and to apply visit Review of applications will begin March 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.

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