Executive Director of Civic Engagement

Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director of Civic Engagement

Knox College invites applications for a full-time Executive Director of Civic Engagement. The Executive Director of Civic Engagement will deepen and advance the College’s commitment to civic life, service learning, and community engagement. As a visible campus leader, this individual serves as the primary voice for civic engagement and communicates the programmatic mission and opportunities to both campus and external communities. With institutional support for civic engagement as one of Knox’s core graduation requirements, the Executive Director builds effective partnerships with faculty and staff across campus to support Knox’s mission of challenging students to explore, understand, and improve themselves, our society, and our world. This position reports to the Vice President for Student Development. 

Knox College provides a competitive salary and a strong benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; access to a retirement plan; a generous paid vacation and holiday package; free membership to our recreation center; and more! Tuition remission is also available after a two-year waiting period.

Essential Duties:

As part of the Division of Student Development, the Executive Director of Civic Engagement will lead the Kleine Center for Community Service by setting Center department vision and goals, coordinating assessment of achievement of student learning outcomes, and providing leadership oversight for initiatives and relationships that contribute to the achievement of departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities. The Executive Director supervises a part-time Director and student employees, and is responsible for developing a high performing and cohesive staff, crafting and implementing student-centered community service and civic engagement programs, building and 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.

Equally critically, the Executive Director will serve as a consultant and liaison to faculty and staff as they seek to develop robust curricular and co-curricular programs in pursuit of the civic engagement graduation requirement. Knox graduates are expected to build connections between academic study in the classroom and its broader civic and social relevance. In pursuit of this goal, students will develop knowledge and skills to be successful in civic life, while developing their capacity to critically evaluate and apply their values in such settings. Careful integration between learning goals and program design are critical to experiential and community engaged learning opportunities. The Executive Director will be a campus leader in sharing insights and best practices in this area, collaborating with academic affairs and the directors of related student support centers to implement new programs, support faculty and staff, and assist students in understanding the value of these opportunities.

Education and Experience:


  • A master’s degree in education or a related area 
  • A proven track-record of management and leadership
  • Ability to articulate a vision of civic engagement
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and maintaining robust community partnerships
  • Ability to apply theory to practice; develop programs focused on deep and integrated learning, critical reflection, and related and assessable learning outcomes
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Flexibility and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, faculty, staff, and community partners
  • Skills and experience with administrative writing, interpersonal communication, presenting, and relationship-building


  • Terminal degree in education or another academic discipline 
  • Experience implementing civic engagement initiatives on a college or university campus 
  • Previous teaching experience


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at https://knoxhr.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex. 

The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.


Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

337 South Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7751

Email: kschrade@knox.edu


Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.


Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone: 312-730-1560

Email: ocr@ed.gov


Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.


For Employees:

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Amy Chambers

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200

Email: adchambers@knox.edu


For Students:

Director of Disability Support Services

Stephanie Grimes

Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183

340 South West Street

Phone: 309-341-7478

Email: sgrimes@knox.edu