Executive Director Community Engagement

Posting Details

Job # 037041 Department Code 31304-2053 Department Community Engagement Job Title Executive Director Community Engagement Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S6 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

In conjunction with the Vice President of Community Engagement, the Executive Director of Community Engagement is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining relationships with individuals, community organizations, and the business communities within the Central New York region to facilitate and support positive engagement opportunities. These relationships are fostered through the communication of university programs, its mission, culture, and objectives. Serves as a liaison with community partners, non-profit agencies, and local city and county governments in the Central New York region. This position provides direction to support the One University approach to effective impact and engagement with key partners in the community. The Executive Director of Community Engagement will manage the staff in this group, ensuring appropriate deployment of resources and support of organizations in the community.


• Bachelor’s degree in public affairs, communications, business, or other closely related field.

• Eight (8) plus years of experience working in community or government relations, communications, or other related experience.

• Successful track record of convening community stakeholders and facilitating effective strategies for program development and initiatives.

• Highly skilled at representing the University’s goals and priorities to community partners. Must have strong communications and organizational skills that support communicating stakeholders’ goals and perspectives to University leadership.

• Ability to clearly define partnership goals, identify effective processes and assess outcomes.

• Effective verbal and written communicator.

• Proficient with Microsoft Office programs.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Must have experience working with community organizations, businesses, and external stakeholders to create, support, and enhance the position/impact the University has on the community in the region.

• Must have strong organizational skills to manage direct reports who assist in facilitating and engaging with stakeholder organizations and people in the community as programs are developed and implemented.

• Must have strong inter-personal skills supporting key relationships, both internal and external, with community groups and key stakeholders.

• Must have strong communication skills to share information and plans for program initiatives and activities that support/enhance the relationship with the community stakeholders.

• Track record of advancing diversity and cultivating an inclusive culture within a professional and/or educational setting.


• Gain approval for and manage multiple projects independently and collaboratively related to the Central New York community engagement plan, including conceptualize, create, gain support/approval, and implement new strategies for the benefit of Syracuse University and community stakeholders.

• Supervise the Community Engagement staff to achieve this work.

• Build on existing relationships with local organizations and stakeholders, along with foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to build support and maintain positive partnerships that enhance the University’s role in the region.

• In conjunction with the VP of Government Relations and Community Engagement, ensure alignment of community engagement strategies, partnerships, programs, and initiatives with Academic Strategic Plan.

• Build and implement accountability systems and processes that measure partnership and program accomplishments towards stated goals.

• Coordinate with other university departments working directly with community and business organizations.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/87039 Job Posting Date 06/07/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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