Director, Community Engagement & Education - Division of Biology & Biomedical Services

Washington University in St. Louis
Saint Louis, Missouri
Posted Date
Aug 9, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Reporting to the Executive Director of DBBS, the Director develops and executes strategies for Community Engagement and Co-Curricular Activities to support the student community within the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) 13 PhD programs. Key areas of focus include co-curricular education (50%), diversity, equity, and inclusion (30%), and alumni affairs (20%). Responsible for budget management and oversight and professional development of direct reports.

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  • Working closely with the Director of Curriculum and Programs, lead initiatives to support students in the training environment and rigorously evaluate these efforts.
  • Working closely with the Director of Curriculum and Programs and faculty leaders, lead enhancement of the outreach opportunities for the DBBS student body.
  • Lead and guide innovative, student-centered, and competency-based approaches to co-curricular experiences such as multicultural activities, wellness workshops, leadership journal clubs, student activities and events, student affinity groups and organizations, and retention-focused activities.
  • Guide assessment of programs and services to verify that co-curricular educational and wellness programs are effective, innovative, proactive, anticipatory, and responsive to student and community requirements with periodic evaluations.
  • Utilize analytics and data to design, develop and implement inventive, effective student engagement and retention programs and services.
  • Ensure institutional policies, guidelines, and practices are aligned with fair and equitable student treatment.
  • Confirm all student affairs programs and services follow state and federal laws and University policies.
  • Attend and participate in student programming and other campus and leadership activities.
  • Working closely with the Director of Curriculum and Programs and the WashU Career Center, lead a program of Career and Professional Development for DBBS students.
  • Assist in identifying funding sources appropriate to support co-curricular innovations.
  • Represent the interests of diversity, equity & inclusion within DBBS and in partnerships with University-wide executive offices, including School of Medicine Student Affairs, School of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies, and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
  • In collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DBBS Associate Dean, Executive Director, faculty leaders, and other staff directors, develop the strategy and tactics for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to ensure alignment with University goals.
  • With the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, educate, consult and influence DBBS stakeholders on the implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion programs across the Division and work with cross-functional teams and/or departments to develop programs, initiatives and/or goals for admissions and recruitment, curriculum, training environment, and staff work.
  • Enhance a supportive academic community for underrepresented minority students and enhance activities increasing underrepresented minority student retention.
  • Assist in identifying funding sources appropriate to support diversity, equity and inclusion and co-curricular initiatives; manage resources and when applicable ensure funds are used within granting agency guidelines.
  • Working with the Director of Curriculum and Programs, the Director of Admissions, the Director of Summer Programs, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to develop pipeline and early admissions programs to support the diversification of the research workforce.
  • Enhance and maintain alumni tracking and relations programs.
  • Working directly with the Associate Dean and Executive Director, establish qualitative and quantitative goals and objectives to increase alumni giving and implement a strategic plan to secure those resources through DBBS-driven programs and other alumni fundraising events.
  • Foster positive relationships with graduates, ex-students, and parents, keeping them informed of events, activities, and programs in the Division.
  • Oversee the maintenance of accurate data collection through a customer relationship management (CRM) tool.
  • Develop professional networking opportunities for alumni and students.
  • Support career initiatives and communities by engaging alumni in various ways with the Division and students.
  • Oversee alumni communications through the use of broadcast email tools, mailings, event registration tools, and social media.
  • Develop virtual alumni community-building events and programs.


  • Master's degree.
  • Minimum of five years of administrative or managerial experience.
  • Sensitivity and training in diverse cultural backgrounds are essential.


  • PhD degree.
  • Experience in an academic environment is highly desirable.
  • Adept in the evaluation of goals and objectives, decisively implementing strategies.
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • A critical thinker with the ability to identify and resolve problems with students and faculty using good judgment and available resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Able to work with the Associate Dean to ensure a climate of inclusivity and facilitate efficient, effective responses to student affairs issues.


We are seeking candidates with the ability to: lead by influence; build rapport and consensus without authority; manage multiple projects simultaneously and successfully; handle sensitive student affairs with emotional intelligence and tact; ability to create innovative co-curricular programs and effectively manage those operationally.


Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.


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