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Assoc. Director Student Engagement and Bonner Scholars Program

University of Richmond
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
May 23, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director, Student Engagement and Bonner Scholars Program - 501598

***For best consideration candidates must complete the online application and attach a resume and cover letter***

Applications submitted before June 9th will be given priority review.


Develops and oversees the Bonner Scholars Program and select cross-campus civic engagement initiatives, creating a range of high-impact educational experiences and innovative student leadership opportunities. Includes guiding a team of staff supporting the Bonner Scholars programming, ensuring the delivery of high-quality reflective content, offering and supporting comprehensive student advising, developing cross-campus partnerships, implementing democratically-engaged assessment strategies, liaising with Foundation staff, ensuring the financial stewardship of programmatic budgets, and creating annual reports.


Bonner Scholars Program Development & Delivery

  • Directs the University's Bonner Scholars program; ensures Bonner network best practices are implemented and Foundation expectations are met. Includes the support and guidance of work responsibilities of Student Engagement Team members who are also responsible for the delivery of the Bonner Scholars Program.
  • Leads communications with Bonner Foundation staff for the purpose of sharing educational resources, participating learning communities, strengthening network collaboration, and supporting the implementation of the Bonner Scholars Program.
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates Bonner Scholars Program structure, resources and supports, ensuring alignment with Bonner Center for Civic Engagement's goals, inclusive of high-impact internship placements and educational programs that seek to enhance community-identified outcomes and foster transformative learning experiences.
  • Oversees, creates, implements, and delivers innovative, high-impact educational programming and civic engagement curricula for students who participate in the Bonner Scholars Program, supporting their learning, growth and development. Involves financial stewardship, resource management, and programmatic alignment with the CCE's learning outcomes. Inclusive of, but not limited to, the development of program-wide reflective practices and the oversight of educational capstones (e.g., academic integration, first and senior year narratives).
  • Ensures and supports the utilization of inclusive facilitation and pedagogical strategies to create collaborative learning environments that incorporate diverse perspectives.
  • Oversees, initiates and provides high-quality advising of students in the Bonner Scholars Program through the creation of resource guides, offering one-to-one guidance, and offering professional development trainings to ensure meaningful and impactful participation in long-term, community based, civic engagement experiences for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Recruits, supervises and manages the Bonner Scholar Program student leadership team, consisting of students who take lead roles in educational programming, full participation, and retention of peers in student engagement experiences. Includes hiring, training, goal development, and resolving work-related challenges.
  • Ensures and supports students in the development of their agency and program leadership through student-led programming. Includes cohort meetings, community building experiences, annual cornerstones, and conference participation.
  • Ensures the delivery of timely and high-quality programmatic communications
  • Provides relevant programmatic support for academic-year service requirements for select cohorts in the Bonner Scholars Program.
  • Provides needed input into the CCE's approach to developing, implementing, and sustaining strategic off-campus relationships in response to campus and community-identified needs.
  • Collaborates with members of the Community Relationships Team to develop strategies and provide guidance to members of the Student Engagement Team supporting students at select community organizations.

Cross-campus student engagement and signature programs

  • Contributes to and leads select, campus-wide CCE signature programs by working with multiple campus stakeholders to establish outcomes, timelines, resource management, content delivery, and evaluation methods.
  • Recruits, supervises and manages student staff, who take lead roles in the recruitment, education, full participation, and retention of peers in student engagement experiences. Includes hiring, training, goal development, and resolving work-related challenges.
  • Liaises with student, faculty, and staff leadership across campus, identifying opportunities for student connectivity, civic engagement, and leadership.
  • Initiates, develops, and stewards select campus partnerships, supporting short and long-term goals, strategic planning, and program development, in consultation with CCE staff.
  • Represents the CCE and the Student Engagement Team on select programmatic committees to uphold a community-engaged perspective, and support the implementation of programs that reflect the CCE's values, in consultation with CCE staff.

Assessment, learning and development

  • Delivers and implements high-impact assessment tools and maintains evaluative data designed to enhance student reflection and learning, and strengthen the impact of co-curricular civic and community engagement programs. Includes the evaluation of student experiences, updating relevant records; and contributing to special reports for a variety of audiences
  • Contributes to and participates in the learning and development of best practices of civic engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion in a higher ed context through a variety of avenues (e.g., conferences, webinars, and staff trainings).
  • Promotes and represents the CCE in select national, civic-engagement scholarship networks. May promote and represent the CCE in national networks dedicated to advancing the work of civic engagement in higher ed.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Leadership and Strategy
  • Strong organizational skills required to balance a variety of tasks with a high degree of competency and accuracy; ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Strong leadership and problem solving skills
  • Ability to see across the organization, set strategy, and manage implementation
  • Coaching and Training
  • Ability to recruit, train, supervise, and motivate volunteers within area of specialty
  • Ability to lead, train, and support teams of students
  • Proven track record of building, leading, motivating, and assessing diverse teams; hold employees accountable for individual results and drive overall effectiveness of team
  • Collaboration and Relationship-building
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with students, faculty, community partners, and staff
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate across lines of difference
  • Comfort interacting with individuals at all levels, both on the university campus and in the community
  • Communication
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong Proficiency in Microsoft products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Administration
  • Ability to gather data and compile information
  • Record maintenance skills.
  • Database management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong project-management and budgetary skills
  • Ability to quickly learn new web-based tools (e.g., AirTable, MailChimp, Bannerweb, Calendly)
  • Program Management
  • Ability to assess and evaluate programs
  • Skill in organizing resources, establishing priorities, and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Student development
  • Ability to recruit, train, and motivate volunteers
  • Ability to recruit, train, and supervise student interns
  • Ability to lead, train, and support student leaders
  • Ability to manage student employees
  • Ability and desire to utilized arts-integrated teaching strategies
  • Demonstrated investment in the intersection of community engagement and higher education
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning and critical reflection
  • Knowledge of and experience with curriculum development
  • Knowledge of and experience with civic education and civic skills
  • Civic Engagement
  • Knowledge of and experience with social issues
  • Knowledge of and experience with non-profits
  • Required: Must have a valid Driver's License and be able to produce a driving record with a minimum of 3 years of driving history in good standing


Master's Degree in Education (Student Development or Higher Education preferred) or related field, with five years plus experience leading, planning, and delivering student-development related programming. Higher education experience preferred.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week; occasional nights and weekend work required

SALARY STRUCTURE: Pay Grade 7 (Hiring Range $54,413.00 to $80,000.00 annually)


At the University of Richmond, we're creative, inclusive, and determined. We're Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There's only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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