The University is seeking internal applicants for 


Application materials must be submitted to Tabatha Whitsett,
Applicants received by October 12, 2022 will receive full consideration.

  1. Cover Letter
    • Recommended items to address within the cover letter include:
      • Experience working in the area of community/civic engagement
      • Experience leading a team
      • Ability to collaborate with community partners and offices on campus in pursuit of the Office of Civic Engagement's mission
  2. C.V. or Resume

The Director of OCE is an exempt position and has a regular, full-time, full year appointment.

This position reports to the Provost. 

Primary Function: 
The Director of the Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) serves as the head of a dynamic department focused on cultivating knowledge, resources, and relationships to advance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of our communities. Integrating the University values of inquiry, community, courage, and flourishing, the Director is responsible for the supervision of a comprehensive civic engagement program designed to bring together students, staff, faculty and communities in order to understand social problems and promote positive social change. The programs of the OCE that the Director oversees include community development, an AmeriCorps/VISTA program, student service internship programs, academic civic engagement, immersive outreach programs, dialogue across difference and democratic engagement initiatives. The OCE Director serves as a liaison to senior administration on campus and represents the OCE on various campus committees. 

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

Departmental management and supervision:

  • Provides development and oversight of the Civic Engagement values, vision, mission, goals, and strategic plan, and ensures they all align with University priorities
  • Provides ongoing and consistent assessment and evaluation for the department, including meeting with staff on a regular basis
  • Leads budget development and fiscal management for Civic Engagement
  • Supervises Directors of OCE programs
  • Oversees the recertification process for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement
  • Responsible for oversight for all Civic Engagement marketing and communications, including serving as liaison with senior administration for the University
  • Initiates new and manages recurring grant application and reporting processes 
  • Oversight for Civic Engagement advancement and donor relations in collaboration with University Relations

Academic responsibilities:

  • Oversight for Certificate in Civic and Global Leadership
    • Teaching two courses (CIVC 200 and CIVC 400) for the certificate
    • Oversight, evaluation and assessment of the certificate program 
    • Supporting faculty teaching designated courses for the certificate
  • Recruit, develop, and support faculty civic/community engagement cohort, connecting them with community needs, issues, and research opportunities.
  • Champion community engaged pedagogy in the classroom and lead campus conversations on the integration of this work in the faculty review process, including tenure and promotion
  • Serve as primary liaison with Career Readiness for summer service internships, including advising students participating in summer service internships

Campus and community collaborations:

  • Provide leadership for campus collaboration around the development of social entrepreneurship initiatives, including partnerships with the Babson Center for Global Commerce and the South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF)
  • Leadership in and liaison with the South Cumberland Community Fund including serving as an ex-officio board member for SCCF
  • Oversees campus selection process around service-based awards and fellowships, such as the Jack Gessell Social Ethics Fellowship, the Clarence Day Award, the Newman Civic Fellowship, Harold Love Service Award, and student service awards
  • Serves on campus committees in order to represent the mission of the OCE and drive efforts for building campus and community capacity around service and civic engagement
  • Collaboration with campus partners serving the University’s civic mission, such as the Office of Global Citizenship, Student Life, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Position Will Supervise
Director of Service Internship Programs
Coordinator for International Service
Director of Community Development
Director of Dialogues across Difference
Office Coordinator

Attributes of a Successful Candidate
Master’s degree required and Ph.D preferred. Open academic field, with preferences for an academic field with training in academic civic engagement, or relevant experience in academic civic engagement.

5-7-years of higher education professional experience with evidence of at least some of the following: engaged scholarship and pedagogy, leadership and advocacy for academic civic engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including the governing boards, public, the administration, faculty, students, and the public. Experience in supervising and leading teams preferred.

Job Related Skills
Mission-driven with collaborative teamwork, relational, and communication skills with multiple constituencies, budget management, strategic planning, community development, and program assessment.

Personal Interactions and Communications

Students: Extensive
Internal: Extensive work with faculty and staff in administrative and academic offices.
External: Extensive work with local agencies, local non-profit partners, other institutions of higher education, and foundation representatives.

Supplemental Information
This position will have access to confidential information. 
Working environment is primarly an office environment
Physical Requirements:
- must be able to stand for extended periods of time
- must be able to lift and carry up to 10 pounds

DEI Institutional Statement:
At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 
The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.