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Assoc Dir, Education

Company: University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Open Date 06/04/2021

Requisition Number PRN26411B

Job Title Assoc Dir, Education

Working Title Assoc Dir, Education

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Weekdays 8-5 some evenings and weekends

VP Area President

Department 00305 - Bennion Community Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $60,000 to $65,000

Close Date 06/17/2021

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary


The Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah is an international leader in community engagement and public service. The Bennion Center inspires and mobilizes people to strengthen communities through learning, scholarship, and advocacy. Our curricular and co-curricular programs, initiatives, and events bring students, faculty, staff, and community partners together to work on issues and projects that improve the quality of life and foster justice in the community. Through these diverse offerings, we educate students about their civic and social responsibilities and support faculty in the public purpose of their work. In 2020, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning classified the University of Utah as a Community Engaged Institution. The Bennion Center is a critical part of the University's experiential education strategy and serves as a hub for campus-wide community engagement efforts. We are committed to equity and justice in all we do- educationally and operationally.

Position Summary:

The Bennion Center seeks an outstanding higher education professional to champion community engaged learning and scholarship ( CELS ) opportunities for faculty and students within all colleges and schools of the University. CELS advances each of the goals of the University and enhances teaching, learning, and research experiences. For the appropriate candidate, this position may be considered for a dual appointment wherein a percentage of time is devoted to their faculty responsibilities and a percentage of time devoted to administrative responsibilities with the Bennion Center.

The associate director for curriculum and scholarship (AD) will forge partnerships among the sixteen colleges of the University of Utah and the Bennion Center and lead an interdisciplinary team of embedded faculty colleagues across campus. The team's primary goal is to improve the quality and increase the number of credit-bearing and/or required community engaged learning courses, community-based scholarship, and deeply engaged learning experiences across campus. The AD will integrate these experiences with other undergraduate and graduate student learning initiatives. The AD oversees and assesses the Bennion Center curricular team's performance based on faculty engagement, student learning outcomes in CEL courses, community partner satisfaction, and indicators of institutionalization of community engaged learning.

The AD will manage a CELS budget, which supports collaborative work with a diverse community of CELS practitioners including faculty, advisors, and academic staff from colleges, departments, and centers across campus, as well as myriad community partners. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working with faculty, students, and community organizations. Supervising staff is also a requirement of this position.

Work Standards:

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University. This position comes with a competitive compensation package including salary, benefits, retirement, and paid leave.


Community Engaged Learning Facilitation and Support

  • Develop and maintain a diverse group of faculty who teach community engaged learning courses across all University of Utah colleges. These courses must adhere to existing principles of ethical and effective pedagogy and foster civic competencies through sound teaching, research, and service practices.
  • Conduct and/or oversee outreach to colleges, schools, departments, and programs to encourage CEL course development, particularly among units and faculty not currently offering CEL courses.
  • Assist university faculty peers in the development of course syllabi and workshop materials, emphasizing the expansion of community engaged learning across campus and within core required courses.
  • Oversee the preparation of teaching assistants and students to engage in a community setting and help them reflect on their experiences.
  • Assist in the development of community-based research agendas.
  • Assist faculty in establishing, monitoring, and assessing student learning and community outcomes.
  • Develop and deliver workshops, seminars, and one-on-one consultations to faculty and instructional staff.
  • Provide individual consultation to community partners as needed.
  • Recruit and sustain a CEL committee composed of faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, charged with institutionalizing CEL at the University of Utah by making it a part of every student's college experience.

Bennion Center Community Engagement Certificate Administration

  • Recruit and advise students for participation in the certificate program.
  • Recruit, support, and sustain a robust certificate faculty committee.
  • Update certificate policies, procedures, documents including Qualified Interdisciplinary Teaching Program ( QITP ) documents as necessary.
  • Develop and teach Bennion Center courses or CEL courses in other departments.
  • Develop and assess annual goals for certificate participation and growth.
  • Conduct regular outreach to colleges and department advisors and faculty to educate them on the certificate.
  • Provide individual consultation to advisors, faculty, and instructional staff regarding the certificate.
  • Work with the communications team to explore external marketing of the certificate to nonprofit professionals, high school students, government employees, and other potential beneficiaries.

Bennion Center Administration

  • Active participation on the Bennion Center Leadership Team. Direct and/or represent the Bennion Center in the Executive Director's absence or as necessary.
  • Develop and implement a cohesive and consistent framework for community engaged learning at the University.
  • Represent the Bennion Center on University committees to support University goals, expand visibility of the Bennion Center, and collaborate with other units on campus.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the Bennion Center coordinated student, community partner, and faculty databases.
  • Manage CEL budget and distribution of funds.
  • Work with development team to support grant efforts to expand curricular community engaged learning and scholarship activities.
  • Work with communications team to market community engaged learning and scholarship opportunities.
  • Actively participate in the development of strategies, policies, operational and risk management procedures, and assessment strategies designed to enhance the number and quality of CEL experiences available at University of Utah.
  • Actively solicit quality applications for the Annual Distinguished Faculty Service Award and Public Service Professorship; Lead the effort to evaluate, select, and recognize recipients.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master's degree in Business Administration or related area preferred. This position is not responsible for providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong team-building and organizational skills, with experience developing, implementing, assessing, and evaluating programs, as well as implementing processes.
  • Personable demeanor with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to produce quality written materials and engage in public speaking with a range of constituencies including faculty, staff, students, administrators, community partners, and donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and experience working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to influence without authority and work effectively with decision-makers across many levels of the campus community.
  • Competent in the use of necessary technology and software, including presentation and database management programs.
  • Ability to manage time, staff, and multiple projects/assignments, and meet deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated capacity to be entrepreneurial, strategic, persistent, and creative to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced/Terminal degree (e.g., MA, MS, MFA , JD, MD, PhD, EdD)
  • Experience in college course facilitation and/or teaching experience.
  • Experience working as or with college faculty.
  • Excellent communication skills: written, interpersonal, and presentation.
  • Experience in program administration including budget management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated experience fostering equity and diversity within groups, and a firm understanding of how intersectionality and multiculturalism can help build community in university and community settings.
  • Knowledge: *
  • Understanding the goals, structure, and content of university undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • Broad familiarity with ongoing university research.
  • Knowledge of key trends within academic pedagogical practice.
  • Strong assessment and evaluation skills and ability to relate results to budget priorities.
  • Ability to assess community assets and needs to cultivate, support, and sustain quality community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of principles and practices of ethical and effective public service and experiential education, including community engaged learning, particularly in ways that effectively engage students, faculty and community partners.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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