Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement

Madison, NJ

Job Description:  In consultation with the Director, the Assistant Director assists with executing the priorities and strategies of the Center for Civic Engagement, maintaining the smooth administrative functioning of the Center, and mentoring students in CE programs. This position supports the Drew Action Scholars Program in all its dimensions including recruitment, tracking, and program coordination. The AD is responsible for developing and stewarding partnerships between Drew and non-profit/government community organizations. The AD works with internal and external constituencies to help expand the depth and reach of civic engagement at Drew.

About the CCE:  The mission of the Center is, “to connect education and action for the common good.”  It was established in 2008 to infuse civic engagement as a value and practice throughout the university. The Center connects community-focused, experiential education across all of Drew’s Schools, while also strengthening student-led community engagement outside the classroom. The Center’s signature programs are the Action Scholars Program, an academic and co-curricular scholarship programs for undergraduate students committed to community, innovation, and global impact; and Community Based Learning (CBL) courses, which connect academic learning with work in off-campus community organizations. The Center works closely with multiple Drew constituencies, including academic departments, student engagement, and other university Centers; it coordinates the Launch Social Impact Career Community.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide support to the Action Scholars program by tracking and communicating students’ progress in the program, trouble-shooting barriers to their success, and supporting faculty in courses and other program activities. Maintain program records, reports, and documentation. 

  • Develop and steward long-term partnerships with community organizations to connect them to Drew students for civic service and community-based advocacy and research opportunities, and to our faculty for Community-Based Learning courses.

  • Manage recruiting, onboarding, and supervising student workers and the CCE Americorps member.

  • Work with appropriate internal and external personnel to execute office administrative functions, including MOUs with community partners, transportation logistics, vendor contracts, background checks, and event planning and coordination.

  • Provide leadership and support for the Social Impact Career Community and associated activities.

  • Promote and represent the Center for Civic Engagement to all constituencies by proactively communicating accomplishments, participating in collaborative activities and projects aligned with the mission of the CCE, and otherwise increasing its visibility.


  • Minimum of five years experience managing volunteer engagement, student experiential learning, community partnerships, community-based projects or related activities among multiple constituencies in a non-profit or higher education setting.

  • Masters degree in a closely related field, such as nonprofit management, education, or community development. Experience may substitute for the right candidate.

  • Ability to organize and track multiple projects and engage internal and external stakeholders in collaborative problem-solving with accuracy and grace.

  • Interest and experience in mentoring, supporting, and expanding the horizons of college students through both formal supervision and informal interaction.

  • Commitment to inclusion, equity, and the public purposes of higher education.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Proficient in the use of Google Office Suite and MS Office.

  • History of success working both independently and in cross-functional teams.

  • Collaborative, self-directed, outcome-oriented, and able and willing to work under pressure with frequent interruptions.

About Drew University:

Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines. Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is subject to a background check.