Suffolk University Director of the Center for Community Engagement in Boston, Massachusetts

Director of the Center for Community Engagement

Professional/AdministrativeBoston, Massachusetts



The Director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is the lead staff member at Suffolk University to oversee a continuum of opportunities for Suffolk students, faculty and staff to be involved in community service and service learning experiences. The Director is responsible for the design, implementation, assessment and day-to-day management of all programs. The Director develops, brokers and maintains key external partnerships for the University with community agencies and state and national organizations related to community service and service learning. As a student-centered organization with a commitment to service, Suffolk University is proud of the array of programs and opportunities available for our students.

Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Program AdministrationProvide leadership to the Center for Community Engagement including direction for all initiatives and staff. Set the direction for community engagement programs through the use of alternative breaks, service learning, volunteer opportunities and other initiatives. Prepare annual budget and provide fiscal administration for the CCE program. Oversee all volunteer tracking. Recruit, train and supervise professional staff and a large student staff, including student payroll. Oversee risk management of all community service and service learning activities. Identify funding opportunities for community service and service learning programs and write grant proposals. Represent the CCE on various university-wide committees and other duties as assigned appropriate to the scope and success of the position.

  • Service Learning InitiativesIncrease and promote community service and service learning initiatives across the undergraduate and graduate programs and schools of the University. Works closely with faculty and faculty committees to support service learning initiatives. Create, identify, promote, and develop service-learning opportunities. Represent Suffolk University interests at local, state and national meetings of service and funding organizations such as MACC, BHEP, Massachusetts Service Alliance, etc. Administer and oversee Service Learning Mini-Grant Program. Serve as the key point person to develop, negotiate and maintain positive relationships between Suffolk University and community service partners. Serve as the lead staff for Suffolk University’s self-study and application for Carnegie Classification. Recruit, select and support the Faculty Fellows program. Work with faculty fellows to raise awareness, train and enhance service learning among all academic colleges and the university community.

  • Community Site Partner DevelopmentFoster positive partnerships between community-based organizations and the Center for Community Engagement. Provide support to on-site manager of Jumpstart. Fund development to support the programs and partnerships of the CCE. Develop new partnerships as needed. Develop relationships with local organizations and foundations to assist and develop funding opportunities for the CCE and the community based organizations.


  • Master’s degree in student personnel, counseling, higher education administration or related field is required.

  • 5-7 years of experience working in higher education or a related field.

  • Proven leadership and management skills working with diverse cultures, backgrounds and identities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with students and staff from diverse backgrounds.

  • Experience designing and delivering highly impactful social justice and diversity trainings and workshops is preferred.

  • Experience supervising professional staff.

  • Excellent oral and written skills, as well as listening and advocacy skills.

  • Ability to work with and refer individuals in a crisis.

  • Understanding of philosophy, role, and purpose of a service-learning program.

  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a student development philosophy within higher education.

  • Demonstrated leadership, organization, management, and platform skills; including an ability to oversee a wide variety of activities.

  • Demonstrated experience in program development, implementation, and assessment.

  • Experience and proficiency in the use of technology to include PC use, desktop publishing, Microsoft Office suite, and internet use.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, on-line, scheduled or on-call.