Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

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Job Overview

As a part of the country’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) animates Georgetown University’s Jesuit values and mission through its work in research, teaching, and service. CSJ further animates the mission to educate people to be of service to others, become reflective lifelong learners, responsible and active participants in civic life, and committed professionals who pursue justice and the common good. 

Reporting to the Director of Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy, the Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning plays a pivotal role on the CSJ’s efforts to fulfill Georgetown’s mission broadly, and CSJ’s social justice mission in particular, through: 1) community-university partnership engagement; 2) mission-integration, community-engaged learning pedagogy, and curricular Integration for faculty and staff; and 3) co-curricular mission integration for CSJ student programs. This position ensures that there is consistent engagement at the CSJ and within the university with the preferred pedagogies of reflection and community-based learning.

The Assistant Director accomplishes their charge as a lead collaborator with diverse campus departments, units, faculty, and academic leadership, who seek community-based and justice-centered partnerships. As a university-serving specialist in critical reflection and community-engaged learning, this role also collaborates with colleagues to facilitate and expand community-engaged learning into educational efforts, programming, and courses. The Assistant Director also provides leadership in the development, planning, and execution of student programs and initiatives that articulate and promote Georgetown's social justice mission as a university in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: supporting faculty who seek to embed a community-engaged learning objective and component into their courses/programs; partnering with staff colleagues to deepen their student programming by applying Ignatian pedagogies of critical reflection and discernment; introducing our incoming first-year students to a service orientation as they begin their journeys as college students and become “Hoyas for others” by drawing on Georgetown’s Jesuit identity; providing resources and frameworks to students who want to engage in advocacy and other forms of social action; and liaising on behalf of university members to broker respectful, mutual relationships with mission-aligned community organizations. Part visionary, part capacity- and bridge-builder, the Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning acts as an exemplary liaison, supporter, partner, facilitator and specialist to fulfill these goals. 

The position also supports their peer CSJ team members, to support the alignment of missional priorities within their respective programs. The Assistant Director participates in general CSJ activities, including staff meetings, committees, and cross-program collaborations. The position acts as a representative of CSJ in Washington, DC and at university-wide functions, such as cross-departmental committees and student organization activities.

Work Interactions

The Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning reports to and works closely with CSJ’s Director of Engaged Scholarship and Pedagogy; team members who focus on the applied pedagogies of immersion and dialogue; Executive Director; Deputy Director; and Program Directors. The Assistant Director supervises a Justice Graduate Intern (JGI) and Federal Work Study undergraduate assistants who directly support this Community Engaged Learning work. This position participates in and contributes to Center-wide initiatives, and is a representative of CSJ to the university and community-at-large, working with faculty and staff across the University. This position also works regularly with external community-based partners, in Washington, DC and beyond.

Work Mode Designation

This position has been designated as Hybrid 1 Day and as part of CSJ’s hybrid plan for AY22-23. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University.  Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website: .

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 0-2 years of experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience serving within a mission-based organization and/or higher education setting
  • Demonstrated experience as an educator who prioritizes critical reflection and discernment as integral pedagogical tools used to align mission in facilitation, training, and other educational platforms
  • Experience working with college students and/or volunteers; familiarity with university culture
  • Experience to support the role’s responsibility to advise students and student organizations; evidence of former leadership in a variety of capacities
  • Minimum 2 years of experience collaborating with and supporting university faculty and staff in pedagogical and educational activities
  • Evidence of commitment to justice-centered work and/or causes
  • Evidence of commitment to the centering of diversity, inclusion, equity, access and/or belonging principles in their approach to work, and plans to stay active in these commitments
  • Experience with communication platforms engaging a broad array of constituents including faculty, staff, students, and community partners, and a demonstrated frequency in these actions
  • Proficiency in basic word processing, spreadsheets, and shared calendaring, with an expressed desire in utilizing technology to promote equity and access
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize proven outreach methods for transformative university engagement with diverse community partners
  • Strong engagement skills that can be applied in various settings successfully - both on an individual level [through writing and interpersonal engagement]; and on a group level [through facilitation , training, and other educational platforms]

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience navigating faith-based contexts, coupled with the ability to communicate within those contexts with diverse/interfaith/non-faith constituents
  • Working knowledge of the Jesuit educational network or the capacity to cultivate a network
  • Willingness to grow, adapt, learn and serve as a reliable team member

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer  fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law .


Georgetown University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement savings, tuition assistance, work-life balance benefits, employee discounts and an array of voluntary insurance options. You can learn more about benefits and eligibility on the Department of Human Resources website .

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