Assistant Director, Center for Civic Leadership

  • Full time
  • Houston, Texas, United States View on Map
  • @Rice University posted 3 hours ago
  • Posted : September 12, 2023 -Accepting applications
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Job Detail

  • Job ID 46062

Job Description

Special Instructions to ApplicantsAll interested applicants must attach a cover letter and a resume in the Supporting Documents section of the application in a PDF format

Position Summary

Reporting to and under the supervision of an associate director, the assistant director will support staff in the development, implementation, and management of undergraduate civic leadership programs and fellowships grounded in principles of community engaged learning, ethical frameworks, civic professionalism, and critical reflection. The assistant director will engage with students primarily through teaching and advising activities. The assistant director will support student experiential learning programs that may include international, domestic, and local community immersion. Through their work they will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in the community. They will assist in the cultivation and management of university-community partnerships, faculty partnerships, and alumni networks that enrich civic leadership programs. The assistant director may develop and lead workshops and/or organize special events.

The hiring range for this position will be between $50,000 and $55,000 per year, commensurate to experience and qualifications.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of related professional experience in undergraduate civic engagement education at a college or university, in government, or in non-profit organization
  • Experience working in international development, public policy, philanthropy, and/or civic research
  • Experience fostering undergraduate student leadership through community-based research, critical service, advocacy, public policy, and/or philanthropy


  • No substitutions allowed for education requirements
  • Professional experience can include internships, student assistantships, and other relevant activities

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of theories, including community engaged learning, international development, student development, learning and identity development and experience applying those frameworks professionally
  • Strong relationship building skills and experience collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and community partners
  • Ability to develop and initiate new program strategies
  • Advanced problem-solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
  • Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling issues when necessary
  • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail
  • Ability to oversee and direct student leaders and workers
  • Knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans

Essential Functions

  • Administers program operations, ensuring efficient, effective and productive operations
  • Creates and implements plans to achieve program objectives and mission
  • Works directly with students in a teaching and advising capacity
  • Interprets, implements, and ensures compliance with policies and regulations and recommends changes to procedures and processes
  • Analyzes data, identifies trends, develops reports and recommends and implements changes to improve alignment with institutional mission and goals
  • Creates and implements outreach plans that may include relationship development, communications, event and conference management
  • Provides support in developing relationships with internal and external entities
  • May assist with fundraising activities
  • Creates budget plans, monitors and approves expenditures, develops reports, conducts analyses and manages and maintains financial records
  • For academic programs, may be responsible for graduate student recruitment and admissions, student records, curriculum support, coordinating the accreditation process, managing scholarships and fellowships, and monitoring student progress
  • May supervise student leaders and student workers
  • Performs all other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in community engaged learning, public policy, international development or related field
  • STEM or civic science background (education or experience)
  • International education, service, or research experience
  • Building direct partnerships with government and community organizations and/or faculty
  • Experience advising and mentoring students and providing developmental feedback
  • Teaching and/or facilitation experience and skills, especially experiential learning and critical pedagogy
  • Experience with program design and implementation, including assessment
  • Demonstrated commitment to working inclusively with diverse students and partners
  • Demonstrated understanding of civic and community engagement
  • Experience developing others’ cross-cultural competencies
  • Event planning and project management skills
  • Experience with risk management and risk prevention policies and practices

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Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Faculty and staff are expected (but not required) to have completed a full vaccination series for COVID-19 (currently defined as full course COVID-19 Vaccine (typically two shots of a WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine or one J&J) and a COVID-19 booster. Rice does not require documentation for COVID 19 vaccination at this time for faculty and staff.

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