Academic Staff - Community Engagement Specialist (Public May Apply)

Academic Staff - Community Engagement Specialist (Public May Apply)

Code: 12929 Posted: 03/13/2017


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applicants for a Community Engagement Specialist.

The Community Engagement Specialist coordinates and administers efficient high quality community based learning (CBL) activities that benefit student learning and civic engagement as well as address community needs and support place-based initiatives that strengthen local communities. He/she oversees the community partner matching process and builds new community relationships that lead to effective partnerships in community based learning and research. He/she ensures that effective documentation and evaluation of CBL is completed. He/she conceives and implements media campaigns to build and maintain awareness of UW-Parkside's community engagement activities. He/she supports the UW-Parkside VISTA project and other national service projects by assisting in recruitment, regular reporting and communication with community based host organizations. He/she supervises student staff and interns and will report to the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach. Performs other duties as assigned.


70% A. Community Based Learning Program Administration

  1. Coordinate activities for partners, faculty and students involved in community-based learning, such as orientations, Community Bus Tour, Nonprofit Breakfast, brown bags, guest speakers, mini-conferences, reading groups, etc.
  2. Schedule, attend and take minutes for bi-weekly meetings with the Community Engagement Director and Faculty Director for Community Based Learning and Research.
  3. Work closely with the Faculty Director of Community Based Learning and Research to recruit, support and advise students earning the CBL Certificate.
  4. Support the Faculty Director in identifying funding for, planning and delivering faculty professional development in CBL and research.
  5. Conceive and initiate media campaigns that raise awareness of CBL among students, prospective students, faculty, staff and community.
  6. Interface with Integrated Marketing to develop marketing materials and manage web site and social media postings for CBL.
  7. Deliver presentations on and off campus to promote and increase awareness and participation in CBL between the University and surrounding community.
  8. Oversee evaluation of CBL courses by surveying students, faculty and community partners involved in CBL and provide feedback to faculty.
  9. Oversee data collection for CBL and assist in management of tracking and assessing campus community engagement data.
  10. Work in close partnership with Student Affairs personnel to integrate CBL as complementary to co-curricular student development programming.
  11. Attend community meetings, as assigned by Director of Community Engagement and Outreach.
  12. Supervise a student worker and interns, as needed.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.
15% B. Community Service Program Support

  1. Coordinate communication with Corporation for National and Community Service state office and the AmeriCorps VISTA site supervisors..
  2. Provide support for the promotion, recruitment, training and management of VISTA members and site supervisors as well as reporting aspects of the UW-Parkside VISTA Project and other community service initiatives.
  3. Other duties as assigned.
15% C. Community Engagement Administration

  1. Coordinate the review process for the Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Award, Community Partnership Award, Campus Compact Awards and other community engagement recognitions of the campus.
  2. Participate in application for the President's Honor Roll for Civic Engagement, completion of Campus Compact surveys, and preparation Carnegie Classification.
  3. Support Director of Community Engagement and Faculty Director in identifying and applying for relevant grants.
  4. Schedule, attend and take minutes for campus Community Engagement Council and Community Engagement Advisory Board meetings.
  5. Assist in campus-wide planning of civic engagement initiatives and activities.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent written, oral, digital media and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and promote events and programs.
  • Proficiency with computer software programs such as MS Office and databases. 
  • Proficiency with social media.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and constituencies, and, in particular, with college students and faculty. 



  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Demonstrated involvement with college student experiential programs (Community Based Learning, internships, volunteer programs) or with a service role in a community based organization.
  • Excellent written and digital media communication skills.
  • Experience planning and promoting events and programs.
  • Proficiency with computer software programs such as MS Office and databases. 
  • Proficiency with social media.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and constituencies, and, in particular, with college students and faculty.
  • Understanding of postsecondary environments and demonstrated ability to work with faculty from a wide range of disciplines.
  • Experience working with community-campus partnerships, particularly as they relate to community-based learning and research initiatives.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and developing reports.
  • Experience coordinating and/or working in teams responsible for group work.
  • Experience advising or mentoring college students.
  • Experience working with national service programs.
  • Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Grant proposal development and writing experience and/or training.


Applications received by 11:59 PM April 15, 2017, are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.


STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants Apply Here
(candidates not currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) - follow link then continue to STEP 2

Internal Applicants Apply Here (candidates currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) - follow link, login, then under "Main Menu" choose:
  • "Self Service"
  • "Recruiting"
  • "Careers"
STEP 2: Under "Job Search" choose:
  • "More Options"
  • Job Opening ID: "12929"
  • "Search"
  • Select "Community Engagement Specialist"
  • Click "Apply Now"
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STEP 3: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) References with Contact Information
When you have finished with your application you must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.


Commensurate with experience and education. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

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UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

The tri-county region that comprises the University's primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at


A criminal background check will be required at the time of hire.

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Crime Statistics Report is available at Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at 262-595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.

Contact Name: Rosann Weber

Contact Phone: 262-595-2184

Contact Email:

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