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The Director for Civic Engagement & Bonner Scholars is a full-time Student Life professional within the Davidson College Center for Civic Engagement reporting to the Associate Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Civic Engagement.
The Director oversees all aspects of Davidson’s Bonner Scholars Program; part of a national Bonner Program network headquartered at The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation in Princeton, NJ. The Davidson program began in 1991 and supports 80 students in a four-year service and leadership program, with summer and scholarship elements.
In addition, the Director oversees the strategic priorities, relationship development, donor stewardship and policy development for Lula Bell’s; a resource center for students and an example of the college's commitment to provide the full Davidson experience for all students. The center offers resources that include: food, professional clothing, winter clothing, textbooks and personal hygiene items. Programming in the space focuses on life skills for all students on topics ranging from financial literacy to systemic social issues.
The director oversees all aspects of the Nonprofit Leadership fellows/summer immersion program including recruitment, selection, curriculum design and community partner placement.
As a strategic leader in the Center, the Director works with the Associate Dean & Director of the Center for Civic Engagement to develop and sustain key relationships with nonprofit and community organizations for student placements and projects as well as programming for nonprofit partners.
The director collaborates with divisional colleagues to design and deliver the EMERGE! Leadership program and serves on the WildcatSync implementation team; a platform to drive student engagement. Still further, the director advises the Civic Engagement Council; an umbrella organization for 30+ student organizations focused on service and social action.
The Director supervises 3 assistant directors with responsibilities for community engagement programs for students that include federal community service workstudy, alternative breaks, pre-orientation programming, the CDF Freedom Schools program, campus wide programming, community opportunity tracking, marketing, etc.
Direct the Bonner Scholars program
Utilize a student development model to develop and deliver program curriculum and activities for each of the 4 Bonner classes / 80 students. Each cohort of 20 students meets weekly.
Design and implement Bonner first year Orientation, two retreats, various socials, a service trip for first year students, a service exchange and a recommitment ceremony for sophomore students, as well as a Capstone project for senior students. Meet with scholars on a regular basis.
Collaborate with community partners to develop 80 community learning placements for scholars each academic year and for each scholar for 2 of their 3 summers.
Serve as the primary contact / institutional liaison to Bonner Foundation. Prepare annual reports as well as other more frequent reports via the online reporting system (BWBRS). Attend annual foundation events
Oversees a budget of institutional and endowed monies including student financial aid support totaling over $500,000.
Design recruitment materials and implement outreach strategies for prospective Bonner Scholars.
Collaborate with colleagues in the Admission & Financial Aid Office to recruit and select scholars. Communicate with Registrar’s Office, Business Services and Donor Relations as needed to guide the program.
Assess the program components and implement change as necessary
Oversight for the Lula Bell Houston Resource Center
Serve as the primary point of contact for fundraising priorities and donor stewardship
Develop strategic priorities & policies for center operations
Develop and maintain relationships with external vendors (supply/chain) and on campus partners who collaborate on the center’s operations.
Supervise Assistant Director who is responsible for day to day operations of the center including but not limited to facilities management, programming, supply/chain, donor relations, student staff management, assessment and collaborating with campus partners to deliver a breadth of life skills and social action programming.
Oversight for Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Summer Immersion Program
Design curriculum, facilitate weekly discussions and writing projects over the summer.
Design, develop and implement evaluations for students and partners, in addition to planning a closing showcase of student learning
Cultivate relationships with community partners to develop host organization placements in summer months and then sustain relationships into the academic year.
Create materials to publicize the program and recruit both partner host organizations and student interns
Hire and advise summer interns, including the planning and implementation of weekly discussions and enrichment activities
Coordinate logistics including intern housing, stipends, transportation, speakers and meals
Maintain stewardship for program donors
Student Leadership Development & Programming
Collaborate with divisional colleagues in Student Activities, the Chidsey Leadership Program and Residence Life to design and deliver the EMERGE! Leadership program
Serve on the WildcatSync implementation team; a platform to drive student engagement
Advise the Civic Engagement Council Executive Board – the umbrella organization to 30+ service and social action student organizations including their efforts towards campus-wide programming like National Volunteer Week.
Work with a student leadership team within the Bonner Program to administer grant money and foster relationships with other Bonner programs.
The Director of Civic Engagement supervises:
The Assistant Director for Civic Engagement & Bonner Scholars who has responsibilities with the Bonner Scholar program, summer immersion programs, and center social media while also coordinating center events and advising student organizations
The Assistant Director for Civic Engagement & Freedom Schools who oversees the Freedom Schools program, the Federal Community Service Workstudy Program, and the center’s granting programs while also coordinating center events and advising student organizations
The Assistant Director for Civic Engagement & Lula Bell’s who oversees the day to day administration of the facilities and programming of the Lula Bell Houston Resource Center, while also coordinating the service odyssey program and advising student organizations.
Develop and sustain key relationships with nonprofit and community organizations for student experiential learning placements and projects as well as broad programming for nonprofit partners.
Education and Experience Requirements
Master’s degree in higher education, community engagement, or related field is required.
A minimum of 5 years related professional experience working with students in the area of community engagement
An understanding of and experience with designing high impact experiential learning and placed based community engagement experiences
Experience with program development and assessment
Ability to build relationships with a wide range of audiences including nonprofit partners, students, staff, faculty and donors.
Strong communication skills.
Appreciation for the role that liberal arts institutions play with the community.
Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina that has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked in the top ten liberals arts colleges in the country. Faculty of Davidson College enjoy a low student-faculty ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that honors academic achievement and integrity. Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission.
At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.
Davidson College seeks out intellectually curious students who are committed to developing their talents for lives of leadership and service.Small classes enable our renowned faculty to work closely with students, engaging them directly in original research and creative work across the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In the classroom and beyond, Davidson cultivates students' compassion, creativity, resilience, and moral courage.