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Director of Engagement

University of California, Davi
Sacramento, CA
United States
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Position Description

Academic Coordinator III

Director of Engagement

Public Scholarship and Engagement


Public Scholarship & Engagement (PSE) is an academic unit within the Office of the Provost, under the direction of the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship. The PSE works collaboratively with the university’s ten colleges and schools, other university-wide units, centers and institutes, as well with non-university groups. PSE’s overall vision is to cultivate and foster a culture of engagement that rewards and recognizes public scholarship in research, teaching, and service that upholds UC Davis’ land-grant mission to serve the public good. One of PSE’s primary goals is to increase mutually beneficial community engagement and public impact.


Position Background


Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title.


The Director of Engagement (DE) will serve in a leadership role and administer, develop, and evaluate academic programs closely related to public service and outreach of the University. Similar positions exist at a number of peer institutions that have achieved Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Among these include Cornell University, Duke University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, and University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas-Austin, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is expected that PSE’s engagement activities will have regional, national, and international reach, and UC Davis will serve as a national model that integrates engagement into the research and teaching mission of the university.


Engagement programs will have a broad, interdisciplinary scope and encompass ten colleges and schools; and involve public, non-profit and private agencies outside of the University through mutually beneficial collaborations. This service will be provided to colleges and schools; academic departments; organized research units; faculty, staff, and students; and to the general public. The DE will have extensive involvement in fundraising and the oversight of programmatic funds.


The DE will be working in a new university-wide unit and will be part of a leadership team to build PSE’s capacity. This will include the creation of new engagement programs, and the development of new positions, recruitment, and management of a staff team of engagement coordinators. The DE will report directly to the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship.


Essential responsibilities include the following:


Program Leadership and Coordination (80%)


I. Administrative Oversight


  • Oversee the administration and operation of PSE programs including, but limited to: community outreach, coordination of curricular and non-curricular activities, and the curation of public events and workshops.
  • Manage external requests for research, teaching, and technical assistance to effectively expedite the matching of appropriate university resources.
  • Facilitate development and execution of external collaborations and partnerships including cultivation of constituent relations, memoranda of understandings, scopes of work, budgets, and contracts.
  • Develop and manage PSE’s Community Engagement Advisory Committee including the recruitment and retention of non-university representatives.
  • Hire, supervise, and mentor program staff affiliated with PSE; supervise and mentor students supporting PSE activities, when appropriate.



II. Program Development and Expansion


  • Under the direction of the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship, lead program development of new initiatives and programs, using existing resources such as focused grants programs or seeking new funding, enhancing and creating connections and opportunities with the needs of surrounding communities.
  • Assist broader university fund development efforts to support research, teaching, and student learning programs and projects involving PSE.
  • Develop and implement trainings and workshops for different constituents in collaboration with other units, centers and institutes. Constituent groups include faculty, staff, students, and non-university groups. 
  • Expand internship and clinical programs for the Davis and Sacramento campuses in collaboration with other academic units and programs to serve urban and rural communities in the Sacramento region.


III. Program and Project Evaluation


  • Assess program and constituency needs through quantitative and qualitative methods, e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of program activities and functions through an analysis of institutional collaborations and constituent participation. This includes academic units (colleges and schools), centers and institutes, groups and individuals (i.e. faculty, staff, students, and non-university individuals).


Professional Competence (10%)

  • Maintain membership in professional organizations including, but not limited to, the Association of Public Land-Grant University and the Engaged Scholarship Consortium.
  • Actively engage in appropriate professional and scholarship activities.
  • Remain current and contribute to the literature on community engagement strategies and best practices for university/community collaborations and partnerships.


University and Public Service (10%)

  • Participate in university service including the activities of campus and academic unit committees to contribute towards the university’s mission as a land-grant institution to serve the public.   
  • Participate in governance and policy formation related to community relations and university/community partnerships.
  • Contribute in a leadership capacity by providing seminars and workshop presentations.








Published on:
October 3, 2019 - 2:42pm
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