University of St. Thomas

Executive Director Center for the Common Good

St. Paul
Dec 06, 2016
Mar 07, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites quaified candidates to apply for the Executive Director of the Center for the Common Good within the Office for Mission

The Center for the Common Good will centralize several campus programs supporting academic and extracurricular community engagement, and service. These programs include Community Engagement, Sustainability Initiatives; the Center for Ministry’s VIA and VISION programs; Ashoka Change-maker Initiatives; Business 200; and the newly formed Volunteer Center.  The executive director of The Center for the Common Good will be responsible for setting the overall strategy for building a university-wide, institutionalized culture of engagement; deepening compassion and empathy of all university community members that leads to action; and building sustainable, structured, strategic alliances seeking reciprocity and collaboration while enforcing humility and humanity aspects of community work. The executive director will establish a common vision for community engagement, cultivate relationships with community partners, create policies and procedures that reflect the University’s values and beliefs concerning community engagement, seek external funding sources, and promote service in and outside of the classroom.

Essential Functions:

Strategic Planning and Leadership: Provides leadership for the Center for the Common Good.  Establishes a common understanding of Catholic-inspired community engagement. Identifies additional opportunities and strategies for engagement of students, faculty, and staff. Develops policies, procedures, standards, and best practices for all community engagement initiatives. Ensures compliance of all programs and initiatives. Promotes service in and outside of the classroom.

Community Partnerships: Identifies, cultivates, and builds reciprocal relationships with a diverse network of community and organizational partners.  Fosters formal and structured alliances with partner non-profits. Proposes partnerships for community engagement and service projects.  Assesses volunteer engagements, and determines whether to continue and/or expand the current relationships and/or partnerships.

Engagement Programming and Training:  Oversees efforts that develop engagement and service into curriculum and co-curricular groups. Develops strategies that leverage the talents, strengths, and expertise within the current UST community of faculty, student leaders, and staff to identify, develop, promote, and deliver additional service engagement opportunities.  Identifies opportunities and solutions to reduce barriers to participation.

Evaluation of Programs: Defines and communicates program standards, and ensures programs are executed to those standards. Identifies and develops metrics and other standards to measure the outcomes and the impact of the Center’s work. Measures return on investment as well as the investment of human capital and financial resources. Communicates outcomes to the UST community.

Marketing and Communication: Communicates and reports on the Center’s activities and programs on a regular basis using various communication methods, including social media.  Works with the Chief Marketing Officer and University Relations to identify and develop additional marketing and communication plans to promote the work and mission of the Center.

External funding: Seeks external funding, including faculty grants and other types in coordination with appropriate offices in Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in education, counseling, student affairs or a related field, and seven to ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience in program administration. An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in a relevant field; experience in higher education; and experience working with voluntary programs and/or non-profits.

Knowledge: An excellent command of contemporary social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement concepts and issues. A strong understanding and commitment to the University’s goals and mission. Demonstrated understanding of the importance of aligning programming.  A strong command of the principles and practices of creating, developing, and delivering effective programming to a wide range of audiences. The use of computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, Blackboard, Banner, etc., that are related to the executive director’s work. Developing and managing a departmental budget. Effective principles and practices of project management and goal setting. Effective principles and practices of research, data compilation, and report preparation. 

Skills: Strong leadership and project management skills.  Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Strong interpersonal skills for building and nurturing relationships. Strong attention to detail.

Abilities: Ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Ability to recognize and respond to nuanced situations, and handle highly sensitive information with discretion. Ability to engage others.  Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.  Ability to be hands-on, decisive and confident; yet can be immersed in the details while not losing sight of the big picture. Ability to present to both large and small groups. Ability to supervise, provide work direction, advise, evaluate, and identify professional development opportunities for direct reports.

Ability to work in and move about an office setting; ability to use a computer and other office equipment; ability to travel to attend meetings including air travel as needed; stamina to present training sessions and manipulate training equipment; ability to read printed materials and a computer screen; ability to communicate in person and over the telephone.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who require and request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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