Associate Director, Steans Center

DePaul University in Illinois

Deadline March 13, 2014
Date Posted January 14, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

DePaul University, the nation's largest Catholic university and one of the 10 largest private universities, is an urban institution with 6 campuses, more than 275 degree programs, and 25,000 students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.


General Summary:


The Associate Director, Steans Center will report to the Executive Director. The Associate Director, Steans Center will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of all Academic Service Learning (ASL) and departmental partnerships at the Steans Center; including: ASL staff supervision, program budget oversight, and academic and community development.  This position will work closely with all Center staff and academic departments to ensure smooth and cohesive execution of ASL across all 10 colleges and schools of DePaul.  This position will play a critical role in maintaining the visibility of the Center through the primary function of building departmental partnerships for sustainable integration of ASL into University curriculum.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of Academic Service Learning (ASL) through the Steans Center at DePaul University.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: implementation of the Centers annual strategic plan for ASL, ASL staff supervision, ASL program assessment, and daily ASL troubleshooting internally, across DePaul departments and with DePaul community partners.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Faculty Development to support, further develop and implement faculty service-learning workshops and one-on-one consulting.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Urban Education and Community Partnerships to engage ASL courses and students with grant-funded community-based educational partnerships.
  • Oversee the development of new departmental initiatives in collaboration with the Center's community partners.
  • Work with Deans, chairs and/or program directors across all DePaul colleges and schools to encourage development of long-term disciplinary- and inter-disciplinary service-learning projects built upon sustained departmental relationships with community partners.
  • Oversee the implementation of all new departmental-community initiatives connected to the Center's ASL strategic planning goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the Community Service Scholars (CSS) program, including overseeing scholar recruitment and ongoing programming, as the core partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (Community Service Studies Minor).
  • Oversee the McCormick Community Internship Program as a key tool for ASL departmental partnership building across all academic departments.
  • Contribute to service-learning and community engagement conferences and to scholarly and/or non-scholarly publications.
  • Provide direct supervision to 1 full-time position (Assistant Director for ASL), 1 part-time position (Community Service Scholars Coordinator, and 2 graduate students (McCormick Community Internship Graduate Coordinator; Intercambio Coordinator).
  • Manage the budgets for ASL, CSS and the McCormick Community Internship Program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree.
  • 5-10 years of demonstrated experience administering service-learning programming in higher education.
  • Minimum five years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in a collaborative, team work style.
  • Knowledge of the literature on service-learning pedagogy and community engagement in higher education.
  • Commitment to developing and promoting diversity in the workplace and among student and faculty populations.
  • Commitment to scholarship in service-learning and community engagement.
  • Willing to travel throughout the Chicago region and to occasional conferences out of state.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent.

Are you interested in joining our team of talented, motivated employees and helping DePaul serve its students and communities around the world? If so, go to and select Employment at the top of the page to submit your cover letter and résumé online for this and other jobs.  Please reference job number [17852].


Salary & Benefits:

DePaul offers comprehensive and competitive pay and benefits to attract and retain talent to further the University's mission.  Please click on the following link to review the full Benefits Summary.


Required Background Screening:

All final candidates extended an offer of employment will undergo background screening.


Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.


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DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.