Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement

Drexel University

Date Posted May 14, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 25,000 students, 200 degree programs and 14 colleges and schools, Drexel is one of Americas 15 largest private universities.

One of Philadelphias top 10 employers, Drexel is a major engine for economic development in the region. The Philadelphia Business Journal ranks Drexel as one of the healthiest employers of Greater Philadelphia. The University welcomes the richness diversity brings to the workplace and is committed to being the nations most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

The mission of the University is to fulfill our founder's vision of preparing each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society's greatest problems. Drexel is an academically comprehensive and globally engaged urban research university, dedicated to advancing knowledge and society and to providing every student with a valuable, rigorous, experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation's premier co-operative education program.


Position Title: Executive Director, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement


Posting Summary:

The Executive Director is a member of the faculty with an appointment in a disciplinary area related to civic engagement with responsibility for the overall management of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement (Lindy Center), a unit in the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.  The Lindy Center is responsible for implementing the university's vision for civic engagement on the ground, through student, faculty and staff service projects; academic programs and community based learning opportunities; and non-profit capacity building.  The Executive Director will guide the future of the Lindy Center academically and administratively while serving as faculty in an area related to the Lindy Center mission.  The Executive Director will also provide support for student leadership activities and oversee the programming necessary to fulfill the university's civic engagement requirement. The Executive Director will manage the Lindy Center's staff, which currently includes an Associate Director, three Assistant Directors, a Program Director, and a Program Manager.  The Executive Director will serve as the primary contact for civic engagement programs within the university and will work closely with the Vice Provost for University and Community Partnerships to develop new opportunities for service locally, nationally, and globally. The Executive Director is a key member of the leadership team of Lindy Institute and reports directly to the Office of the Provost.



- PhD and research in a field related to civic engagement. - A passion for Service Learning and community service. - A student-focused and community-focused attitude: someone who genuinely enjoys working with students in the community. - Administrative experience including three years grant writing and presentation expertise as well as supervisory experience. - Excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency with standard personal computer applications. - University experience in civic engagement/service learning education and/or student affairs a plus. - Successful program development achievements in working with college students. - Demonstrated event planning and program management



Carry out the daily operations of the Lindy Center through staff supervision in regular bi-weekly staff meetings and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings, semi-annual staff development initiatives, and management of the office's budget.

As a key member of the leadership team of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, support the University's vision to be the "most civically engaged university in the country" and help develop the strategy to position Drexel as a leading university in applied civic engagement. 

Develop academic programs that connect the University's commitment to civic engagement to the curriculum, including an existing Certificate in Civic Engagement Program, by working with Drexel faculty and students to develop opportunities for courses of study in "applied civic engagement" ? both locally and globally -- and other meaningful civic engagement projects for their courses, including providing course development grants, technical assistance, and on-going support.

Manage existing grants/gifts through the Lindy Center including reporting and budgeting responsibilities. Pursue new public and private funding opportunities to develop and sustain new initiatives.

Promote civic engagement by maintaining relationships with key university stakeholders, including administrators, faculty and students, to represent the Lindy Center to the campus community; pursue areas for collaboration; provide service to the university through committee work, presentations, etc.

Support the development of student leaders involved in service and community work, and help advance their academic and career interests. 

Collect and maintain data to track Lindy Center programs and collaborate with stakeholders on other University civic engagement initiatives for the purposes of reporting, research and pursuing external awards. 

Oversee the continued development and strengthening of the freshmen civic engagement requirement ? the CIVC 101 course  - and develop greater integration of civic engagement study and activities with curricula across the University, working with schools/colleges in this effort.

Oversee the Lindy Scholars Program, a special youth mentoring program in the Lindy Center, chair its Advisory Committee, align the program with other university efforts relating to youth mentoring and college access, and plan and facilitate quarterly meetings.

Meet with Philadelphia schools and community agencies to conduct needs assessments, develop working relationships productive to the development of sound community partnerships, and develop civic engagement opportunities for students and faculty to be integrated as learning experiences.

Engage in disciplinary research around civic engagement.



The University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11%) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.


Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.


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