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SEEDS (Community-Engaged Learning) Program Director

Office for Institutional Diversity

The SEEDS Program Director provides leadership in the development, planning, implementation, and execution of programs and events that deepen the College’s commitment to community-engaged learning and community engagement at Reed. Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service (SEEDS) programs provide Reed students with opportunities to engage with community organizations that seek to make material differences in marginalized communities most impacted by systemic oppression. The Program Director works to develop mutually beneficial relationships with community-based organizations in the broader Portland community to provide community engagement opportunities for Reed students. Reed students can earn academic credit and/or fulfill federal work study requirements through community engagement. The Program Director is responsible for the ongoing development of a programmatic model rooted in a social justice framework. In addition, the Program Director co-chairs the Civic Engagement Committee, working closely with faculty members on academic partnerships and oversees the Reed Community Pantry which provides food, clothing, and supplies at no cost to members of the Reed community. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity. 

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt position with a generally predictable work schedule based upon programming events and schedules, which may include some evening and weekend hours. The college’s working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Starting salary for this position is $58,140 per year. 

Who You Are

  • You are knowledgeable about and have experience implementing community engagement best practices.
  • You demonstrate and leverage social capital to purposefully connect students with diverse internal and external partners and organizations.
  • You operate from a social justice framework, are committed to inclusive excellence as a practice, and strive to achieve equity for all students and community partners.
  • You relate well to college-age students while demonstrating both maturity and leadership.
  • You have three or more years of program management experience.
  • You are committed to developing students’ understanding of critical, ethical, and effective community engagement no matter their level of prior exposure or experience.
  • You are skilled in program and project management, event planning, and assessment.
  • You can establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies, including on- and off- campus partners. 
  • You enjoy implementing and evaluating programs and initiatives.
  • You are a problem-solver, conflict mediator, and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • You take initiative and are self-motivated.
  • You have experience presenting to audiences of varying sizes and contexts, and facilitating workshops and discussions.
  • You have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as education, student affairs, human services, social work, or related area. 

What You’ll Do

  • Provide leadership in the development, planning, implementation, and execution of community engagement programs and events including administrative, programmatic, and fiscal oversight.
  • Oversee community engagement programs and lead a team of student coordinators.
  • Collaborate closely with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to develop and integrate co-curricular and curricular opportunities that utilize community engagement as a means for student learning and development. 
  • Build, strengthen, and maintain relationships with community partners working in social justice work to explore potential partnerships, discuss emerging strategies for social change, and build coalitions.
  • Cultivate interest in and understanding of community-engaged learning and promote opportunities for critical, ethical, and effective community engagement.
  • Support the community engagement efforts of faculty, staff, and students at Reed.
  • Develop outreach and marketing strategies including maintaining SEEDS website, social media, and listserv, publicizing relevant information to community members and partners.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate 10-15 student workers.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.