Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Gateway Network Director. The Gateway Network Director will connect college students, faculty and academic resources with community members to address pressing community needs collaboratively in ways that benefit both the educational mission of the college and the vitality of the community. This is a full-time 12-month exempt, administrative position reporting to the Associate Provost.
The Gateway Network Director is primarily responsible for the day-to-day functions associated with managing college-community project-based learning initiatives. In addition, the Director, in association with the Gateway Network Advisory Board, is responsible for setting the vision and determining the thematic focus areas for the work of the Gateway Network. Specific duties include coordinating project matches between community partners and faculty and students; maintaining the Network website, including updates to the Network project database; organizing community information sessions and celebrations to share the work of the Network with the broader community; organizing faculty and professional development workshops to communicate best practices to faculty, students, and others on community-based and project-based learning initiatives; overseeing the summer community-based research project selection process; managing the Gateway Network budget, including the awarding of community partner project grants; publishing and disseminating the results of Gateway Network projects; and working with an assessment consultant to develop protocols for evaluating Network projects and their impact on the community and student learning at Allegheny.
Qualifications preferred for the position include a Master’s degree and at least three years of experience in community-based learning initiatives at a college or university. This position requires a high level of written and oral communication skills; organizational skills; ability to work effectively with faculty, students, alumni, college administrators, and community partners; ability to work independently; and familiarity with recent and emerging trends in the fields of civic engagement, community-based, and project-based learning pedagogies. Some travel is expected, as is the ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed.
As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits. Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.