Job Details

Colgate University
  • Position Number: 2565564
  • Location: Hamilton, NY
  • Position Type: Disability Services

Colgate University

Assistant Director of the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education

Requisition Number: 2021S095Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the College
Department: COVE

Department Statement:
Colgate University, a premiere liberal arts university of approximately 3,000 students, seeks an energetic, motivated, and dedicated Assistant Director of the Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) to serve as a trusted leader and resource for students and community partners in volunteerism and civic engagement. Reporting to the Director of the COVE, the assistant director takes an active leadership role in the holistic development of students.

The Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE), strives to foster a commitment to social responsibility and community engagement among the Colgate community, through mutually beneficial, community-centered partnerships. The COVE envisions a sustained, engaged relationship with the community that promotes positive social change and enhanced student learning. Working with community partners in rural Madison, Chenango, and Oneida counties, in small cities like Oneida and Utica, and in other places across the country, COVE staff, students, and campus partners seek breadth and depth in their community engagement efforts. Annually, over 700 Colgate students participate in the COVEs programming, typically contributing more than 35,000 hours of service. The Assistant Director holds a crucial position, serving as a primary contact for community partners, overseeing successful implementation and assessment of many volunteer programs, has significant budgetary oversight and responsibility, and helps grow a culture of students who see themselves as engaged citizens striving for a just society.
Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidates Guide to Colgate.

The Assistant Director of the COVE is primarily accountable for supporting the effective advocacy and management of campus-wide student volunteerism and outreach, and fostering productive relationships with relevant community organizations.
Specific accountabilities and responsibilities include:
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of assigned campus life programs.
  • Ensure that students have access to opportunities for student group membership and leadership, and that they receive value as a result of their participation in the community.
  • Ensure that student leaders and members within assigned areas receive sufficient training to meet their obligations.
  • Ensure that students have access to opportunities for student group membership and leadership and that they receive value as a result of their participation in the community.
  • Encourage students to develop a sense of responsibility for their personal growth and academic success.
  • Conduct effective outreach to students and proactively ensure students engage in campus life through personal interactions and engagement with various media.
  • Apply knowledge of the campus life area to the development and execution of programs that align with and foster the development of students within program areas. Ensure effective and responsible execution of these programs.
  • Be knowledgeable about the campus life area, and University policies and procedures.
  • Effectively manage the logistics for events and programs, including collecting and maintaining accurate records and program data.
  • Utilizing effective judgement and decision-making in managing emergency situations.
  • Effectively supervise students during program participation and work settings.
  • Achieve positive, measurable outcomes.
  • Participate in department, Division, and University meetings, committees and projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • Three to five years of experience working with civic engagement or comparable experience required; college/university setting preferred
  • Ability to be detail-oriented
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of student development theory, student and student organization advising models, and curriculum design
  • Experience working with not-for-profit and community organizations
  • Experience developing student leaders, student organizations, and adviser trainings and resources
  • Experience with using social media platforms
  • Experience with student learning outcomes, assessment, and data-driven decision-making

  • A Bachelors degree is required.
  • A Masters degree in a related field such as higher education administration, education, social work, or counseling is preferred.

Other Information

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, with occasional evenings.

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary
Colgate has a diverse student, faculty, staff, and alumni population representing a variety of races, gender identities, social economic status, sexual orientations, languages, national origins, etc. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan presents a framework for continuing the creation of an inclusive campus and engaging the Colgate community in this effort in the years ahead.

Please describe how you would connect and work with a diverse community. You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. The statement can be any length (e.g. paragraph, page). For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements.

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgates Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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