Washington University of St. Louis Limited) in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. This is a time-limited position of up to one year.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement. This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


The Community Engagement Coordinator supports communication and engagement efforts between the St. Louis community and the Washington University community that aim to foster best practices in community partnerships and positive community impact. Working closely with the Assistant Director for Campus and Community Partnerships, the Coordinator will be integral in the development and implementation of communications, resources, events, workshops, and procedures that facilitate the development and effectiveness of partnerships between St. Louis community organizations and university faculty, students, and staff.


  1. Community Partnership Systems, Procedures and Communications
  2. Support the development and implementation of a communication plan that provides guidance, information, and resources for campus partners and community partners, in online and print formats.
  3. Develop content for quarterly newsletter for St. Louis community organization to highlight university resources and impact.
  4. Create and implement strategies, procedures, and communications, to ensure a streamlined, coordinated response to partnership requests that includes referral plans and feedback loops.
  5. Evaluate the current community engagement procedures and activities at the university and support the identification of a centralized tool for collecting, sharing, and tracking information about university/community partnerships and community organization inquiries.
  6. Coordinate Community Engagement Events and Professional Development Training
  7. Manage events and programs that bring campus and community stakeholders together to enhance community partnerships and collaborative communication. Examples include monthly community coffee conversations; campus/community engagement summit to support professional development, dialogue, networking, and recognition; and a professional network of faculty and staff with responsibilities for community engagement.
  8. Develop community engagement workshops to advise and train students, faculty and staff on best practices for partnering with community organizations.
  9. University/Community Convener
  10. Assist in the creation and coordination of a Community Partner Advisory Council that will advise the Gephardt Institute on priorities and strategies to advance effective campus/community partnerships.
  11. Respond to inquiries and requests for partnership, including meeting with campus and community partners, phone consultations, and site visits to better understand community partner needs and foster mutually beneficial connections between university and community stakeholders.
  12. Facilitate connections between campus and community stakeholders seeking meaningful partnerships that strengthen the St. Louis region; this includes service to Gephardt Institute professional and student staff.
  13. Contribute to Gephardt Institute initiatives, meetings, events, fundraising, and stewardship.
  14. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Washington University degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate) received in or after 2015.
  • Substantive knowledge of St. Louis non-profit organizations, stakeholders, and local politics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and passion for community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience with the development and management of programs and events.
  • Demonstrated experience leading committees, workgroups, and other project teams.
  • Access to a personal vehicle with up to date license, registration, and insurance for site visits and partnership development purposes.
  • Ability to travel to on- and off-campus locations.
  • Ability to work night and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic, professional, and/or leadership training in areas such as Social Work, Urban Studies/Planning, Community Development, Non-profit Management, Public Administration, Public Health, Sociology, Anthropology and local civic leadership.
  • Two or more years of full-time professional experience that includes work in higher education, work in community organizations, and/or partnership work with community organizations.
  • Substantive experience, theoretical, and practical knowledge of regional social assets and challenges, civic and community engagement, and community partnerships, including principles of effective practice.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in forming and sustaining effective community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience in navigating diverse stakeholder groups and the nuances of university/community partnerships and/or cross sector partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with and/or training faculty, higher education, and/or non-profit professionals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills. Ability to function both independently and collaboratively in team-based environment. Ability to dialogue across difference.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, project management and event planning skills. Demonstrated ability to manage details while maintaining a landscape view of priorities, values, and vision.
  • Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, empathy, humility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to embrace and navigate change, sound judgment, diplomacy, tact, and sense of humor.
  • Strong problem solving skills and relationship management skills, with capacity to handle challenging internal and external dilemmas.
  • Demonstrated comprehension, skill and commitment to best practices in community partnerships; partnering with racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations; and equipping students and faculty for responsible engagement with marginalized communities and complex community issues.
  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships with a culturally diverse and broad range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
  • Skill and appreciation for the development of systems and procedures.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to work in a dynamic environment with multiple functions, audiences, and priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to work frequent evening and weekend hours both on-campus and off-campus in service to community partners and to the institute’s mission.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $18.80 - $23.99 per hour.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

Applicant Special Instructions

  • A cover letter and resume is required with your application materials.

You may upload your cover letter and other documents after submitting the application by selecting "add attachment" on the My Activities page, accessible by clicking in the My Activities box on the upper right hand side of your home page at https://jobs.wustl.edu/.

  • Ability to travel to on- and off-campus locations.
  • Night and weekend work often required.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Community Engagement Coordinator (Time-Limited) - Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement - 41513

Job ID: 41513

Location: Danforth - Main Campus

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular