About Us

Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) inspires and nourishes relational leadership practices that enrich communities through collaborative learning, service, and action. CEL utilizes a critical lens and authentic, reciprocal partnerships with community-based organizations to provide compelling, applied learning opportunities for students. Learn more about our approach to community engagement and leadership. CEL is one department within Student Experiences & Engagement (SEE). Imagine a better world. Make it happen. 

Student Experiences & Engagement (SEE) is an experiential learning and student development organization within the Division of Student Affairs at Oregon State University committed to co-creating dynamic opportunities for students to explore meaningful involvement, strengthen their leadership skills, and transform themselves and their communities. SEE programs and services include community building, social justice, student media, creative expression, service-learning, clubs and organizations, and social, educational, and culturally relevant programs. To learn more about what guides SEE’s work and 2024 goals visit our vision, mission, values, and protocols page. A commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion is foundational to SEE's mission, values, and protocols.

Oregon State University (OSU) is an internationally recognized public land-grant research university committed to valuing student success, advancing and disseminating knowledge, and serving the people and state of Oregon and beyond. A couple of the focus areas in OSU's most recent strategic plan focuses on transformative learning and building a welcoming and more inclusive community. Oregon State University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and community. We provide outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community. Located 90 minutes south of Portland, Corvallis is consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the U.S., as well as one of the safest, smartest and greenest small cities.

The Opportunity

Do Work That Matters

We are seeking a Program Coordinator, a self-starting, dynamic professional experienced in working with multifaceted teams, who can amplify community engagement and leadership as a critical component of the student experience at OSU. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, in-person, professional faculty position. The anticipated starting salary range is $48,000 - $57,000. The position will join the CEL and SEE team. SEE is made up of 4 departments/15 units, 26+ full time staff and 400+ student employees. CEL is made up of 4 full time staff and 15-21 student employees.

Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement & Leadership, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for growing and strengthening the following programming and services: 

The successful candidate will play an integral role in building and engaging OSU’s diverse student body, growing our student participants, and creating programs and services that will enhance CEL’s impact. The position will support students in realizing and tapping into their leadership potential, talents, and gifts in service of positive change. 

OSU offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement benefits, tuition reduction, educational opportunities, health and wellness resources and opportunities, and more. Additional opportunities include dynamic professional development opportunities and being able to work effectively within an higher education context with diverse populations and stakeholders. SEE and CEL are committed to a culture of learning and professional growth. 

The History & Context of the Role

This position is one of three full-time Program Coordinators in CEL. Each Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting and developing a student staff team that delivers a portfolio of community engagement and leadership programs and services. This position is an integral part of the CEL professional staff team.

CEL formed as a department in 2019 and brought together separate units working on leadership development, civic engagement, and sustainability education for students. We have been building our foundation and are ready to have our new colleague join the team so we can leverage new strengths, scale up our offerings, and grow our capacity to have a greater impact for students and community. This is an exciting time to join CEL and the SEE organization. Come work with us. Now is the time for you to make a difference. Apply today!

You’ll Enjoy This Position If You Are…

  • Inspired to build and contribute to equitable, caring, thriving communities.
  • A relational leader who loves to collaborate and build partnerships with diverse constituencies.
  • Passionate and curious about student empowerment and leadership development, service-learning, and dialogue.
  • Actively engaged in and motivated to learn about equity and social justice issues.
  • Able to be self-directed and work independently.
  • Detail and process-oriented.
  • Comfortable and effective in a fast-paced environment running multiple complex projects.
  • Open to feedback and learning from the team.
  • Committed to intentional and thoughtful program design and creative problem solving.

How You’ll Contribute

  • Build and support a dynamic student staff team that will develop and deliver a portfolio of community engagement and leadership programs and services, including community service, service-learning, and engagement fair programming and community outreach and partnership development.
  • Elevate social change leadership efforts at OSU.
  • Cultivate and strengthen community partnerships that increase student engagement with CEL and the local community.
  • Create new or adjust existing services to align with community needs and student interests.
  • Integrate equity, diversity, and inclusive practices into leadership and community engagement programming and services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Peace Studies, or other field relevant to position duties and experience in adult education, leadership development, counseling, programming, outreach education, program evaluation, nonprofit leadership, community organizing, or related endeavors 
    six years full time equivalency commensurate experience. Commensurate experience may include professional or volunteer work in adult education, leadership development, counseling, programming, outreach education, program evaluation, nonprofit leadership, community organizing, or related endeavors. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion practices 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop working relationships and collaborations with diverse communities using emotional intelligence and cultural humility
  • Demonstrated ability to design and coordinate educational events, programs, or resources
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor, advise, or supervise using a supportive and developmental approach
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize critical thinking, problem solving-skills, and sound judgment to make complex decisions

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and equity is required.

A valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record is required.

This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety-sensitive position; therefore the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be deemed fit for duty at placement and while serving in the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a field relevant to the position (e.g. Student Affairs, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Sociology, Public Policy, Ethnic Studies, Peace Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Counseling, etc.) 
  • Experience in a higher education setting with a focus on any combination of the following: student leadership development, student programming, community engagement and outreach, developing diversity and social justice educational programs, academic advising or counseling, or student retention strategies
  • Experience supervising using a supportive and developmental approach
  • Demonstrated experience with building and leading effective teams 
  • Demonstrated leadership in advancing diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusion practices in professional or community settings 
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating reflection or dialogic processes across different identities and lived experiences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of culturally responsive civic engagement or leadership theory, frameworks, or program models
  • Demonstrated experience with assessment and evaluation of programs or events
  • Demonstrated experience with purchase requests, budget tracking, or contracts


Apply online (Posting # P06419UF): Please include a cover letter, resume, supplemental questions, and contact information for three professional references.

Closing date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The final closing date is subject to change based on when a sufficient applicant pool is achieved or the position is filled.

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For additional information please contact search chair, Miranda Schmitz, at [email protected] or 541-737-7338.

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OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.