Community Engaged Learning Coordinator: Research and Initiatives

Job Type

Full Time


Details: This is a grant-funded position with an anticipated salary of $44,500.



Start Date



2000 Pennington Road
Ewing Township
New Jersey
United States


The College of New Jersey’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR) invites candidates to apply for the position of Community Engaged Learning Coordinator with an emphasis on course-based community engaged learning projects, community engaged research, and community engaged internships.

This position is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to become part of a vibrant and passionate staff that links TCNJ’s faculty, students, and academic strengths with off-campus organizations and individuals in reciprocal collaborations. The Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Coordinator will work regularly with a varied and diverse range of stakeholders, including TCNJ students, TCNJ faculty, TCNJ staff, community organizations, and community members. The Coordinator will develop long-term relationships with these stakeholders, and plan and support community engaged learning projects with them. The Coordinator is energetic, compassionate, creative, and committed to the advancement of TCNJ’s community engaged learning programs built through meaningful and substantive relationships.

Reporting to the Director of Community Engaged Learning, the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator works with other CELR Center staff members, including two additional CEL Coordinators and a VISTA member, TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars, and TCNJ students on designing and implementing community engaged learning experiences. Community Engaged Learning is a signature experience at TCNJ, and takes the form of introductory and upper-level course-based projects, one-day projects, and internships, among other occasional projects. Engaging more than 2,000 students each year, Community Engaged Learning is an integral part of the TCNJ experience for students and faculty. The selected candidate will work closely with the Research and Initiatives Projects Manager to develop meaningful and transformative CEL experiences and to provide support for projects as needed, in particular the Trenton Prevention Policy Board. 

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Designing, supporting, and implementing upper-level Community Engaged Learning course-based projects
  • Maintaining and developing mutually beneficial relationships with community partners and non-profit organizations in the Trenton region
  • Managing and supporting components of CELR Center-managed Research and Initiatives projects, and collaborating and working closely with Research and Initiatives Program Manager on these programs, including Trenton Prevention Policy Board and related initiatives
  • Implementing and maintaining Community Engaged Internships with local community organizations
  • Developing and expanding CEL components of CELR Center-managed Research and Initiatives
  • Coordinating and collaborating with Bonner Institute staff members in the effective implementation of Community Engaged Learning experiences and activities, and the success of the Bonner Community Scholars program

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with principles and values of responsible and reciprocal community-campus partnerships
  • Familiarity with community-based organizations and non-profit processes, especially in Trenton and Mercer County
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders with differing interests and priorities, including faculty, TCNJ staff, TCNJ students, community organization staff, and public figures
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Effective communication skills that demonstrate cultural competence and cultural humility
  • Experience with service learning/community engaged learning theory and practice
  • Experience supervising and managing students
  • Experience designing and implementing plans and projects
  • Experience with community service and community engagement theory and practice
  • Bachelors required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in and familiarity with culture of higher education institutions
  • Experience developing and sustaining effective operations management systems
  • Flexible and ability to adapt to change

Contact Information:

The College offers a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision and prescription plans, as well as pension, paid leave time and tuition savings programs. This is a grant-funded position with an anticipated salary of $44,500. Reappointment is contingent upon performance and funding availability.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a list of 3 professional references, and should pay particular attention to the required diversity statement on Taleo.  A final offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation.

Community Engagement at TCNJ:

Community engagement is a high priority at TCNJ, representing one of TCNJ's five Signature Experiences and required of all first-year students as part of the College's general education program. TCNJ’s commitment to community-engaged learning has earned it the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research is the administrative home for the College’s community engagement activities that integrate educational experiences with community service, student development, and civic participation. From its origins more than a decade ago, the Center has expanded from two full-time staff members and 12 Bonner Community Scholars to eleven full-time staff, four AmeriCorps members, and over 100 Bonner Community Scholars, making it one of the largest Bonner programs in the country. The Center recently developed a five-year strategic plan and is in the midst of its implementation.

The Center’s main programs include Community Engaged Learning, the Bonner Community Scholars Program, and Community-Based Research and Initiatives. Grounded in TCNJ’s mission to “empower its diverse students, staff, and faculty to sustain and enhance their communities,” as well as TCNJ’s commitment to the public purpose of higher education, TCNJ’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research develops lifelong learners who are prepared to lead lives of critically informed community engagement.

The Center works in close collaboration with over 30 community partners to provide community engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. In the past academic year, the Center supported community-engaged experiences for over 1,500 first-year students, more than 500 students in 41 upper-division courses, and 27 internships at 19 community partner sites; these activities involved roughly 65 faculty members. The Center brought in $1 million in external funding during the last academic year and is a partner in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General-supported Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy and Trenton Prevention Policy Board initiatives. More information can be found at

Institutional Information:

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a highly selective public institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the undergraduate residential experience and offers targeted graduate programs. The College's seven schools - The Arts and Communication; Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering - offer degrees to nearly 6,800 students. The College's distinguished faculty of 348 full-time members provides a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, and eighty-five percent of classes have enrollments of 30 or fewer. TCNJ's picturesque campus is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing, approximately five miles from New Jersey's state capital of Trenton, and 60 minutes from both Philadelphia and New York City. A 95 percent freshman to sophomore retention rate and a six-year graduation rate of 86 percent speak to the quality of the TCNJ experience.

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.



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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree