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Director of Civic Engagement

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Pratt Institute | Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY

Open Date
Jan 27, 2020

The Director of Civic Engagement leads the Institute's efforts to foster, expand, and integrate strategically the myriad civic-minded projects and community-relations initiatives which the Institute leads or in which its community members participate. The Director will further develop and implement the Civic Engagement pillar of Pratt's Strategic Plan, to cultivate an ethos of civic responsibility on the Pratt campus; to strengthen civic literacy and inquiry at Pratt; and to enable responsible and productive civic action by Pratt community members and in collaboration with our external partners. The Director will, in accordance with the Strategic Plan, "work with our neighbors to model new ways an academic institution can collaborate to create a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable community." The Director will bring strategic direction and leadership to Pratt community relations, to the benefit of the multiple communities with which Pratt engages; to the enhancement of the Institute's standing in these communities; and to the professional development of Pratt students, faculty and staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the Institute's ambassador with Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, and New York City neighbors, city government, school districts, businesses and community groups.
  • Serve as the primary contact for neighbors and entities with interests or concerns related to Pratt's role in the community.
  • Direct the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of activities, functions and programs that enhance and expand the Institute's relationships and standing with local government, community-based organizations, businesses, individuals, and neighborhoods.
  • Cultivate relationships with faculty, staff, students, external entities, and other clients or stakeholders who support or partner with the Office of Civic Engagement.
  • Develop a comprehensive community relations and civic engagement plan to sustain and strengthen these relationships and initiatives.
  • Develop and regularly update a comprehensive inventory of civically engaged Pratt initiatives, courses, programs, co-curricular projects, and partnerships; track and regularly assess the outcomes and impacts of these efforts.
  • Collaborate with faculty, academic and student affairs departments and students to develop courses, curricula, and co-curricular offerings that foster civic literacy, civic inquiry, and civic action.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships to identify funding and partnership opportunities that foster community-based research and civic-minded projects with organizations, government and industry.
  • Collaborate with the Pratt Center for Community Development to leverage student, faculty and staff expertise and effort to the benefit of the Pratt community broadly construed.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to support implementation of community-focused elements of Pratt's DEI strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to advance the "Expanding Beyond the Gates to the External Community" pillar of their strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Career and Professional Development to develop civic-minded internships and service-learning opportunities for students.
  • Collaborate with Alumni Relations to develop strategies for engaging Pratt alumni in campus, regional, national and global initiatives that foster civic inquiry and action.
  • In coordination with the Pratt Communications, develop and implement a proactive communications strategy to foster positive and constructive community relations, and to promote the initiatives of the Office of Civic Engagement.


Essential Competencies and Skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work productively with diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, active listening skills, and credible interpersonal presence for all audiences.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to develop and coordinate events for community members.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage large teams undertaking complex projects.
  • Ability to develop, execute, and evaluate projects and programs
  • Ability to anticipate the needs of an academic community and navigate its relationships with external constituencies.
  • Ability to exercise exemplary judgment and utmost discretion in sensitive and/or confidential matters.
  • Exemplary skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy.
  • Ability to diplomatically resolve problems and build key relationships.
  • Flexible schedule to attend evening and weekend meetings and events.

Education & Experience Required:
  • Master's degree or higher in a relevant field required.
  • Five to eight years of experience in community relations, government relations, or a related field.
  • Experience in a higher education setting required.
  • Track record of developing and implementing projects with community groups, city officials, not-for-profit organizations and businesses.
  • Experience advising senior management on complex community issues.
  • Experience in representing and advocating for the needs and interests of an institution to its constituents, both internally and externally.

Application Instructions

Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.


Brooklyn, NY

Open Date
Jan 27, 2020

The Director of Civic Engagement leads the Institute's efforts to foster, expand, and integrate strategically the myriad civic-minded projects and community-relations initiatives which the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

How to Apply


Brooklyn, NY

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