Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Social Justice

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



The Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice (Lang CESJ) is situated within the Dean’s Office at Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, and is dedicated to promoting justice-centered learning communities at Lang, The New School and beyond. We facilitate the ways in which students and faculty can integrate ethical community engagement and social justice activism both inside and outside of the classroom. Civic engagement and social justice are not only legacies of our namesake Eugene M. Lang, but also ongoing practices within the teaching, learning and scholarship at our college.

The Assistant Director manages the office, designs and executes student programs, sustains relationships with internal and external partners, conceives of and implements communications strategies, and supports the college-wide implementation of social justice initiatives. This position is full-time, year round and reports to the Director of Civic Engagement and Social Justice. Some evenings, weekends required.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

CESJ Programs

  • The Assistant Director will manage ongoing Lang CESJ Signature Programs, in collaboration with the faculty and the CESJ Director.
  • Lead the design, facilitation, implementation, and evaluation of new and continuing Lang CESJ student programs and workshops focused on social justice centered learning and capacity building.
  • Assist the CESJ Director in developing annual goals and assessing program outcomes
  • Onboard and provide advising, support, and resources for Lang CESJ program participants dealing with identity development, navigating life, coping with campus climate concerns, struggling with academic demands, mentorship, etc.

Support of College-wide Strategic Initiatives

  • The Assistant Director will support Lang College-wide initiatives, such as the First Year Program, that focus on civic engagement and social justice, particularly in order to help the college respond to and strengthen its social justice ethos and practice in college programs and policies.
  • Liaise and sustain strong relationships with offices and programs across the college and university related to civic engagement and social justice
  • Serve on committees related to social justice as needed
  • Design and teach training sessions on Lang CESJ’s program offerings and intersectional social justice theory and practice for current and prospective students in classrooms, orientation weeks, admitted student days, etc.
  • Identify and implement points of programmatic connection between Lang CESJ and engaged learning opportunities in close collaboration with faculty and administrators.

Community Partnerships

  • The Assistant Director will support the college’s priorities and Lang CESJ’s vision for meaningful work with community partner organizations.
  • Serve as key contact and strategist for building and sustaining new and ongoing partnership.
  • Manage our Project Pericles membership and supervise its annual conference hosted at The New School

Strategic Communications

  • Manage all strategy and content for web, print, electronic, and social media communications for the office.
  • Serve as point of contact for students interested and engaged in Lang CESJ programs

Office & Team Coordination

  • The Assistant Director will oversee office administration supervising student workers and maintaining daily office operations.
  • Oversee administrative coordination for CESJ-related courses, The New School Debate Team, and public events
  • Oversee coordination of space/facilities requests and agreements for office meetings, affiliated student organizations, college/committee events, and community partner co-sponsorships, in collaboration with others in Lang Dean’s Office and the university.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2+ years relevant experience
  • Commitment to social justice and the values of CESJ, including equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Understanding and experience with social justice theory and praxis
  • Experience managing multiple projects and competing priorities
  • Outstanding organizational, interpersonal communication and facilitation skills
  • Facility in working both collaboratively and independently as part of a highly productive team
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and ability to adapt easily to shifting priorities and deadlines are necessary attributes for a successful candidate
  • Proficiency in Microsoft, Google, social media platforms and website management software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4+ years relevant experience or related Masters degree
  • Experience working within a liberal arts college and/or higher education context
  • Experience advising and mentoring students
  • Intercultural experience and comfort working with diverse groups of students, faculty and community organizations
  • Knowledge of New York City non-profits, government, and/or cultural institutions

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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