Associate Vice President for Community Engagement

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7112144 (Ref.No. BSU33780)
Posted: September 29, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Advance the institution’s overarching community outreach and engagement agenda. Develop, direct, and manage programs and services designed to create a cohesive university infrastructure that supports mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships with a special emphasis on local and regional organizations. Serve as the external designee in matters related to community engagement.

The Office of Community Engagement is welcoming applications for the Associate Vice President of Community Engagement.

At Ball State, we define community engagement as the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity with our friends and neighbors in Muncie and East Central Indiana. The Office of Community Engagement connects university resources with community priorities and initiatives, including integration of engagement across teaching, research, and service, resulting in more engaged faculty and students; greater prosperity for local residents, businesses, and organizations; and improved quality of life for all.

We believe the strength of this partnership is inextricably linked to the strength of the region and University.

At Ball State University, Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes our ambitious goals for our second century. This plan will enable us to prepare our students for fulfilling careers and inspire them to lead meaningful lives, while strengthening our community, providing economic and social benefits to our region and state, and offering leadership by example across our country and around the world.

To help us achieve this mission, we will be guided by the enduring values represented by our iconic Beneficence: excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude.

We invite you to be part of our community.

Job Function:

Advance the institution’s overarching community outreach and engagement agenda. Develop, direct, and manage programs and services designed to create a cohesive university infrastructure that supports mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships with a special emphasis on local and regional organizations. Serve as the external designee in matters related to community engagement.

Minimum Education:

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Education:

Doctoral degree from an accredited university.

Minimum Experience:

Ten years of experience managing higher education outreach and engagement services or private/ public sector community development programs; project management and cross-functional planning and coordination experience; supervisory experience.

Preferred Experience:

Fifteen years of experience managing higher education outreach and engagement services

Knowledge of and experience in addressing the challenges and opportunities in Delaware County and East Central Indiana

Established and effective relationships with regional government, community, and business leaders

Five years of state or federal grant experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Position the Office of Community Engagement as the university’s internal/external portal for accessing and delivering outreach and engagement programs and services.
  • Create and lead a university-wide community engagement strategy designed to deploy university resources toward high value targets of opportunity to maximize impact on local and regional economic and community development efforts.
  • Develop and lead a consultative body comprised of university and community representatives aimed at enhancing the quality, relevance and capacity of the university’s community engagement efforts.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with local, regional, and state public and private sector leaders.
  • Lead the development and implementation of action plans aligned to the community engagement goals of the university’s strategic plan.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations for improving university structures, policies, and procedures that support community engagement.
  • Engage in strategic visioning to support the creation of innovative programs and services aligned with the needs of business and industry.
  • Provide professional development opportunities aimed at increasing community engagement competencies of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Provide dedicated project management support and funding resources for select community engagement activities and initiatives.
  • Create and maintain a systematic tracking and documentation mechanism to record and report community engagement activities.
  • Create and maintain systems for assessing satisfaction with and impact of community engagement activities on faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
  • Communicate and promote the university’s community engagement priorities, opportunities and achievements to internal and external audiences.
  • Provide administrative oversight of the financial and program development activities of the outreach and engagement units including the Office of Community Engagement, East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center, and the Fishers Center for Academic and Economic Innovation.
  • Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision including, but not limited to, interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.
  • Coordinate the institution’s event sponsorships and organizational memberships in support of the priorities established in the University’s strategic plan.
  • Lead efforts to achieve or maintain designations such as the Carnegie Community Engagement Elective Classification.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.