Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) stewards the Engaged Cornell ethos at Cornell. As the land grant university of New York State, Cornell has a long tradition of public engagement. Engaged Leadership animates student leadership development within the Engaged Cornell framework. As a project of OEI, Engaged Leadership works at the intersection of student leadership development and knowledge with a public purpose.
This position focuses on supporting a cohort of ten to twenty undergraduate student leaders (Engaged Ambassadors) who in turn engage hundreds of students through all aspects of leadership programming toward the Certificate in Engaged Leadership. The program manager will use a peer-based, “train-the-trainer” approach so that ambassadors have a key role in advancing student preparation for engagement with communities and critical reflection and mentorship. Engaged Ambassadors support high quality community engaged learning experiences by: mentoring students in pursuit of the certificate; facilitating a seven-week capstone to the certificate; distributing funding to students; marketing and outreach; generally supporting students’ in documenting and reflecting on their experiential and community engaged learning, including use of an electronic portfolio.
The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal and communication skills, has experience and high-proficiency in facilitating democratic learning environments and developing and maintaining strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, is an innovative and creative problem solver, and possesses strong experience in assessment. Additionally, this position requires a strong planning background, and familiarity with community development and its application in higher education.