Executive Director, Experiential Learning & Community Engagement 

Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Posted: February 15, 2018 


Job Description

Executive Director - Experiential Learning & Community Engagement Division of Mission Integration and Planning

Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution in the cultural heart of New York City. Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 15,100 undergraduate and graduate students in its 10 Colleges and Schools. Fordham University’s Division of Mission Integration and Planning seeks an Executive Director of Experiential Learning & Community Engagement with vision and strategic administrative experience to facilitate the creation and evolution of a new center for experiential learning and community engagement.

The Executive Director will recruit new team members and lead the unification of two long-standing and successful programs: Global Outreach and the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice. This new initiative will capitalize on the strength of these programs in order to promote the experiential learning of undergraduate students in New York City, as well as in national and global settings. With demonstrated leadership and communication skills in a variety of campus and community contexts, the Executive Director, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, will be responsible for providing curriculum design support to faculty.

The Executive Director will advance the mission and priorities of the University established in “A Strategic Framework for Fordham’s Future,” by creatively and intentionally fostering a broader campus culture of community engagement, facilitating the learning of students from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and advancing opportunities for their ethical reflection, including a subtle understanding of the nature and impact of systemic racism on individuals, communities, and institutions.

In addition, the Executive Director will:

  • Advance and oversee all strategic priorities of the center.
  • Manage, and support numerous staff members, while effectively supporting professional development opportunities.
  • Plan, execute, and oversee all operational and programmatic activities of the center. Develop and implement strategies for integrating local and global experiential learning opportunities more deeply into Fordham’s academic programs rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic educational tradition.
  • Advance relationships between the University and other strategic community partners.
  • Oversee and manage budget planning, fiscal management strategies, and contribute significantly to the fundraising efforts of the Division of Mission Integration and Planning.
  • May serve as an instructor/facilitator for focused experiential learning seminars.
  • Play a significant role in pursuing outside funding for departmental programs through: stewardship practices with prospective and current donors; and federal, state, or local governmental grant programs.
  • Ensure the appropriate design and use of assessment tools that track, monitor, and oversee university-wide experiential learning and community engagement practices. • Collaborate with broader work and initiatives of the Division.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned by the Vice President.


  • Graduate degree in a related field required.
  • Ph.D/Ed.D preferred.
  • Five to seven (5-7) years of progressive experience in experiential learning at a university or related organization.
  • Two to five (2-5) years of experience in course facilitation and/or teaching.
  • Experience in working with community partners as co-educators, while possessing a deep commitment to cutting-edge pedagogical practices that help students develop critical social consciousness, including recognition of systemic racism.
  • High intermediate ability in conversational Spanish is an asset.
  • Familiarity and commitment to the Jesuit tradition; primarily in an educational context.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills, including the ability to speak to a range of constituencies (faculty, staff, students, community partners, donors, alumni).
  • Ability to effectively promote a new vision through communication, marketing, and strategic planning tools. Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to email below:

Adam Pittman, SJ Organizational Consultant to the Vice President apittman2@fordham.edu 

Additional Information


Commensurate with education and experience

Start Date:


About Fordham:

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.