Assistant Director, Outreach and Engagement

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President of Research
Sustainability Institute
Full/Part Time:


Penn State’s Sustainability Institute seeks to hire a dynamic leader to fill the role of Assistant Director of Outreach and Community Engagement. The Assistant Director will be responsible for the overall vision and management of the Sustainability Institute’s outreach and community engagement programs. The ideal candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding networking skills, and the ability to work with others to expand the Institute’s outreach programs. The Sustainability Institute is charged with integrating sustainability across the university’s core functions of education, research, outreach and operations, and across Pennsylvania. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. By definition, sustainability cannot be achieved unless it is achieved for all people. As such, we believe that equity is a core concept of sustainability, and that our work must be inclusive and embrace diversity in all its forms. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position will have a demonstrated commitment to sustainability and to diversity and inclusion. Manage Existing Outreach Programs: The Sustainability Institute’s signature outreach program is the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, an engaged scholarship initiative that is implemented at six campuses across Pennsylvania. This initiative allows hundreds of Penn State students to work with local government and non-profit partners to address local sustainability challenges and opportunities. The Assistant Director will oversee a program manager for the SCC. The Assistant Director will also collaborate with Penn State’s Outreach Division and the University’s urban centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on the delivery of the Study Away Pittsburgh and Study Away Philadelphia programs. These programs allow students to spend a semester in one of Pennsylvania’s major cities to learn about urban sustainability challenges and work with community partners who are addressing these challenges. Program Development: The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with other Penn State departments and units on the development of new sustainability-focused outreach programs for a variety of target audiences, in alignment with Penn State’s strategic direction to be a leader in sustainability. This may include organizing film screenings and panel discussions, developing training programs for lay practitioners, professionals and policy makers, and/or developing platforms for convening decision makers around specific sustainability topics such as energy, water, waste, social justice, and economic development. Relationship Development: Develop and maintain working relationships with both internal Penn State partners and external partners. This includes working with state agencies, local governments, associations, corporate and foundation partners. Supervision and Budget Management: The Outreach function is funded by a mix of internal and external sources of funds. The Assistant Director for Outreach will be responsible for maintaining and managing existing funding sources and cultivating new funding sources. The Assistant Director will supervise a program coordinator and an intern. Performance Tracking and Reporting: The Assistant Director will be responsible for identifying key performance indicators, assessing program performance, and reporting on outcomes and impact of SI’s outreach programs. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred qualifications include: Master’s degree from an accredited institution; supervisory or comparable experience; experience in community outreach and engagement or comparable experience; experience in program design, development, and administration; demonstrated commitment to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; knowledge of university and government budgeting processes; Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders; Experience in grant writing and grants administration; Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated group facilitation skills with diverse stakeholders; ability to navigate a large and complex organization; outstanding organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; Capable of working independently on complex assignments, while collaborating with others and making sound judgments To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and list of three references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088