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Deputy Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Position Description

Overview: The CCE Deputy Director provides leadership in pursuing the overall mission and strategic direction of the Center by leading CCE’s strategic development and implementation of all community partnerships and programs, particularly as they relate to the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). The Deputy Director works extensively with the CCE Executive Director to guide overall programmatic, personnel, budgeting and fund development strategies. The Deputy Director reports to the CCE Executive Director. This position is dependent on the procurement of gifts and grants. 

About CCE: Founded in 2004, the Center for Community Engagement connects the campus and community to empower leaders for a just and humane world.  The Center serves as the main connection point for students, faculty and staff, community-based organizations, government institutions and others who want to form campus-community partnerships. The Center encourages all forms of community engagement including direct service, philanthropy, activism, policymaking, social entrepreneurship, and community-based research.

The Center’s signature focus is the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI).  The Youth Initiative unites the campus and its wider community to enhance Seattle U students’ learning, improve the academic achievement of neighborhood scholars, and center the voices, experiences and needs of scholars and families, with particular attention to those furthest from educational justice. The Center pursues SUYI’s goals through a holistic approach and anti-racist lens, focusing on strong schools, stable housing, access to health care, safe neighborhoods and living-wage jobs.

Inspired by Seattle University's Jesuit Catholic ethos and in partnership with the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools and many other organizations, the Center strives to live and lead as an anti-racist organization. We commit to anti-racist practices in order to honor the full humanity of all community members and collaborate across cultures and generations.
Learn more about the Center for Community Engagement here:

Essential Job Functions:

Direct External Partnerships and Programs – 50%
Leads CCE’s strategic development and implementation of all external partnerships and programs, particularly as they relate to the Seattle University Youth Initiative. 

  • Facilitates the strategic development and implementation of the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) a collective impact strategy that unites campus and community partners in pursuit of a shared vision.
    • Actively engages in the ongoing planning of the SUYI’s strategic direction.
    • Clarifies each element of the SUYI plan and how they fit together into an overall educational and support pathway for local children and families.
    • Facilitates CCE staff SUYI strategy and alignment meetings to provide a coherent family and scholar centered pathway of support.
    • Works with CCE Data and Evaluation Analyst and Executive Director to establish an annual evaluation plan.
    • Partners with the CCE Director of Local Improvement Elementary Network to build dual capacity within the SUYI neighborhood early learning and elementary education systems and offers guidance and strategic advice to the Network.
  • Leads SU’s community development partnerships as a catalyst for equitable development of education, affordable housing, health care and economic opportunities throughout the SUYI neighborhoods.
    • Primary liaison with executive leadership of the Crescent Collaborative (formerly Yesler Community Collaborative).
    • Primary liaison with Black Community Impact Alliance (BCIA).
    • Primary liaison with the Washington Cradle to Career Network (C2C).
    • Provides partnership support to Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), co-hosts quarterly system alignment meetings for continuous alignment with shared goals and vision, with special focus on Yesler Terrace youth and families.
    • Attends neighborhood events and meetings to inform SU’s engagement.

Connects Community and Campus – 15%

Leads and/or supports the connection of external partnerships to campus departments and program. 

  • Meets with faculty and campus leaders interested in supporting the Youth Initiative. Clarifies roles, and as needed, develops partnership agreements.
  • Partners with Associate Director for Faculty Development to explore additional possible faculty partnerships.
  • Participant and community strategist for SU Supplier Diversity workgroup.

Supervision and Staff Leadership – 20%

Guides and supports CCE staff focused on SUYI and other external strategies. 

  • Supervises Director of Education Partnerships (1.0 FTE). This position leads SUYI K-12 partnerships and programs.
  • Supervises Family Engagement Manager (1.0 FTE).This position leads efforts to center family voice and choice in SUYI partnerships and programs.
  • Supervises Early Learning Manager (1.0 FTE).This position facilitates SUYI birth-to-five partnerships.
  • Supervises Senior Data and Evaluation Analyst (1.0 FTE) responsible for implementing CCE’s data and evaluation plan.
  • Supervises additional staff when needed.

Organizational Leadership and Support – 15%

Supports the CCE Executive Director with the development of SU campus and fund development partnerships and the dissemination of lessons learned. 

  • Partners with the CCE Executive Director in development of the SUYI Advisory Board agendas and engages board members to contribute to SUYI strategy.
  • Supports engagement of current and prospective funders.
  • Plays leadership role in the development of funding proposals in alignment with Center goals and capacity.
  • Partners with the Executive Director on strategic dissemination of lessons learned according to topic, audience, and resources.


Minimum Qualifications:   

  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding equity, diversity, inclusion, implicit bias, institutional racism, and other systemic oppressions.
  • High level of cultural competency including a sensitivity to issues of race, class and the ethical dilemmas that may arise from the development of strong reciprocal campus and community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative and respectful relationships with community stakeholders, including but not limited to families of color, immigrant and refugee families, and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education experience in social work, public administration, non-profit leadership, business strategy, or another related field.
  • At least seven years of significant experience in community outreach, public administration, social work, non-profit leadership and/or college student services.
  • Experience administering/coordinating programs including responsibility for developing and implementing new initiatives. 
  • Significant experience with and understanding of community-based organizations and/or government agencies.
  • Significant experience with and understanding of university systems and procedures.
  • Significant experience with fund development strategies and practices including grant writing.
  • Knowledge of and ability to animate the Jesuit Catholic mission, vision and values of Seattle University.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, students, community leaders and University administration.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, skilled at developing and utilizing databases, and proficiency with web-based research.
  • Availability to work nights and weekends when necessary. 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Proven leadership in central Seattle neighborhoods and existing relationships with community leaders.
  • Ten or more years of significant experience in community outreach, public administration, social work, non-profit leadership and/or college student services.
  • Sense of humor.

Benefits at a Glance

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuits value, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental and vision insurance programs. You may also take advantage of 100% tuition remission benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Christmas break closure, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:  

Application Instructions

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

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