Washington University of St. Louis Environmental Studies, School of Arts & Sciences in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Environmental Studies Department in the School of Arts & Sciences at the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions

The Community Engagement Coordinator will support community-engaged research, teaching, and practice within the Environmental Studies Program and its affiliated faculty and students. The coordinator will support program efforts by working closely with internal and external partners on interdisciplinary environmental initiatives that emphasize equity, justice and holistic change. The coordinator will serve as a central hub for community engagement by connecting faculty with people and projects, building and managing external partnerships, and facilitating interdisciplinary, community engaged work.

The position will directly contribute to the advancement of community-engaged work and the development of strong university-community partnerships. The Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for establishing key relationships with partner organizations and representing EnSt to the community; in that capacity she/he will make decisions about how to represent university goals and interests to community, as well as how to engage the university in community-based initiatives. The position will participate in developing the organizational strategy for community-based initiatives and will support faculty participation in community-engaged efforts. Overall, the coordinator will improve our ability as a program to engage meaningfully with the community.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will supervise and coordinate interns in Environmental Studies whose work supports community engagement goals and the coordinator responsibilities. The Coordinator will develop and write grant proposals, manage budgets of small grants supporting interdisciplinary program work, maintain relationships with Alumni and Development and Foundation Relations, and identify potential grant opportunities.

  1. Coordinate environmental initiatives on campus and with local partners, including serving as a point of contact, identifying new partnerships with key organizations, attending and facilitating meetings, and developing and supporting implementation of actionable program opportunities. This can include promoting community and capacity building activities for program opportunities
  2. Support community-engaged learning for the Environmental Studies Program and partner groups on campus, including connecting and facilitating work between instructors and community partners, developing modules on community engagement for a range of university courses, and providing logistical support for community-engaged teaching
  3. Support planning and implementation of interdisciplinary research by connecting faculty with literature, projects, and partners, facilitating interdisciplinary meetings, managing project work flows, and establishing protocols for internal and external communication
  4. Identify funding opportunities and assist with grant proposals and grant budget management, maintain relationships with alumni, development and foundation relations
  5. Supervise and coordinate environmental studies interns whose work supports community engagement goals and the coordinator responsibilities. This will include connecting interns to on- and off-campus mentors and projects, facilitating meaningful internship experiences, and direct supervision of up to several interns, who may be high school, undergraduate, and/or graduate level students
  6. Advance and share program work, including attending conferences to learn and network, and presenting at conferences to share initiatives
  7. Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years of experience with at least 2 years of experience managing, or contributing in a significant manner, to community-based initiatives

Critical skills and expertise include:

  • Highly self-directed and independent worker
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Must be comfortable facilitating group processes such as meetings, workshops, planning sessions; facilitation training strongly preferred
  • Ability to choose the best organizational process or work flow for a given context and application
  • Expertise and interest in ongoing training in racial equity and cultural competency
  • Ability to engage with local communities in culturally competent ways
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Scientific literacy skills, including ability to interpret and communicate environmental science to community partners
  • Passion to build, strength, and leverage WU-community partnerships and faculty-led environmental initiatives in the St. Louis area

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Environmental Studies or related field
  • Experience working with community organizations and/or local government agencies and/or nonprofit institutions and/or and academic institutions
  • Strong understanding of systems thinking, theory of change models, coalition and community building
  • Strong understanding of environmental issues

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $18.44 - $23.52 per hour.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Community Engagement Coordinator - Environmental Studies, School of Arts & Sciences - 37294

Job ID: 37294

Location: School of Arts & Sciences

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular