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Seeking Civic Engagement Coordinator

This search for this position is in pause in response to the continuously changing circumstances involving COVID-19 at the University of Florida.


The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida is conducting a national search for a dynamic individual with demonstrated experience in local, state, and/or national based civic engagement, public leadership, and/or public service to serve as Lecturer and Civic Engagement & Experiential Learning Coordinator for the Center. This is a twelve-month, non-tenure-accruing faculty position, to be renewed on a year-to-year basis beginning August 16, 2020.  The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

About the Civic Engagement and Experiential Learning Coordinator

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach two courses per fall,  two courses per spring, and one course in the summer semester focusing on some aspect of civic engagement and/or public policy. This may include contributing to or teaching the Center’s online undergraduate civic engagement course, courses designed for the Public Leadership Minor (Current Controversies in Public Policy or Policy, Ethics, and Public Leadership), an online course in Florida politics connected to the Tallahassee Internship Program in the spring semester, or other courses associated with experiential learning, in addition to courses in the individual’s specific area of expertise.
  • Serve as the Center’s Civic Engagement Coordinator, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Implementing the Center’s voter registration, non-partisan voter education, and voter turnout initiatives, which may include coordinating with the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, TurboVote, UF student government, and off-campus entities.
    • Overseeing and advising student-led initiatives such as the Future of Florida Summit, Assembly for Action, and the Women in Leadership programs.
    • Developing and executing the Center’s Civic Scholars Program.
    • Coordinating and developing the Center’s community outreach initiatives, including speaking at K-12 and other educator events in Gainesville and throughout Florida.
  • Serve as the Center’s Experiential Learning Coordinator, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Implementing and developing the Center’s experiential learning opportunities and partnerships, such as UF’s Tallahassee Internship Program, UF’s Washington Internship Program, the College’s Beyond120 program, and UF’s City of Gainesville Fellowship.
    • Liaising with external experiential learning opportunities, such as The Washington Center, and developing new ones.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to help develop and further the mission and expand the reach of the Graham Center locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Bob Graham Center students endeavor to influence policy and interact with leaders in the local, state, national, and international arenas through the Center’s public programs, special projects, academic coursework, and research initiatives. You will join a collaborative Center staff dedicated to promoting student success and ideals of civic engagement, public leadership, and public service. Some evening and weekend work is required.

The University of Florida is a public land-grant institution and member of the Association of American Universities enrolling over 55,000 students, including 36,000 undergraduates. UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse universities, with 16 colleges offering 100 undergraduate degree programs, 200 graduate programs, and professional degrees in the areas of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The University of Florida is ranked No. 7 in the Top 10 of Public Schools by US News and World Report and No. 2 in the nation among public universities and No. 1 in Florida on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine list of Best College Values for 2018.

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service in particular welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville has approximately 285,000 residents. The region is known for its diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, social opportunities, and abundant natural resources including forests, lakes, springs, rivers, and wetlands. More information about Gainesville is available at: and


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, or other directly relevant area
  • Three years of experience working in local or state civic engagement, public leadership, or public service oriented positions, or three years equivalent experience in academic program coordination
  • A commitment to working in and engaging with underserved communities and providing inclusive access to the Center’s programs and initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree or other terminal professional degree, or equivalent relevant experience

How to Apply

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, especially as they pertain to the areas of civic engagement, public leadership, and public service; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a statement on teaching experience, objectives, and potential courses; and (4) a letter from each of three references, that address the applicant’s teaching capabilities and experience in civic engagement, public service, and public leadership.

Applications for this national search will be reviewed beginning April 10, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).