University of Dayton — Director, Community and Neighborhood Partnerships

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.

The Director of Community and Neighborhood Partnerships leads the community leadership and neighborhood partnership component of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community’s work with focus on building public projects and partnerships with the City of Dayton and Montgomery County; developing relationships and programs with Dayton Public Schools; creating procedures, projects, and practices focused on community development with Dayton neighborhoods; and ensuring effective communication and infrastructure to support high quality city, school and university collaborations.

The Director provides input to the Executive Director of the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community on strategic directions; leverages university resources and community assets to build upon current strengths; serves on and advises university committees, advisory boards, and task forces; serves as a thought partner and advocate with Dayton Public Schools on partnerships focused on public education; fosters partnerships focused on education, government and neighborhood relationships; and advises and supports students’ servant leadership development through the Dayton Civic Scholars program.

The Director is responsible for the operations and budget of Community and Neighborhood Partnerships including Dayton Civic Scholars, Neighborhood School Centers, and projects focused on neighborhood and government partnerships. As a member of the administrative directors’ team of the Fitz Center, the Director also plays a role in the strategic planning and implementation processes, develops and supports strategic partnerships on and off campus, presents at national conferences, ensures inclusive excellence, and builds reciprocal relationships with community and neighborhood partners.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree;
  • Three years’ experience building and sustaining reciprocal organizational partnerships around a shared vision;
  • Evidence of strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • Record of working effectively with community-based, non-profit organizations and a variety of governmental and public agencies;
  • Effective written communication skills;
  • Experience developing and managing a program budget;
  • Strong evidence of cultural intelligence and a demonstrated ability to effectively establish cross-cultural relationships across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, gender identity, cognitive and physical disabilities, class, religious perspectives, and sexual orientation;
  • Experience executing strategic plan goals;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Knowledge of assessment for the effectiveness of community based partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. preferred;
  • Three years demonstrated experience in developing programming and outcome based initiatives with neighborhoods, K-12 schools, and public education;
  • Three years demonstrated experience in government and neighborhood leadership;
  • Knowledge of and experience in implementing best practices of the national community schools model;
  • Strategic ability to articulate needs of Dayton community and internal campus stakeholders in a collaborative way;
  • Demonstrated effective experience working collaboratively with constituents both internal and external to the university;
  • Successful experience mentoring, teaching, and/or supervising undergraduate or graduate students;
  • Demonstrated integration of data into work and leadership;
  • Evidence of understanding historic and current systemic/structural factors that contribute to persistent racial and gender disparities in multiple measures of academic success and awareness of effective interventions to remedy these disparities;
  • Evidence of understanding privilege and power imbalances of institutional-community partnerships and ability to proactively mitigate such inequalities;
  • Demonstration of effective interpersonal communication skills, including tact and diplomacy in the workplace;
  • Experience working in a faith-based institution;
  • Experience working with diverse partnerships designed to achieve a shared vision;
  • Experience in writing and presenting grant or gift requests to funders or funding agencies;
  • Successful experience developing credit-bearing coursework;
  • Successful experience working with administrators, principals, teachers, and community partners of K-12 education;
  • Successful experience working with government, neighborhood, and nonprofit partners;
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the Catholic and Marianist values of the University of Dayton.


To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.