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Director of Civic Engagement, Mansfield Center

University of Montana
Job Location:
Missoula, 59812
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Job Description

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The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center invites applications for a Director of Civic Engagement to bring leadership, initiative, energy, organization, and strategic planning to Mansfield civic education and civil discourse programs.

Founded by an Act of Congress in 1983, the Mansfield Center fosters globally minded leaders of integrity in honor of the legacy of Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield. Guided by Senator Mansfield’s example, our work emphasizes civil exchanges of ideas from a diverse range of viewpoints, the importance of democratic institutions, the integration of international relations, and the role that ethical values play in public life.

This role is critical to fulfilling our mission. This position reports directly to the Deputy Director in supervising a team supporting civic engagement.  This position will support the Mansfield mission by creating and overseeing opportunities for youth and community members to collaboratively strengthen democracy. Responsibilities include:

Program Leadership

  • Understand and communicate critical challenges, opportunities and priorities in civic engagement and American democracy.
  • Oversee and implement programming that bridges divides and supports a wide variety of audiences, including rural and urban community members as well as middle school, high school and university students.
  • Hire and train new program staff, monitor staff performance, and implement procedures and systems to ensure that program objectives are met effectively and efficiently.
  • Cultivate a broad and effective network of program partners, including speakers for Mansfield dialogues, lectures, and workshops.
  • Work with the Mansfield communications team on program communications on a local, state, national, and international level.
  • Work with the Deputy Director and Director of Development to develop funding opportunities.
  • Work with the Deputy Director to ensure programs align with University priorities.

Center Leadership

  • Engage in critical networking with and support of Montana, regional partners and national partners in education, non-governmental organizations, business, and government.
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director to amplify Mansfield Center mission.
  • Work in tandem with the Deputy Director on strategic planning, staff supervision and general organizational development and growth.

Compliance Leadership

  • Support the Deputy Director in budgetary compliance in all program grant expenditures.
  • Oversee program officers in monitoring budgets, reporting on state of budgets to Deputy Director and working with the Fiscal and Personnel Manager as needed.
  • Assess program standardization while ensuring efficiency and efficacy.
  • Oversee metrics of Democracy Programs, ensuring that program impacts are documented.
  • Oversee financial and narrative reporting necessary for funders and partners.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary range for this position is $78,000 - $82,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • Five (5) years of proven success in project management and staff supervision.
  • Understanding of and commitment to strengthening American democracy.
  • Demonstrated professionalism, initiative, judgment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent and varied communication and interpersonal skills required to represent the Center internally and externally in written and verbal exchanges.
  • Ability to independently plan and direct program policies and procedures.
  • Ability to be successful and prepared during travel.
  • A growth-oriented mindset and willingness to experiment.
  • Experience balancing multiple assignments and internal partners.
  • Proven ability to succeed in a cross-cultural environment, including performing on a team with individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.
  • Must be able to be successful in both a traditional office setting and also in dynamic field situations, such as during program implementation.
  • Ability to spend a minimum of twenty (20) hours a week physically located in the Mansfield offices in Missoula.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Understanding of issues in global democracy and relevance to American security and stability.
  • Master’s in political science, law, policy, or relevant field.
  • Experience in project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Training and experience in organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing federal and donated funds.
About UM and the Mansfield Center

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

Founded by an Act of Congress in 1983, the Mansfield Center fosters globally minded leaders of integrity in support of democracy and international engagement. We honor Senator Mansfield’s legacy of patriotic statesmanship to bridge divides from a variety of perspectives, unified by our commitment to democracy. Our work emphasizes civil exchanges of ideas from a diverse range of viewpoints, the importance of democratic institutions, and role that ethical values play in public life. Our staff is advised by a bipartisan Board of Advisors and supported by citizens nationwide representing government, business, non-profit, education, service and youth sectors.

The Mansfield Center is committed to creating an environment that encourages, enriches and respects the multidimensional aspects of diversity. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, differences based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation or background, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, economic class or status, points of view, or disabilities. The Mansfield Center is committed to recruiting and retaining a team capable of creating a safe, vibrant, diverse, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

To learn more about the University of Montana, and Missoula, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button.  Please do not apply through*.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

*Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application.  Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above. 

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