Director of Community Engagement

StaffHybrid Remote, Lakewood, Colorado


About the Job

Reporting initially to the Senior Vice President and Vice President of Student Life and Enrollment, the Director of Community Engagement is a mission-critical role, acting as the leader for community organizing, involvement, messaging and engagement assisting in effective decision-making and programmatic planning and implementation. The Director of Community Engagement will lead, plan, and execute the community engagement efforts of the University and will act as the main point of contact between school leaders, neighboring communities, city and county policymakers, and community organizations and will manage efforts to promote and advance the mission of the University among key external relationships.

About CCU

Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914.  CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV) 

CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.

Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.

CCU embraces an educational model that was present at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.

A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

CCU offers more than 200 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 9,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.

What is most appealing about working at CCU?

  1. Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
  2. Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
  3. Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.

We’re looking for candidates who have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in a related field.
  2. Five to seven years of work experience with a track record of effectively leading volunteer and cross-managerial teams; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized community-based strategies.
  3. Experience in building community relationships and working with business, church, association, and civic organizations,
  4. Unwavering commitment to family-centered  Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, community-centered, and innovative approach to organizing community engagement.
  5. Experience with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel. Experience with data-driven results.
  6. Excellence in organizational management with the ability to build relationships. Demonstrated past success working with communities with the ability to cultivate existing relationships and establish new relationships.
  7. Strong interpersonal skills and a passion to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures. Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups.
  8. Ability to monitor, engage, and leverage social media channels to include but not limited to: Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, and Twitter.
  9. Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  10. Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  11. Willingness to work evenings and weekends as events and relationship building requires.

Key Job Duties

Mission Contribution

Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. In this role, the Director of Community Engagement contributes to the University’s mission
through the relationships that are built with key community constituents advancing the University’s standing and carrying the banner for the cause of Christ throughout local, county and state organizations.

Community Engagement

  1. Develop, track, and manage relationships with a broad base of constituents (including faith-based institutions, public officials, local government agencies, non-profit agencies, and church and school leaders). Maintain relationships with key community, neighborhood, and faith-based leaders.
  2. Build strong support for CCU the public and local community.
  3. Develop strategy for city-wide Impact.
  4. Develop, monitor, and lead a Lakewood/Denver city-wide community engagement strategy.
  5. Integrate with key departments on campus. Work with key university departments to promote activities, opportunities, and services that can be offered to the local community, and that the local community can be invited to and become knowledgeable of to benefit CCU.
  6. Organize and pursue leaders in the community that can benefit from CCU events and services and who need to have continued knowledge of the mission of the university, it’s happenings, and direction. Maintain contact lists, meet with leaders periodically, plan interactions between campus leaders, community leaders, and neighboring citizens.
  7. Attend existing Lakewood events to represent CCU and build relationships with organizers, business owners, citizens, etc.
  8. Periodic internal communications to Cabinet and administration updating community events, responses, outcomes, and future events and opportunities. Monthly update on the community and its leadership.
  9. Recruiting and scheduling key administration personnel for key community events and interactions that would benefit the university.

Event Organization and Promotion

  1. Plan events that maximize visibility of the university. Plan and implement events both on the campus and in the community that lift the profile of the university.
  2. Compile events on campus and promote opportunities to key publics
    1. Work with departments all around campus to identify key events that can be advertised and promoted to key publics of the university.
  3. Develop strategy for constituent-wide Impact
    1. Develop, monitor, and lead an all-inclusive program of contact and service for city-wide and key constituent impact.
  4. Special projects in identifying opportunities for the university to be involved in local, Denver, and other events, initiatives, or directions.
  5. Manage other initiatives that may be assigned by various CCU administrators to help support directions, events, or programs in their areas including: Vice President of Operations, President, Vice President of Development, or other department heads.
  6. Support the organization in other community engagement and organizing matters as identified and assigned by the Senior Vice President.
  7. Investing in neighbor relations. Lead university efforts to impact relationships with neighbors and concerns over construction, events, noise, etc. This may include meeting with certain groups, individuals, or community association groups. Working with departments on campus to assure noise guidelines or student impact processes are sound and not eroding relationships with neighbors or associations. 

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 

What we offer our employees:

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.

Colorado Christian University’s pay philosophy is based on internal and external data for pay equity; along with budgetary considerations for effective stewardship. Pay will be assigned based on relevant experience at a range of $55,000-65,000 annually. We reserve the right to pay an equitable rate that we believe is within our salary structure or that may fit a candidate’s qualifications or experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage range for a job offer. CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations to attract the best possible talent. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status.

Spiritual Requirements

  1. Committed follower of Jesus Christ, who believes there is no salvation apart from faith in his atonement on the cross, by grace alone becoming "born again" thus beginning a personal relationship with Christ, the Son of God.
  2. Able to effectively communicate personal faith and apply biblical principles and convictions in the workplace. Must have a strong sense of calling to the ministry of Colorado Christian University.
  3. Regularly attend and be engaged in meaningful involvement in a Bible-believing evangelical local church. Knowledgeable about the Word of God and passionate about Christian education.
  4. Must be a traditional evangelical Christian whose lifestyle is in consonance with sound Christian principles, is compatible with CCU’s Statement of Faith, and is in agreement with the Strategic Priorities promulgated by the University.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Colorado Christian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status. CCU is committed to an environment free from discrimination and harassment and calls on every member of the university community to be vigilant in deterring and reporting all violations. CCU does reserve the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices. All employees who work at CCU must demonstrate a spiritual testimony consistent with our evangelical mission and follow our lifestyle expectations.