Director of Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE)

Search No.:  S20-003

Job Posted:  June 1, 2020

Rank:  Administrator V



Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

Southern Connecticut State University seeks a CARE Director to provide leadership for the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) office at SCSU in the College of Health and Human Services and coordinate with CARE staff at Yale (CARE is a partnership between Yale University School of Public Health and Southern Connecticut State University). The CARE Director seeks partnerships, contracts, and sources of external funding necessary to deliver community engaged research and programs that improve the health of residents in New Haven. The CARE Director is responsible for strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, grant writing, recruiting, training, supervision and evaluation of students and other CARE staff. The CARE Director provides leadership for the development and delivery of a community-based research agenda for the School of Health and Human Services.  


Provides overall administrative leadership for the CARE office at SCSU and coordinates with CARE faculty and staff from Yale University School of Public Health.


Contributes to developing and implementing strategic direction, to advance the mission of CARE, including a strategic plan and periodic evaluation to assess progress and direct quality improvements.


Engages with SCSU stakeholders and New Haven community stakeholders to develop a strategic plan for community engagement at HHS.


Develops and maintains community-based practicum experiences for SCSU students that include assistantships, field placements, internships, and service learning opportunities.


Develops community-based scholarship opportunities for SCSU faculty.


Leads development of grant and contract proposals and submission process; significantly contribute to key elements of proposals, including developing budgets.


Recruits and supervises staff who manage grant funded or contracted research and evaluation projects.


Manages and monitors budgets, ensuring adherence with expenditure policies and procedures; review financial reports and projections for continuous fiscal management. 


Serves as a resource for SCSU faculty, staff, students, and community partners to plan, implement, and evaluate community engaged activities and programs.


Oversees staff who manage current CARE website, develop and disseminate regular internal and external communications about CARE and HHS.


Serves on committees, task forces, and special projects as determined necessary by the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services.


Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those described above which do not alter the basic responsibility of the position.



Required: Master’s Degree in public health, social work, or other related discipline. Minimum of 5 years of experience with administrating community-based research and community engaged programming at the Director or Assistant Director level which would include a minimum of 5 years of experience with supervising staff. Demonstrated ability to engage and collaborate with agency partners and residents. Demonstrated success with community organizing and advocacy. Experience with seeking and securing external funding. Record of successful dissemination and publication of research and programs. Demonstrated cultural competence and knowledge of social determinants of health.

Preferred: Strong communication skills: must be able to transmit information effectively and professionally in both oral and printed communications. Experience working with technology-based applications and communication systems.  Knowledge of New Haven communities and health issues that impact residents. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.

For full consideration, submit application materials by June 15, 2020. Position will be open until filled. Applicants should submit their resume, a letter of application, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references electronically to Alisa St. Georges:


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.