Community Outreach Associate

This new half-time, two-year position will support the development of Adult and Graduate Programs (AGP) and the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Goshen College. The successful candidate will serve as a key facilitator in building relationships with community partners. This person will help to develop and promote initiatives of AGP and CCE. While AGP and CCE initiatives extend throughout Elkhart County and beyond, this person will focus especially on communities of color in the region. This position will be filled by someone with standing and experience in the City of Elkhart or with prior experience in community organizing and outreach, or both. In Elkhart, this person will relate closely to the African-American south-central neighborhood, which has been historically underserved by our educational systems—as evidenced by the racial gaps in educational attainment in Elkhart County. Under the supervision of the director of Adult and Graduate Programs, the community outreach associate will work in partnership with associate director of community engagement and adult outreach.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Record of success working in partnership with local residents and community organizations
  • Self-motivated leader who can work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Proven ability to relate to and collaborate with a wide cross-section of community members and college administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, and students.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency
  • Organizational skills with attention to detail and a strong follow-through on tasks
  • Familiarity with software packages like GivePulse
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and a commitment to, the college mission and purpose and student success

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of professional work experience
  • Broad knowledge of Elkhart County, specifically south-central Elkhart
  • Ability to help plan and organize events as needed
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Bilingual

Essential Functions:

  • Build relationships with community partners through CCE by participating in personal and group meetings and events
  • Serve as key point of contact with African-American community, especially in south-central Elkhart
  • Help to  promote initiatives of AGP and CCE in part through gathering information on needs and areas of interest in the community
  • Propose and help to develop initiatives such as workshops that respond to community feedback
  • Assist in recruiting students and other participants  for programs, events and other offerings through personal conversations and college fairs, community meetings and other events
  • Maintain close coordinating relationship with associate director of community engagement and adult outreach
  • Build and foster key relationships across the college, especially with AGP and CCE
  • Prepare reports and meet regularly with AGP director and staff
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

Special Requirements:

  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Travel required related to community and college events, meetings and relevant college business.
  • Evening/night/weekend work may be required in representing the college at events.

About Goshen College:

Goshen College is a nationally-ranked college in Indiana; renowned for its purposeful and integrated curriculum, its distinctive hands-on, real-world educational opportunities, and its commitment to creating positive change in the world. Located in the city of Goshen, the college’s 135-acre tree-filled campus is home to 950 students, including more than 40% that identify as students of color or from countries outside of the U.S. It offers over 65 undergraduate areas of study; as well as best-in-class graduate programs in nursing, business administration, and environmental education. Named the #1 Bachelor’s College in Indiana by Washington Monthly and listed among Princeton Review’s Greenest Colleges, Goshen prides itself on providing an integrated and multifaceted education that connects arts with sciences, and foundation with practice — exposing students to multiple perspectives and encouraging them to think deeply and live purposefully. With 98% of graduates entering their careers or pursuing further education within a year of completion, Goshen students graduate prepared to thrive in their lives and careers; and to make meaningful and measurable impacts on their communities and their relationships with others.

The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County, centrally located within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit. Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere with an active arts community, a vibrant downtown, the Maple City Greenway network of bicycle paths and affordable housing prices. Learn more at

How to Apply:

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Please be sure to provide all required materials noted below, as incomplete applications may not be considered. Application materials may be attached to the Faculty Information Form or sent electronically to


  • Complete and submit the online Faculty Information Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Résumé
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

Human Resources
Goshen College
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111