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Community Fellow in Residence program

The College of New Jersey invites applications for its inaugural Community Fellow in Residence program. As part of the College’s efforts to engage in richer ways with the Trenton/Ewing community, and as a program of the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR Center), the Community Fellow will support the mission and values of TCNJ and the CELR Center through the development of programming, partnerships, and projects that build on the Fellow’s passions, knowledge, and experience.

The purposes of this program are:

  • to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between Trenton/Ewing community members and organizations and TCNJ students, faculty, and staff;
  • to provide an opportunity for TCNJ students, faculty, and staff to learn from, and contribute to, the Fellow’s experience and knowledge around a particular issue and/or project;
  • to create a network of TCNJ and Trenton/Ewing resident leaders committed to building stronger ties among the TCNJ, Trenton, and Ewing communities; and
  • to provide an opportunity for Trenton/Ewing resident leaders to be a part of the academic and social fabric of TCNJ.

We seek candidates that:

  • demonstrate leadership in intellectual and/or creative local community development projects or programs in Trenton or Ewing;
  • are outgoing and self-motivated, with a clear sense of project purpose; and
  • seek to develop richer ties and relationships between TCNJ and the Trenton and Ewing communities.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • An average of 12 hours per week throughout the academic year (September through mid-May) dedicated to this role;
  • An introductory presentation/exhibit/reception that describes the successful candidate’s goals and plans for the year;
  • A culminating public presentation on their experience and accomplishments while in this position;
  • At least three expertise-relevant workshops and presentations each semester;
  • Course support and enhancement activities (guest speaker, community engaged learning experience support, etc.);
  • Mentoring and guidance for TCNJ faculty members interested in developing stronger relationships with local organizations and projects;
  • Leveraging existing relationships with community organizations to develop relationships and/or initiatives with TCNJ;
  • Monthly meetings with Trenton and/or Ewing TCNJ students to mentor and support them;
  • Regular participation in CELR center and other planning meetings relevant to the fellow’s activities and programming;
  • Promotion and communication of TCNJ-community programming and initiatives;
  • Professional communication and public representation of TCNJ and this role; and
  • Work with CELR center and other relevant offices on campus to create long-term and sustainable programs and relationships that last beyond the one-year appointment.

Minimum qualifications:

  • At least 5 years working on Trenton and/or Ewing community development projects and programs in Trenton and Ewing
  • Familiarity with principles and values of community-campus partnerships
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders with differing interests and priorities, including faculty, TCNJ staff, TCNJ students, community organization staff, and public figures
  • Experience working with college students and/or youth
  • Effective communication skills that demonstrate cultural competence and cultural humility
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience designing plans and implementing projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in and familiarity with culture of higher education institutions
  • Experience with social justice theory and practice

The successful candidate will receive a $12,000 stipend for the academic year, and have a $3,000 budget for campus-community linking programming, supplies, and events. Reporting to the Executive Director of the CELR Center or his designee, the successful candidate will receive administrative support, workspace, and institutional affiliation through the CELR Center, or a relevant supporting department or program. The CELR Center will promote the individual’s role and match them with appropriate faculty, staff, students, and student organizations. This position is funded through a Strategic Initiative grant from TCNJ’s Committee on Strategic Planning and Priorities.

To apply, submit:

  • a resume with contact information for three references;
  • cover letter; and
  • a one-page project or program proposal outlining intended projects and activities during the Fellowship year. The proposal could include a particular theme of the Fellowship, specific projects and activities, departments and/or courses you would like to partner or affiliate with, organizations with which you would like to build relationships with, ways you would like to incorporate students into your programming, and any other details of the activities you intend to pursue.

Submit application materials to with “Community Fellow in Residence application” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin August 27, 2018, with an anticipated term of 9/15/2018-5/31/2019.

Questions about the position should be directed to Michael Nordquist, Executive Director of the CELR Center, 609.771.2731,


Community Engagement at TCNJ:

Community Engaged Learning is a high priority at TCNJ, representing one of TCNJ’s five Signature Experiences and as a required part of the College’s general education program. TCNJ’s commitment to community-engaged learning has earned it the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research is the administrative home for the College’s community engagement activities that integrate educational experiences with community service, student development, and civic participation. From its origins more than a decade ago, the Center has expanded from two full-time staff members and 12 Bonner Community Scholars to eleven full-time staff, four AmeriCorps/VISTA me

mbers, and over 100 Bonner Community Scholars. The Center is in the midst of implementing its 2016-2021 strategic plan.

The Center’s main programs include Community Engaged Learning, the Bonner Community Scholars Program, and Community-Based Research and Initiatives. Grounded in TCNJ’s mission to “empower its diverse students, staff, and faculty to sustain and enhance their communities,” as well as TCNJ’s commitment to the public purpose of higher education, TCNJ’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research develops lifelong learners who are prepared to lead lives of critically informed community engagement.

The Center works in close collaboration with over 30 community partners to provide community engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. CELR Center staff also work closely with offices across campus to ensure a broad and well-supported range of community and civic engagement opportunities for TCNJ students, including renewed efforts to build stronger and richer ties among TCNJ, Ewing, and Trenton. In the past academic year, the Center supported community-engaged experiences for over 1,200 first-year students, more than 500 students in 41 upper-division courses, and 39 internships at 19 community partner sites; these activities involved roughly 50 faculty members. The Center brought in $1 million in external funding in 2017-2018 and is a partner in the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy and Trenton Prevention Policy Board initiatives. More information can be found at

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.