CEL Coordinator, ACEL

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.

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) invites applications for a Community Engaged Learning Coordinator. 

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 Engagement develops lifelong learners who are prepared to lead lives of critically informed community engagement. We do this by delivering learning experiences and research opportunities that connect TCNJ students and faculty with community partners in reciprocal collaborations. These collaborations enhance the ability of participants and organizations to understand and address the contexts and causes of community-identified concerns.

TCNJ’s CCE is the administrative home for the College’s community engagement activities that integrate educational experiences with community service, student development, and civic participation. Two main programs are housed in the CCE: Community Engaged Learning Institute and the Bonner Institute.


The CEL Coordinator will coordinate community engaged learning activities. The CEL Coordinator will work closely with faculty, community partners, and campus partners to develop meaningful and transformative CEL experiences. Primary responsibilities will include: 

  • Designing, supporting, and implementing CEL and Advanced CEL courses and opportunities, including recruitment of faculty, identifying community partners, implementation of student modules for community engagement preparation, keeping records and collecting data, and supporting logistical needs. 

  • Supporting and implementing the First-Year CEL experience, including facilitating the FYCEL course. 

  • Supporting campus-wide community engagement initiatives that focus on collaboration and coordination across campus and with community partners. 

  • Assisting with grant-related projects as needed. 

  • Maintaining and developing mutually beneficial relationships with community partners and non-profit organizations in the Trenton region.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals

  • Ability to train groups of students on topics of community engagement and social change

  • Strong decision making and problem solving abilities

  • Experience designing and implementing plans and projects

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience with service learning/community engagement theory and practice

  • Knowledge of and experience working with the Mercer County community

  • Experience in training and public speaking

  • Experience in and familiarity with culture of higher education institutions

  • Familiarity with civic engagement and social change topics


Employer Qualifications

  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of background and reference checks

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for all non-classified positions


The state title for this position is Professional Service Specialist 4. It is aligned with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) bargaining unit. The starting salary for this position is approximately $47,000. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and prescription, as well as generous sick and vacation leave.

The Center for Community Engagement seeks candidates whose employment experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The College of New Jersey is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff members and staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Contact Information

Applicants should forward their cover letter, resume and three professional references. We will accept applications through the filling of the position. After October 4, 2021 applications will only be accepted if a suitable candidate has not been identified.