Director of the Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement


The Agapé Center at Messiah University currently has a full-time opening for a Director of the Agapé Center for Local and Global Engagement.

Responsibilities:  This position works to advance service, leadership, and reconciliation, as informed by the University’s mission, through the work of local and global engagement. The director is responsible for overall functioning and strategic vision of the Agapé Center, a department that houses both local and global service experiences as well as domestic and international study opportunities.

Primary responsibilities include supervising professional staff, developing and maintaining policies and protocols, assessing safety, and managing crises, serving as a point person for program partners, and advising students and faculty about off-campus study and service engagement. This is a year-round position, with an hours reduction to 20 hours per week in the months of June and July.

Qualifications:  Master’s degree in student affairs, community development, intercultural leadership, international education, or a related field required. A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in areas related to international education, community engagement, partner relations, risk management, and student development.

Skills and Characteristics: Strategic thinking and vision casting; leadership and supervision; strong oral and written communication skills; relationship cultivation and management; robust intercultural competence; crisis management; budget management; administrative skills including keen attention to detail; strong organizational skills; knowledge of best practices related to the fields of international education, service learning, and experiential learning; and experience of living, studying, or traveling to other countries.

Applications: Application materials will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted electronically using this link:

For additional information about the Agapé Center, see:  About the Agapé Center for Local & Global Engagement

For additional information about Messiah University, see: About Messiah

Messiah University is a Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The University is committed to an embracing evangelical spirit rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.

Messiah University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence draws inspiration from its mission “to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The university has pursued this vision through a strategic planning process that encourages diversity through employee and student composition, campus climate, and an educational program that enables educators and students to embrace diversity. Candidates should clearly articulate why diversity and cultural intelligence matter to them as persons of faith as well as in their profession. Candidates will speak to how as a potential employee, they will contribute to the advancement of this vision through their position.

In accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination (including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975), Messiah University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or veteran’s status in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Consistent with our nondiscrimination statement, the University does not tolerate abuse or harassment of employees, students or other individuals associated with the University.  All employees are to abide by this policy in order to provide a work environment free from discrimination. The University does not tolerate harassment by vendors, contractors or guests.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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