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Announcing the Search for a National Coordinator for The Democracy Commitment

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

We’ve mentioned ADP’s new sister organization, The Democracy Commitment a few times on this blog already (here’s the debut The Democracy Commitment blog post). The Democracy Commitment is a national civic engagement project for community colleges, modeled after ADP. We partnered with The Democracy Commitment this past spring in sharing our national meeting. Today, we’re going a step further.

We’re announcing a search for a National Coordinator of The Democracy Commitment. Through a combination of a gift from the Rappaport Foundation and membership fees from community colleges that have joined the project thus far, The Democracy Commitment is funding a Program Associate-level position at AASCU. The new National Coordinator will work alongside George Mehaffy and me here at AASCU in Washington, D.C. to develop this fledgling project and to strengthen the partnership between The Democracy Commitment and ADP.

Below you will find the complete job announcement with instructions on how to apply for the position. Because we want to hire someone who is passionate about the role of higher education in a democracy, we are turning to you. Please pass this job posting along to anyone you think might be a good fit. Thank you in advance for your help!

You can also download the position announcement and application instructions here.

Program Associate

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) seeks a Program Associate in the division of Academic Leadership and Change (ALC). The position has primary responsibility for directing The Democracy Commitment. The Democracy Commitment is a new national civic engagement initiative focused on the role of community colleges in preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The initiative currently involves 50 participating colleges and the initiative seeks to grow the number of participating colleges dramatically in the months to come. The Program Associate plans and implements The Democracy Commitment’s annual national meeting, as well as the initiative’s day-to-day activities. The Program Associate coordinates The Democracy Commitment’s social networking and media outreach.

Program Associate duties include the following:

  • Providing operational leadership for The Democracy Commitment while working closely with the national leadership of The Democracy Commitment who will provide the strategic vision.
  • Coordinating day-to-day operations and implementation of ongoing initiatives.
  • Developing, designing, and implementing The Democracy Commitment programs and initiatives while working closely with The Democracy Commitment’s national program leaders and advisory groups.
  • Cultivating and maintaining partnerships with national partner organizations.
  • Working closely with member community college campuses on project activities.
  • Implementing communications outreach strategies for The Democracy Commitment.
  • Representing The Democracy Commitment at national meetings and conferences; making presentations about The Democracy Commitment initiatives.
  • Assuming other functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, English, Communications or a comparable field required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Office products
  • Familiar with current Web design practices
  • Administrative mastery of social networking tools including Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube, Jumo, and wikis.


  • 1-3 years relevant experience preferred, particularly in program development and implementation.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Strong preference will be given to applicants with community college experience – as a student or employee.

Salary: mid to high $ 30s.  Open until filled.

Submit application materials (cover letter and resume) via e-mail to or via mail to AASCU, Attn: Human Resources, 1307 New York Avenue, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005.

AASCU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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