Assistant Director, Student Organizations and Leadership Development – Georgetown Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service

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Job Overview

As a part of the country’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service within the Division of Student Affairs (CSJ) animates the University’s Jesuit values and mission through its work in research, teaching, and service. A component of the work includes keeping with Georgetown University’s mission to educate people to be reflective lifelong learners and responsible and active participants in civic life and service to others and consistent with the university’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and its institutional commitment to pursuing justice and the common good. 

The Assistant Director, Student Organizations and Leadership, plays a key campus leadership role in advancing student formation and social justice leadership development drawing from a foundation of social and racial justice practices and theories. The position serves three important functions with the Center for Social Justice, with a particular focus on social justice leadership development and students’ exploration of the Bridges to Social Justice framework. 

First, the position is responsible for connecting Georgetown students to service and social justice opportunities through student organizations, overseeing the work and leadership development of CSJ’s Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) and student organization leaders–including coordination with other student organization advising teams at Georgetown University–and managing CSJ’s advising of student organizations and leadership development of student organization leaders. 

Second, this position advises the Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund, advancing efforts to promote social innovation, philanthropy, and funding efforts for projects that create social change. 

Third, this position is responsible for coordinating CSJ-wide student social justice leadership development and advances learning about the Bridges to Social Justice framework, including co-curricular opportunities during Georgetown summer terms.

The Assistant Director participates in CSJ activities and acts as a representative of CSJ in university-wide activities, such as cross-departmental committees, position searches and student organization activities, and it assists in building and strengthening ties with other departments within the University.

Work Interactions

CSJ’s Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) is one of CSJ’s professionally-staffed programs. CSJ has more than 40 student-led social justice organizations, which complement the research and curricular work of the Center. SIPS is a professionally-staffed,  student-run program reporting outside of ABSO.  This position reports directly to the Deputy Director of the Center for Social Justice, and works with students, University partners—such as the Office of the President and colleagues within the Division of Student Affairs—and DC community partners. The position coordinates special events that call for collaboration across CSJ programs, with campus partners, and with community partners. The programs complement and enhance the interconnection of CSJ’s EngageDC programs, student organizations, research, and curricular work. In addition, some event coordination includes a leadership development component. This position manages CSJ’s student organization advising by leading staff advisor strategy, training, and techniques across the CSJ team.

Work Mode Designation

This position has been designated as Hybrid 1 Day. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University.  Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website:

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A Master’s Degree is highly preferred
  • A minimum of three to five years in community-based program management, student formation and leadership development, and/or comparable experience.  
  • An understanding of student formation and social justice leadership development
  • Commitment to social justice
  • A knowledge of Washington, DC is a plus 
  • Prior experience in event planning, mentoring and advising, and board management is a plus 
  • Prefer experience working with college students and volunteers, familiarity with university culture, and working in and with diverse communities

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