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Community Engagement Coordinator, Olin College of Engineering (Needham)

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Olin College of Engineering is a small college with an outsized impact. Founded in 1997 and located in Needham Massachusetts, Olin was recently named the #1 engineering education innovator in a report commissioned by MIT. The Olin curriculum emphasizes design, teamwork, real-world problems and pedagogies, while encouraging students to become partners in their own learning. At Olin, students ask questions about the impact of their work on society, and, over four years, students develop into explorers and creators who design their own educational path forward. Olin College is not just a leading engineering college, but it has a dual mission to lead transformation in engineering education around the world.  As Olin evolves under the leadership of our new president, Dr. Gilda Barabino, we seek to more explicitly center equity and access in our educational efforts. Olin College of Engineering seeks employees who are passionate about working collaboratively within the Olin community to support the College’s mission and vision for the future.

The office Student Affairs and Resources (StAR) includes most extracurricular student-facing functions of the College (Dean of the College, Residential Life; Health and Wellness; Student Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access; International Programs; Academic Advising and Support; Disability Services; the Library, and Post-Graduate Planning). In particular, The Olin College Library is the cultural heart of Olin’s campus, offering space, programming, and leisure opportunities to support student development of social consciousness, creativity, and self-awareness. The StAR team works together to coordinate student support, opportunities, programming, and a gateway to explorations of engineering and a much wider world. 



The Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) supports student success and community engagement through creative literacy programming and activities that reflect Olin College’s unique learning culture. The CEC takes an active role in creatively supporting students in their academic and personal exploration and development. This position resides in Olin’s Library and collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs and Resources and engages student-led groups to explore the concepts of community building, participatory design, and making. The individual in this position is responsible for co-managing Olin’s Library of Things/makerspace equipment and utilizing those resources to generate programming with an emphasis on creative literacy. Additionally, this position is charged with fostering a culture of community stewardship for our special equipment, resources, and student spaces. The CEC should bring their own interests and passion for creative learning and for thinking “outside the box” when it comes to student programming.


●       Plans, schedules, and implements programming activities including creating and coordinating programs and events, designing marketing materials, and collaborating with Olin student groups and colleagues

●       Works with the StAR team to engage with and empower student groups

●       Engages with first-year experience programming including Orientation and the Olin First Year Introduction (OFYI) course

●       Co-manages the Library of Things (cameras, A/V gear, board games, etc.) and makerspace equipment (sewing machines, screen printer, vinyl cutters, etc.), including maintaining and ordering supplies and reinforcing a culture of community stewardship

●       Utilizes the above specialized resources and other unique Olin offerings, such as the Shops, to foster creative, participatory programming and explorations of a wider world

●       In collaboration with the Library Director and Community Services Librarian, supports and co-supervises a group of student leaders with expert knowledge of specialized library equipment

●       Represents the StAR and the Library at events and committee meetings as needed


Minimum Requirements

●       High School degree or equivalent 

●       One to three years of experience in an academic setting, makerspace, or similar environment

●       Service-oriented mindset with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

●       Experience with and passion for fabrication or media production (screen printing, sewing, fiber arts, 3D printing, A/V production, etc.)

●       Enthusiasm for building meaningful relationships with a very engaged undergraduate population

●       Ability to work evenings and weekends

●       Ability to regularly lift to 30 lbs.

Desired Qualifications

●       Familiarity with and enthusiasm for participatory design

●       Experience managing websites, social media channels, and/or newsletters for other organizations

Full/Part Time




Salary Range

$21.00 - $24.00  / hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

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Statement on Equal Opportunity

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, disabled veteran status, veteran of the Vietnam Era status, marital or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law).

This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of the College’s educational programs and activities including admission policies, scholarship program, athletic and other College-administered programs. It also encompasses the employment of College personnel and contracting by the College for goods and services.

The College is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women and members of minority groups identified in state and federal Affirmative Action laws and executive orders, persons with disabilities (including qualified special disabled veterans), and veterans of the Vietnam Era. Further, the College pledges to provide all members of its community with a work and academic environment free of intimidation, coercion, unfair treatment or discrimination.


2023-02-21 |  Quick link to this job