Baldwin Wallace University - Social Innovation Program Manager

Social Innovation Program Manager – Brain Center for Community Engagement
 Full-Time 12 month 

Salary range: $48,000 - $52,000 

The David & France Brain Center for Community Engagement at Baldwin Wallace University seeks a dynamic candidate committed to utilizing interdisciplinary experiential learning and community collaboration as a campus catalyst for social innovation. 

The Social Innovation Manager will serve as a key member of the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement Team, leading the development of this exciting, new interdisciplinary social innovation initiative. The BW Social Innovation initiative will expand BW opportunities for equitable community engagement, transformational experiential learning, and capacity building to lead efforts for change within our communities in new and important ways, tackling deep-rooted social challenges, all while creating a bright new point of distinction within the university. The ideal candidate embodies a demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, social innovation, student development, equitable community engagement and social justice. 

Reporting directly to the Director of the Brain Center for Community Engagement, the Program Manager will develop new on-ramps for student engagement and leadership through the lens of social innovation practice and theory. This position will also hold adjunct faculty status and work in partnership with the team at the Center for Innovation and Growth, developing programming and support for students exploring social entrepreneurship. The Social Innovation Manager will lead the development and coordination of core social innovation programming, event planning, and recruitment for student, faculty, and community partner collaborators.  

Duties and Responsibilities
 The Social Innovation Manager will perform a variety of multifaceted duties, ensuring the launch and success of a new campus Social Innovation program. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop program infrastructure for interdisciplinary social impact projects and other structured opportunities to more deeply integrate students, faculty and community stakeholders in collaborative, interdisciplinary projects and long-term partnerships. 
  • Network and build an eco-system of resources, alumni mentors, and professional connections with external social innovation partners, as well as campus champions 
  • Form Social Innovation Advisory team with campus and community collaborators 
  • Develop and implement plan for social innovation consultancy practice
  • Create blueprint for new student programs rooted in social innovation and social change 
  • Co-facilitate and re-envision curriculum for Brain Student Fellowship program– a year-long student leadership development program based on the Social Change Model of Leadership 
  • Develop programming and support for students exploring social entrepreneurship, in collaboration with other campus resources, such as LaunchNet
  • Teach up to 2 courses / semester


  • A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required
  • Familiarity with and experience in the nonprofit, social sector or social impact / social entrepreneurship fields, strongly preferred
  • Ability to quickly establish working relationships, making connections between people, groups, ideas, and organizations
  • Civic-minded, entrepreneurial spirit, self-directed, with a passion for innovation and creativity   
  • Experience with successful program development – proven ability to move plans from ideas into action
  • Experience identifying problems and designing and launching related initiatives
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to equitable community engagement and reciprocal partnership development
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple programs and projects at once 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with an ability to interact and engage effectively with diverse communities of Center constituents – including students, faculty/staff, administration, and community partners 
  • Experience navigating campus policies and procedures within curricular and co-curricular spaces; and a desire to expand and deepen that knowledge and experience.
  • Understanding of student development and experience advising / teaching college students 
  • Ability to work occasional evenings & weekends