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Engage Dallas coordinator full-time position posted on SMU staff career portal until Oct 22


Southern Methodist University is actively pursuing candidates who demonstrate a passion for building relationships, positivity, and a can-do attitude. Our Service House Residential Community Director/Engage Dallas Coordinator (application close date of October 22) opening with a January 2022 start date is now available online.

This is a dual role that provides supervision to the SMU Service House and the place-based community engagement initiative, Engage Dallas. The Residential Community Director of SMU Service House, a community of 28 students with a focus on community service, provides leadership to develop and sustain a positive residential community within the house.  Additionally, the SMUSH RCD is responsible for successfully accomplishing all administrative functions required in managing a university residential community.  As the Coordinator for Engage Dallas, the RCD leads campus-wide community engagement opportunities via the Engage Dallas initiative, including but not limited to supervising a minimum of 11 student directors.

Preferred qualifications include: a master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related field (earned prior to official start date) and previous residence life or community engagement experience. Additional desired qualifications include experience in a Residential College setting or experience working with academic and faculty partners; work experience in related community-building Student Affairs areas; and experience supervising student staff.

This is a 12-month, live-in position.

Compensation: Our total compensation package is valued at approximately $65,100; and this includes an annual salary of $40,000; partially furnished apartment, local phone, cable, wireless and ethernet connection; an annual professional development allowance; up to $400 for relocating costs; $2,300 meal allowance; and full University benefits (health, tuition, retirement within University guidelines).

Application Process: Please visit our Human Resources website at to apply. Here you will be able to upload your cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 22.

Please direct any questions to us at 214-768-4981 or by e-mail to

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The Engage Dallas Resource Library is now live

Engage Dallas is excited to unveil the Resource Library available to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The resource library was designed by two SMU students, Shelby Peck and Cristal Mendez. Peck ’21, an undergraduate student studying Public Policy and Political Science, described the experience as “an incredible way to connect with the Dallas community by learning more about the social problems that affect the areas of South and West Dallas and seeing the resources available to address these problems through community partnerships.” 

The resource library will be unveiled in two phases. Phase one encompasses all Residential Commons-specific social problems and offers a self-paced, deeper learning experience through four different categories:  

  • “Listen & Learn” gives access to short videos that help the readers gain an introductory understanding of the social problem 
  • “Watch & Reflect” allows the readers to experience a more in-depth video or podcast that offers an extensive dive into the social problem 
  • Through “Explore & Understand,” readers will have access to an individualized learning experience and will be able to engage with various web resources, digital learning tools, and articles to deepen their learning 
  • “Learn More” provides the reader with articles, publications, and relevant nonprofit resources to further their understanding 

Phase two will allow viewers to progress through the history of South and West Dallas. While exploring the rich histories, the Resource Library will point out connections between the historical context of these communities and the current community-identified needs. Mendez ‘22, a graduate student in the M.Ed. in Higher Education program, shared that “the most exciting part about this entire process has been using my previous knowledge gained in the classroom to develop the Resource Library while gaining new knowledge about my West Dallas community.” 

Peck mentions that “you can look forward to seeing the history of Dallas unfold in a way that highlights the origins of the social problems we addressed in phase one, with an emphasis on how certain actions throughout Dallas’ history led to the ‘current’ South and West Dallas.” Phase two will be published December 2021. 

The below image is a preview of the resource library and the options that you can expect when starting your social problem exploration. Explore phase one. 


Announcements Event Ware Commons

Ware Commons serves with Rebuilding Together NTX

On September 12, students from Ware Commons participated in an Engage Dallas service event with their nonprofit partner, Rebuilding Together North Texas.

They served our neighbor, Ms. Stroupes, a 91-year-old veteran widow, in South Dallas to remove carpet and replace it with vinyl plank flooring. Over 60 hours were dedicated to providing Ms. Stroupes with a healthy and more comfortable living room that will allow her to breath clean air and provide her greater mobility.

Take a look at some photos from the day.

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Faculty and staff opportunities available with Engage Dallas

Engage Dallas aims to help students connect their in-class learning, leadership skills, and personal values to advocate for and alleviate community needs.

There is an opportunity for every faculty and staff member to partner with our students and connect their course content or personal values to a community need. There are many ways that this can be done. We invite you to check out the brief video below and learn about some of the engagement opportunities. We don’t want you to feel limited though…if you have an idea that would allow you to partner with Engage Dallas outside of what we have listed, please email us.

Announcements Community Partners News

Partnerships are pivotal…community partnerships are highlighted in new Engage Dallas video

Community partners are central to what makes Engage Dallas possible.

We recognize that the Engage Dallas initiative is new to the South and West Dallas communities, so we plan to work with community partners to advance the goals and initiatives that are important to the community members and best fitting for their needs. We know that we are not the experts, but our community partners offer invaluable insight and expertise that will empower us to serve in the most effective and efficient ways. Check out this short video to learn more about what Engage Dallas is and how you can get involved!

We invite you to explore our 11 community needs. If your organization supports or addresses one of these areas, we would love to have you connect with us!