As UROC’s chief executive officer, the Executive Director serves as UROC's chief executive with primary responsibility for securing the UROC's success in all aspects of its work. The Executive Director is the go-to person for making critical decisions that affect the overall financial and operational success of the Center and its affiliated programs.
The Executive Director provides executive oversight of UROC’s strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewarship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities.
Through the appointment, the Executive Director will ensure the delivery of high quality community-engaged initiatives in line with the UROC’s strategic priorities and research agenda, achieved through the projects completed through the more than fifteen units housed within the Center.
Successful candidates will have a blend of a managerial, community engagement and academic skills, as well as understanding of contemporary approaches to pertaining to university-community partnerships. In addition, successful candidates will have a distinguished record of at least 12 years of leadership and management experience, including experience in the areas of university-community partnership development, community-engaged research, city and regional development, and urban engagement. Successful candidates also will have experience managing or leading community-centered partnerships and program development efforts.
The Executive Director reports to the University’s Associate Vice President for Public Engagement
Provide expertise on the development of high quality campus-community partnerships and the cultivation of community-engaged research initiatives across a broad range of disciplinary contexts
Serve as the voice of UROC to internal and external audiences
Ensure the delivery of UROC’s mission as a research Center that conducts research to advance urban societal issues through community-engaged approaches
Leverage community and University assets to create and manage projects that engage faculty, students, staff , and community members in co-building economic prosperity in our urban communities
Provide expert guidance on best practices principles for community-engaged research and scholarship to lead researchers of the more than 30 projects facilitated through UROC
Establish key policies that will further the UROC’s goals and impacts
Ensure the short-term and longer-term fiscal health of UROC, including the securing of external grants that support UROC's research and outreach initiatives
Secure strong involvement from University faculty, scholars, educators, staff and students who partner with community members to advance UROC's partnership priorities
Direct, supervise, and manage the day to day work of UROC’s leadership team, which is composed of UROC’s research director, a community outreach liaison, the Center’s operational business manager, and front office staff
Manage all personnel issues at UROC to ensure high quality staff performance, including making recommendations to the Associative Vice President for Public Engagement regarding staff hires, promotions, and/or discharges
Direct the work of the primary staff, including the work of the Faculty Research Director, Community Partnership Director, Operations Manager, and front office staff
Build enthusiastic and diverse coalitions of community leaders, organizations, local residents, and University personnel and departments to implement campus-community-partnered projects within North Minneapolis and beyond
Build partnerships with external and internal entities to ensure that the University’s urban engagement produces positive impacts on communities
Manage the allocation of resources in line with UROC’s priorities
Esure that local art, culture, music, and personal expression are present in UROC’s facilities, events, and initiatives
Pan and implements a fund development strategy that focuses on the long-term sustability of UROC’s work
Set the agenda and priorities for UROC’s external grants and other revenue sources
Manage all aspects of the physical building, including procurement of equipment and management of space usage
Revise or establish operating procedures and systems as needed to ensure the full achievement of UROC’s mission
Represent UROC at University, governmental, and community events, meetings, media opportunities
TERMS: This is a 100%, 12-months, annually renewable appointment in the academic administrative series.
SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.
At least 12 years of experience in relevant leadership and management positions (including budget management)
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing urban-focused, community-based research, teaching, and outreach
Experience working with academics and community practitioners from varied disciplinary perspectives
Experience advancing community and economic development through community-based coalition building
Knowledge of the issues that undergird university engagement efforts in vibrant, urban communities
Experience in building partnerships and networks between urban communities and rural and/or suburban communities
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of best practices in building mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships, participatory research, and community-engaged scholarship—especially in the context of urban communities
Demonstrated strengths in communicating effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including residents, community leaders, government officials, academicians, researchers, and students
Mastery and understanding of technical and operational mastery of campus-community partnership development
Demonstrated success in personnel management and supervision
Demonstrated success with intergovernmental relations and the ability to work within and across municipal government systems to drive change
Successful record of supporting and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion
Successful record fund development, budget management, and management of external funding (grants, contracts, etc.);
Experience designing and overseeing program evaluations
Demonstrated effectiveness as a leader in a highly collaborative, team-based organization
Advanced degree desirable
Familiarity with anchor institution and creative place-making strategies and ability to apply them to vibrant and rich urban settings like North Minneapolis
Internal Number: 331027
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