Location: St. Paul Campus, St. Paul, MN – working remotely to begin
Apply By: March 12, 2021 initial application deadline; Open until filled
ABOUT THE POSITION
This is a full-time position with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. The position will have primary responsibility for leading, managing and implementing in the following functional areas: Administrative operations and staff supervision, revenue generation, marketing and communications, strategic partnerships, and quality control for materials production. They will be a key member and chair the meetings of the Center for Community Vitality leadership team.
Administrative Operations and Staff Supervision (25%)
Coordinate and serve as a member of the Center’s leadership team. Lead Center team meetings.
Design and facilitate two annual meetings of all Center staff.
Represent the Center to other administrators and outside agencies with general authority to make commitments on administrative policy and procedures.
Manage internal communications, including Center newsletters and key internal documents. Assure quality communications of decisions made from the Center Leadership Team to all Center staff.
Prepare end-of-year outcome reports to be used by Extension and by land grant partners in other states.
Be a “point person” for educators, program teams and staff as they identify key needs, especially navigating their access to resources in Extension and the University.
Manage staff within the Center
Work with the Associate Dean and Program Leaders to coordinate hiring processes and the marketing of available positions.
Support staff onboarding: Develop orientation and operations manuals and structure and design orientation to the center.
Finance and Revenue: (25%)
Consult with program leaders and project leaders on program development strategies that can be incorporated into grants and earned income policies and strategies.
Support the development and writing of grants that support the mission of the Center and respond to RFPs from potential partners.
Explore, collect and share information about potential grants and contracts.
Collaborate with the Extension grants department and the University of Minnesota Sponsored Projects.
Develop and identify tools and aids that will make revenue generation efficient and successful.
Work with Center accountant and others to coordinate financial processes that involve administrative staff.
Marketing and Communications (20%)
Represent the Center to Extension Central communications staff. Ensure that the Center is aligned with University and Extension guidelines for branding.
Assure that Center staff and program teams are able to take advantage of tools and opportunities for communications and marketing presented by central resources.
Coordinate with Extension communications to solicit media interest in the Center’s work, respond to media inquiries, promote media; coordinate some media appearances.
In collaboration with information technology and Extension communications, establish the Center’s presence on Extension.umn.edu.
Manage social media outreach, especially on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Grow social media contacts among targeted organizations, Center program alumni and Minnesotans.
Manage systems to support program teams in promoting program and workshop offering, including ensuring quality management of the of the Center’s data base of contacts.
Assure that the Center considers the perspectives of Minnesotans who are black, indigenous, and people of color in marketing and communicating about center activities
Convene Center communications contributors regularly to assure for connectivity among communications opportunities and needs.
Identify and Maintain Strategic Partnerships: (15%)
Use technology to track interactions with key partners.
Represent the Center on committees, advisory teams and field meetings where the Center needs to build and sustain relationships.
Look for opportunities to collaborate with the field of community development in Minnesota and nationwide, considering inclusion of Minnesotans from many cultures and life experiences.
Find opportunities to market Center programming in publications and social media produced by partners.
Materials Production and Quality Control (15%)
Supervise and support the Senior Editor.
Manage teams in the production of written materials, research and educational publications, assuring quality control and Extension branding.
Establish policies, procedures and protocols that assure quality control and use of Extension branding for all finished materials published by the Extension Center for Community Vitality.
Manage development of publications that promote Center programs and applied research. This includes the production of online newsletters, web pages, and brochures.
Other duties as assigned
This person reports to the Associate Dean for the Extension Center for Community Vitality. Performance will be evaluated annually based on the position responsibilities and specific work plan for the year, using Extension performance appraisal procedures.
Some limited in-state travel is required to perform the duties of this position, however, this is not a main feature of the position. There will be reimbursement for mileage, food, and/or lodging available in accordance with University and Extension Service policies.
BA/BS, and four years professional work experience in higher education, community or interest-based organizations, cooperative extension, adult education, foundations, or related organizations, or a combination of relevant education and experience totaling 8 years.
Two (2) years supervisory experience.
Previous employment should demonstrate experience in considering multi-cultural perspectives in communications and outreach.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with legally required insurance, to be utilized for travel.
Personal cell phone to be used for work purposes.
Access to a reliable internet connection and ability to work remotely when Extension offices are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Master’s degree with significant course work in a field related to the Center’s needs such as strategic communications, public policy, non-profit management, business, economics, community psychology, sociology, and/or a closely related field
Experience or knowledge in at least two of the following areas: grantsmanship, program administration and evaluation, social science research, and marketing and communications.
Experience or knowledge in at least one of the following areas: community organizing, project management, consulting, program management, and/or fiscal management.
Experience with and/or understanding of grants and donor development.
Experience working in community in development, public policy, and/or with boards of directors.
Excellent computer skills with Microsoft and Google Suite applications
Preferred skills and abilities:
Collaboration and strategic partnership development, team management
Excellent problem solving and interpersonal skills
Ability to facilitate diverse interests, perspectives, and learning styles;
Work independently, be highly flexible and self-motivated; work with people in varied locations;
Well-organized; ability to conduct library searches and other research; represent a unit of Extension to internal and external stakeholders.
Internal Number: 339458
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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