Position: Full-time, 12-month, annual renewal position based on funding and performance starting May 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Associate Director of the Veden Center/Director of the EDA University Center reports to the Chair of the Veden Center for Rural Engagement. They are a key member of the small strategic initiative group that meets frequently to develop, innovate and implement ideas and change.
Coordinate identifying and implementing rural economic development and strategic initiatives among various stakeholder groups
Manage communities of practice engaged in pressing issues facing rural communities and their citizens.
Serve as director of the EDA university center and initiatives, which focuses on training, trade, and technology with an emphasis on bettering the economic and social environment of rural communities.
Support and prepare grant applications, proposals, white papers, and status reports
Conduct community forums and needs assessments to identify growth opportunities and pressing issues, especially in the agriculture and processing sectors.
Be a conduit among systems wide units with a specific focus on developing new partnerships and collaborations ensuring the maximized public engagement efforts surrounding economic development.
Nurture and expand relationships with prospective university, community and industry partners across the country.
Develop intelligence around and connections to University faculty, capabilities, activities and connections,
Identify opportunities that have industry/market relevance; organize working sessions, and effectively connect and shepherd the relationships.
Maintain knowledge of education and recruiting needs of industry, as well as of specific firms.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of experience.
A successful track record of leadership, and demonstrated ability to coordinate teams on campus and in the various communities. Understands the implication of decisions and actions on the organization.
Experience in consultative and economic development, business development, and/or innovation/partnerships function. Track record of professionalism, with strong communication skills and ability to work with and support a wide range of constituents, e.g., clients, customers, teams, donors, and volunteers.
Significant experience working with the rural and agriculture sectors.
Ability to analyze data (e.g., market, technical, customer) and lend technical expertise to establish priorities, and develop and implement strategies with increasing complexity.
Evidence as a self-starter who can work independently, as well as be a team contributor in a complex and fast-paced organization.
Master’s degree or 15 years of experience leading economic and community development efforts.
Experience working with multiple partners around issues related to engagement in economic and workforce development, innovation and entrepreneurship, and/or community engagement, especially in agriculture.
Proven champion and advocate for university engagement with the economy and communities.
Existing relationships with key stakeholders in government, business and community contexts
Strong understanding of the economic and societal impacts of economic development initiatives as they relate to rural businesses and communities.
Strong understanding of available public state or federal programs that can be leveraged to enhance public engagement
Strong knowledge of rural culture and systems, especially in central and northern Minnesota.
Internal Number: 340177
About University of Minnesota, Crookston
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston) is one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system. UMN Crookston is a four-year public university with an enrollment of 1,800 students, approximately half on campus and half in online degrees. The student body is diverse and comes from over 40 states and over 30 countries. Thirty-four baccalaureate degrees are offered, 15 of which are also offered online. UMN Crookston proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota, beginning in 1906 as a regional residential high school, changing to a two-year college in 1966 and to a four-year college in 1993. UMN Crookston is a small student-centered community of learning and scholars known for providing personal attention to every student. UMN Crookston makes a commitment to each individual student’s achievements and offers a hands-on approach and experiential learning that put students ahead of the competition. Integral to the university's statewide land-grant mission, UMN Crookston provides applied, career-oriented learning programs including internships and connects its teaching, research, and outreach to local, co...unty, and regional economic development agencies in support of the global economy. UMN Crookston delivers world?class University of Minnesota degrees in an affordable, close?knit campus setting where faculty and staff personally invest in the success of each student. UMN Crookston has been recognized for its quality programs by such organizations as U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the campus as #1 in the category Top Public Regional Colleges–Midwest for 2020. U.S. News has ranked UMN Crookston among the top four in this category for the past 23 consecutive years.