Associate Director of Community & Economic Development
Description of Work Unit
The Office of Engagement collaborates with individuals and communities to create partnerships and shared solutions through education, research and leadership.
Office units and programs include CSU Extension, Division of Continuing Education/CSU Online, the Colorado Water Institute, management of CSU System Regional Hubs, and community and economic development programs.
The Associate Director of Community and Economic Development reports to the Associate Vice President for Engagement on the main campus at CSU Fort Collins, in the office of the Vice President for Engagement. This is a full-time, 12-month regular administrative professional appointment. The position works with elected officials at the local, county, state, and national levels to enhance the profile of the university and the Office of Engagement, positioning the university as a partner of choice for regions statewide, nationally and globally.
The position is responsible for making decisions about resources and staffing related to the Office of Engagement’s expanded presence in regional economic development, including the continued development of regional engagement Hubs. The Associate Director has responsibilities for the entire state, with an emphasis on rural Colorado.
This position will work jointly with the Assistant Vice President for Engagement/Deputy Director of Extension to advance the broader vision and capacity of the Office of Engagement, and will serve as a liaison to campus units in building strategic internal partnerships.
Required Job Qualifications
- Completed Bachelor’s Degree or above from an accredited institution in a liberal arts or applied field directly related to human organization and administration. Examples include public administration or finance, business and economic development, community development, sociology, and public policy.
- At least four years of demonstrated prior experience with economic development, community development, or public governance.
- At least four years of demonstrated prior experience participating in collaborative relationships with county and state agencies and elected officials.
- At least three years of demonstrated prior experience supervising one or more staff members.
- Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Graduate-level work in law, public administration and finance, economic development, community development, sociology, or public policy.
- Demonstrated experience developing and managing an administrative budget.
- Proven ability to build, facilitate and manage productive and collaborative working relationships with diverse constituent groups.
- Proven ability to interact with executive level administrators, government officials, business executives, and diverse community members with an understanding of protocol, political and cultural environment and implications, professionalism and confidentiality.
- Prior experience working with higher education.
- Previous experience in leading and communicating strategic organizational development plans with boards/supervisors and members/staff.
- Experience working with local and state government.
- Spanish-language proficiency.
- Knowledge of rural Colorado and key economic sectors across the state.
- Professional network in Colorado that includes individual or group members of the university’s existing or potential constituent or stakeholder base.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Relationship management between Colorado State University and external partners Duty/Responsibility
- Meet independently and regularly with external community, workforce and economic development partners in Colorado, including local and state governments, county commissioners, economic development professionals and organizations, and nonprofit agencies, to position the university as a partner of choice for regions statewide, nationally and globally. For example, the position will expand or create new relationships that will bring additional partnership opportunities to the university and provide outlets for tech transfer, outreach, applied faculty research, and/or matching resource opportunities to strengthen Colorado communities and economic development. As part of this duty, the position may independently commit monetary and personnel resources at their discretion without additional approval. See “Decisionmaking” in the section above.
- Develop, sustain and broaden relationships with other public and land-grant universities to share best practices and identify shared opportunities. Attend annual meetings with APLU, ESC, MEP and other national entities as desired and recognized as valuable to advancing CSU’s strategic interests. Bring information back to CSU’s division and create opportunities for partnership. For example, the position could work with an external university counterpart to pursue a joint federal grant to create applications of use to regional economic development entities including EDDs, SBDCs, Workforce, and local Commerce Chambers.
Percentage Of Time 45 Job Duty Category Relationship Management within Office of Engagement and CSU System Duty/Responsibility
- Work with the Vice President for Engagement to align and integrate the divisions of the Office of Engagement, including reaching across leadership of all Engagement units for expertise as applicable to the specific project or university strategic goal. It is the consistent responsibility of this position to create and support actions and programs that achieve the engagement goals of the current CSU strategic plan. The position provides the external feedback that allows university outreach and engagement work to remain valuable and relevant to community stakeholders. For example, because the position attends external meetings (see Job Duty Category 1), the position is responsible for flowing external stakeholder information through the division to approximately 100 CSU Extension Employees, regional engagement hub Directors, and the CSU Online non-credit course development team.
- Work as a team member with all units of the Office of Engagement, in addition to all colleges, campus units and system partners to position the Office of Engagement and the University as a thought leader on the scholarship of outreach and engagement. For example, the position may sit on the Provost’s university-wide engagement scholarship council and provide information about external partnership opportunities, engagement research and related training opportunities at other universities, and community needs. This information creates the ability for college representatives to pass these opportunities on to their faculty and support the scholarship of engagement. Engaged scholarship is listed in the CSU Faculty Manual Section E as one form of teaching and/or research that may be evaluated as part of merit, promotion, and tenure portfolios. The Engagement sections of both individual faculty and programs are evaluated by the Office of Engagement. This position may be responsible, along with other department members, for some of this programmatic review activity.
Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Organizational Development and Capacity-Building of Office of Engagement Duty/Responsibility
- Enhance team culture and operational synergies to support and optimize the Office of Engagement’s capacity to deliver valued solutions to community partners. For example, the position might identify additional external expertise, create, and lead a retreat for division leaders and/or staff.
- Identify and support training and professional development for Office of Engagement staff to enhance skills and outcomes, and advance the university’s engagement mission. For example, as part of the duties to connect with other engaged universities, the position might become aware of relevant training opportunities for engagement staff and extend that information to the relevant staff members. The position would be able to approve funding for these opportunities without additional supervision or approval.
Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Administrative/Budget Duty/Responsibility
- Develop and oversee office and program budgets, working with the Director of Operations to ensure administration and maintenance of financial records as required. The annual Community and Economic Development discretionary office budget is estimated at $75,000. The position may also partner and match funding with other units and in doing so might oversee program or initiative budgets estimated at $500,000.
- Identify possible external funding resources for projects.
Percentage Of Time 10
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification and approval of candidates.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel
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