The University of Minnesota, the public land-grant research university of the State of Minnesota, seeks a collaborative leader with a strong academic background in community-engaged research and partnership development for the position of Executive Director of the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), the University’s placed-based research and community engagement center situated in the community of North Minneapolis. The Executive Director position is a 100 percent time annually renewable academic administrative appointment, to be held concurrently with a tenured faculty appointment in an academic department at the University.
The Executive Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Public Engagement and serves as the intellectual, academic, strategic, and administrative leader of UROC. Since opening its doors in November 2009, UROC has become a hub for over 75 unique University projects and initiatives, all of which have engaged community partners as key participants in the projects’ development and implementation. The center leverages the strengths of the University with the expertise and resources of partners across community sectors to advance publicly engaged research, teaching, and learning; improve quality of life; nurture mutually beneficial and sustainable University-community collaborations; discover solutions to critical urban issues; and build new models of urban development benefiting all metropolitan communities.
The Executive Director position requires a blend of academic and managerial skills, as well as understanding of contemporary approaches to higher education public engagement. Successful candidates will have a distinguished record of scholarship and leadership commensurate with appointment to a tenured senior faculty position (associate or full professor) at the University, including experience in the areas of community-engaged research, urban engagement, and community partnership development. Successful candidates also will have experience managing or leading campus-community collaborations and program development efforts.
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