The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is seeking applicants for the position of Coordinator, Economic Development and Community Engagement. The position is full-time and compensation includes benefits.
About APLU and the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems located in Washington, DC. Founded in 1887, APLU is the nation’s oldest higher education association. The association’s mission is to support high-quality public higher education and its member institutions as they perform their teaching, research, and public service roles. APLU provides a forum for the discussion and the development of policies affecting higher education and the public interest. APLU's agenda is built on three pillars: increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding university engagement with stakeholders and communities.
The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement (OEDCE) leads APLU’s strategic pillar of expanding university engagement. This work helps member institutions partner with stakeholders in their communities, regions, and beyond, tackling societal challenges, creating great places to work and live, and advancing economic growth and prosperity. The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement convenes APLU’s Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), and the association’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP). OEDCE also collaborates with other APLU offices, councils, and commissions on issues related to engagement across the university. The office undertakes special projects and initiatives to provide thought leadership and effective practices development around university engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Coordinator will report to the Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement. The scope of work includes:
• General coordination of volunteer member activities within CEO and CICEP.
• Meeting planning for CEO and CICEP Summer Meetings, council and commission participation in the APLU Annual Meeting, and special meetings convened by APLU OEDCE.
• Facilitation of activities related to APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities program.
• Coordination of OEDCE’s Aligning Technology and Talent Development initiative with the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) manufacturing institute, in partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences.
The individual will coordinate activities among networks of university leaders from more than 100 APLU member institutions.
Council and Commission Coordination
• Provide general coordination for CEO and CICEP activities, including preparation of materials for regular teleconference meetings, supporting members in completing project deliverables, and promoting collaboration among members.
• Further enhance collaboration by advancing the use of online collaboration tools, web meetings, social media, online surveys, etc.
Meeting Planning and Facilitation
• Significant responsibility for planning engagement-related conferences and sessions for APLU CEO and CICEP in-person meetings.
• Lead responsibility for planning regular meetings of the Expert Educator Team (EET) for the Aligning Technology with Talent Development initiative.
• Develop meeting agendas, prepare background materials, and coordinate meeting activities among organizations and participants.
• Travel to meetings to provide on-site coordination.
Communication, Writing & Research
• Develop detailed knowledge to respond to written inquiries and represent APLU CEO, CICEP, and the Aligning Technology and Talent Development initiative with universities, partnering organizations, and national agencies.
• Prepare and distribute council, commission, and initiative products such as e-newsletters, meeting summaries, and policy- and practice-related briefs. Assist in conducting research, developing background material, and writing or editing reports as needed.
• Coordinate with APLU’s Office of Public Affairs to prepare and distribute press announcements, web pages, and other content for OEDCE strategic communications, and help distribute content through social media and other channels.
• Assist in data collection, analysis and documentation of evidence-based practices.
Project Coordination & Administration
• Organize projects and activities for OEDCE.
The Coordinator may be assigned other duties by the APLU Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement.
Qualifications The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, highly organized self-starter. She/he will be flexible and able to effectively work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, where many of the team members are volunteers, distributed geographically across North America. She/he will have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate will also be able to exercise good independent judgment and complete tasks in a timely manner.
• Experience in higher education, public administration, and/or public policy, with an interest in university engagement in economic or community development and related domains such as research, science, and technology policy; economics; public service and outreach; and the scholarship of engagement.
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Ability to plan and execute meetings, and ability to work effectively and professionally with high-level university leaders.
• Experience deploying many and varied communication tools to promote collaboration.
• High level of organization, with ability to carry out administrative and project activities with accuracy and attention to detail.
• Superior analytic, writing, and editing skills.
• Self-starter, ability to problem-solve and take on a wide range of tasks to deliver results; collegial and professional manner; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Experience working on projects related to university engagement in economic or community development, and/or related domains such as research, science, and technology policy; economics; public service and outreach; and the scholarship of engagement.
• Some graduate education.
• Demonstrated professional communication and customer service skills.
• Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research.
• Experience in writing program or practice reports and resources.
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
1307 New York Ave NW, Ste 400
Washington DC 20005
Please send a letter of interest and a resume/vita (either electronically or via US mail) to:
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
1307 New York Ave NW, Ste 400
Washington DC 20005
Application review will begin May 15, 2017 and will continue until this position is filled.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.