The Director of Community Relations serves as a liaison with community and neighborhood associations surrounding University system campuses, as well as represents the University before the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Falcon Heights. The Director reports to the Chief Government Relations Officer of the University.
Job Duties: • Engender long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with the three municipalities, two urban counties, four institutional neighbors, neighborhood and business associations, and several dozen other community-based stakeholder associations in the communities adjacent to the University's campus in the Twin Cities. • Represent the University before local government policy makers and their staff, communicate directly with local elected officials, attend city and county committee hearings as needed, provide feedback, and secure the attendance of appropriate administrators and faculty when necessary and appropriate. • Manage community outreach and engagement related to UMN Twin Cities campus capital projects, operations, and campus planning with sensitivity for University community relations. • Advise the Chief Government Relations Officer and Senior University leaders, University officials, and stakeholders on local policy issues that may affect the University. • Lead and/or support the University's participation in local and metropolitan partnerships related to the "public realm" around the University. • Serve as liaison to others within the University on budgetary and policy implications of local city, county, and neighborhood issues, particularly as they relate to key University priorities. • Organize political support and advocacy for the programs of the University, with primary emphasis on issues related to represented key constituencies. • Represent the Office of Government Relations and assigned key constituencies on various University committees and at external meetings and events as requested. • Organize tours and events on system campuses to connect community and local elected officials to the University. • Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Director will demonstrate the following competencies and characteristics:
Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated record of establishing effective working relationships with diverse populations and functions, both internal and external to the organization
Skilled at effectively and quickly forming a position on an issue, while taking into account multiple perspectives and competing interests
Problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills, with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and oftentimes rapidly changing environment
Strong values and integrity, with a commitment to collaboration and teamwork
Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the University of Minnesota
The Director is appointed by and reports directly to the Chief Government Relations Officer. The position is a 100%-time, 12-month, annually renewable appointment in the academic and administrative personnel series. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.
Bachelor’s degree and at least six years of local government, lobbying, or equivalent experience
Excellent communication skills – interpersonal, written and oral
Demonstrated track record of building effective working relationships
Responsible administrative experience, including effective leadership skills and management and organizational abilities
Familiarity with the higher education environment, including an understanding of higher education policy and governance structures
Personal or professional connection to the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.