This position is a full-time appointment in the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). The Hennepin-University Partnership Program (HUP) was launched in 2005 and connects the State’s most populous county with the State’s premier research institution around areas of mutual interest. The HUP Director is responsible for handling a variety of complex projects and must be able to demonstrate project management and relationship-building skills. The Director formulates and defines systems scope and objectives through research and fact-finding combined with an understanding of applicable systems. Decisions are guided by policies, procedures and business plan; the Director receives minimal guidance and oversight from the CURA department head.
In specific, the HUP Director is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with both Hennepin County leaders and staff, and with UMN leaders, faculty and program managers, with a focus on catalyzing connections between Hennepin County and the UMN that lead to research and other projects that produce results for both partners. The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful operation of the Hennepin-University Partnership program located within the UMN Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. The Hennepin-University Partnership Program Director will also play a significant role in sustaining and developing the University’s involvement in the national MetroLab Network, including exploring the possibility of broadening the University’s partnerships with local governmental units in the Twin Cities metro area. The Director will also be involved in a range of public engagement initiatives within the University, including providing lead support for the Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP), working with other CURA staff. The successful candidate will interface with staff at CURA to explore opportunities to support community programs that carry out CURA’s mission to connect the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities.
RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Provide overall coordination and leadership of the HUP program, including strategic visioning and planning, supervising staff, program budgeting and fundraising. 2. Lead, coordinate, and participate in strategic collaborations focused on creating innovative solutions that fulfill HUP’s mission of connecting the resources of the UMN with the interests and needs of Hennepin County. 3. Identify and execute innovative strategies for achieving major goals for both partners: a. For Hennepin County – streamlined access to researchers and students who can support County programs with research and data that leads to improvements in County policies and practices b. For the University of Minnesota – connections for researchers and students to “real world” opportunities to apply research and skills that have the potential to impact communities in Hennepin County and the metro area 4. Act as liaison between CURA and Hennepin County for the purpose of: a. Identifying potential community-based research and outreach projects b. Brokering relationships between Hennepin County and University faculty and students 5. Manage the overall program to connect Hennepin County staff and leaders with University of Minnesota resources (researchers, students, programs) for the benefit of both partners a. Develop productive relationships with a range of leaders and staff from both Hennepin County and the UMN. b. Oversee the work of, and mentor UMN graduate students. c. Assist County staff in identifying and outlining potential research projects that address local issues. d. Assist County staff in tapping UMN students for a range of activities including program evaluation, data analytics, program support, and other activities’ to support county programs and provide “real world” learning opportunities for UMN students. e. Develop a range of methods for connection Hennepin County staff and UMN faculty, staff and students, including HUP mixers, webinars, ‘meet and greet’ sessions, workshops, and other such connecting events. f. Manage the HUP Leadership Team, including maintaining membership on the team, and organizing quarterly meetings with discussions that are of interest to both partners. g. Provide overall leadership on a range of projects that bring together the needs and interests of both Hennepin County and the UMN, including supporting efforts to increase participation in the U.S. census, and ensuring adequate resources to run biennial elections. h. Write and submit grant proposals to fund HUP projects. 6. On behalf of the UMN, connect regularly with Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Hennepin County representatives of the MetroLab Network to explore opportunities to work collaboratively. 7. Build and maintain relationships with other public engagement units within the University, and represent CURA in other engagement initiatives at the University to help advance the University’s broader public engagement agenda.
1.Undergraduate degree in public affairs or a related area
2.Significant outreach and engagement expertise, with demonstrated ability to implement strategies for bringing together people from different organizations around areas of mutual interest
3.Experience organizing and implementing major events to catalyze connections between local government staff and academic researchers and students
4.Experience developing structures and systems to support on-going connections between local government and academia (e.g. developing streamlined contracting tools and processes)
5.Experience supervising the work of graduate students
6.Experience creating reports to track progress, including reports for local government and university leaders
7.Masters degree in public affairs, public policy, and/or public management
8.Experience working directly with Hennepin County staff and elected officials
9.Experience setting up significant research projects between Hennepin County staff and UMN faculty and students
10.Experience in contributing to the preparation of research grant applications
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