Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

May 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

This is an Academic Specialist-Outreach position with a fixed-term three-year appointment, with reappointment possible based on performance and budget. This is a full-time, annual year (12-month) appointment. Duties will be 70% Outreach, 20% Curriculum Development and 10% Administration. 

The NCI Director is charged with fully integrating the new unit into MSU systems and expanding the depth and scope of NCI offerings by leveraging its new location within a top-100 university with strong state, national and international linkages in partnership with MSU Extension professionals, SPDC faculty, and others.  At the same time, the Director is expected to maintain NCI’s current offerings and participate in delivery of those offerings, while creating opportunities for others in the MSU system to develop their skills and contribute to new and ongoing NCI initiatives.  The Director is expected to be a dynamic, entrepreneurial individual able to relate easily to people from many different backgrounds to build teams to achieve common goals.  The Director should take a practical approach with design, planning, or construction and be able to see the opportunities and work through the challenges of interdisciplinary relationships.  The Director will balance the many competing goals of NCI in a fast-paced setting. 


Required Degree

Masters - Community Dev., Design or Urban Planning

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Community Dev., Design or Urban Planning

Minimum Requirements
  • Direct experience participating in community design charrettes or related design processes.

  • Fluent written and spoken English.

  • Excellent public speaking ability.

  • Ability to drive a car.


Desired Qualifications
  • A background in community planning or design is desirable. 

  • Experience leading community design charrettes.

  • Experience in community or university settings.

  • Private sector planning or design experience.

  • Experience supervising or mentoring staff, students and volunteers. 

  • Evidence of ability to foster collaboration and where necessary resolve disputes through charrettes.

  • Evidence of commitment to diversity. 

  • Curriculum development, especially in adult-learner settings.

  • Securing and executing grants and contracts.

  • Energetic and creative leadership.

  • Ability to manage budgets, fiscal and annual reporting to on and off-campus entities.

  • Evidence of entrepreneurial experience.

  • Evidence of ability to design, execute, monitor and report on programs and initiatives.


Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit a) current resume/CV, b) a cover letter describing your leadership experience and philosophical approaches related to community development and achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion, and c) names and contact information for up to three professional references.

Special Instructions

Contact for administrative inquiries:  Mary Beth Graebert, email: lakemary@msu.edu. For position-related questions, contact the search committee chair, Pat Crawford, email: crawf203@anr.msu.edu. Formal review of applications will begin June 12, 2017, and the search will remain open until the Director position is filled. The preferred starting date for the successful candidate is September 1, 2017.

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