Project Administrator

Detroit MI
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Community Engagement Manager

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) is the latest member in the Science Gallery Network, as the university supporting the development of Science Gallery Lab Detroit (SGLD). Science Gallery is a distinctive platform for engaging people with the sciences and arts in a creative, dynamic, and interactive manner. Science Gallery is not a science museum or an art gallery. It is a constantly evolving initiative that creates discourse around activities involving the arts, sciences, and innovation, and engages young adults and the community with big ideas that captivate the imagination, spur creativity, and transform lives. Science Gallery Lab Detroit fosters dynamic collaboration between scientists, researchers, artists, designers, and community members and organizations and aims to reach fifteen to twenty-five year olds, especially those from historically marginalized communities and groups, in connective, participatory, and surprising ways. Science Gallery Lab Detroit will focus on such youth in the Detroit and Southeast Michigan area.

We are looking for an outstanding individual to play an important leadership role in developing and implementing our community engagement strategy. The successful candidate will have a strong social-entrepreneurial background in community organizing that demonstrates success in the design and delivery of innovative community engagement programs. Just as importantly, the Community Engagement Manager will have successful experience that demonstrates the ability to plan and implement community engagement strategies that ensure equity, access and inclusion in all aspects of a program.

The Community Engagement Manager will be expected to build on their existing relationships with community based organizations in Detroit, while building new relationships all across our geographic region. Using their experience and relationships, the successful candidate will lead Science Gallery’s efforts to become a valued and trusted member of the communities of the greater Detroit area.

The CEM will work closely with academic colleagues at MSU and other universities, as well as with a wide range of collaborating partners (artists, scientists, community leaders, project leaders, and entrepreneurs), to identify opportunities for collaboration that help us realize our vision. The Community Engagement Manager will create external partnerships which will foster the development of new knowledge, new audiences, and new levels of engagement, all centered on a creative mix of science, technology and arts.

The CEM will be required to travel to East Lansing periodically to collaborate with partners and campus teams. We want to encourage people with non-traditional career paths, people engaged in the arts, sciences or other entrepreneurial fields, who would like to continue those pursuits to apply. 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be acquired in a four year college degree; three to five years of related and progressively more expansive work experience in developing mutually beneficial partnerships with historically under-represented communities and the organizations that serve them, including planning and managing projects and activities; experience developing, implementing and managing budgets; experience creating program funding proposals and opportunities; experience with communications content management (written, verbal, digital); experience with word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, calendaring software, desktop publishing and/or project management software; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of educational best practices in various disciplines and within various types of institutions. The ability to draw on a broad range of educational tools and methods to drive new and revitalized experiences consistent with a continuous learning philosophy; A track record that shows interest and commitment to fostering innovation and experimentation. Five or more years of proven community engagement leadership in a Detroit-based organization; self-starter who is skilled working independently and remotely while also being a great team player. Candidate must have excellent communication and public speaking skills. Must have strong organizational skills.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions

For further information, please contact Troy Livingston, Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit at

Work Hours

May include nights and weekends

Description of End Date

This is an off dated position funded for 12 months from the date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

(Bidding Eligibility ends 10/17/2017 at 11:55 PM)

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