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Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 725212
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Arts And Letters
Department: Al Research And Scholarship 40000801
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Community Development Manager, Humanities Commons

Position Summary

The community development manager will work toward sustainable, accountable business growth for the Commons by cultivating interest in the network among scholarly organizations and institutions, and working to bring them in as participating members. The manager will work as part of a team to onboard new organizations and institutions and to ensure their success through the development of documentation and training materials, as well as ongoing communication and support. The community development manager will work with the team to develop a strategy for bringing new organizations into the Commons and will work with the project director to develop regular reporting mechanisms that track community growth and financial impact, and to organize and convey feedback to the development team.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate for this position will have strong interpersonal skills and intellectual curiosity and will be able to work both independently and collaboratively with internal and external team members.

Additionally, the successful candidate will have:

  • An advanced degree (MA/MS, MLS/MLIS, or equivalent) in a relevant discipline or a bachelor’s degree and comparable experience
  • Demonstrated experience in community development in an academic context
  • Demonstrated facility with the development and maintenance of business reporting mechanisms
  • Excellent communication skills, exhibited through the development of outreach materials, training materials and workshops, and documentation
  • Experience with using WordPress for community engagement as well as the ability to support new users in those processes
  • Experience working collaboratively across disciplines and institutions to support academic work
Desired Qualifications

Further desirable qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with recent trends in scholarly communication
  • Experience with project management in a technical context, as well as with active collaboration with a technical team
  • Knowledge of user experience research methods

The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) and MSU Libraries promote an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members to achieve excellence. We are interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. We seek candidates with integrity and a strong work ethic, who possess an understanding of what it takes to continuously improve and maintain research projects within a major academic research institution.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and others who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy. We invite you to apply even if you have not currently mastered all of the skills listed. We seek someone with the ability to collaborate and to expand their technical skill set in creative ways; we’re happy to discuss whether you’ve got the skills we need for this role.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

a) a cover letter, including a statement describing your alignment with project goals

b) a current curriculum vitae or résumé

c) links to examples of prior community management work

d) email addresses of 3 potential references.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin 09/06/2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources website Posting Number 725212. For more information, contact Scott Schopieray, Search Committee Chair,

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

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Department Statement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Aug 23, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 23, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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