Posted on: April 30, 2018

Associate Director for Academic Community Engagement


700 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55106-5000


MSUAASF Salary Range D (Unclassified MSUAASF)


METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY, a vibrant and growing public, urban university, is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Director for Academic Community Engagement. This is a full-time, probationary position within the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. This position is responsible for furthering the development of community-engaged teaching, learning and scholarship through training and outreach to faculty members and academic departments, and for enhancing the assessment, measurement and visibility of academic community engagement across the university.

  • Provide academic community engagement training and support for faculty across the university.
  • Create and manage administrative infrastructure to support academic community engagement.
  • Develop and manage evaluation, assessment and measurement systems for the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and its initiatives.
  • Produce communication to enhance the visibility of the university’s community engagement work on campus, in the community and nationally.
  • Assume leadership and support roles with the university that directly contribute to the institution’s strategic priorities, providing a community engagement perspective for university business and operations.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed by program requirements. Routine local travel and occasional overnight travel is an expectation for this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

The following qualifications are required of all applicants seeking consideration for this position. Only applicants whose application materials clearly demonstrate fulfillment of each of these minimum qualifications will be considered for the position:

  • Master’s degree
  • Five or more years of professional experience in at least one of the following areas: post-secondary teaching; faculty development or training; curriculum development; instructional design; experiential education coordination, including service-learning, project-based learning, work-based learning; community-based, participatory or action research methods; academic program evaluation; assessment of student learning.
  • Demonstrated comprehension, competency and commitment to best practices and current issues in community-engaged work; educating and partnering with racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations; and equipping students and faculty for responsible engagement with marginalized communities and complex community issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective faculty development approaches, including design and delivery of interactive workshops and best practices for consulting and collaborating with faculty on the development of courses and instructional methods.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective, evidence-based approaches to designing and teaching community-engaged courses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current practices in measurement, tracking and assessment of the effects of academic community engagement.
  • Demonstrated record of professional, written communication products, e.g. newsletters, websites, blogs, journal articles, periodicals, press releases, grant proposals and reports.  
  • Demonstrated professional experience working with diverse audiences in an urban environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree
  • Demonstrated advanced experience with evaluation design, methods, data analysis, and presentation, including working knowledge of relevant software.
  • Substantive experience, theoretical, and practical knowledge of community engaged scholarship, including current research and principles of effective practice.
  • Ten or more years of full-time professional experience that includes work in the following areas: faculty development, instructional design, experiential education coordination, community-engaged scholarship.
  • A record of scholarly activity and accomplishment in the areas of community engaged teaching, learning and research.
  • A record of active participation and leadership in professional academic associations emphasizing postsecondary community engagement.
  • Professional academic experience in a public, postsecondary institution serving an urban community.

Physical Requirements of the Job: Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

Application Procedure:

The University:  Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State system, serves approximately 11,000 students in the greater Twin Cities Metropolitan area.  We are the most diverse university in the system, with approximately 41% of our students coming from communities of color.  The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.  We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adults and communities of color.  Recognized since 2008 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.

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The School/Academic Department: The Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship leads the university’s commitment to teaching, research and service that support and enhance student learning through capacity-building partnerships within local communities. The integration of campus with community has been a cornerstone of the university’s approach to educating students throughout its history. The institute provides students and faculty with the resources to connect student learning and faculty scholarship with community knowledge and expertise through community-engaged coursework, academic internships, engaged scholarship, and public programming. The institute serves as a resource for community organizations that seek to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with the university’s students, faculty and academic programs.  

Salary:  This is a Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) Range D position with a current salary range of $48,591 to $89,721. Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) and the MSUAASF organization.

Application:  To apply, go to

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date:  Monday, June 11, 2018

Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter of interest addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications required for this position.
  • Current curriculum vita or resume.
  • One sample of professional, written work for non-academic audiences of which the applicant is the sole author.
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Transcripts - Valid unofficial copies of your transcript issued by the degree granting institution showing conferred/awarded date, your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required. If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.

If you need help submitting your online application, please contact NEO GOV @ 1-855-524-5627 for technical assistance.

If you have other questions related to this position announcement, please contact Human Resources, at 651.793.1275.


Tenure Track/Probationary

St. Paul

Application Deadline:
June 11, 2018

Send materials to:
Metropolitan State University
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as described under the
Application Procedure, by deadline

Human Resources Department

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