Major Duties: Western Michigan University invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Community Partnerships (AVPCP). The position will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the University's efforts to engage and develop collaboration with key partners at the local and regional level. This position is a tremendous opportunity for a proven executive leader to bring expertise and vision to a role that requires strong leadership, skillful diplomacy, and substantial local government policy acumen.The AVPCP reports directly to the Vice President for Government Relations. Serving as a member of Cabinet, the AVPCP is responsible for leading the civic engagement effort by cultivating and enhancing WMU's relationships throughout the community and the region, with a particular focus on developing proposals, collaborations and strategies advocating for University priorities and the public impact of WMU programs and research. The AVPCP will collaborate closely with executive University leadership to advance corporate engagement in areas including research, economic development and talent development.Key Duties and Responsibilities:- Lead a diverse portfolio of programs and initiatives related to community relations, civic and city government relations, economic development, corporate relations, business diversity, and educational outreach programs, while supporting faculty and local community-based research projects and initiatives.- Coordinate efforts with internal and external stakeholders on a range of quality of life initiatives, including public education, community development, workforce development, arts and culture, public safety, employer-assisted housing, and civic partnerships.- In collaboration with senior leadership, build and sustain productive working relationships with other offices and areas throughout the University and surrounding community, ensuring effective partnerships, optimal utilization of shared resources, and awareness of common interests.- Develop informational and advocacy materials in support of WMU's civic engagement agenda.- Monitor local and regional policy issues impacting WMU, develop position statements as needed, and develop execution strategies in consultation with relevant campus entities and leadership.- Coordinate WMU representation on local and regional association boards including engaging other University leadership as appropriate and develop protocols and training for streamlining local University engagement.- Work with senior leadership to develop WMU position statements and strategies on key issues and work with other University partners to mobilize constituent advocacy.- Monitor local and regional government activities, including city and county commission meetings, resolutions and agendas, and assess impact on the WMU community of any local government proposals.- Develop community relations strategy in conjunction with the President's Cabinet to strengthen and maintain positive town/gown relations in the neighborhoods surrounding the main campus and communities where WMU has a physical presence. - Work with University vice presidents to enhance the corporate relations of WMU and increase opportunities for collaboration and external funding.
Minimum Qualifications: Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: - Possess strong leadership skills and expertise in overall areas of collaboration, economic development, and civic engagement.- Established portfolio of community engagement in west Michigan.- Demonstrate strong organizational skills and ability to focus on details.Education and Experience:- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in communications, public relations, public administration, community organization or related field and a minimum of six years of progressively successful civic engagement experience.Executive Leadership and Vision:- Ability to develop a clear vision and strategy consistent with WMU's mission and best practices.- Demonstrated leadership skills that result in the production of high-quality services and exceptional standards.- Strategic thinking with the capability of contributing at the senior administrative level and leading other leaders.Communication and Collaboration:- Superior communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences; clear and effective written and oral presentation; and the experience, ability, and inclination to be a champion for the University.- Ability to build relationships and collaborate across the institution, serving as a resource to others and obtaining their input.- Skill to lead strategic partnerships between the WMU community and external stakeholders for research opportunities and student engagement.- Persuasive, persistent, and determined to achieve goals.- Skill to be nonpartisan and collaborative.- Ability to communicate with and engage diverse populations.- Talent to distill complex issues and make sound judgments and recommendations on sensitive and sometimes confidential matters.Knowledge:- Knowledge of local government organizations and relative governmental policies and processes. - Established relationships with key civic leaders throughout the community and region.- Skill to research partnership history and the status of existing agreements and to analyze pending proposals.- Capability to use independent judgment as well as manage and impart information to a range of internal and external organizations and constituencies.- A record of building, leading, mentoring, and motivating colleagues.- Ability to encourage change and growth in both people and programs.
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About Western Michigan University
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.