Director, Government and Economic Development Institute (GEDI)

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Job Title Director, Government and Economic Development Institute (GEDI) Posting Number P1794F
Job Description Summary

The Director of the Government and Economic Development Institute ( GEDI ) reports to the Vice President for University Outreach and Associate Provost. GEDI is a unit within the Division of University Outreach at Auburn University. The Director is a non-tenure track faculty position.

GEDI’s mission is to promote effective government policy and management, civic and community engagement, economic prosperity, and improved quality of life for the State of Alabama and its communities. GEDI provides education, training, and certification programs for civic and elected officials promoting economic development leadership and practice, municipal and county management. GEDI offers technical assistance to municipal and county government, public and non-profit organizations through an array of human resource, strategic planning, and technical consulting services. GEDI produces policy research and scholarly publications on civic engagement, governmental practices, and community economic development strategies.

The Director of the Government and Economic Development Institute ( GEDI ) works closely with the Vice President for University Outreach, in collaboration with university academic leadership, state and local officials, and other civic and community stakeholders, to effectively oversee the Institute and its organizational resources, to provide excellent and impactful educational programs and technical services to constituents in Alabama and beyond; to contribute to Auburn University’s outreach mission related to economic and community engagement; build university, institutional and community partnerships; represent the university with economic and community development agencies; collaborate with allied academic programs; and enhance postively the reputation of GEDI, University Outreach, and Auburn University in scholarly and public settings.

Primary Duties:

•Oversees administration and human resources of GEDI ;
•Oversees budgeting and funding development initiatives for extramural and donor/sponsor support;
•Oversees visionary direction and strategic planning of GEDI for the training, human resources consulting, research and other technical assistance units;
•Engages faculty in training and technical assistance opportunities with stakeholders and unit partners;
•Develops and oversees unit proposals to secure extramural funding;
•Conducts and presents workshops and conferences; and
•Represents, communicates, and advances GEDI’s programming on and off campus.

Minimum Qualifications

•Master’s degree in political science, public policy, public administration, or similar field of study is required at the time employment begins.
•Executive experience leading a public or educational agency, managing an annual budget and staff.
•Understanding of outreach at a comprehensive land grant university.
•Proven skills in public budgeting, finance, policy evaluation, governmental practices.
•Instructional credentials and experience to teach in the political science and public administration curriculum.
•An excellent record of scholarly and policy publication.
•An excellent record of grant proposals and awards, successful program development and oversight, and a broad range of community development activities at the community, municipal, county and state levels; national and international government and economic development experience and perspectives desirable.
•Excellent communication/interpersonal skills required.
•Candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Doctorate in political science, public policy, public administration, or similar field of study is desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please apply at the following link:

Include the following:

• Letter of interest.
• Current curriculum vitae.
• Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three current references.

Review of applications will begin September 21, 2020.

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  1. Cover Letter
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