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Executive Director for Workforce and Economic Development

Minnesota State
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Posted Date
Nov 21, 2022

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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The Minnesota State Board of Trustees and Chancellor Devinder Malhotra invite nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director for Workforce and Economic Development.

Minnesota State seeks a dynamic individual who can lead a new unit to advance and expand workforce development programs and opportunities at our colleges and universities to meet the increasing needs of the state. This position serves as the public face of Minnesota State within the state’s workforce and economic development ecosystem.

The Executive Director reports directly to the chancellor and serves in the chancellor’s cabinet. This position is responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction for the unit, in collaboration with colleges and universities, to position Minnesota State as the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce needs.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading a team of 17 individuals with oversight of campus-based Centers of Excellence, Workforce Solutions regional network, and the statewide Career and Technical Education (Perkins) collaborative and manages a $28 million budget.

The Workforce and Economic Development unit works in partnership with industry, government and education partners to develop the diverse, multi-talented, learning-agile workforce needed to grow Minnesota’s economy now and in the future. Learn more at:

Minnesota State plays a critical role in elevating career and technical education in Minnesota by increasing learner access to high-quality career and technical programs. This is accomplished through the Perkins V Legislation by providing dedicated resources to implement programs and support the range of educational needs of students from career exploration through college and workforce preparation.

At Minnesota State, we provide the opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities through access to affordable higher education.

With 26 community and technical colleges and seven state universities on 54 campuses, Minnesota State is the workforce engine for Minnesota, serving nearly two-thirds of the entire state’s undergraduate student population.

We are committed to equitable outcomes for all our students, and in 2019 pledged to eliminate educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university by the year 2030. Achieving this goal, called Equity 2030, is a moral imperative, and an economic imperative for our state. As our population continues to grow more diverse, it will ensure Minnesota has the workforce it needs for generations to come.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in advancing equity and inclusion. He/she will have a minimum of 5 years progressive experience in either public or private higher education organization, with direct experience leading workforce and economic development efforts at the campus or system level. A baccalaureate degree is required. A Master’s Degree and 5+ years of senior leadership experience in the area of workforce and economic development is preferred.

The Position Profile is available here

Nomination & Application Process

Kris Hnastchenko, president of Heinze & Associates Executive Search, is supporting Minnesota State in this search. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The preferred date to receive application materials for maximum consideration is December 16, 2022. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Applications must include:

  • Letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus
  • A resume
  • Names, addresses telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed. References will only be contacted with permission of the candidates

Confidential inquires, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Kris Hnastchenko, President

Heinze & Associates Executive Search


The target start date for the new Executive Director is February 2022.

To learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, please visit

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Candidates with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us via preferred telecommunications relay services.

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