Office of Community Engagement
Associate Director of Regional Initiatives
Ball State University
The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) builds bridges between Ball State University and communities beyond campus, with a priority on Muncie, Delaware County, and East Central Indiana. We seek the most effective ways to advance community priorities and the university’s strategic plan through authentic partnerships, neighborhood development, anchor institution commitments, and sustained integration of engagement across teaching, research, and service.
OCE serves as the backbone organization for the newly established East Central Indiana Talent Collaborative, a network of local and regional coalitions working together to pursue a brighter economic future through equitable talent attraction, talent development, and talent connection strategies. More about the Talent Collaborative can be found at forgeeci.com/ecitc.
At Ball State University, inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Three through five years of strategic planning, large scale program planning, management and evaluation, intentional relationship building, and/or mobilizing community stakeholders. Superior oral and written communications skills; excellent presentation and facilitation skills; ability to organize and monitor multiple levels of projects and details related to multiple stakeholders; willingness to travel and work with divergent groups; ability to interact effectively with top-level management and community and government leaders; leadership qualities and interpersonal skills needed to work with diverse groups and professionals.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Knowledge of and experience in collective impact initiatives, existing workforce development initiatives and best practices, talent attraction strategies, and/or economic development; dealing with the challenges and opportunities in Delaware County and East Central Indiana; established and effective relationships with regional government and community leaders; experience in gathering and interpreting population data; marketing layout and design sensibilities; state or federal grant experience.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/26977. Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Delaina Boyd. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through October 4, 2021.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.