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Community Development Program Manager

Ball State University

Last Updated: 5/26/23

Job Description

Indiana Communities

Community Development Program Manager

Ball State University

Ball State Universities’ Indiana Communities Institute is welcoming applications for a new Community Development Program Manager.

We seek candidates with experience working with a variety of partners and community groups. Candidates who have a specialty in comprehensive community economic development are strongly preferred. We envision this position working closely with the Director of Program Development and Training to develop, design, promote, and implement community economic development initiatives of the Indiana Communities Institute including the ICI Academy, community-specific training programs, and community-based projects.

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.

Position Function: Perform management duties related to comprehensive community economic development education, training, consultative, and community-based duties under the supervision of the Director of Program Development and Training. Provide support in developing, promoting, facilitating, delivering, and evaluating comprehensive community economic development services including training and community-based programs. Identify and cultivate relationships with stakeholders in community economic development including local and state officials, civic organization leaders, corporate partners, practitioners, and researchers. Assist with Indiana Communities Institute efforts to identify, integrate, and implement, comprehensive community economic development research, practice, and policy to ensure Ball State University remains a leading resource for communities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • At least five years of experience working with neighborhoods, communities, counties, and/or regions in support of comprehensive community economic development.
  • Experience in community and/or economic development planning and facilitation.
  • Experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating educational programs.
  • Experience in community outreach and engagement.
  • Experience in project management, including managing timelines, budgets, and key deliverables.
  • Experience in presentation design and public speaking.
  • Excellent Internet and traditional research skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to employ analytical skills including the ability to organize and integrate seemingly unrelated data.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively with limited supervision and exhibit sound independent judgment and decisions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of economic and community development practices and principles;
  • Ability to work effectively with divergent groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, be insurable under the auto fleet policy, and be willing and able to travel.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, planning, business, economics, sociology, community development, and/or communications from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working with a variety of partners and community groups.
  • Experience handling diverse perspectives and differing motivations.
  • Experience identifying and effectively communicating messaging and stories to various audiences using a variety of mediums, social media in particular.
  • Established community economic development and/or civic organization relationships at the local and/or state level.
  • Proficiency in economic development databases, economic impact analysis software, Geographic Information Systems, statistical analysis software, social media management platforms.

Apply online at: . Include the following documents with your application: resume, cover letter, and Inclusive Excellence Statement.

In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner 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 10/12/2022.

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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.

Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century:

  • We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student.
  • We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors.
  • We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni.

And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive.

Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.

Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence. We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

Ball State University lives the values of Beneficence. We invite you to be part of our community.

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.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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 Sta...