Director of the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD)

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Job Description
Work Location: Main Building | 2100 Main Street | Stevens Point, WI  54481
Supervisor: Bernie Patterson, Chancellor and Greg Summers, Provost
Department: Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD)

Through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point stimulates intellectual growth, provides a liberal education, and prepares students for a diverse sustainable world. The university is committed to creating a safe, inclusive learning community for all faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds. Visit for more information about UW-Stevens Point and for more information about the Stevens Point community.

Reporting with dual lines to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Director of the Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) is responsible for leading a team and coordinating off-campus efforts that seek to establish and cultivate long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with industry and regional community partners.

The Director will be responsible for advancing the “Partnership for Thriving Communities” mission by creatively and intentionally fostering a broader campus culture of business and community engagement. Ultimately responsible for the management of external client expectations to ensure the highest level of client satisfaction is achieved.

OECD is a re-aligned campus entity, including our former Continuing Education, launching in 2018 in an effort to develop a structure and processes that best positions UW-Stevens Point to be a leader in university/industry relations.  Working with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Deans and Directors, this position will have a leadership role in developing strategies for the most effective development and “front-door” access to various campus resources. Occasional overnight travel throughout the state and beyond will be required.

Required Qualifications
• Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated senior level experience leading economic development initiatives.
• Extensive knowledge of economic development, workforce development and public-private partnerships.
• Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
• Bachelor’s degree
• Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.  Occasional overnight travel throughout the state and beyond will be required.

Preferred Qualifications
• Capability to develop long-term strategies for corporate relationships that expand engagement opportunities for UW-Stevens Point.

• Ability to promote the UW-Stevens Point’s strategic priorities by developing excellent working relations with university leadership, faculty, staff, and affiliates.
• Knowledge of the operation of large complex organizations, educational institutions and governmental systems.
• Graduate degree
•Supervisory and budgetary experience

How to Apply:
Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. To return to a draft application, click on the “My Activities” link at the top of the screen after logging in. Once you click on Submit Application, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. After submitting the application, you will receive an Application Confirmation email from the application system.


Anticipated Apointment Date: April 1, 2019

Terms of Employment: 
This is a limited position, exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Limited appointees serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and are subject to Chapter UWS 15, Wisconsin Administrative Code, Wisconsin Statutes, Sections. 36.17, and UW System UPG #3.

To ensure consideration, completed online applications must be received by end of day, 11:59 pm, on January 18, 2019. However, screening may continue until the needs of the recruitment are met.

Required Materials: 
Files must be complete to be considered. Submission in PDF format is preferred for all attachments. Please include the following documents:
- Cover letter addressing qualifications and experience
- Resume
- Contact information for three professional references
Official transcripts required of finalists.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, need special arrangements, or if you submitted your application with missing materials, please call or email:
Anna Golackson-Timblin
Phone: 715-346-2606

Specal Notes:
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. UW-Stevens Point values diversity and inclusion as supported by our mission, “Through the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point fosters intellectual growth, provides a broad-based education, models community engagement and prepares students for success in a diverse and sustainable world.”

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