The Center for Rural Engagement's (CRE) Healthy Hoosier Communities Liaison will report to the Deputy Executive Director and will be responsible for managing projects and work relationships with the CRE and community partners in the Southwest Central Indiana (SWCI) region related to the Healthy Hoosier Communities work group. The Healthy Hoosier Communities work group enlists campus resources to support and create strategies to enhance community health and wellness in partnership with rural communities. This work requires becoming established as trusted member of the campus-community team, frequently representing the CRE and the Healthy Hoosier Communities efforts at events and meetings in communities and on campus, knowing the relevant partners at IU and in the counties, and being sensitive to the complexities that drive those entities.
The Liaison will also work with the CRE management team to determine key metrics for project activity, coordinate with systems for tracking those metrics, assist with data collection and analysis, and report as needed on aggregate metrics. Will also monitor news and track major issues and events regarding the counties and share this information as appropriate with the CRE team and other IUB faculty, staff and students working on CRE projects. Working in partnership with the CRE team, the Liaison should develop strong working relationships with county partners and stakeholders to facilitate an atmosphere of trust for IU faculty, staff, and students working in the community. The Liaison will be responsible for assuring that IU is meeting the expectations of community partners by participating in scoping meetings and quality control check-ins with IU staff and faculty and community representatives. Will work with limited supervision from the Deputy Executive Director and collaborates with CRE staff to ensure the timely completion of logistical, budgetary, and support functions. Will assist the various CRE Directors in operationalizing the vision, achieving outcomes, managing community partner relationships, facilitating community projects, and assisting in drafting scope of work/deliverables agreements for each community project and/or course related to the Healthy Hoosier Communities work group as it intersects with the campus.
The Liaison will communicate frequently with partners and project leads in the communities and with faculty to optimize positive outcomes for community success. Will strengthen relationships with IU units and faculty involved with this initiative and helps to facilitate programs related to best practices for community engagement and success. Because of their close connection to community and university project leaders, the Liaison will develop and write stories and cultivate leads for the marketing and communications staff for video, web and social media features.
Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of experience in outreach, engagement, public relations, or a related field.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Proficient communication skills. Maintains a high degree of professionalism. Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills. Demonstrates a high commitment to quality. Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Ability to represent the company with external constituents. Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty. Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure. Highly thorough and dependable.
Two years of experience in higher education, community volunteering, or related experience of influencing others with demonstrated success in complex project management.
Self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple offices and stakeholders. Comfortable making presentations to small and large groups.
Working Conditions / Demands
Travel within the state and occasionally nationally for conferences is expected. This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
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