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IA Associate Director Membership & Consortial Relations

By Imagining America | March 14, 2017

Position Number: 02020692

Dept: IMAGINING AMERICA – 063017

Position: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR-MEMBERSHIP AND CONSORTIAL RELATIONS

Approved Payroll Title Code: 6299

Approved Payroll Title: ALUMNI EXTERNAL REL SPEC 3

Approved PSS Salary Grade: PSS20

POSITION DETAILS

Job Summary: The Associate Director for Membership and Consortial Relations develops and implements IA’s membership model, recruits and retains member institutions, engages members in the conference, and develops regional hubs in conjunction with annual conferences.

The Associate Director manages activities which contribute to acquisition, retention and growth of contributing members. Responsible for growing membership to reflect the diversity of higher education institutions, including research universities, land-grants, Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and arts/design schools. The Associate Director assesses refinements and resources available to retain and grow annual membership.

The Associate Director reports to the Managing Director, working closely with the Managing Director and Faculty Director to achieve membership and consortium goals.

Department Specific Job Scope: Imagining America (IA) is a national consortium of nearly 100 academic institutions and cultural organizations, dedicated to advancing civic engagement, democratic culture, and equity within higher education through the approaches of the arts, humanities, and design. IA was launched at the University of Michigan in 1999 and has had its home at Syracuse University since 2007. In the summer of 2017, it will move from Syracuse to the University of California, Davis for a renewable, five-year term ending June 30, 2022. IA and UCD are committed to a partnership of mutual benefit, one that advances the shared values of engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion both within the University and across higher education.

Positions Supervised: None.

Essential Responsibilities: 80% MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Recruits and retains members based on IA’s vision, mission, values, and goals, as well as its financial needs. Grows membership to reflect the diversity of higher education institutions, including research universities, land-grants, Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and arts/design schools. Engages partners from arts and cultural organizations, humanities councils, peer associations, foundations, and government in the IA consortium.

Facilitates development, implementation, and assessment of IA’s model for membership by leading discernment process among board and consortium members about the challenges with the current membership model, researching membership models of other national associations, reviewing benefits of IA membership, and convening committee to vet and assess articulated options.

Core functions include: setting recruitment targets; fielding inquiries from prospective members to provide IA background and current priorities; building relationships with members to enable the headquarters to better serve members; developing member benefits and thinking with campus stakeholders about how membership can advance their locally grounded engagement goals; tracking participation of members and alerting staff and board to those that are not actively participating and may be in danger of dropping out; supporting board members and others to recruit and retain institutions; supervising operations manager to complete annual invoicing of members; supporting members to participate in IA conferences, institutes, and other opportunities; leading session for new members and the meeting of campus representatives, respectively, at the annual IA conference; and developing clusters of active IA members by region and/or affinity.

20% ANNUAL PROGRAM AND SPECIAL PROJECTS Collaborate with IA staff team to plan and advance annual conference, summer institute, NAB meetings, Presidents’ Council, PAGE summit, research group convenings, and other aspects of IA’s annual program.

Physical Demands: Lift event-related materials weighing up to 25 lbs.

Work Environment: Work flexible schedule and occasional overtime including frequent evenings, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. Additional information and specifics regarding the policy are available at http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/index.html

Background Check: Yes

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, and knowledge of arts, humanities, and design fields.
  • Experience in conceptualizing, planning, priority establishment and implementation of a complex membership program.
  • Research, analytical, and strategic planning skills to drive overall success, develop action plans, project budget implications based on membership fees, and implement relevant tactics.
  • Interpersonal and communications skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups.
  • Experience working on a diverse staff team, and building partnerships across diverse institutional contexts.
  • Experience creating and maintaining collaborative working relationships with all levels of the organization from a wide variety of functional areas, backgrounds and organizational levels.
  • Professional experience and political acumen to handle sensitive or difficult situations diplomatically, to represent high level executives with tact and discretion.
  • Writing and editing skills to produce compelling and effective messaging.
  • Organizational and time management skills to achieve progress on multiple simultaneous tasks, meet deadlines, and establish goals and workload priorities with flexibility and shift strategies mid-stream as program needs and goals shift.

Preferred Qualifications for Selection:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience, and knowledge of arts, humanities, and design fields.
  • Knowledge of IA and its vision, mission, values, goals, successes, and challenges.
  • Knowledge of the principles, best practices and trends in developing and assessing membership models.
  • Familiarity with issues of concern in the higher education civic engagement and diversity movements including the political environment, power imbalances in campus and community partnerships, and challenges to growing membership associations.
  • Experience working with higher education institutions such as research universities, land-grants, Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and arts/design schools.
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and to address, resolve and/or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Experience using technology to track prospective and current members’ participation in IA through Podio, a constituent-relationship management tool, and to meet with members via group-video calling.
  • Experience managing an annual membership campaign in a non-profit environment.

EXPECTATIONS

Job Expectations:

  • Model the UC Davis Principles of Community by leading the effort to foster a positive work environment and further the organizational mission.
  • Analyze complex situations in an objective manner.
  • Regularly assess and adjust priorities as needed.
  • Excellent attention to detail to track overall workload.
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion in ensuring commitments are met.
  • Maintain and protect confidential and sensitive information.
  • Communicate in a professional, collaborative manner at all times.

Requisition Number: 03018647

To receive full consideration, candidates should apply by 4/14/17.

Click here to apply: www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=76071