University Economic Development Association
Title Director of Applied Research and Economic Development
Organization / Institution University of Southern Indiana
Department Division of Outreach and Engagement
City, State Evansville, IN
Information The University of Southern Indiana seeks a director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development, a unit of the Division of Outreach and Engagement. Its mission is to engage the intellectual and physical assets of the university in support of the needs of business and industry, agencies, and non-profit organizations in southwestern Indiana and beyond by conducting high impact applied research, economic development, consulting, and student engagement.The director will:

  • Develop and lead initiatives and programs to improve and increase interaction with the business community to the mutual gain of the university and the companies
  • Support recruitment of new businesses and strengthening existing businesses within the state
  • Lead initiatives to enhance regional development, create and preserve jobs, and increase business competitiveness
  • Facilitate initiatives that showcase the university’s academic, research and engagement to catalyze community development through applied research, service learning projects, facilitation, and other fee-based services
  • Develop project proposals, budgets, and work plans, including identifying appropriate University faculty and student resources nonprofits, with a goal of problem solving, intellectual property development, and commercialization
  • Work closely with faculty and clients to ensure appropriate completion of projects
  • Lead selected efforts on economic development and engagement at the University, regional, state, and national levels
  • Provide strong fiscal management and revenue generation, including securing adequate external funds through technical assistance and applied research
  • Serve on the Division of Outreach and Engagement Executive Team.

MINIMUM QUALIFICIATIONS: Master’s degree in community or economic development, economics, business, public administration or related field required. Doctorate-level degree preferred. Demonstrated experience with activities related to developing, facilitating, and implementing partnerships with multiple internal and external stakeholders required, preferably in both higher education and private sectors. Significant managerial experience in economic or community development related programming/planning. Demonstrated proficiency with conceptualization, design, and implementation of community and economic development projects. Excellent communication, public presentation, and creative problem solving skills. Strong administrative skills including budget development, financial, human resource, and grant management. Proven ability to establish effective relationships with university leadership, faculty, staff, and students, business and industry professionals, and government officials. Highly organized, self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit.

To apply, visit You will be prompted to complete the Faculty/Administration application and to attach the required documents: (1) letter of application; (2) current curriculum vitae; and (3) full contact information for three professional references. Candidates selected for interview will be required to provide unofficial transcripts showing highest degree, with official transcripts required at a later stage. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.