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Monday, July 16, 2018

University of Minnesota - Program and Communications Coordinator


Essential Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree with at least two years of experience in a related field.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in managing K-12 educational programming. Experience in programming and communications strategies for a non-profit organization. Excellent written and verbal communication skills for program reports and marketing materials. Experience in supervisory roles. Proficiency in MS Office, email and social media marketing platforms, Adobe Creative Suite, and databases.

About the Job

Working Title: Program and Communications Coordinator
Job Class: Administrative Associate 2 (8208A2)
Supervisor: Executive Director

The responsibilities of this position consist of the management, communications and marketing for MCEE’s programming, including K-12 teacher professional development workshops, courses and conferences, educator awards and scholarship programs, pre-service teacher training workshops, student programs, and community financial mentorship programs.

Key Responsibilities:
1. Program Management (55%)
Manage the planning and delivery of MCEE programs and events.
Create and maintain annual calendar of program delivery.
Work closely with Executive Director on content development/procurement as needed.
In consultation with Associate Director, lead recruitment for all programming, including: (i) developing and executing campaign strategies and promotional materials to publicize MCEE programs and events, and (ii) recruiting participants and expanding reach.
In collaboration with Associate Director, develop relationships with school districts to coordinate delivery of programming to schools and to identify new teachers and expand organization network.
With the support of Administrative Support Specialist, oversee program administration, including: (i) managing online registrations for programming, (ii) managing all logistics for programming (space, facilities, lodging, food, equipment, etc.), and (iii) managing preparation of all materials for programming (course materials, workshop agendas, evaluation tools and forms, etc.).

Manage program budgets, including: (i) developing program budgets with Executive Director’s approval, (ii) ensuring that programs operate within the approved budget, (iii) monitor and sign off on all budgeted program expenditures, and (iv) code all invoices and credit card expenses for programming per MCEE accounting procedures.
In consultation with Associate Director, ensure that all program sponsors are appropriately recognized throughout the program cycle of promotion/implementation/reporting.
With the support of Administrative Support Specialist, develop and implement a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the programs and identify areas for improvement, including: (i) analyzing participant data and recommending improvements for future applications, (ii) creating post-program financial reports, (iii) creating post-program reports (detailing participation and impacts) for grant reporting and other reports, and (iv) assisting in preparing program grant proposals and reports as needed.
Work closely with Executive Director to identify instructors for programming and evaluate the effectiveness of the instructors and curriculum content.
Lead organizational outreach efforts for conferences, events, and professional associations, including: (i) representing MCEE at the Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE) and the annual Minnesota Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) conference, (ii) representing MCEE at U of M K-12 Educators network and U of M K-12 Professional Development network meetings, (iii) coordinating arrangement for MCEE staff to attend Council on Economic Education (CEE) annual conference and other conferences as needed, and (iv) requesting staff to represent MCEE at conferences.
Supervise and manage student worker(s).
2. Communications & Marketing (40%)
In consultation with Associate Director and Executive Director, develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategies for the organization to ensure MCEE is positioned as the leader in economic and personal finance education.
In consultation with Associate Director, develop, implement, and evaluate marketing and promotional materials for programs and events.
In consultation with Associate Director, develop, implement, and evaluate annual communications plan for the organization, including: (i) deciding who, where, and when to disseminate online content, (ii) leading the generation of online content (including social media) that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action, (iii) tracking and measuring level of engagement of MCEE audience, and (iv) recommending improvements for future years.
Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of print and electronic collateral, including (i) leading the development and production of Annual Report and MCEE Board orientation packets, (ii) leading the design and development of all event materials such as posters, signs, and presentations, and (iii) coordinating production arrangements with graphic designers and printers, as well as overseeing the process from start to finish.
In consultation with Associate Director, coordinate and distribute press releases.
With the support of Administrative Support Specialist, manage MCEE website and keep it current, relevant, and effective.
Serve as staff lead for the Marketing Committee of the MCEE Board. Coordinate, attend and take minutes of the meeting.
3. Workflow and Teamwork (5%)
Accept, prioritize and complete assignments for a work group. Coordinate work schedule and vacation time with other staff members to provide office coverage. Attend professional development workshops as required by program needs. Occasional evening and weekend work is expected (approximately, five to seven times per year). Other work-related duties may be assigned.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Fringe benefits include employee health, dental, social security, retirement, and opportunities for promotion and professional development.

STARTING DATE: Negotiable upon offer, but no later than September 1, 2018.

About the Department

The Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization (501c3) housed in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The mission of MCEE is to equip Minnesotans with the economic and personal financial understanding needed to succeed in today’s complex economy. MCEE accomplishes its mission by developing and delivering professional development courses and workshops for K-12 teachers, providing direct programs to K-12 students, and working with community organizations in personal finance education for adults in diverse populations. For more information about MCEE, please visit .

How To Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position open until filled; applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, 2018.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at: and search for Requisition #325052. Please submit all materials online.

A COMPLETE application must include:
1) Cover letter outlining how your career goals, training, and experience support your candidacy
2) Resume or curriculum vitae
3) Contact information for three references who can comment on your abilities and experience

Email inquiries about the position are welcome, but formal application process is required. Contact: Donald Liu (, Executive Director, Minnesota Council on Economic Education.


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