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Northern Lakes Economic Alliance President

Position Overview

The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) is an economic development 501 C-3 organization that represents a partnership between county governments, which currently include Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties, MSU Extension and business entities.

As part of MSU Extension’s Community, Food and Environment Institute, this position provides educational leadership with a focus on economic development. In this position, you will serve as the NLEA President working with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the NLEA program of work. This includes: lead initiatives that identify needs of the community, monitor current issues and develop programming related to economic development with an emphasis on creation and retention of job opportunities, marketing the counties as a positive business locale, and assisting businesses and industries with business services.

You will assist community members, business leaders and government officials to understand the economic, social, political and environmental impact of economic development and promote active citizen participation while acting as facilitator, counselor and educator to assist existing businesses with retention and expansion of their enterprises.

You will be responsible for designing, implementation and evaluation of programming based on research and the needs of clientele. Acting as a resource to staff, Extension personnel and clientele, you will disseminate research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles.


Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)

·        Master’s degree required; Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study related to business, public administration, finance, economic development, or related field, are invited to apply with the understanding that completion of a master’s degree will be required within a specified time frame, in a related field, after employment.

Application Process
To view the full position description and required qualifications, please visit the applicable Michigan State University careers page at Search for posting number 642523 using the Job Search field.

Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email addresses.

Application deadline is 7/15/2020.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.
The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.