UROC Executive Director Search

The University of Minnesota has launched a national search for the position of Executive Director of the Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). UROC's next executive director will build on the leadership of Heidi Lasley Barajas, who has served as executive director since 2011.

The position is open to individuals with a strong background in community-engaged research and partnership development, with knowledge and understanding of best practices in building mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships, participatory research, and community-engaged scholarship—especially in the context of urban communities.  As an academic research center, UROC is led by a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Therefore, eligible candidates will have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement in an academic discipline that qualifies them for an appointment as a tenured associate or full professor at the University of Minnesota. Detailed requirements are outlined in the full position description (link is below).

A nine member search committee, chaired by Professor Michael Oakes of the University's School of Public Health and composed of University faculty and community partners, will work to identify and screen candidates for UROC's top leadership position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Search committee members are:

Michael Oakes (chair), professor, UMN School of Public Health;
William English, community project director, Northside Job Creation Team;
Yingling Fan, associate professor, UMN, Humphrey School of Public Affairs;
Wokie Freeman, assistant city manager, City of Brooklyn Park;
Katie Johnston-Goodstar, assistant professor, UMN School of Social Work;
Shauen V.T. Pearce-Lassiter, director, Center Cities Competitiveness Initiative;
Cathy Polasky, senior policy advisor, Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith;
Virajita Singh, assistant vice provost, UMN Office for Equity and Diversity; and
David Weerts, associate professor, UMN College of Education and Human Development.

View position description.