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The University of Minnesota, Crookston is one of five campuses in the University of Minnesota land-grant system.  A small campus with access to big university resources, the U of M, Crookston is a coordinate campus that provides a unique applied learning and technology-driven approach to education, research and service.  Our 237-acre campus is located in Northwest Minnesota in the beautiful Red River Valley, one of the richest and most diversified agricultural regions in the United States and has an enrollment of 1,200 degree seeking students, with a total headcount of approximately 2,100 students. The U of M, Crookston has been recognized as a U.S. News "Best College" since 1999 in the "Midwest Public Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges" category.  The Crookston campus was ranked one of the "Most Wired Colleges in America" by Yahoo! Internet Life Online.  Our technology initiatives have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Converge magazine, Online Learning magazine and Minnesota Public Radio. Full time positions offer competitive salaries; vacation, holiday, and sick leave pay; retirement benefits; career enrichment programs; opportunities for advancement; free undergraduate tuition; health, dental, and life insurance benefits; pleasant working conditions; and convenient location and parking. A comprehensive explanation of available benefits can be viewed at:

Positions currently open at UMC are listed below. Visit the University of Minnesota’s official job site at for job open and close dates, position category, appointment term and type, promotional consideration information, complete application instructions, and other important information.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

POSITION: The Department Head (with faculty rank) reports to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and holds faculty rank concurrently with the term of appointment. The Department Head is the chief administrative officer and appointing authority responsible for a department organized for teaching, research, and service. The Department Head is expected to provide strong leadership and vision for growth, be active in professional organizations, and contribute to the department and the field while functioning as administrator in the department. Salary and benefits package is competitive. This is a full-time, 12-month, annual renewable position (nine-month appointment with three-month summer augmentation). Start date is June 15, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead the department in a manner consistent with the principles of shared governance and the negotiated agreement; provide leadership in curriculum development; advocate for department faculty and research in the department; promote and maintain a high-quality learning environment for diverse on-campus and online students; determine annual department goals, objectives, and plans; prepare, prioritize, and monitor budget requests and expenditures; participate effectively in shared leadership teams within Academic Affairs: represent the department on administrative groups; communicate and implement university and system policy; recruit, hire, and mentor new faculty; seek additional funding sources; espouse and practice principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity; keep current with new developments in their field; maintain involvement with professional organizations; and help advance the outreach mission of the University.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate degree, college level teaching and research experience in one of the department’s academic disciplines or closely related field; evidence of leadership abilities, solid communication skills, and strong interpersonal and team skills; track record of significant achievement in both teaching and research; demonstrated intercultural competency and commitment to diversity; and credentials appropriate for tenure and rank of associate professor or full professor within the department.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Currently tenured; experience in college-level administration, new program development, obtaining Agriculture and Natural Resources accreditation; experience in decision making for livestock operations and facility management; experience administering online education; online teaching, research, and/or professional experience in rural entrepreneurship and/or economic development. Working experience with Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) for teaching and research is a plus.
Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 1, 2016. Applications must include unofficial transcript. The chosen candidate will be required to submit official transcripts and complete a background check prior to confirmation of an offer. Visit for complete instructions on how to apply electronically. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Barbara Keinath, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, at

WELLNESS CENTER DIRECTOR (Class #8316P3 – Recreational Professional 3)
Full-time, 12-month position. The compensation package includes excellent fringe benefits.
JOB SUMMARY: The Wellness Center Director contributes to the University’s mission and vision by providing wellness programs and services to encourage students and employees at the University to live and commit to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The Wellness Center Director provides overall direction for wellness programs, including group fitness, and personal training, testing and assessment programs, wellness-related education, and event coordination. The Director is responsible for supervising Wellness Center staff and will serve as a liaison between University departments, system wellness initiatives, external constituents, and other areas. Some evening and weekend work is required.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Programming responsibilities (70%) including responsible for providing senior level professional recreation and wellness related programs and services; development and oversight of the wellness program offerings including group fitness, personal fitness and training, and testing and assessment, including development of curriculum and courses to prepare individuals for national certification programs (ACSM, ACE, etc.); pursuit of accreditation for existing in-house training programs; and development of continuing education classes (CEUs); coordinate efforts to attract and host conferences, workshops, camps, special events, and clinics; collaborate with Academic Affairs in the creation and maintenance of a living laboratory within the Wellness Center; assist the Wellness Center staff in the development, coordination and scheduling of classes, programs, special events, and services; and develop new programming in alignment with the needs and interests of a diverse student and employee population. Some evening and weekend work is required. Administrative/Management/Staff Development responsibilities (30%) including responsible for supervising and training Wellness Center staff. Responsible for assigning work, monitoring performance of employees, and conducting annual performance reviews; provide leadership, coaching, and development opportunities; lead the fitness equipment assessment and replacement process for the Wellness Center. This includes researching, planning, and making recommendations to the Wellness Center Advisory Committee and Student Service Fee Committee; responsible for the purchase of new equipment and maintenance of existing equipment; assist in the development and management of annual operating budget; work in collaboration with the Wellness Center Advisory Committee in an ex-officio capacity in order to uphold the mission of the Wellness Center; maintain policy and procedure manuals in accordance with departmental objectives and national standards and guidelines; assess the utilization and effectiveness of the Wellness Center facility and programs/services; remain current in exercise science and wellness discipline; and other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: BA/BS plus at least 4 years of professional experience in a fitness setting or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years; demonstrated experience in personnel management/supervision, finances, fitness management, personal training and/ or staff or instructional training; and / or programming; and in-depth knowledge and experience in the fitness and wellness industry. Final job offer contingent upon complete background check and receipt of official transcripts.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in kinesiology, recreation, exercise science and wellness, or related field; five years paid work experience in a campus recreation setting; three years supervisory experience; ability to multi-task and experience working as a leader promoting collaboration; demonstrated commitment to and appreciation for issues of diversity and community; excellent writing and verbal communication skills; effective interpersonal, team building, and time management skills; personal trainer and/or fitness instructor experience; experience in development of holistic wellness; demonstrated experience in staff supervision, staff training and student development; ability to solve complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions; ability to work independently with minimal guidance; and professional certification from a nationally recognized organization (e.g. ACE, ACSM, NSCA).
APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Visit for complete instructions on how to apply electronically.

DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS (Class #9351M3 - Student Services Manager 3)
Admissions Department

Full-time, twelve month position. A competitive fringe benefits package is offered.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston, the Director is responsible for all strategic student recruitment planning, outreach activities, office management, and the development and execution of an integrated annual and long-term enrollment plan, which will enable the campus to identify, recruit, select, and enroll qualified high school students, transfer students, and working professionals from diverse populations and geographic locations. Supervising a team of 16 and overseeing an operational and recruitment budget of $1.1 million, the director will work in collaboration with all internal stakeholders to develop and implement comprehensive and aggressive on-campus and online recruitment strategies, targeted marketing tactics and related activities to achieve the University’s student enrollment and multicultural goals. The Director is expected to collaborate with the Directors of Admissions at the University of Minnesota system campuses to enhance system-wide recruitment efforts as well as collaborate with the Director of University Relations in the development of communication strategies for a variety of market segments that address prospective students, application processes, and pre-enrollment phases of the admissions process to serve the University’s overall enrollment objectives.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) and significant documented experience in a senior management position leading a successful college or university office of admissions are required. Evidence of progressively increased responsibilities, experience with recruitment of domestic, international, on-campus, and online student populations and proficiency with admissions technology will be expected of the Director. Additionally, a strong appreciation for and commitment to the value of a hands-on experiential education in a residential setting, an understanding of the value of online learning in serving nontraditional students, excellent communication, management, leadership, organizational and teambuilding skills that promote a collegial environment, are expected of the Director. Some travel in-state and out-of-state is required to represent UMC at recruitment events.
APPLICATION AND NOMINATION: Review of applications will begin March 8, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


Two 75% time (30 hours per week), 9-month positions at $11.59/hr. starting as soon as possible thereafter. Hours of work and days of week will vary, including evening work and weekend work. The compensation package includes excellent fringes.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Set up/serving/cleaning of food, line server, kitchen helper, and maintain clean & sanitary conditions, may include banquet work on weekends and evenings.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to read, write, and understand English; stand up for up to four hours at a time, and occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. Ability to work evenings and weekends. Preference given to applicants with previous food service experience. Final job offer is contingent upon successful background check.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Visit the University of Minnesota’s job site at for job open and close dates, position category, appointment term and type and complete application instructions. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Math, Science and Technology Department

Twelve month, full-time position in the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) starting February 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. A competitive fringe benefits package is offered.
JOB SUMMARY: The person in this position will work primarily with the informatics labs within the MST Department; which include a high performance 3D immersive lab, a comprehensive technology enhanced classroom with various multimedia devices, and a collaborative learning facility which uses multiple large format multi-touch, multi-user devices for interdisciplinary undergraduate research and classroom labs. These facilities use technologies such as Microsoft Pixelsense tables, large format multi-touch displays, immersive visualization, and various projectors and multimedia devices.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential responsibilities of this position are two-fold. Software development & maintenance: including responsible for maintaining, operating, and evolving the immersive 3D Display systems, multi-user, multi-touch devices, and a variety of projection-based displays. Faculty/Student support: Including responsible for providing technical support for faculty and students. The visualization and simulation lab supports courses such as computer graphics, 3D modelling and programming, simulation programming, and game design and development. This position closely collaborates with faculty from different disciplines to develop software tailored to meet their requirements for modelling and simulation, which involves activities such as analysis, design, documentation, coding and debugging of software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Modeling & Simulation, Data Visualization, or related technical field; experience with 2D/3D design, modeling and computer simulation; proficiency with C++, C# (.Net, WPF), Java, OpenGL/ API OpenGL, Microsoft XNA, Direct3D; proficiency with Graphical User Interfaces for multiple platforms; and ability to read, write, and understand English. Final job offer is contingent on successful background check and receipt of official transcripts.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Modeling & Simulation, Data Visualization, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related technical field; effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; capacity for creative problem solving and innovation; background and interest in gaming/virtual reality; experience with computer networking; industrial experience with preference to game industry, 3D graphics and visualization, and human-computer interaction; and experience working in an academic institution.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of application materials will begin January 15, 2015 and continue until position is filled. Visit for complete instructions on how to apply electronically. Please include copy of college transcripts. Calls of inquiry welcome by contacting Dr. Joseph Shostell, MST Department Head by telephone: (218) 281-8257 or e-mail:

MAINTENANCE CARPENTER (Classification #6059)
Facilities Management

12-month, full-time, position starting February 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. An excellent fringe benefits package is offered.
JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for performing a wide variety of building, remodeling, maintenance, and repair of property at the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. This may include, but is not limited to, painting, mechanical repair, plumbing, etc.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs general carpentry work (both rough and finish) involved in the erecting of wooden building frames, the making and installation of exterior and interior trim, doors, windows, stairways, the laying of floors, cabinet making, and other interior finishing work. Repairs and constructs office furniture and fixtures, including cabinets, counters, shelves, tables, and desks. Remodels and repairs farm structures such as barns, hog sheds, and temporary animal housings. Constructs concrete forms. Inspects doors, windows, and locks, and replaces broken or worn door locks. Checks campus buildings for needed repair and makes necessary repairs. May occasionally shingle and repair roofs; erect scaffolds; lay linoleum, cement celetox ceiling blocks; repair/make screens.
Completion of vocational school in carpentry and three years of journeyman carpentry experience. Journey-level work experience may substitute for education on a year for year basis. Able to read, write, and understand English. Final job offer contingent upon complete background check.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Visit the University of Minnesota’s job site at for job open and close dates, position category, appointment term and type and complete application instructions. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Math, Science, and Technology Department

Full-time, 12-month position at $15.24/hr. starting February 1, 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is a third-level office and administrative position, which has discretionary authority and independent responsibility. Work is performed under general guidelines and requires the establishment of priorities. Given the nature of this position-working in the central MST Office, it is of utmost importance to maintain confidentiality.
RESPONSIBILITIES: 30%-Coordinate department functions and special events and activities; work closely with faculty staff and constituency groups to meet the goals of the department and campus; perform public relations functions; ensure information dissemination for internal and external constituencies; coordinate logistics such as room scheduling, food, prepare agendas and packets, prepare event summary/minute, and distribute information to event participants; provide technical expertise and logistic support for multiple department events; coordinate registration, contests, advisor sessions and awards ceremonies; and coordinate and work booths at expos and off-campus events. 15%-Arrange schedules and register incoming new freshman and transfer students; prepare and communicate class schedules; establish, coordinate, and communicate student registration; monitor schedules and update on a timely basis; and arrange semester schedules and registration. 10%-Create and update websites, create and update brochures, create advertisements for newsprint, magazines, and other publications; promotion of department programs and services; design and maintain web site; develop program marketing and informational strategies; create and schedule advertisements for newsprint, magazines, and electronic media; create, coordinate, and develop press releases of accomplishment of program goals; design calendars and promotional items, secure sponsors, arrange printing, and distribution; maintain and update website for each program area; and create and update multiple department brochures. 15%- Arrange and coordinate prospective student visits and arrange meetings with appropriate faculty and staff; maintain effective liaisons with other staff, and coordinate student and parent visits with faculty expertise and schedules 10%-Assist faculty members with technology implementation and use; provide faculty support for instructional technology applications; assist with development of on-line courses; and troubleshoot and resolve hardware and software problems. 10%- Track budgets and bills and ensuring compliance with University policies and procedures, monitor budget expenditures and balances; and audit monthly budgets. 10%- Serve on campus committees; writing, assembling statistics, and formatting program reviews; provide department program support and day-to-day office support such as filing and maintaining records; train and supervise student workers; and coordinate textbook orders with bookstore. These percentages will vary depending on assignments from Department Head.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma/GED and four years of related office experience, training/education may be substituted for some of the years of experience; high level of proficiency in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and alphabetization; computer experience with knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel; and ability to read, write and understand English. Final job offer contingent upon complete background check.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Strong interpersonal, communication, time management, and team building skills; knowledge of programs offered by academic department; ability to work well with students, staff and faculty; experience working in a higher education environment, and knowledge of record keeping and bookkeeping procedures.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Visit for complete instructions on how to apply electronically.

POSITIONS: The Athletic Department may need coaches or assistant coaches on a short-term or temporary basis during the 2015-2016 academic year in one or more of the following areas: Baseball, Equestrian, Football, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Fastpitch Softball, Women’s Golf, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, and Women’s Volleyball.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor's degree and prior playing and/or coaching experience in the particular sport. Final job offer contingent upon complete background check and receipt of official transcripts.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications must be submitted online. Visit fo
r complete instructions on how to apply electronically using Athletics Job ID #301760. In addition to submitting the requested information, if you have the ability to scan your college transcripts, please do so.

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