The Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development (OERD) is NIU’s most entrepreneurial externally focused unit. OERD staff members help advance the university’s mission by applying their subject matter expertise, networks, creativity, and initiative to address regional, state, national and global challenges and opportunities. Primary responsibilities of OERD are to leverage the division’s knowledge of the region; encourage and support collaboration with communities, create and develop funding and revenue generation models, and position NIU as a national thought leader. The result of this work is to attract external funding, inform policy-making, increase college and career readiness across our region, and provide NIU with access to prospective students and their families, professional associations, and alumni. In executing these responsibilities, OERD staff understand partnerships as assets, collaboration as a standard of practice, and networks of partners, stakeholders, and customers as a primary organizing principle. OERD employees regularly represent the university and the division on significant issues and policy initiatives.
To do this requires excellent communication and highly effective relationship development and management. OERD employees use these skills to engage in direct two-way interaction with NIU’s external communities through the development, exchange and application of research and knowledge for mutual benefit. This type of place-based, public engagement supports both community needs and NIU imperatives, enhancing town-gown and regional collaboration towards common goals and creating value for the university. As a division, OERD is largely self-sustaining, requiring that employees be skilled at developing funding mechanisms to support people and policy initiatives. OERD hires and evaluates employees based on their demonstrated ability to succeed in a dynamic environment that demands a high level of teamwork, ingenuity, independence, and accountability. The division is also committed to fostering a deeper level of engagement with faculty, staff, and students across the university and increasing integration of the outreach-and-engagement agenda of OERD with other aspects of the NIU mission. Primary FunctionOutreach and Engagement Instructors are professionals who conduct the division’s multitude of outreach and engagement activities with customers and partners across the region. This position will be primarily focused on instructional tasks - curriculum development, delivery of instruction, assessment and evaluation. Outreach and Engagement Instructors operate independently with minimal supervision and collaborate intentionally with colleagues across the division and across the university.