Job Opportunity: Broadband Development Manager at Office of Broadband Development

It seems like this would be a good fit for someone reading the blog…

Job Class: State Program Administrator Manager Senior

Working Title:  Broadband Development Manager

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted:  05/09/2019
Closing Date:  05/29/2019
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Employment & Economic Development
Division/Unit:  Office of Broadband Development
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Travel Required: Yes
Salary Range: $35.74 – $51.41/hourly; $74,625 – $107,344/annually
Classified Status: Unclassified
Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary

This is a temporary unclassified position with an expected duration of up to two years.

This position is responsible for managing broadband program processes, staff and workflows, working with stakeholders on broadband development initiatives, the creation and implementation of program support activities; including those of the state’s Border-to-Border broadband grant program, and providing technical assistance to communities, associations and telecommunications providers in broadband development efforts throughout Minnesota.

Job Duties:

-Develop, manage and implement broadband program processes to support the broadband goals and priorities as defined by the agency and state statute in consultation with the Executive Director.
-Provide management and direction to broadband grant program staff.
-Promote DEED broadband programs and activities.
-Manage the broadband technical assistance program which serves grantees, communities, associations and providers in supporting broadband development activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree


Supervisory or managerial experience supervising direct reports of a professional level with demonstrated skills in hiring, setting priorities, training, providing work direction, performance management, coaching and developing staff;


Grants management experience;


Experience with broadband development activities, including working with broadband providers and communities on planning and development activities


Experience in financial analysis and operational budgets
Good problem-solving skills
Ability to deliver public presentations
Ability to create and deliver education and training materials
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Excellent human relations skills sufficient to perform supervisory duties and effectively develop and maintain relationships with a diverse client set

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree
Three or more years of professional experience in a broadband-related field
Project management experience
Process improvement experience

Additional Requirements

Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above.  If your skills match the required skills for this positon, the department may contact you.  Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists.  This may include a review of documentation related to job performance.  It includes contact with the applicant’s current and/or former employers.

A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on all finalists for this position.  A criminal conviction will not automatically remove you from consideration for employment.

When the position requires travel and the applicant drives a state owned or leased vehicle, a driver’s license and record check will be conducted

Apply to be on the next MN Broadband Task Force

Applications are now being accepted for the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

BOARD/COMMISSION:  Governor’s Task Force On Broadband
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St Paul, MN
Web Site

Supporting Entity/Enabling LegislationSupported by Department of Employment and Economic Development ENABLING LEGISLATION
EXECUTIVE. ORDER 11-27 replaced by Executive Order 19-10
Enabled: 08-25-2011 Expires: 04-07-2023

Diane Wells
(651) 259-7613
Membership includes a maximum of 15 members, representative of both metro and greater Minnesota. A balance of broadband interests, include: consumers, education institutions, health care institutions, telephone companies, cable companies, wireless companies, metropolitan areas and rural areas.
Entity Powers and Duties, Activity Summary

To develop, implement and promote state broadband policy, planning and initiatives to achieve State broadband needs and goals. Inventory, assess and report on various aspects of broadband. Develop a Minnesota Broadband Plan outline.
Good luck!

Career Opportunity at Blandin Foundation: Grants Program Assistant

An opportunity at Blandin – great mission, great people…

Grants Program Assistant

The Blandin Foundation is seeking a full-time Grants Program Assistant.  This position supports the grant and scholarship application and administration functions.

Candidates should have a high level of understanding and experience working with customer relationship management (CRM) databases as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years post-secondary education, with a 4-year degree beneficial, or demonstrated combination of education and applicable work experience.  Experience in the non-profit field is beneficial.

For a copy of the position description, please download the PDF file below.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and references to:

Shari Undeland
Human Resources Generalist
100 N. Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Deadline for application is May 22, 2019 or until position is filled.

Help wanted: Next Century Cities, Executive Director

Deb Socia has left some big shoes to fill but this is a great opportunity for someone to have an impact and not at all secretly I’d love to see that person come from MN become ED of Next Century Cities. (Although it is based in DC.)

The Executive Director’s primary responsibility will be the development and strategic leadership of the Next-Century Cities project, with a key focus on building and coordinating the project’s 21st Century Leadership Forum of elected officials and other city leaders.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Set and execute the overall strategy for the project
  • Recruit mayors and other elected officials to become members of Next Century Cities
  • Help conceptualize and coordinate key projects, including city-to-city learning, policymaker education, resource creation and curation, and demonstration projects
  • Lead the media strategy, including identifying and executing press opportunities
  • Liaise with and continue the conversation among elected leaders
  • Lead day-to-day operations of the project
  • Lead fundraising

Good luck!

Media Democracy Fund is Hiring a Program Officer

Media Democracy Fund is hiring – for a remote position…

The Media Democracy Fund (MDF) seeks a skilled manager and strategic thought partner experienced with communications and internet rights, technology policy, and development to fulfill its Program Officer position. The Program Officer is responsible for oversight and management of MDF’s grantmaking and contracts program, including grantee and contractor due diligence, grant and contract review, and annual docket development. This position will help design and administer MDF’s robust work with the field, which has a strategic focus on an open, secure and equitable internet through the effective use of research, communications, organizing, litigation, and policy advocacy. The Program Officer works collaboratively with the MDF team, managing the organization’s portfolio, distilling and reporting on key issues and strategies, and actively engaging with field leaders, funding partners, and issue-aligned supporters. The Program Officer must maintain an objective approach to the work and the varying strategies supported. This is a full time (1.0 FTE) position with travel required. MDF staff work remotely from several East coast cities.

While specific project assignments are subject to change at any time, MDF anticipates that, in 2019, the program officer position will work across MDF three priority areas (open, secure and equitable internet), while also supporting emergent initiatives, such as Platform Accountability and/or the Unicorn Fund. MDF is a rapidly growing and evolving organization; the portfolio management responsibilities for this position are subject to change.

For more information, please see the full job description.

Please send a resume and cover letter to amalia deloney, Program Director at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

NTEN offers free Tech Accelerate Community Call and $1,000 grants

NTEN is an organization that helps nonprofits with technology plans. I just got the following email and thought readers might have an interest and/or qualify for some of these advantages…

This spring, we’re expanding our free Tech Accelerate assessment tool by offering direct, expert advice from community members, and $1,000 grants to begin your improvements. We just published full details on the resources on our blog.


So, how can you take part?


📣 Community Call on May 9

Complete your organization’s free Tech Accelerate assessment by Tuesday, May 7, and you’ll receive access to an exclusive Community Call at 2pm ET/11am PT on Thursday, May 9. In the Call, an expert panel will share advice and recommendations for how your assessment can drive your organization forward.


💵 $1,000 grant for your completed assessment

If your organization completes your free Tech Accelerate assessment by Tuesday, May 7—whether you participate in the Community Call or not—you can apply for a $1,000 grant to invest in improving your organization’s technology effectiveness. Applications for the grants will be emailed to all organizations with completed assessments.


🔎 Tech Accelerate Demo on May 2

Need a refresher on what Tech Accelerate is, and how it could benefit your organization? Sign up for a free demo at 2pm ET/11am PT, Thursday, May 2. You’ll learn more about how and why we built Tech Accelerate, and how you can use it to evaluate your organization’s current technology investments and plans.

Government Experience Awards 2019 Call for Entries – Deadline May 2

It would be fun to see Minnesota sweep the awards…

The Center for Digital Government invites nominations for its Government Experience Awards, taking digital government awards to the next level, where we will celebrate achievements and learn best practices from jurisdictions and organizations that have gone to the web and beyond to radically improve upon the experience of government, and push the boundaries of how services are delivered!

Award information and Nomination Form:
Click Here or visit

Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019

All U.S. governments, agencies and departments are invited to nominate their overall user experience as well as single-focus projects/initiatives (free of charge).

Overall Experience Awards
All U.S. state, county and city governments, and U.S. federal agencies/departments may nominate their jurisdictions’ user experience for the Overall Experience Awards.

Award categories:
State Government
County Government
City Government

Project Experience Awards
U.S. state, local, and federal government individual agencies and departments may nominate their projects for the Project Experience Awards.

Award categories:

Entries may be submitted for the following areas (multiple areas per submission are allowed this year):


If you have any questions, please contact Janet Grenslitt, Director of Surveys and Awards,