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UND seeks presidential event coordinator during hiring freeze

As some academic areas at UND are in the midst of a hiring freeze, the UND president's office is seeking to replace a retiring event coordinator and assistant to the first lady whose duties would be based in arranging entertainment.

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As some academic areas at UND are in the midst of a hiring freeze, the UND president’s office is seeking to replace a retiring event coordinator and assistant to the first lady whose duties would be based in arranging entertainment.

The full-time event coordinator position posted in an internal job listing is salaried at more than $60,000 annually, plus benefits.

Duties for the position include picking up all necessary supplies for events hosted by the UND President Mark Kennedy and first lady Debbie Kennedy, managing invitations and RSVPs and “(serving) as bartender” for UND football and hockey suite events.
The listing for the job breaks down required duties into four main areas: Presidential events, suite manager for UND football and hockey, suite host and assistant to the first lady.

Coordinating presidential events is listed as 40 percent of the job. To account for the rest of the time, managing the sports suites would be 30 percent, acting as suite host would be 5 percent and assisting the first lady would be 10 percent.

The assistant portion of the role would involve coordinating and scheduling Kennedy’s appointments, arranging for minor repairs at the university house and working with the first lady on entertaining needs.

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Though the job’s responsibilities focus almost entirely on events and entertainment, the listing states the coordinator could be requested to manage organizational facets for search committees tasked with filling university leadership positions.

The coordinator also could be requested to serve as “back-up coverage” for the president’s front office. UND spokesman Peter Johnson said hiring for tenure track faculty has been halted until June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

Staff hires currently are subject to a “soft freeze,” Johnson said, meaning that hiring for such positions would have to be approved by the university president.

“Those are the kinds of positions it would be tough to be without,” Johnson said, adding the coordinator “serves as a liaison kind of position” which helps the president interface with leaders and community members.

Johnson cited the recent hiring of UND chief information officer Madhavi Marasinghe as an example of an approved position.

Marasinghe will oversee all informational technology on campus and act as UND’s point person for consolidation of IT functions within the North Dakota University System.

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