Director of Strategic Initiatives and Exec Fellow

Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: Who We Are The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab focuses on identifying and testing ways to solve the world's most urgent energy and environmental challenges through cost effective and scalable programs or policies. Our goal is to assemble a portfolio of knowledge (using a variety of empirical methods ranging from "big data" and machine learning tools to randomized controlled trials) to generate new evidence about what works, for whom, and why, and to conduct benefit-cost analyses of different interventions to enable policymakers to prioritize resources for the combination of strategies that achieve the greatest social good per dollar spent. In addition to carrying out the work above, the University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab also, on occasion, conducts pro bono technical assistance to government agencies looking for rigorous data analysis and research support. The nature of our work as partners with government agencies requires adjusting to the pace of policymakers' work. This way of working is atypical for most research organizations, but gives us an unprecedented opportunity to partner with policymakers to help them maximize the positive impact of policies and programs that can improve lives and the environment. For more information on the Energy and Environment Lab go to:

Unit Job Summary: The Role The University of Chicago Energy and Environment Lab is seeking a Director of Strategic Initiatives and Executive Fellow with significant experience in environmental regulatory policy and practice to play a leadership role in expanding the Energy and Environment Lab's portfolio of work to identify, test and scale the most promising policy and regulatory approaches to protecting our environment and health. The Director of Strategic Initiatives and Executive Fellow will play a leadership role in accelerating the growth of evidence-based policy making across the country at the local, state and federal levels. The Director and Fellow will also be expected to work with students focused on careers in government and environmental policy. The successful candidate will have expertise in environmental policymaking as well as a demonstrated commitment to leveraging cutting edge research and other methods to inform policy. This position requires an individual who is able to work effectively with researchers, policymakers and philanthropists at the most senior levels and to bring these groups together to build a rich portfolio of applied research on the policy approaches with the most potential to improve the environment, health and welfare. The Director will be a full-time position. The Director will spend the fall quarter in Chicago at the University of Chicago and the rest of the time will be based at a remote location. Duties and Responsibilities - Develops and implements strategy to engage policy makers and government agencies across the country to identify analytical approaches to solve specific practical and research questions - Develops and implements strategy to engage researchers in a growing portfolio of cutting edge applied research projects - Develops and implements fundraising strategy to support work on a sustainable basis - Organizes and holds conferences for researchers, policymakers and philanthropists - Work with students focused on careers in government and environmental policy and provides mentorship and training to the next generation of leaders in these fields

Unit Education: - Bachelor's degree in business, political science, economics, or related discipline required. Advanced degree in law, political science, economics or related discipline strongly preferred.

Unit Experience: - 10 years of progressively advancing work experience in a research or policy-related field required. - Demonstrated experience working with senior leaders to develop evidence-based policy.

Unit Job Function Competencies: - Strong background in public policy required. - Strong written and verbal communication skills required. - Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines required. - Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required. - Ability to work both independently and as a team member required. - Ability to work discretely with sensitive and confidential information required.

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