Executive Director

Jun 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), a research institute at the University of Chicago, is closing the knowledge gap on terrorism and international security. We engage in data-driven, non-partisan research that studies how new forms of violence are disrupting nations around the world. We share our findings with policy makers and partners in the intelligence and diplomatic communities to give them an early warning of emerging threats. Our goal is to identify new trends and craft responses before they threaten our security.

Unit Job Summary: Reporting to the Founder and Director, the Executive Director shapes and executes the strategic vision as well as day to day management, development, budgeting, outreach, media, and strategic planning for the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST). The ED will oversee outreach, staff management, policy impact, development, programming, board management, and help set strategic research priorities of a non-partisan data-driven center that aims to close the knowledge gap on terrorism and international security. A good fit for a motivated individual looking to make their mark at the intersection of the security, policy, and academic worlds. The Executive Director ensures the center achieves existing research, policy impact, and development goals while driving future growth - Develop and execute the vision and strategy of the Center - Ensure day to day operations run smoothly with help of administrative coordinator - Build CPOST's national presence through media products and professional written material - Drive growth in private and corporate philanthropy - Identify funding opportunities and produce grant applications for government and foundation support - Develop new strategic partnerships in Chicago, DC, and beyond - Design event programming for small and large scale events - Support the CPOST board of advisors - Coordinate across research projects and ensure timeline adherence for deliverables - Prepare and maintain moderately complex budgets for project and institutional funding - Manage the full time, part time, and student workers at the center - Interface with other CPOST faculty directors as well as other University centers - Oversee the administrative coordinator as they perform their duties including - Coordinate and manage complex arrangements for both local and international travel, providing faculty support, managing payroll - Oversee hiring searches

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree preferred,

Unit Experience: Minimum of two years of progressively responsible management experience preferred. Experience with fundraising preferred Experience growing organizations and systematization of operations required. Strong writing and ability to write as the voice of an organization required. Strong technical skills evidenced by proficiency in common office productivity software applications (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat) required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong management skills and ability to mentor junior staff required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to represent the center in a public forum required. Ability to balance short term and long term goals required. Ability to motivate a team of professionals and students required. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion required. Ability to support positive organizational culture despite workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and deadlines required. Proficiency with word processing applications and spreadsheets and databases required.

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