Mansueto Executive Director

Location
Chicago
Posted
Jun 03, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation is a new cross-disciplinary institute at the University of Chicago, established by a $35 million dollar gift from Joe and Rika Mansueto. The goal of the Institute is to enhance the University's strengths in urban scholarship and education and accelerate work across campus. As a major new initiative, the Institute will bring together relevant programs in the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities, to develop an understanding of the fundamental processes that drive, shape, and sustain cities. The Mansueto Institute will serve as a hub for the University's rich array of urban research in the social, natural and computational sciences, the professional schools, and the humanities. Working closely with urban-focused entities on campus ranging from the Urban Education Institute to the Urban Labs to the Office of Civic Engagement, the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation will also contribute to the University's efforts to translate research into effective practices and programs around the most complex questions facing cities locally, nationally and around the world.

Unit Job Summary: About the Role: The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago is seeking an Executive Director to set and implement strategic goals for the institute, identify growth opportunities, and oversee the institute's internal operations and external engagement. The Executive Director will report to the Faculty Director of the Mansueto, Professor Luis Bettencourt. The Executive Director must have a proven record in partnership development, policy engagement, urban engagement, and staff management. This is a senior-level position and provides the creative opportunity to work directly with a network of leading academics and policymakers to advance urban research. Reporting to the Faculty Director, the Executive Director will serve as a key leader for the Mansueto Institute with primary focus on continuously developing, enhancing, and effectively overseeing programming and operations. The Executive Director will take a leadership role in developing support strategies ensuring the continued success of the Mansueto Institute while generating new and creative events and initiatives. The Executive Director will work closely with key campus partner offices, such as the Urban Education Institute, Urban Labs, and OCE. In conjunction with the Faculty Director, the Executive Director manages the work of the Executive Assistant. Responsibilities Include: Outreach and Development for the Institute: - Identify, build, and manage strategic relationships with partners, including affiliated agencies and individuals, funders, academic organizations, and other outside sources. - Identify, build, and manage strategic relationships with University-internal partners, including institutes and centers, academic departments and divisions, and other groups. - Develop and execute a strategy to facilitate effective outreach to parties interested in the work of the Mansueto and to represent the Director and the institute in national and international collaborations, conferences, and consortiums. - Develop and execute a development strategy to support the Institute's strategic goals in consultation with the Faculty Director and central university development. Engage with donors and development prospects to represent the strategic and philanthropic goals of the institute. - Provide direction and leadership in consultation with the Faculty Director surrounding the Mansueto's efforts to support urban research. - Meet with and build relationships with key partners in governments, non-profits, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector. Grant and Research Management: - Develop relationships with Foundation and federal Program Officers to obtain new grants or renewals. Advise on proposal development, progress reports, and the negotiation of terms of awards as needed. - Provide direction and leadership for research projects. - Identify gaps or needs within the research portfolio, and facilitate external collaboration for particular projects, from experts from complementary disciplines, as needed. - Provide direction and leadership for the development of events and programs, including seminars, conferences, and workshops. Organizational Leadership: - Promote an organizational culture that fosters commitment to the institute's mission, to excellent work and to building and maintaining a collaborative, inclusive and multi-cultural work environment. - Develop and advise on personnel recruitment and retention strategies to optimize retention and assure competitive recruiting status.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of ten years of administrative, managerial, and/or program management experience, or equivalent, required. A minimum of five years of directly related work experience in an organization of similar size and complexity, or equivalent, required. Fundraising and development experience, both individual giving as well as corporate, private and federal grants, required. Experience with program planning, budget management, and staff management required. A minimum of two years of program management or related experience preferred. Experience in higher education preferred. Knowledge of local and national philanthropic communities and cultural institutions preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Excellent verbal and written communications skills required. Ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with faculty and others required. Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required. Ability to prioritize, delegate, and manage effectively required. Ability to understand and communicate goals and progress required. Ability to work under pressure required. Attention to detail required. Demonstrated success in navigating the challenges of working within a complex, decentralized environment required. Exposure to, and an understanding of, an academically rigorous research university environment required. Knowledge of standard computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Adobe standard email and internet applications, and graphics programs) required. Use of analytical and problem solving skills to exercise sound, self-motivated, independent decisions required. Ability to successfully manage a workload which balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of managing a busy operation required. Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally and work some evenings and weekends required.