ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Initiative on Cities (8929/G2617)

Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The BU Initiative on Cities (IOC) seeks a full-time Associate Director to oversee operations, branding and finances for our growing portfolio of research projects and programs, and contribute to our strategic vision. The Associate Director is responsible for coordinating the successful implementation of high profile research projects in partnership with academic researchers and external stakeholders, managing the Initiative's operating budget and external grants, overseeing large multi-discipline conferences and managing student staff. The Associate Director also helps to conceive and launch new IOC initiatives and explore new strategic partnerships, and liaises with and manages our Faculty Advisory Council. The ideal candidate is passionate about cities and urban challenges, intellectually curious, a strong communicator, relentlessly detail oriented and deadline driven. She/he is also highly collaborative and enthusiastic about working across and breaking down silos. In this spirit, she/he is comfortable and confident working with individuals at various levels of seniority within higher education, the private sector, and the public sector, including mayors and other elected officials. The ideal candidate must also be equally capable working as a team member and as a team leader.

About the Initiative on Cities

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) was co-founded in 2014 by the City of Boston’s longest-serving mayor, Tom Menino, and BU Professor of Political Science, Graham Wilson. We are a cross-university research initiative that seeks to bridge the divide between urban scholarly research and local governance, both domestically and internationally. We work with a wide breadth of academic disciplines at BU, including political science, environmental science, computer science, public health, social work, engineering, sociology and others in order to apply academic talent and tools to solve pressing urban issues. The Initiative also conducts research and forges strategic external partnerships at the local, national and international level, and leads an annual survey of American mayors, the Menino Survey of Mayors. We convene multi-stakeholder conferences, host on-campus seminars, and lead an executive education program on urban governance and power together with the BU Questrom School of Business. The Initiative nurtures student passion for local government through our fellowships that embed BU undergraduate and graduate students in mayors’ offices in the U.S. and abroad.

Required Skills

3-5 years of experience and a bachelor's degree required/ master's degree preferred.

The ideal applicant will have:

- At least 4 years of professional experience and/or a Master’s degree in a related field
- Project and financial management experience
- Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent writing and presentation skills
- Experience establishing new projects and forging new relationships
- Experience working with or in government a plus
- Experience supporting qualitative or quantitative research endeavors or other types of projects involving numerous stakeholders a plus

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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