Assistant Director, Office for Public Policy Outreach

Richmond, VA
Sep 25, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director, Office for Public Policy Outreach

The mission of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is to:

  • Engage, teach and inspire students and leaders to understand and solve challenges in our world.
  • Advance research that informs public policy and decision making to improve our communities.
  • Collaborate with communities through innovative partnerships to enhance quality of life.

In support of this mission and the University's goals, the Wilder School's Office for Public Policy Outreach:

  • Coordinates the Wilder School's Public Policy Poll, providing insight for policy makers, media and academics into the public's perspective on issues of public safety, economic development and education.
  • Works with faculty throughout the University and students within the Wilder School to equip those groups with skills in translating public policy relevant academic findings into targeted insights and recommendations for policy makers, including the Virginia General Assembly.
  • Briefs under-represented issues in a timely fashion for key committees in the Virginia General Assembly as a way of increasing the knowledge to which policymakers have access in making policy decisions.
  • Provides interested policy-makers and members of the public with monthly electronic newsletters on key topics within the areas of education (through the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, a program of OPPO) and other policy areas.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Office for Public Policy Outreach (OPPO), part of the Center for Public Policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking applications for an Assistant Director of OPPO to begin August 2017 to support the Office's research and training mission. The full-time non-tenure track position will hold the rank of Instructor. An openness to teaching one course per semester in the Wilder School is also preferred.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Support OPPO's Director in developing, fielding (through contracted services), analyzing and promoting the findings of the Wilder School's semi-annual Public Policy Poll. Act as primary author/editor of poll reports and coordinate with the Wilder School's communications staff to plan press availabilities and releases to communicate the findings of the poll to the broader public.
  • Coordinate OPPO's Translational Research Fellows program, including assisting the Director of OPPO in selecting Fellows from among those nominated, providing feedback on translational research deliverables, supporting Fellows in scheduling and conducting meetings with key legislators and facilitating follow-up communications.
  • Coordinate the stakeholder engagement, prioritization, writing and distribution of OPPO's Legislative Research Service briefings in support of selected Virginia General Assembly committees.
  • Maintain OPPO website and social media presence, insuring regular content.
  • Oversee work of any graduate assistants, interns or contract workers assigned to or contracted by OPPO.
  • Other tasks as designated by the Director of OPPO.

Required Qualifications

Required qualifications include:

  • a master's degree in Political Science or Public Policy (PhD preferred), or a closely related field of study at the time of employment.
  • demonstrated experience in institutional communications, including newsletter writing/editing/design, managing website and social media content.
  • strong skills in critical analysis and concise policy writing.
  • ability to plan for and manage multiple tasks and project timelines in a time-sensitive environment.
  • ability to oversee and coordinate the work of graduate assistants, students engaged in internships and the work of contractors for specific projects.
  • demonstrated competency in SPSS or other statistical analysis software, T4 or other website content management platform and Microsoft Office.
  • experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include:

  • demonstrated experience in coordinating the development and publication of public opinion surveys.
  • demonstrated experience working with legislators and legislative processes.
  • ability to teach one course per semester within the programs offered by the Wilder School (public policy, public administration, criminal justice, urban and regional planning, homeland security/emergency preparedness).

Application Process: This position is a 12-month non-tenure eligible teaching/research faculty appointment, with an academic rank of Instructor, subject to the University's policies and procedures governing administrative and professional faculty appointments as noted on the following link

All Applications must be submitted online through and should include a cover-letter, detailed resume/CV with the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without checking with the candidate.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For additional information about the Wilder School please visit our website at

“Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.”


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