Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

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Hyde Park Campus

2330058 Ctr-Race, Politics & Culture

About the Unit
The Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture was established in 1994 under the direction of Professor Michael Dawson. From its inception, faculty, students, and staff who have been involved with the Center have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. Scholars affiliated with the Center have also endeavored to make race and ethnicity central topics of intellectual investigation at the University of Chicago by fostering interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public debate among students and faculty

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Job Summary

Provides strategic leadership for the Center in conjunction with Center Director and Executive Board. Internally, serves as a liaison to faculty, staff, students, academic departments, University centers, and administrative units of the University. Externally, serves as a liaison to faculty, centers, universities, and leaders in politics and culture in the local Hyde Park community, city of Chicago, nationally, and internationally.


  • Collaborates with the Center director and affiliates in setting a strategic vision for the Center.
  • Develops strategies for outreach, establishing connections with organizations and a range of institutions of research, culture, and higher education on the local, national, and international level.
  • Helps identify and implement strategies for development, creating connections with foundations, federal funders, and individual donors. Helps set a vision for Center programming including, but not limited to, workshops, conferences, colloquia, and training programs.
  • Collaborates with others to make the Center a valuable resource to all students and faculty and contributes to the University's broader goals of making the institution more diverse and inclusive.
  • Has overall responsibility for the management, staffing, budgeting, and development of Center-wide programming.
  • Works closely with faculty, staff, students, and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching through programming.
  • Develops and helps support curricular and/or co-curricular programs that engage the entire campus community and create important opportunities for collaboration.
  • Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts to increase the visibility of the Center on campus and off.
  • Oversees the coordination of planning for core programmatic operations and shared program spaces.
  • May serve as a permanent member of the Center's policy committee, convening the committee, developing policies in conjunction with it, and working with staff and building users to oversee implementation of the policy committee's decisions.
  • Collaborate with Director on setting and implementing strategic vision for the Center. Supervise administrative staff and manage programming, budgets, fiscal operations, outreach and grant-seeking of the Center for the Study of Race, politics and culture.
  • Manage and supervise Center sponsored events, programs and outreach activities.
  • Evaluate programming proposals and identify and implement new programming priorities. Identify and develop information on funding opportunities, draft grant proposals, and plan and manage fundraising activities.
  • Represent the Center as an official representative of the University, community, nationally and internationally, as well as at meetings, conferences, art exhibitions and installations, and similar scholarly artistic and civic venues.
  • Design, implement and expand and upgrade media strategy by both providing the overall vision and the strategic design, but also responsibility for ensuring the design and implementation of needed infrastructure to fulfill the strategic goals.

  • Have deep knowledge of the intellectual mission of the Center and be able to design and implement from scratch both intellectual and artistic programming for the Center as well as support the ongoing effort of Director and faculty affiliates in their programming efforts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to communicate to large group as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, and others required
  • Demonstrated leadership experience

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Masters required
  • PhD in related field is preferred

  • A minimum of seven years of program management and or related experience preferred.
  • Exposure to, and an understanding of, an academically rigorous research university environment preferred
  • Experience with endowment campaigns, cultivating individual corporate and foundation support as well as coordinating development events preferred
  • Financial management experience
  • Experience in continuing education
  • Fundraising and development experience
  • Grant proposal experience

Technical Knowledge or skills:
  • Knowledge of the University of Chicago and the City of Chicago

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required.

Required Documents
  • Resume or CV
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 5/28/2018
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