Director of the Institute of Public Policy

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Job ID 28545
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri (MU) is seeking a full-time Director for the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) to oversee rigorous policy research that supports faculty, practitioners, and policymakers in Missouri and nationally. The Director will provide academic, administrative, and strategic leadership for the IPP and its affiliated faculty and staff.

Position Overview

The Institute of Public Policy was launched in 2000 by MU's Truman School of Public Affairs for the purpose of providing a university source of independent, public policy analysis.

IPP works to examine critical public policy issues for policy makers and citizens through non-partisan research and policy analysis, program evaluation, training, and consulting. IPP's capacity and expertise has recently been expanded by a merger with the Office of Social Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA). For 40 years, OSEDA has provided decision and policy support by developing tools to gather and manage data, including developing web-based applications, data management and data analysis systems, and providing the expertise to transform data into useful information through applied research.

This position is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track, ranked faculty position with an administrative appointment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Academic Leadership
    • Develop collaborations with faculty from the Truman School, Extension, and the broader academic community to perform research that addresses local, state, and national needs.
    • Provide scientific direction and ensure that research projects are rigorous and high quality.
    • Engage in research through collaboration, outreach, grant and contract funding.
    • Disseminate research findings to research, practitioner, and policymaker audiences.
  • Administrative Leadership
    • Serve as the chief administrative officer for the Institute, overseeing all aspects of faculty, staff and project management.
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to secure additional funding from public and private sources to support Institute programs and initiatives.
    • Manage the resources, personnel and implementation of policy analysis services, projects, education programming, and other Institute initiatives.
  • Strategic Leadership
    • Work with the IPP Advisory Board and provide leadership for the development and implementation of the Truman School and Extensions' vision, planning, staffing, budgeting, and programming related to public policy.
    • Engage in innovative outreach initiatives at the state, regional and national levels of government and be a recognized leader across the university and the state.


  • An earned Ph.D. in a discipline or program related to public policy, public administration, economics, political science, community development, or a closely related field.
  • Professional experience in designing, conducting, and evaluating policy analysis research, services, and education programs, preferably including demonstrated leadership within state and local government.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead within an academic environment, and work with interdisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, develop, and grow individuals, teams, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated personnel and fiscal management capabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, and equal opportunity in programming, staffing, and services.
  • The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs advances the study and practice of governance in Missouri, the nation and world. Truman faculty, students, and policy analysts conduct cutting-edge research that make important contribution to theory and practice across diverse areas of scholarship.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 11/30/2018
Application Due: 1/29/2019
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