Deputy Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse

Location
Tucson, AZ
Posted
Oct 05, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The National Institute for Civil Discourse is in search of a Deputy Director.  The Deputy Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) works with the Executive Director to lead our nationally recognized work to build the nation’s capacity to engage differences more constructively.  As partisan polarization and rancor in the United States escalate to historic levels, NICD’s work has never been more important.  

The Deputy Director will play crucial leadership roles that include direct engagement with Members of Congress and their staff, senior leaders of non-profits in the bridging space, and think tank policy experts.  The Deputy Director will also play significant leadership roles in managing NICD staff.  They will lead high profile virtual and in-person events, particularly in the convening space at the new DC Center.  The ideal candidate possesses exceptional leadership skills including strategic thinking and execution, written and oral communication, and data analysis.  Competitive candidates should also have a keen interest in, and understanding of, American politics and the US Congress.   

Compensation will be comprised of an annualized base salary of up to $122,000 (DOE) and up to a 16% geographical stipend.

The ideal candidate will be driven, tenacious, organized, and resourceful in the pursuit of extraordinary results as well have an orientation as a team player who understands internal and external stakeholders from a diverse range of backgrounds and political perspectives, treats them with dignity and respect, and delivers excellent service to them.  We are looking for someone who is politically savvy and diplomatic, who is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization and the nation, and flexible, capable of navigating ambiguity, and succeeding in a fast-paced environment  Additionally, the ideal candidate will have excellent judgment, integrity, and commitment to personal responsibility and accountability as well as strong analytical skills with a mindset that embraces data; the ability to review relevant evidence in support of or opposition to proposed legislation.

NICD was established by the University of Arizona in the aftermath of the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six and injured another 13, including US Representative Gabby Giffords.  Founded by honorary co-chairs George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, NICD's national advisory board is the most impressive bipartisan group of leaders in the nation working to bridge the bitter partisan divide.  Today, the board is led by co-chairs Tom Daschle and Christine Todd Whitman and includes Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Katie Couric, Olympia Snowe, Dan Glickman, and Alan Simpson, among others.  

NICD’s offices are located in the University of Arizona’s new DC Center for Outreach and Collaboration at 1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.  These offices include a state-of-the art convening space that accommodates 100 in-person participants as well as the latest technology to engage participants across the nation virtually.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work‐life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.

As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit hr.arizona.edu/FY-2020-2021-Furlough-Program.


Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with the Executive Director in developing and executing high impact, scalable strategies for building the nation’s capacity to engage differences more constructively
  • Direct NICD’s CommonSense American program, including:
o   Leading the development of thorough policy briefs on three potential areas of federal legislation chosen each year by the more than 20,000 citizen members from across the country and political spectrum

o   Extensive work briefing Members of Congress and their staff on the results from the review of briefs by citizen members (conducted more than 100 briefings in last two months)

o   Leading citizen member engagement and recruiting, including through social media

  • Manage the directors of NICD’s Next Generation, Engaging Differences, and Golden Rule (A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics) programs
  • Manage communications and finance staff
  • Additional duties may be assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Generally requires a Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
Preferred QualificationsKnowledge, skills & abilities:
•    Exceptional writing skills, including the ability to write policy briefs that are both accessible to everyday Americans and substantive in articulating the strongest arguments for and against proposed legislation
•    Impeccable attention to detail and organizational skills
•    Highly organized and proficient at leading multiple initiatives at one time
•    Strong technical skills, including in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Preferred qualifications:
•    Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, business administration, journalism, or related fields
•    Five or more years of post-college experience
•    Three or more years of management experience
•    Congressional or agency staff, management consulting, policy analysis, or journalism experience are all pluses but not required
FLSAExempt Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40 Job FTE1.0Work CalendarFiscalJob CategoryUniversity AdvancementBenefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay$90,000 - $122,000 annual salary + geographical stipendCompensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Grade11 Career Stream and LevelM2Job FamilyGov, Tribal, & Cmty Relations Job FunctionUniversity Advancement Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies1 Target Hire Date Expected End Date Contact Information for CandidatesKeith Allred
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202-759-9304
Open Date10/2/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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