Associate Director

United States, North America
May 15, 2014
About The Unit: The Center for Human Potential and Public Policy (CHPPP) was founded in 1998 with an endowment from the Irving B. Harris Foundation and is located within the Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. It is a trans-disciplinary research and training center whose purpose is to understand the human condition from before birth to old age and identify the public policies and technologies that support achievement and improve health and well-being across the lifespan. Directed by professor Ariel Kalil, a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents' socioeconomic status affect child development and parental behavior, the Center advances the distinction of Chicago Harris among public policy schools for its interdisciplinary perspective on child and family policy.

Unit Job Summary: The Center is seeking an Associate Director who will manage administrative, grant seeking, budgeting and programming functions of the Center. This person will report to the Director of the Center, work directly with the Steering Committee and be responsible for supervising the work of all other employees. Essential Functions: Engages in research projects focused on parental engagement in early learning. Coordinate and supervise Center sponsored events and programs including but not limited to Associate Director, Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. Develops, with director, and implements the objectives and vision of a center focused on health, achievement, and well-being of children and families. Serves as the main point person for the Center and oversees the Center's budget, operations and staff. Coordinates, supervises, and develops programming and events for students, faculty affiliates and the public, including workshops, conferences, and public lectures, including the Workshop on Human Potential and the Annual Lecture on Science, Technology & Society. Oversees communications and publicity for Center events and happenings, including the CHPPP website, all social media communication, and printed promotional materials. Oversees training for master's and PhD students and postdoctoral scholars. Also oversees CHPPP Distinguished Visiting Scholars in Residence Program. Solicits and reviews applications for CHPPP funding opportunities, including pre-dissertation and dissertation fellowships, graduate student travel awards, and other funding requests. Advises current MPP and PhD students interested in child and family and social policy on courses, research opportunities, and career trajectories and also facilitates networking opportunities. Fields queries and act as main point of contact for prospective students interested in child and family policy and social policy. Oversees Innovators in Social Policy student group in developing and carrying out programming and provides funding support to group. Develops and maintains partnerships with divisions on campus and research and advocacy organizations in Chicago.

Unit Education: Master's degree in public policy, psychology, economics, or related social science field required.

Unit Experience: Three years of experience in research, program management and grant administration required. Knowledge of local and national early childhood landscape preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Strong written and oral communication skills, self-motivation, follow through, confidence and flexibility required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated administrative and coordination skills required. Basic quantitative and statistical skills required. Confidence, flexibility, and the capacity to work with teams required. Ability to complete projects under tight deadlines required. Ability to work closely with senior University and other officials required. Ability to work successfully with University students, faculty, and staff required. Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously required. Ability to work under pressure required.