Director of the Center for Social Policy

Boston, Suffolk County / Dorchester, Suffolk County / Uphams Corner, Suffolk County
Dec 03, 2014
The Director of the Center for Social Policy provides leadership on all major areas of the Center's policy, research, communications and policy-impact agendas, including strategic planning, as well as its financial and programmatic development. The Center’s commitment is to have a positive impact on public policy and private sector solutions for social exclusion and economic hardship in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, with national and international relevance and reach. Candidates should possess a passionate commitment to applied research and analysis on the systemic drivers of poverty in Massachusetts. The Director provides leadership on development of this agenda in light of the center’s mission to address poverty and inequality and their consequences and will also serve as a faculty member of the Department of Public Policy/Public Affairs. The Director supervises and directs the work of permanent and other staff within the Center; oversees the Center’s budget and endowment accounts; provides leadership on issues of concern that intersect with the Center's mission and the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and beyond; works closely with the center’s external Leadership Council in shaping partnerships; coordinates and engages in fundraising and grant-seeking activities; organizes and holds public and educational events; provides media commentary, particular as related to poverty and inequality; provides written annual reports; and other related duties. Minimum qualifications include: PhD in Social Policy, Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology or a closely related field is preferred. Several years of professional and/or managerial experience in public policy, politics and/or academia; A record of innovative and successful leadership and experience in policy, community and/or participatory research; Demonstrated teaching experience; A record of published scholarship; Demonstrated success in securing grant funding; Demonstrated capacity to manage diverse projects in a university setting; Exceptional collaboration and group facilitation skills. Please apply online with your cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of publications (2MB max file size), and names and contact information of at least three references. UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment.