The Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) provides strategic leadership and operational management for the BMRCâ™s activities. In partnership with the BMRC Board of Directors, the Executive Director implements the BMRC Strategic Plan, sets goals and priorities, and pursues funding opportunities to support BMRC initiatives. The Executive Director is responsible for the Consortium's day-to-day management and operations. The Executive Director serves as the principal spokesperson for the BMRC to raise its profile both locally and nationally in order to develop new partnerships, recruit new members, and spread awareness of BMRC activities and programs. The Executive Director works closely with the Board on consortium policies, protocols, governance, grant applications and especially fundraising initiatives. The Executive Director also manages the relationships with current members to ensure their needs are met and their interests are represented. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago, which acts as the BMRCâ™s host institution and fiscal agent.
Communicates a compelling vision for the collecting and use of African American archival and special collections.
Provides strategic leadership for BMRC projects and activities and works with the BMRC Board to develop and implement long and short term goals.
Fosters a national reputation for BMRC and facilitates collaboration with related communities through engagement with regional, national conferences, networks, and public events.
Serves (ex officio) on the BMRC board working with the BMRC Board Chair to develop meeting agendas, facilitate board initiatives, and make recommendations on Board recruitment.
Oversees BMRC projects and programs, including the archival collections survey and database, the Archie Motley Interns, and the Summer Fellows, providing training and orientation necessary to ensure effective and successful programs.
Visits member institutions to steward effective outreach and engagement and to facilitate BMRC activities at member sites and recruits new members by reaching out to relevant institutions, community and faith-based organizations, and individuals.
Oversees the promotion of relevant programming of members through the BMRC website, newsletter, and social networking sites.
Display Emotional Intelligence
Demonstrate Strategic Agility
Foster Positive Partnerships and Collaboration
Identify priorities in order to recognize and resolve or refer problems
Exhibit business acumen and organizational astuteness
Celebrate diversity and inclusion
Communicate effectively and with influence
Exhibit resilience and optimize resources
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required.
Master's or other advanced degree preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills including ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, community members, and others required.
Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.
Experience providing leadership and management of operations that balance long term planning with the daily activities of multiple concurrent projects required.
Ability to navigate the challenges of working within a complex, decentralized environment required.
Previous experience in nonprofit, library, archival, public history, or museum organizations preferred.
Experience with budget management and planning preferred.
Experience developing successful grant proposals and fundraising initiatives preferred.
Experience with conference planning preferred.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
Ability to learn a range of position-related software applications required.
Knowledge of social media platforms required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
Ability to travel around the Chicagoland area to visit member and prospective member institutions and to attend relevant community events.
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