Department: IPR - Inst for Policy Res Salary/Grade: EXS/11
Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is Northwestern University’s thought leader for generating evidence to understand and improve pressing public policy concerns in the United States and around the world. Comprised of more than 50 faculty fellows, 100 faculty associates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and an administrative staff of 10, IPR delivers research excellence that spans disciplines on key policy topics ranging from social disparities and health to education policy to politics and institutions. Core to IPR’s mission is the wide dissemination of these findings—to students, scholars, policymakers and the public—to maximize the policy impact of our research.
IPR is hiring its first Sr. Director of Operations and Outreach (DOO), who will lead the Institute’s strategic business management and tactical operation. The DOO will help build the capacity of the Institute, capitalizing on its current strengths and providing strategic direction for new endeavors and partnerships, continually enhancing the Institute’s programs and plans to ensure excellence at all levels. Proactively interfacing with the Institute’s senior management and executive committee, the DOO manages current initiatives and long-term planning in support of the Center’s education, research and outreach missions. The DOO fosters the collaborative spirit of the Center’s with alliances both internal and external to the University.
Strategic Vision Implementation and Research Development:
Supports the Director in balancing conflicting obligations in order to achieve critical professional goals and rapid progress in fundraising, scientific, and outreach strategies at IPR.
Independently researches and provides recommendations for new Institute research initiatives and alliances. Serves as spokesperson for the Institute in engaging strategic partners, including potential donors and policymakers.
Oversees the development and implementation of outreach plans to raise IPR’s domestic and international visibility. Serves as the director’s representative to build and maintain local, national, and international professional relationships.
In consultation with the director, plays a leading role in the development and execution of the Institute’s vision, mission, and strategy for research and programming activities, including policy research briefings and the distinguished lecture series.
Builds positive relationships and coordinates with faculty and administrators from relevant schools, disciplines, and administrative offices across the University to advance interdisciplinary research and programming at the Institute.
Initiates and nurtures regular, productive communication with Institute faculty, students, directors, and executive committee.
In consultation with the Director and in collaboration with the Director of Communications and Business Manager, determines the staff organization structure.
Supervises recruitment, hiring, training and performance management of staff.
Provide collaborative oversight and strategic direction to business management staff, and leads strategic review of business management team.
Manages collaboration on information reports, analyses, financial statements and programmatic presentations.
Development and Fundraising:
In consultation with the director, senior university leaders, the Office of Alumni Relations and Development (OARD) and the Office for Research, formulates and executes development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization and enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
Meets with donors to cultivate relationships for financial support for IPR.
Proactively collaborates in development efforts both internal and external to the University, to further the Institute agenda at Northwestern. Continually scans the discipline horizon to position the Institute at the forefront and sustain Northwestern’s competitive advantage.
Proactively interacts with other centers and institutes, including student organizations on the Northwestern campus, to develop joint projects.
Communications and Outreach:
Provide collaborative oversight and strategic direction to communications staff, developing and designing marketing materials and strategies for new and current programs working with key stakeholders, partner institutions, and publicity teams to ensure marketing and communications effectively target appropriate audiences.
Works as a senior member of the team on special projects such as outreach and academic events.
Provides support in responding to confidential, unanticipated, and complex issues.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Business Administration, or related field.
7+ years’ work experience with progressively larger responsibilities, or equivalent of education and experience, e.g. MBA and 5 years of experience. Work experience should include 3+ years of management experience.
Experience or strong interest in evidence-based policy, including dissemination of research.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Proven communication, interpersonal and analytic skills.
Adept at project management. Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated competency in organization management and financial stewardship.
Proactive, energetic, innovative.
Ability to work independently and yet is a skillful team player.
Master’s degree with a background in policy, social sciences, or other relevant discipline.
Prior knowledge/experience in public policy or research.
Adept at working with online project management software.
Ability to manage complex activities.
Available for occasional evening events.
Previous management experience in a university environment.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Action-oriented - Willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation.
Coachability - Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embraces continuous improvement.
Effective communicator – Communicates well one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals.
Collegial - Helpful, respectful, approachable; builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Initiative - Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes initiative to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems. Identifies opportunities to innovate, create, and explore alternative strategies to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.
Multi-tasking - Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Organized - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail.
Strategic – Can help develop, communicate and implement strategic vision for organization and staff development.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 38449
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.