Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Ability to travel to on and off-campus locations is required.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Social Policy Institute located in Hillman Hall at the Danforth Campus.
The Social Policy Institute (SPI) is a university-wide initiative at Washington University in St. Louis dedicated to addressing pressing social issues through transdisciplinary empirical research, dissemination of evidence-informed policy, and training. The Institute seeks an Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships to expand relationships within the University, the St. Louis community and the social policy field. This position will work closely with the Director and Associate Director of the Institute to define short- and long-term strategies to create partnerships aligned with the Institute’s vision and create a team that builds networks of partners.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Team Management: Build a team that engages partners and manage SPI grant and fellowship programs.
Recruit, retain, develop and direct a high-performing team comprised of students and staff.
Promote and nurture professional development across staff, graduate-level fellows, student workers, and other project team members.
Strategy & Development: Support the Associate Director and Strategy & Development staff to identify, align, and define terms for partnership in fundraising and grant management activities.
Working with the Director and Associate Director, contribute to the vision of grant and fundraising opportunities by identifying opportunities for partnership in research, policy translation and training and education activities at SPI.
Diagnosing the necessary resources and conditions for successful partnership to help shape the programmatic activities, budgets and sub-contract terms related to SPIs grants.
Investigate and connect SPI with new funders and funding opportunities, in collaboration with the Associate Director and the University’s Alumni & Development team.
Organize a partnership strategy to stay up to date on research, programs and other activities across the University that relate to SPI and cultivating communities of faculty, research centers and students that engage with SPI.
Develop and oversee grant and fellowship programs at SPI that create engagement opportunities with various audiences in the University community.
Measure and report on the effectiveness of University partnership activities, including determining what metrics to use, establishing a system to monitor activities, and creating reports on the impacts of university partnerships.
Work with the Director and Associate Director in preparing for and follow-up on meetings with University leadership and committees, and leading planning and coordination of SPI’s committees, such as the Executive Faculty Steering Committee.
Identify opportunities to connect external stakeholders and influencers to research, policy and training opportunities within the Social Policy Institute, working with the Director, Associate Director, other SPI leaders, and University stakeholders (e.g., alumni and development, public relations) to create strategies of community building and engagement.
Communications & Events: Contribute to communications and events as a part of SPI leadership:
Work with the Associate Director communications staff to plan, design, and execute a strategic communications plan that incorporates key messages directed to key external constituencies.
Contribute to representing the Institute at meetings and conferences to communicate Institute accomplishments, share information about Institute research, and establish strategic partnerships.
Contribute to effective dissemination of Institute’s publications targeting external stakeholders through vehicles including briefs, presentations, fact sheets, web tools, peer-reviewed articles, and others.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in public policy, public health, social work, social sciences, business administration, or a similar degree.
Five to ten years of relevant full-time work experience, including substantial program management experience.
Partnership building experience, especially within academic settings.
Experience in grant writing and management.
Significant research and administration experience, including supervisory experience and managing large projects in a fast-paced environment.
Experience in project management, organizational development communications, messaging, and marketing as it relates to research and advancing organizational priorities and strategic aims.
Experience in public speaking and presenting research results and projects.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Highly dependable and organized.
Close attention to detail.
Ability to handle multiple and high-level tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential materials and maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, funders, and partners.
Ability to function independently as a professional and leader as well as collaboratively.
Ability to plan and carry out work without supervision.
Ability to align with the organization’s mission, vision and goals.
Ability to lead and organize the work of others.
Ability to operate with a high degree of decision making authority and independent judgment.
Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite, as well as comfortable learning new software and platforms.
Base pay commensurate with experience.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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