Princeton University’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) supports teaching, research, conferences and publications about issues related to and emerging from self-determination, especially pertaining to the state, self-governance, sovereignty, security, and diplomacy with particular consideration of socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious issues involving state and non-state actors. The Institute was founded in 2000 through the generosity of H.S.H. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein.
LISD seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and highly-motivated executive director who will serve as the faculty director's advisor and representative, providing administrative vision and leadership and overseeing the Institute's continuing strategic development and day-to-day operations. The executive director should have demonstrated experience with establishing and sustaining a comprehensive portfolio of academic and research programs and activities, as well as familiarity with domestic and international policy-making processes and actors.
Reporting to the faculty director, and working closely with the founding director and affiliated faculty, the executive director serves as the chief operating officer for LISD, furthering the Institute’s mission as articulated in its original charter. The executive director plays a critical role in the management and direction of the Institute as the principal administrator for its core programming, education and outreach on Princeton's campus and beyond. In close collaboration with the faculty director, this individual develops, plans, and executes the Institute's seminar series, conferences, and lectures; helps recruit visiting researchers and policy experts, coordinating the selection and appointment process; contributes to the Institute's research initiatives; develops the Institute's multi-year budget and is responsible for the careful and appropriate management of Institute funds and other resources; manages day-to-day Institute operations; cultivates high profile research collaborations and joint public events with other centers, programs, and institutions at WWS and across Princeton; manages public communications through the website, social media, and print materials; coordinates grant proposal development, writing, and submission on behalf of the Institute's principal investigators as appropriate and necessary.
The executive director’s responsibilities are summarized under four categories outlined below:
Management and Administration
Recruits visiting researchers and policy experts, coordinating the selection and appointment process.
Coordinates visits involving Institute sponsors, high-ranking university representatives, visiting international scholars, government and industry personnel, and others.
Oversees the planning, coordination, organization, and execution of high-profile activities of the Institute, including seminars, conferences, and lectures.
Participates in the development and enhancement of standard operating procedures and guidelines for all matters related to the Institute.
Represents the Institute’s Faculty director at meetings, including presentation of report results and exchange of information with the WWS, University, and research community.
Directs the preparation and distribution of marketing, communications and promotional materials to constituents in support of the Institute's various programs, publications and initiatives, via web site and printed materials, written correspondence, and social media.
Oversees content development for LISD print and digital communications platforms, including brochures, reports, the website, and social media. Content should include a range of feature stories, videos, press releases, e-newsletters and social media posts.
Formulates and executes a dissemination plan to reach audiences interested in issues related to LISD’s body of work. Dissemination includes creating targeted mailing lists, utilizing social and digital media, and working with WWS and PU Communications offices to share LISD content.
Works with the LISD faculty director, founding director and other key faculty to plan and promote events that highlight the work and expertise of the Institute, including marketing and direct communications with targeted audiences to build interest and attendance.
Provides programmatic support to the Institute’s faculty director, founding director and affiliated faculty and coordinates the Institute's research initiatives and activities to establish and achieve common goals and milestones.
Works closely with the Institute’s faculty director, founding director and other key faculty and researchers and, when necessary, takes the lead in developing and writing research grant proposals for additional funding for research relating to the Institute's activities.
Participates in the Institute's research as necessary and when appropriate.
Budget and Financial Management
Develops and oversees the Institute's multi-year budget in close collaboration with the faculty director and is responsible for the careful and appropriate management of Institute funds and other resources.
Directs the day-to-day operations of the Institute and the activities of other Institute staff, with responsibility for administrative support functions and details of project management including project financial status and procurement decisions.
Prepares and drafts correspondence and written reports such as the Institute's annual report, and analyses on the effectiveness of various funding programs.
Provides technical expertise in grant proposal development, including identifying appropriate team members, leveraging university resources, and coordinating overall proposal production (narrative, budget, etc.) under minimal supervision.
Works closely with the WWS Finance Office to ensure compliance with a wide-range of fiscal policies and procedures and the preparation of annual and multi-year Institute budgets.
Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of five to seven years' experience in related field.
Appreciation for research themes, and other related fields and disciplines; an understanding of issues related to and emerging from self-determination.
Demonstrated strategic planning skills and capacity to articulate an Institute's mission, vision, and goals.
Adept in developing and executing, with creativity and a strong alignment to mission, the unique programming/activities of an academic research center.
Demonstrated strength in building a program or Institute's capacity.
Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision; strong personal initiative; highly self-motivated and self-directed; demonstrated capacity to multi-task and manage competing priorities while consistently delivering results in a timely manner; ability to "manage up" tactfully and diplomatically.
Enterprising, resourceful, and entrepreneurial work style; ability to expand the scope of activities and programming offered by a research program or Institute.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; ability to work productively and efficiently in a dynamic environment with a high degree of ambiguity and limited structure.
Ability to interact and function in a cross-disciplinary academic environment.
Strong organizational and management skills and sound judgment; demonstrated project planning skills; strong attention to detail.
Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and discretion; appreciation for the values of higher education and sensitivity to the nuances of academic culture.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience with editing and maintaining websites.
Demonstrated development and fundraising finesse; strategic stewardship and relationship management; comfort and ease in speaking with current and prospective donors.
Ability to quickly develop and effectively maintain relationships while building trust and credibility with a diverse set of stakeholders to drive and achieve short and long-term results; must have a strong, outcome-focused work-style and orientation.
High level of emotional intelligence, judgment and strategic agility; ability to resolve conflict thoughtfully and effectively with minimal disruption.
Leadership, management and staff development skills which exhibit qualities of integrity, trustworthiness, respect and team collaboration.
Demonstrated ability to work with confidential and highly sensitive information and data without compromise.
Advanced degree (MPA, MPP, MBA, JD, PhD, etc.).
An academic or research background in the field of study related to and emerging from self-determination, especially pertaining to the state, self-governance, sovereignty, security, and diplomacy with particular consideration of socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious issues involving state and non-state actors.
Professional or academic experience in public policy, policy-making, and/or government affairs.
Marketing and/or brand management experience.
Experience with leading strategic planning in non-profit or higher education environments.
Conference and event planning background.
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