Responsibilities for the Program Director include:
Advising the Faculty Director on programmatic strategies and executing the vision of the Faculty Director and funders.
Maintaining critical donor relations and supporting development of funding opportunities to grow the fund's resources.
Managing the Weiss Fund Program Coordinator in organizing activities supporting the research, grants and outreach activities funded by the Weiss Fund.
Assessing and updating the fund's selection and award processes for travel grants and development economics research funding submitted by faculty and students.
Reviewing proposed and funded research proposals and recommending those for future funding and/or scale-up.
Researching and coordinating with current and potential partner organizations needed to support experimental approaches to research.
Engaging in matchmaking designed to link development practitioners with researchers to identify opportunities for policy engagement and evaluation of research.
Serving as the regular point of contact for existing partners and stakeholders.
Leading management and communication of the policy research agenda and findings.
Cleaning and analyzing research datasets to produce insights that shed light on impact magnitudes and driving forces in the field of development economics.
Contributing to survey and randomized control trial (RCT) design and implementation.
Collaborating on the publication of research project results in scholarly and policy literatures by writing reports and developing presentations of research findings.
Envisioning academic and non-academic events to disseminate findings and bring together stakeholders in productive ways.
Aligning the complex administrative workflow necessary to manage the Weiss Fund across departments (HR, finance, research administration), participating universities, the donor and their foundation, and Weiss Fund staff and consultants
Please load resume and cover letter as a single PDF. This is a four-year appointment with likelihood of renewal. Application review will begin on February 28, 2020.
All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
7+ years of relevant experience
PhD in economics or related field
Project analysis experience
Quantitative research training in econometrics, micro-economics, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and or/evaluation design.
Project management and leadership experience with complex initiatives and competing demands
Strong written and verbal communication skills, with ability to produce written materials geared towards technical and non-technical audiences
Strong communication and relationship-building skills with local policymakers and community stakeholders
Experience with a statistical analysis package such as R, Python, or Stata
Ability to uphold high professional standards
Ability to translate technical findings, including econometric analyses, into actionable, policy-relevant insights for a non-technical audience
Adaptability, dependability and enthusiasm for Weiss Fund's mission
Ability to collaborate with different stakeholders and teams
Integrity to uphold own and organization's expectations for high-quality work
Tactful and capable of holding difficult conversations given stakeholders' opportunities, constraints and objectives
Willingness to travel
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51736BR
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