Position overviewPosition title: Managing Director, Institute for Social Transformation (Academic Coordinator II, FY)
Open date: November 17th, 2021
Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Institute for Social Transformation at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a managing director position. Rooted in the Social Sciences Division at UC Santa Cruz, the institute supports innovative scholarship that changes the world. The institute is a critical intellectual and social hub, connecting scholars across UC Santa Cruz and partners beyond the University, developing research-based solutions to urgent problems in the world. A central component of the institute’s work is supporting community-engaged scholarship in multiple contexts, particularly through the work of our Campus + Community Center, which is housed within the institute and is dedicated to supporting ethical and mutually beneficial community-engaged scholarship, including research and teaching that is conducted in partnership with non-academic agencies and organizations in our local community, across the country, and even internationally. We anticipate the institute to continue to grow in size and complexity in the coming years and we seek a candidate who can readily support this expansion, including supporting the activities of the newly formed Campus + Community
Under the direction of the institute’s faculty executive director and the Dean of Social Sciences, the managing director is the senior full-time academic appointee who oversees this dynamic and growing institute and is responsible for independent development and coordination of all aspects of institute operations. This includes:
Strategic leadership: Working with the institute faculty director, the managing director provides strategic leadership in planning and implementing all programmatic activities in the institute. This includes:
- Working closely with the faculty director of Campus + Community to develop and support Campus + Community programing, fundraising and development.
- Involvement in strategic planning efforts for the institute and Campus + Community.
- Coordinating with other UCSC institutes, divisions, and departments.
- Representing the institute and Campus + Community at community-sponsored events and working groups.
Fundraising: Working with the institute and Campus + Community Faculty Directors, the managing director actively seeks out and supports new funding opportunities and collaborative research frameworks on- and off-campus. This may include:
- Working with UCSC Foundation Relations and Office of Research to identify new funding opportunities.
- Working with diverse interdisciplinary collaborations of faculty and research partners, to develop and implement new research projects and proposals, including providing content and editorial feedback on draft proposals.
- Communicating with program officers of foundations and public sector funding agencies about research projects and collaborations and exploring potential funding opportunities.
- Representing the institute’s mission and research accomplishments to external stakeholders, including potential major donors, and leveraging external relationships to create new opportunities.
Communications: The managing director directs and oversees all aspects of the institute’s communications, from web presence to external relations. This includes:
- Developing and overseeing communication of UCSC’s social transformation research accomplishments, to the public, press, foundations, government, and the UCSC community.
- Providing content and editorial feedback on draft policy reports and research translation reports published by the institute.
- Working with the Division of Social Sciences’ marketing and communication staff on both broad communication strategy and developing specific communication and marketing materials.
- Reviewing metrics of communication success (e.g., social media analytics, newsletter engagement) and regularly evaluating communication strategies.
- Communicating with community partners about institute activities.
- Developing websites and supervising social media outreach and messaging.
Event development and coordination: The managing director oversees all institute organized and affiliated events. This includes:
- Working with the faculty director and other UCSC scholars on all aspects of institute events, from conceptualization and planning through to implementation and evaluation.
- Reaching out to external scholars and public intellectuals about proposed and planned events.
- Coordinating communication and event planning, working closely with division and university events staff.
- Writing publicity materials related to institute events.
Research administration and financial management: The managing director oversees and further develops the organizational structure for the institute’s financial and business operations, including the generation, management and reporting of institute budgets. This includes:
- Overseeing contract and grant management, working closely with divisional research accountants.
- Ensuring effective management of programs supported by contracts and grants affiliated with the institute, working closely with faculty and other research staff.
Institute Management: The managing director is responsible for personnel and program management at the institute, including Campus + Community. This includes:
- Being responsible for implementation of the strategic initiatives and policy decisions of the institute, overseeing project management, recommending timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
- Supervising existing staff (includes the Director of Operations, Research Coordinator, Research and Community Coordinator, and student employees and interns).
- Hiring and supervising additional staff and contractors as needed and funding allows, ensuring HR needs for are met.
The position requires extensive management experience, preferably in a higher education or research setting, with significant experience in financial stewardship. The position also requires excellent communication skills, which include the ability to speak publicly in a variety of forums and excellent writing skills in order to compose a variety of documents at a professional level.
Applicants with any of the following areas of experience are strongly encouraged to apply: expertise in community-engaged scholarship, and/or fundraising and philanthropic development; leadership and project management skills sufficient to coordinate multiple ongoing projects of significant complexity; demonstrated initiative and flexibility, along with demonstrated experience in planning, research, and problem solving sufficient to solve complex issues within a bureaucratic context; demonstrated technical skills, including the ability to learn and employ web-content management systems and databases; and/or the ability to work effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
Ongoing funding for this position has been committed from the Social Sciences Division.
Institute for Social Transformation: https://transform.ucsc.edu/
Master’s Degree or higher (or an equivalent foreign degree) in a social science discipline relevant to the advertised position and a minimum of ten years’ experience in research, program development, management, and/or administration.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. or resume.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.
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