Associate Director of Policy and Strategy - Social Policy Institute
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR62758
Washington University in St. Louis is hiring an Associate Director of Policy and Strategy for the Social Policy Institute. The Social Policy Institute is a collaboration between industry, government, and nonprofit partners to advance applied research that improves the lives of vulnerable populations locally, nationally, and globally. Focusing on action and implementation, the Institute concentrates its efforts on the content areas most central to improving social and economic mobility including health, financial stability, housing, and education.
Alongside the senior leadership team of the Institute, the position will report to the Director and lead the instituteâ™s initiatives in building out policy initiatives, contributing to a strategic vision, researching fundraising opportunities, developing proposals, and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Defines a strategic vision that articulates SPIâ™s unique value to social policy with respect to cross-sector and inter-disciplinary research, dissemination, and translation of innovative policies and practices that reduce social, economic, and health inequities and promote social and economic mobility.
In close collaboration with communications staff, leads efforts to connect and translate SPI research into materials, resources, events, and initiatives geared toward informing policy at local, state, and national levels where the institute is engaged.
Provides senior leadership team policy guidance and insights into various research projects and agendas.
Fundraising and Proposal Development
Works with SPI research teams and Washington University Corporate and Foundation Relations to initiate and build relationships with funders who align with the strategic vision and goals of the institute, and help guide the proposal development and submission process.
Researches fundraising opportunities and help build relationships with potential funders.
Initiates and negotiates partnerships with internal (e.g., Washington University faculty and academic units) and external (e.g., think tanks, national nonprofits, associations, corporations, government agencies, foundations, funders, and other universities) stakeholders that advance SPI mission, vision, and strategic objectives.
Facilitates a high degree of communication among internal and external stakeholders and collaborators to establish and ensure faithful execution of contracts, agreements, and planned activities as well as identify and resolve problems.
Builds and manages network of researcher and practitioner affiliates to advance the mission and vision of the institute through interdisciplinary collaboration across sectors.
In conjunction with the Associate Dean of Social Policy, assist in the development of a student engagement strategy, emphasizing the integration of SPI activities and the Master of Social Policy program.
Serves as the primary manager in developing the vision of SPI under the leadership of the Director and with active engagement of staff and internal and external stakeholders.
Facilitates SPI's strategic thinking and development efforts by engaging internal and external stakeholders through listening and learning conversations and feedback loops to help articulate research priorities, initiatives, and tactics aligned with SPI's vision and goals.
Leads the development of concrete organizational goals and indicators for SPI to measure, track, and report on the Instituteâ™s progress and successes with an eye on establishing a more formal system of evaluation for the Instituteâ™s work.
Oversees communications, stakeholder relationships, and meetings concerning the oversight and strategic development of SPI.
Develops a "smart growth" capacity-building strategy that identifies incremental steps to scaling up SPI efforts, both locally and globally, to be aligned with its mission, vision, and strategic priorities while maintaining a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Applicant Special Instructions
Please include a cover letter.
Masterâ™s in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, business administration, nonprofit management, or similar degree
Significant research and administration experience, including supervisory experience and managing large projects in a fast-paced environment.
Project management, organizational development, communications, messaging, and marketing as it relates to research and advancing organizational priorities and strategic aims.
Public speaking and presenting research results and projects.
Familiarity working with data, statistics and analytics.
Community engagement experience and partnerships in the St. Louis region.
This person must have the ability to function independently as a professional and leader as well as collaboratively.
Ability to identify strategic organizational needs and implement solutions.
Ability to plan and carry out work without supervision.
Ability to lead and organize the work of others.
Ability to operate with a high degree of decision making authority and independent judgment.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Highly dependable and organized.
Close attention to detail.
Grant writing and management.
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.
Master's degree in relevant field and three years' related experience or equivalent education and experience to equal eight years.
$68,200.00 - $116,600.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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