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- Executive Director
The Executive Director works closely with EPIC faculty director Michael Greenstone and other senior staff in the Office of the Provost to develop and execute a strategy for the continued growth and success of EPIC, EPIC-India, and future global centers. In support of EPIC's mission, the Executive Director leads a team of experienced and highly-competent research, communications, policy outreach, and administrative professionals, and is responsible for guiding the full spectrum of the institute's day-to-day operations, including strategic planning and execution, communications, development, policy outreach, financial management, and human resources.
- Organizational development: Develop and execute a plan with EPIC leadership to continue to position EPIC as a leading global institute for energy and environmental policy research and impact. Provide leadership for EPIC by working with faulty as well as senior communications, development, and outreach staff to foster EPIC research, disseminate findings, and achieve real-world impact. Work to build EPIC's brand and secure resources to continue scaling EPIC's reach.
- Partnership Development: Build relationships with key partners in governments, non-profits, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector in the US and globally. Give presentations on EPIC's work and disseminate research findings to policymakers and the media. Build internal partnerships with other UChicago units to increase interest in energy policy and advance EPIC's mission around the UChicago campus.
- Support to Research Operations: Provide support and oversight for research teams in project design, staffing, budgeting, reporting, compliance, etc. to ensure research meets international standards.
- Core Management and Oversight: Design and direct administrative systems and operational policies in consultation with the EPIC leadership. Manage all financial and grant administration and human resource issues. Be a resource on funding, staffing, research management, and administration to affiliated faculty. Hire, mentor and supervise staff. Prioritize, delegate, and manage effectively.
Advanced degree in economics, energy/environmental policy, public policy, management, law or a closely related field is preferred. A strong understanding of energy policy is necessary to ensure an ability to translate and communicate EPIC's work in an accurate and effective manner. The ideal candidate for this position will be very knowledgeable about energy issues in the U.S. and globally.
- 5-10 years relevant work experience required, preferable in a similar policy and research environment. Financial management experience preferred. Fundraising and development experience preferred. Grant proposal experience preferred.
- Communications Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that are accessible to policymakers. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective public speaking.
- Time Management: Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
- Hiring: A key responsibility of the Executive Director will be to hire well qualified and motivated staff in research, policy and capacity building roles, supervising their work and helping in their career development. Creating and maintaining a collegial work culture that emphasizes teamwork, results and good work-life balance.
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail required.
- Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse professional environment required.
- Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication required.
- A high level of confidentiality and discretion required.
- Ability to effectively manage a heavy workload, competing priorities, and tight deadlines required.
- A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment required.
- Demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to future needs required.
- Works well independently and in a team environment required.
- Ability to use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution required.
- Demonstrated sound judgement, ability to solve problems and make effective decisions required.
- Demonstrated proficiency using software such as the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) is required.
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