School/Unit: L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Department: Wilder Sch Of Govt & Public Affairs
Purpose of Position:
The Office for Public Policy Outreach (OPPO), part of the Center for Public Policy in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking applications for an Assistant Director of OPPO to begin August 2017 to support the Office's research and training mission. The full-time non-tenure track position will hold the rank of Instructor. An openness to teaching one course per semester in the Wilder School is also preferred. It is intended that this position will become fully supported by grant and or program funds.
Responsibilities of the position include:
Support OPPO's Director in developing, fielding (through contracted services), analyzing and promoting the findings of the Wilder School's semi-annual Public Policy Poll. Act as primary author/editor of poll reports and coordinate with the Wilder School's communications staff to plan press availabilities and releases to communicate the findings of the poll to the broader public.
Coordinate OPPO's Translational Research Fellows program, including assisting the Director of OPPO in selecting Fellows from among those nominated, providing feedback on translational research deliverables, supporting Fellows in scheduling and conducting meetings with key legislators and facilitating follow-up communications.
Coordinate the stakeholder engagement, prioritization, writing and distribution of OPPO's Legislative Research Service briefings in support of selected Virginia General Assembly committees.
Maintain OPPO website and social media presence, insuring regular content
Oversee work of any graduate assistants, interns or contract workers assigned to or contracted by OPPO
Other tasks as designated by the Director of OPPO.
Required qualifications include:
a master's degree in Political Science or Public Policy (PhD preferred), or a closely related field of study at the time of employment;
demonstrated experience in institutional communications, including newsletter writing/editing/design, managing website and social media content;
strong skills in critical analysis and concise policy writing;
ability to plan for and manage multiple tasks and project timelines in a time-sensitive environment.
ability to oversee and coordinate the work of graduate assistants, students engaged in internships and the work of contractors for specific projects.
demonstrated competency in SPSS or other statistical analysis software, T4 or other website content management platform and Microsoft Office.
experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Preferred qualifications include:
demonstrated experience in coordinating the development and publication of public opinion surveys?
demonstrated experience working with legislators and legislative processes;
ability to teach one course per semester within the programs offered by the Wilder School (public policy, public administration, criminal justice, urban and regional planning, homeland security/emergency preparedness).
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.
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