The University of Chicago's Institute of Politics (IOP) seeks an exceptionally experienced, highly energetic, and entrepreneurial leader, who is passionate about providing pathways for students to engage in politics, public policy and civic participation at the local, national, and international levels, to serve as the Executive Director of the IOP.The Executive Director will report to and work in partnership with the IOP Director, David Axelrod, in managing the IOP during its next phase of development from a stunningly successful start-up enterprise to a sustainable and enduring center of student engagement and impact. Since its inception in 2013, the IOP has a played an important role in connecting primarily undergraduate, but also graduate students, at the University of Chicago with contemporary politics, public policy and civic service. The IOP has provided a platform on campus for many influential, prominent, and diverse public figures to motivate and interact with students. It has created and supported hundreds of internships in various institutions in politics, policy, government and journalism along with incomparable, experiential opportunities for growth and learning through its student-directed civic engagement programs. IOP is strongly supported by leaders at the University of Chicago and seen as an important element in the University's efforts to engage with the broader outside world. Working closely with IOP's dedicated staff, University of Chicago's stakeholders and IOP's Founder and Director, David Axelrod, the next Executive Director will build on the Institute's impressive trajectory and help position the IOP for its long-term future and potential impact. The Executive Director will work closely with David Axelrod in sustaining and developing compelling programs that allow IOP to continue to attract interest and engagement from students, the University, funders, and the broader public. Effectively stewarding existing donor relations, along with finding exciting and persuasive ways to communicate the mission and importance of IOP to new potential supporters, will be crucial in ensuring the long-term sustainability of IOP. As an extracurricular institute within an elite university, the Executive Director will make certain that IOP's activities build upon the University of Chicago's educational mission and commitment to its students' development, while also being relevant in the world of public affairs. The Executive Director will manage all administrative and financial functions as well as oversee and support programming determined by the Institute Director. Staffing and major budget decisions are done in close collaboration with the Director. In addition, he/she will be responsible for:- Management of the Institute's budget, finances, operations, communications, technological infrastructure, marketing (including Website and media relations), facilities, and day-to-day supervision of staff and student workers;- Organization and planning of Institute programs, including support of participating Fellows and speakers;- Effective management of and communications with the Board of Advisors;- Oversight of fundraising, including proposal development for granting agencies and donor prospects and related outreach activities;- Development of partnership relationships with related administrative units of the University.
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