The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago is seeking an Executive Director to set and implement strategic goals for the institute, identify growth opportunities, and oversee the institute's internal operations and external engagement. The Executive Director will report to the Director of the BFI, Professor Michael Greenstone. The Executive Director must have a proven record in research management, partnership development, policy engagement, global engagement, and staff management. This is a senior-level position and provides the opportunity to work directly with a network of leading academics and policymakers to advance economic research.Responsibilities include:Outreach and Development for the Institute:-Identify, build, and manage strategic relationships with partners, including affiliated agencies and individuals, funders, academic organizations, and other outside sources.-Identify, build, and manage strategic relationships with University-internal partners, including institutes and centers, academic departments and divisions, and other groups.-Develop and execute a strategy to facilitate effective outreach to parties interested in the work of the BFI and to represent the Director and the institute in national and international collaborations, conferences, and consortiums.-Develop and execute a development strategy to support the institute's strategic goals in consultation with BFI leadership and central university development. Engage with donors and development prospects to represent the strategic and philanthropic goals of the institute.-Provide direction and leadership in consultation with BFI leadership surrounding the BFI's efforts to support international research in economics. -Meet with and build relationships with key partners in governments, non-profits, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector.Grant and Research Management:-Develop relationships with Foundation or federal Program Officers to obtain new grants or renewals. Advise on proposal development, progress reports, and the negotiation of terms of awards as needed.-Provide direction and leadership for research projects.-Identify gaps or needs within the research portfolio, and facilitate external collaboration for particular projects, from experts from complementary disciplines, as needed. -Provide direction and leadership for the development of events and programs, including seminars, conferences, and workshops. Organizational Leadership:-Promote an organizational culture that fosters commitment to the institute's mission, to excellent work and to building and maintaining a collaborative and positive work environment.-Develop and advise on personnel recruitment and retention strategies to optimize retention and assure competitive recruiting status.
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