Job Requisition Number: 25916. The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) has 17 faculty, 8 affiliated faculty, 5 emeriti faculty. The School enrolls more than 1500 undergraduates in elective classes and registers more than 350 students in its undergraduate minor annually. The School has nearly 200 Master's degree candidates, 23 PhD students and occupies over 20,000 assignable square feet, within which are four classrooms, two computer labs and 42 offices. It has more than 1,800 alumni.
GSPP hires nearly 60 graduate student instructors, readers, lecturers and graduate student researchers annually. Its constituency also includes parents, friends and a number of organizations representing state, federal and local government and policy organizations. It is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate schools of public policy in the nation, currently ranked first among Policy Analysis graduate schools by US News and World Report.
The person in this position will work within the Berkeley Institute for the Future of Young Americans and undertake activities associated with reaching, serving, and engaging external constituencies through programs, events, products, and services not primarily related to fundraising. Constituencies include non-profits and advocacy groups working on millennial engagement, local, state and national media outlets, government partners, as well as the general public. The incumbent will translate constituent needs and priorities into customized programs to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between the Institute and its external constituencies.
Programmatic •Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, designs, develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities. •In conjunction with the Executive Director of BIFYA, develops and implements programs, events and/or communication strategies designed to inform external constituencies of institutional programs, activities, policies, and practices; primary constituencies will include the general public, the Institute’s target millennial demographic, research partners, advocacy groups and nonprofits engaging with young leaders, government and/or community representatives, and donors. •In close coordination with the Executive Director as well as the Policy Director, leads the development and implementation of the Institute’s digital strategy and online communications. •Develop comprehensive digital communications strategy, including a strategy for translating BIFYA’s research into online content for diverse, young audiences (for example, interactive infographics, audio, video, and other digital media) •Work with BIFYA staff and the Goldman School’s web and IT team to ensure website and communications material is compelling, accurate, updated, and in line with BIFYA’s overall mission and strategy. Build and maintain relationships with diverse, like-minded organizations and individuals to develop networks and increase collective impact. •Respond to external inquiries about the Institute’s research •Cross-promote research related to millennials from partner organizations and advocacy groups •Represent BIFYA at key research conferences; •Develop digital communications-driven partnerships •Develop and maintain a professional contacts database with appropriate individuals at the University, local, national, and international levels related to research
Communications •May oversee all aspects of complex external relations programs, projects and events, including coordinating special programs and overseeing production of all digital content, audio/visual and written and visual materials. •Research topics and gather relevant data to inform BIFYA’s research agenda and long-term strategic communications plan. •Conduct independent quantitative and qualitative analysis on policy issues relevant to BIFYA’s research agenda, including topics related to the Institute’s broader mission of making policy sustainable and fair across generations. Research topics of particular interest include the long-term financial well-being of young Americans as determined by their education, jobs, health, and retirement. •Write policy and advocacy material including op-eds, talking points, briefing notes, and policy briefs.
General Administrative and Operational Support •Assist with planning and execution of all BIFYA conferences, seminars, webinars and other in-person and online events. •Participate in and lead meetings to produce collaborative work products and improve processes; as needed take notes, keep records, and track and follow up on action items •Coordinate the development and production of materials and information to keep constituents informed about recent research •Assist the Executive Director of BIFYA in managing workload including, but not limited to, tracking progress toward BIFYA’s research, policy, and engagement goals. •Assist BIFYA staff and workstudy students with organization and maintenance of departmental electronic and paper files.
Relationship and Grants Management •Research agencies and foundations with alignment in research interests, identify grants for which to apply, develop proposals, and develop original budgets for grant submissions. •Assist in maintaining positive and productive relationships with grantors and a wide range of organizations and individuals. •Respond in a timely, professional, and courteous manner to inquiries and other requests for information from grantors, external partners, and staff. •Assist Executive Director of BIFYA with grant progress reports. •May mentor less experienced staff members. And other duties as Assigned•Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies. •Thorough knowledge of the campus, its mission, goals, objectives, programs, achievements, infrastructure and issues of concern. •Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications, tact and political acumen to effectively represent the campus. •Thorough knowledge and understanding of general issues of concern in higher education, labor economics, housing policy, health policy, public finance, and other issues with a great impact on young Americans. •Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identifying real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions. •Thorough knowledge of the US and California political systems, with particular knowledge of how the diverse grassroots organizations working in areas related to BIFYA’s mission interact with these political systems. •Skill in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines. •Ability to find common ground among competing interests and constituencies. •Synthesizing academic research for a non-technical audience •Contracts and grants experience •Demonstrated experience in public presentations •Demonstrated experience in extramural fund granting relationship development
Education/Training: •Master’s degree in public policy, law, economics, politics, or a related area and/or equivalent experience/training This is a one- or two-year contact position, dependent on experience. Renewable dependent on funding.
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