Strategic Planning and Operational Management (40%)
Lead the development and manage the execution of Heller-Hurwicz’s strategic plan. Pursue effective paths for fulfilling the Institute’s mission, both in terms of long-range strategies and short-term goals.
Identify and assess business opportunities for the Institute and launch new partnerships and initiatives.
Initiate, direct, and evaluate new programs, projects, and services.
Collaborate with faculty leaders to ensure strategic and operational alignment.
Direct the process for awarding Heller-Hurwicz funds including the call for grant proposals, the selection of grantees, and administration of the reporting process.
Work closely with the Advisory Board to determine strategies to move the organization forward, evaluate progress, and recruit new members.
Manage strategy, fundraising, and implementation on projects led by Heller-Hurwicz Senior Fellows.
Evaluate the Institute’s business and economic needs and develop responsive strategies and systems.
Supervise student workers and interns. Hire and manage consultants for project work as needed.
Develop annual operational budget for the Institute and direct ongoing budget activities through coordinated effort with the College of Liberal Arts, the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF), and the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA).
Strategize with the Institute Director and the Office of Advancement to develop and execute the $17 million fundraising campaign.
Partner with the Office of Institutional Advancement to advance donor strategy, create and execute events and activities for cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation to advance major gifts.
Oversee gift acknowledgement and stewardship for donors.
Identify, write, and submit new grant applications to external funding agencies.
Identify, recruit, and secure corporate sponsorships.
Serve as a liaison between the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), funders, and principal investigators in the department.
Public Relations/Communications (20%)
Lead development of communications strategy to increase the Institute’s visibility and strengthen its brand.
Promote the Institute through earned media and sustain relationships with key media representatives and influencers.
Oversee the planning, production, and distribution of all communications and marketing materials.
Supervise the Institute’s online presence using the website, social media, and other emerging communications tools.
Oversee the execution of large, high-profile public events.
Government Relations/Community Outreach (20%)
Represent the Institute to key audiences and manage relationships with the business community, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Serve as a liaison to local, state, and federal government agencies on economic policy issues. Meet with legislators, public officials, and local organizations to discuss research and its policy implications.
Monitor and analyze state and federal policies and develop public policy priorities in collaboration with the Director and Advisory Board.
Develop and implement strategy to achieve public policy priorities, including working with legislators, legislative staff, government officials, coalitions, and task forces.
This is an 80%-100% time position with the option of a part-time, flexible schedule as set in consultation with the department.
The Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute informs and influences public policy by supporting and promoting cutting-edge economic research. The associate director is the lead administrative position serving the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute and is the point person for the faculty director, providing day-to-day oversight of all financial and logistical matters. The associate director is responsible for developing and implementing the Institute’s strategic vision, including the support, translation, and communication of economic research and its policy insights. The associate director also builds and fosters relationships with leading academics, policymakers, business executives, and alumni to raise awareness, visibility, and financial support for the Institute. The ideal candidate for this position will be creative, innovative, and enjoy leading in a collaborative and results-oriented environment.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, or Economics, or a related field with at least 6 years of relevant experience.
Excellent written communication skills.
Proven ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals, constituencies, and people with diverse backgrounds.
Strong systems/process orientation with demonstrated analytical thinking, organizational skills, and problem solving skills.
Master’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Business, Economics, or Public Policy or related field.
10 years of experience in integrated program planning, development, and administration within a public, nonprofit, or similar institution.
Knowledge and experience working with federal, state, and local government entities as well as community organizations.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.