Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy – that of business, management, and labor – to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment. Our projects are designed to empower policy makers to create positive change. With a focus on collaboration and outreach, we provide scholars, non-profits, and government officials with peer-reviewed research on key policy issues. We also partner with non-partisan advocates and foundations to engage the public, opinion leaders and elected officials in the discussion of how to create a more stable, equitable, and prosperous economy.
SCEPA seeks an energetic, detail-oriented individual with excellent administrative and communications skills for the position of Assistant Director. This position requires a candidate with the flexibility to work with the office procedures and systems of a large university as well as within a small, team-oriented organization working to respond to a 24/7 policy arena.
The Assistant Director plays an important role in SCEPA activities, requiring advanced skills in management, organization, communication, administration and visual data design.
Event Management – plans and carries out seminars, conferences, lectures, meetings, and related reception and dinners. In addition to planning and shaping events to accomplish SCEPA's overall goals, tasks include targeted outreach, advertising strategy, budget management, design outreach materials using Adobe software; manage Constant Contact as SCEPA's CRM tool for outreach; work with central university event systems and external vendors
Grant Management – manage and process grant expenses, write grant reports for faculty, and coordinate with central administrative offices on grant reporting; work with faculty and the university development office to seek grant opportunities and outside funding and shape proposals
Administration – oversee administration for SCEPA
Communications – work with Associate Director to coordinate dissemination efforts, including posting targeted communications, sending and scheduling marketing outreach, maintaining all outreach databases and lists; conceptualize, draft and populate data visualization projects for use across all communication platforms based on SCEPA research. Position is responsible for social media, including strategy, content, and creating all necessary imagery on a fast turnaround.
Data Information Design: Manage data visual design, including creating, evaluating, and coordinating graphic design projects, including SCEPA's published papers, reports and social media content. Ability to examine data, discern meaningful patterns, and produce visuals digestible to a layperson. Creation of video content, infographics and, where needed, coordinate, communicate, and evaluate data visual designs with outside vendors. Requires fluency in Excel and Adobe's InDesign and Photoshop.
Website Content Management: Manage website upkeep, including serving as liaison with web developer, uploading daily content, maintaining content consistency and quality, and managing the web server document library for SCEPA and NSSR's economics working papers
SCEPA Representation – collaborate with the Economics Department through meetings, activities, and general planning
Special Projects – manage and/or assist with special projects and assume responsibility for development, administration, and promotion as required; assist Associate Director in developing and instituting methods for quality control and evaluation of procedures
Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) and professional level work experience in both an administrative and communications capacity, including management of outreach platforms and strategic use of infographics and data visualization
Knowledge of and experience with social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, as well as experience with online content management systems (CMS) – Joomla experience preferred, but not required.
Experience in fast-paced environment.
Excellent planning and organizational skills: ability to set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details and activities.
Relationship building skills: establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization
Excellent oral and written communication skills: speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Strong results orientation and focus on problem solving: assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Excellent co-operative work skills: ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
Available to work some evenings or weekends to staff events
Experience in an academic environment
Knowledge of HTML, web design, Excel, Adobe design software
Internal Number: 17788
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