The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is the outreach arm of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Founded in 1985 by visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Hawkins Kenan, the Institute is the research, outreach, and strategic planning arm of Kenan-Flagler Business School. The nonprofit institute and its affiliated centers convene leaders from the private sector, academic community and government to build a greater understanding of how entrepreneurship, economic development and global commerce can work for the public good. The Institute’s mission is to develop and promote innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world.
The Managing Director is responsible for oversight and management of the operations, programming, and external reputation of the Kenan Institute (KI) and affiliated centers. The ideal Managing Director candidate will have at least 8-10 years of related experience, that includes 5 years of senior-level experience in private-sector business or business policy and familiarity with academic business research and its potential to impact practice and policy. The Managing Director has the following core responsibilities and duties: 1) develops the Kenan Institute’s strategic plan, 2) Manages and oversees the implementation of the Institute’s strategic plan 3) Manages external stakeholder relationships critical to the success and reputation of the Institute including participating in business and policy gatherings such as conferences and symposia and represent the Institute on a broad range of topics related to the role of private sector business in the economy and broader society 4) Ensures ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications, 5) expands the network of thought-leaders by presenting to distinguished external audiences, assisting in the translation and curation of academic research for various external stakeholders, and facilitating relationships that provide support for the Institute to achieve the strategic goals of the institute. Efforts of the Managing Director ultimately seek to (1) impact and influence the economic development and global commerce decisions of critic business leaders and state, federal, and non-US policymakers; (2) steward scholarships in relevant academic fields; (3) achieve relevance of work to the full spectrum of external stakeholders; (4) become a widely known and trusted resource for objective information regarding the role of private-sector business in society; and (5) increase the size and diversity of external funding. This position works very closely with the Faculty Executive Director of the Institute, the Institute’s Board of Trustees, the President of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund, and the Dean and Sr. Associate Dean of the Business School. The Managing Director reports to the Faculty Executive Director of the Kenan Institute and supervises the senior leadership of the Kenan Institute.
Education and Experience:
The successful candidate will be an individual with at least 8-10 years of related experience that includes 5 years of senior-level experience in private-sector business or business policy and familiarity with academic business research and its potential to impact practice and policy. Experience presenting to large audiences, leading multi-disciplinary teams and experience as a manager of people and process is highly preferred. Successful candidates will possess a style that is entrepreneurial, strategic, results-oriented, empathetic, and be skilled at cultivating and sustaining networks and key stakeholder relationships both inside and outside of the University. The ability to work effectively in an academic environment in which collaborative decision-making occurs is expected, as well as outstanding written and verbal presentation skills with the business, policy and academic communities. Experience with fundraising, including grant writing, is preferred. Budget management and financial management skills are also preferred.
- Excellent presentation, interpersonal, diplomatic, and communication skills necessary to develop successful working relationships with diverse external partners. - Ability to work across schools and departments at UNC and other organizations. - Experience interacting with federal and state government leadership (elected officials, senior staff, and appointed officials). - Knowledgeable about major non-profit organizations and foundations doing work or funding in the areas of entrepreneurship, economic development, finance and emerging business technologies. - Experience with complex multi-unit budgeting processes. - Experience planning, hosting, and participating in high-profile events such as research conferences, symposiums and forums. -Demonstrated ability to engage and interact with private sector business senior executives. -Experience communicating findings from academic research as well as engaging academic researchers in sponsored research initiatives.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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