Job Requisition Number: 25255. The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) is a graduate school that prepares students for careers in public leadership.
The majority of the students at GSPP are enrolled in the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) program, which emphasizes the applied and quantitative dimensions of policy-making. The MPP may also be earned concurrently with degrees from several other UC Berkeley schools: law, public health, engineering, social welfare, international and area studies and the Energy Resources Group. GSPP also offers a doctoral program for students interested in policy research. While the Goldman School does not offer a bachelors-level degree, the public policy minor is available to undergraduates enrolled at UC Berkeley.
Goldman School faculty represent the top researchers in their respective fields, which include economics, political science, law, social psychology and engineering. Their expertise ranges from education policy to racial profiling to clean energy.
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.
Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, the Policy Director will design, develop and implement short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities for BIFYA. In conjunction with the Executive Director of BIFYA, the Policy Director will develop and implement programs, events and/or communication strategies designed to inform external constituencies of institutional programs, activities, policies, and practices; constituencies may include the general public, the Institute’s target millennial demographic, advocacy groups and nonprofits engaging with young leaders, government and/or community representatives, and foundations.
In close coordination with the Executive Director of BIFYA, the Policy Director will lead the development and implementation of a policy and communications strategy, including:
•Develop a communications plan that will expand BIFYA’s reach and increase its impact within California •Develop a 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.
The Policy Director will also build and maintain relationships with diverse, like-minded organizations and individuals to develop networks and increase collective impact, including:
•Respond to external inquiries on policy issues •Cross-promote research related to millennials from partner organizations and advocacy groups •Represent BIFYA at key policy forums; organize and lead policy visits to Sacramento, DC and elsewhere as required. •Target speaking opportunities for BIFYA staff and research affiliates, and develop communication-driven partnerships •Develop and maintain a professional contacts database with appropriate individuals at the University, local, national, and international levels.
The Policy Director may oversee all aspects of BIFYA’s complex external relations programs, projects and events. The Policy Director will research topics and gather relevant data to inform BIFYA’s policy agenda and long-term strategic communications plan, including:
•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.
The Policy Director will also provide general administrative and operational support, including:
•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. •May mentor less experienced staff members. •Other duties as Assigned
In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Policy Director will oversee grants management and the development of relationships with grant funding agencies, including:
•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.•Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training •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 an 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 •Thorough knowledge of the diverse non-profits, advocacy groups, and grassroots organizations working in areas related to BIFYA’s mission •Skill in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines. •Expert written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including ability to synthesize academic research for a non-technical audience, and demonstrated experience in public presentations •Ability to improvise, think dynamically and strategically. Ability to persuade and influence people over whom there is no formal authority. Ability to find common ground among competing interests and constituencies. •Demonstrated experience with contracts and grants management •Demonstrated experience in extramural fund granting relationship development
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