Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Brown School Administration. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Senior Advisor works with the Dean and Associate Dean for External Affairs to implement special projects for the School.� Projects will include student engagement through recruitment, programming, and mentorship, interfacing with local organizations to create field placements, support of the Clark-Fox Policy Institute and other school and community-based policy initiatives.� The Senior Advisor increases the capacity of the school’s policy initiatives via grant writing, policy analysis and student programming.� Additionally, the Senior Advisor will increase the School’s policy impact through the promotion of the Policy Institute via the translation of research findings into equitable policy recommendations, and collaborations with policy makers, elected officials and community leaders. The Senior Advisor helps drive the capacity-building plan and direction for the School’s initiatives, including the growth of the MSP dual degree program. Additionally, the Senior Advisor works closely with the faculty, academic program directors/coordinators, field office and the Dean’s team to advance policy-focused initiatives throughout the Brown School.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Building Policy Capacity
Work with the Dean, Clark-Fox Policy Institute and academic program leadership to guide the strategic growth and implementation of policy-focused programming.� Develop relationships with individuals, corporations and government agencies for business partnerships that includes policy internship placements, obtaining contracts for commissioned policy reports, policy convenings, legislative briefings, and other consulting projects.� Identify and respond to grant RFP’s from foundations and government sources.� Collaborate with the Dean, Institute Director, Brown School faculty and students to increase interest and engagement in policy practice.
Provide leadership in identifying, organizing, and implementing community and organizational partnerships that will provide opportunities for policy related field placements. Oversee/provide significant leadership around the Brown School’s legislative internship program in Jefferson City, as well as develop and provide trainings for students and the broader community. Advise students on policy related coursework, practicum and internship, projects, and career paths.
Policy Analysis and Dissemination
Advance the overall goal of the School and Institute through the development of policy briefs, reports and peer reviewed journal articles. The Senior Director of Special Projects works effectively with a broad array of constituencies, including legislators and administrators in government; nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations; policy analysts and thought leaders from academia and think tanks; community leaders; faculty and research staff; media; and students.
Advisory Committee Management
Support institute director with engagement and management of Institute’s advisory committee.� Organize subcommittees to advance organizational goals.
Operational/Administrative Support as Needed
The Senior Advisor will support the Dean through advancing priority projects as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and seven years or Master’s degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of social science research, public policy, communications, marketing, or public affairs.
Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, and a collaborative nature.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Effective in creating a productive professional and academic environment, able to meet multiple deadlines, strong ability to prioritize.
Demonstrated ability to be a hands-on partner in getting work accomplished.
Proven record of building partnerships, coalitions and community initiatives.
Prefer a doctoral degree in business, public policy, public health, social work, other relevant policy discipline or a law degree, plus 10 years leadership experience in public policy.
Previous hands-on experience managing large scale programs with logistical, media, and communications complexity.
Extensive and executive level experience in organizing and producing public policy conferences, training, and publications.
The position requires outstanding interpersonal skills, writing ability, management expertise, and communications/collaboration skills.
Must have outstanding academic and organizational judgment, and be able to make independent decisions about quality, appropriateness, political sensitivities, and academic integrity of programs.
Must be able to understand the substance and implications of a broad range of social policy and health research and analysis and be able to disseminate and apply to products of research.
Knowledge of social work or public health education, public policy, international affairs, and social services in St. Louis.
Experience with client relationships management processes and systems, e-communications tools.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Office Setting. Will require some evening and weekends.
Base pay commensurate with experience.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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