Director of Administration and Communications, IRPE
The New School
Location: New York, New York
Internal Number: 19781
Reporting to the Senior Director of Strategy, the Director of Administration and Communications (the Director) will be responsible for directing the administrative, financial, operational functions of the Institute. The Director will also support the areas of communications, marketing and events. With significant experience in the administration and management of academic centers, university departments, and/or research organizations, the Director will apply a sense of mission and passion for civic engagement, economic justice, and social equity. Good judgment and superb organizational and interpersonal skills are required. The Director will support the Senior Director of Strategy and and Founding Director by leading the Institute in several functional areas, including Communications, Marketing, Events, Development, Operations, Bookkeeping, Personnel Management, Office Management, as well as providing support for the Founding Director. The Associate Director will supervise and manage staff, student workers, and cross-functional teams in these areas. Helpful past experiences include but are not limited to those in universities, progressive organizations, nonprofits, the labor movement, communities of color, and the public interest. Familiarity with movements for racial equity, economic justice, and democracy represents an asset, but not a requirement, for the role. The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
Responsibilities include: ● Represent and promote the Institute in public and private settings, enhancing relations with internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to members of the President's and Provost's Offices as well as students, faculty members, researchers, government professionals and policymakers, corporate leaders foundation professionals, philanthropists, community organizers and activists, labor unions, volunteers etc. ● Facilitate high-level meetings with external audiences and staff the Founding Director at meetings with key external and internal stakeholders ● Provide administrative support to the Founding Director as needed (e.g.communications, meeting preparation, scheduling, interfacing with third-parties, creating talking points for public engagement).
Communications and Marketing: ● Direct the Institute on Race and Political Economy's media strategy and manage the Institute's web page ● Manage Institute on Race and Political Economy communications teams as well as relationships with journalists and editors to promote the institute and events ● Work with the university communications and marketing team and other communication staff across the university ● Manage and oversee communications consultants, vendors, graphic designers, and producers Events ● Direct all aspects of events, including conception, invitations, rsvps, marketing, speakers, preparation, run of shows, evaluation and archiving Student support and classes ● Manage and facilitate the assigning and requests for student Research Assistants ensuring that the Institute Director and other affiliated faculty have the research assistants they need, and ensuring research assistants are supported and paid. ● Support the Director in working with students, student workers, and , handling confidential student information appropriately while interfacing with relevant departments in the university.
Development: ● In conjunction with the Senior Director of Strategy, Lead the creation and execution of the Institute's development and fundraising plans by contributing to the design and development of Institute priorities, plans, budgets, and programs ● Work with colleagues in development and fundraising roles across the New School, including UDARO and ORS, to maximize support for the Institute while contributing to the the creation of fundraising materials, proposals, and reports
Bookkeeping, Personnel, and Office Management ● Supervise the Operations Manager ● Oversee the overall financial health of the Institute ensuring sound fiscal management, including oversight or direct preparation of budgets, oversight of revenues and expenses, recordkeeping, regulatory compliance, and audits; ● Oversee and manage the purchasing of supplies and equipment as well as maintenance request and facilities management of the institute offices
Specific staff oversight responsibilities include: ● Contribute to the ongoing professional development of direct reports and overall responsibilities for staff members (establish and review annual goals and priorities, establish job descriptions, conduct personnel reviews) ● Manage the appropriate provisioning of resources and equipment for staff
● Passion for Institute's mission of advancing research to understand structural inequalities and working to identify transformational ways to promote equity ● An abiding commitment to civic engagement, economic justice, and social equity, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion; ● Ability to manage schedules and competing demands without compromising priorities and values ● Superior leadership capacity and organizational acumen; ● Clear and compelling communication skills; ● Astute financial management and budgetary oversight; ● A record of maintaining creating effective, high morale teams; ● Ability to handle confidential information; ● Ability to work independently, efficiently, and effectively within a fast-paced environment; ● unimpeachable integrity and ethics. ● Good judgment, and superb organizational and interpersonal skills, strong abilities to communicate effectively with external and internal stakeholders. .
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.