The Director of Regional Policy is responsible for developing, maintaining and coordinating a program of regional policy research and analysis for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, with a particular focus on the intersection of transportation policy and other regional planning issues, such as land use, economic development, environmental management, and housing. This position brings together the work of several of the institute's past programs (including its former Center for Transportation Policy Studies, the Land Use and Environmental Planning Division, and its Economic Research unit) to a create a new unit addressing the interconnectivity of regional planning issues for the greater Charlotte region.
The position combines research, analysis, and outreach to establish the institute as a primary strategic partner and go-to resource for stakeholders seeking to understand how best to integrate local and regional policy decisions for a more sustainable and resilient future for the Charlotte region, including how regional planning issues relate to the social and economic well-being of its residents. The person in this position will work closely with the institute's research leadership team to pursue research opportunities that inform regional policy and coordinate a robust outreach strategy for engaging the public.
Policy Research & Analysis (Expected 50% of Position Effort) The Director of Regional Policy is expected to guide and engage in regional policy research and analysis in collaboration with the Institute's research leadership team, including pursuit of funding opportunities that engage the institute's research staff and university faculty in research that informs regional policy issues. Regional Policy Relationships (Expected 20% of Position Effort) The Director of Regional Policy will serve as a primary liaison between the institute and regional policy stakeholders, in coordination with the Director and the Director of Community & Research Engagement. UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Administration/Operations (Expected 15% of Position Effort) The Director of Regional Policy is a member of the institute's senior leadership team. This team facilitates the institute's long-term goals and program emphasis through the development of periodic, 5-year strategic plans, along with the team's oversight of the annual planning and budgeting process that assure the alignment of the institute's day-to-day activities with those long-term goals.
Minimum Experience / Education:
A graduate degree in a public policy-related field, such as transportation policy, public administration, city & regional planning, housing and real estate, environmental management, etc., and at least seven years of experience in developing and implementing research and service projects is required.
Experience must include a track record of successful public policy research projects, particularly quantitative research, as well as project management experience, interdisciplinary collaboration, and leadership ability.
The employee must have the ability to develop project plans; organize and carry out projects within budget and time constraints; supervise and coordinate project staff; prepare reports; speak effectively in public and express ideas clearly in writing; maintain good interpersonal relationships with diverse groups of people; and exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting policies and procedures.
The person in the position must demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and consensus-building.
This job involves a considerable amount of contact with other institute professional staff, UNC Charlotte faculty and administrative staff, students, public and private sector agency staff, and the general public. The person in this job must have superb interpersonal skills (including oral and written communication) and be able to communicate with both technical and non-technical personnel. This job is highly visible to the University and the general public.
Preferred Education Skills and Experience:
A terminal degree in a public policy-related field, such as transportation policy, public administration, city & regional planning, housing and real estate, environmental management, etc., is preferred.
Other preferred education, knowledge, skills and experience include: Previous experience in a university environment; familiarity with local and/or state nonprofit organizations and government agencies; proposal writing, and post-award management; demonstrated abilities in organizational planning and strategy development; a demonstrated ability to partner and lead through influence, across organizational lines.
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research institution. Our campus is located in the piedmont of North Carolina, just two hours from the mountains and three hours from the Atlantic Ocean. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.