Executive Director - CMU/Pitt Collaboratory Against Hate: Research and Action Center (CAH)
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2018287
The Collaboratory Against Hate: Research and Action Center aspires to develop and support innovative multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-university research aimed at understanding how extremist hate is generated, how it circulates in online and real-life spaces, and how it polarizes society and provokes harmful and illegal acts, especially toward communities of color and other minoritized groups. We seek to develop effective interventions to inhibit every stage in the creation and growth of extremist hate groups and to minimize their destructive consequences. CAH was launched in 2021 as a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, with one co-director from each university. Since its launch, CAH has built a network of over 300 researchers, hired two postdoctoral researchers, and started three research working groups. In addition, CAH has awarded seed funding grants and initiated research partnerships with other organizations.
The Executive Director will be an employee of Carnegie Mellon University in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. They will run the day-to-day operations of CAH, managing a small but dedicated team. The Executive Director will provide strategic direction, in collaboration with the CAH Co-Directors and Steering Committee and External Advisory Board, to build the capacity of the CAH to nurture innovative multidisciplinary research that reduces the acceleration of extremist hate and its harmful impacts on minoritized and marginalized communities and society as a whole. The Executive Director will build upon CMU and Pitt's current research strengths and foster growth in areas such as student and external faculty involvement with the center, educational offerings, and community/regional engagement.
Given the wide range of academic inquiry undertaken at the CAH, the Director should have general familiarity with the issues of contemporary extremist hate and an appreciation of how interdisciplinary teams can be developed and work together, as well as how to initiate and strengthen collaborative partnerships between university researchers and broader communities.
Inclusion, collaboration and cultural responsiveness are valued skills in CAH. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to collaboratively engage with community members at a high level of cultural awareness and sensitivity, care and integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support our mission through their work.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is entrepreneurial, passionate about the CAH mission, and has a leadership background with research, operational, and communications experience.
Manage the day-to-day operations of the CAH, including oversight and accountability for overall center performance. Ensure that strategic objectives are being met and that program outcomes and financial monitoring and reporting operate according to university policies and CAH goals.
Expand the funding base for the CAH through philanthropy and grants and contracts.
Expand the base of CAH collaborations across CMU and Pitt, within the Pittsburgh region, and among national and global partners including non-profits, companies, educational institutions, community groups, and government agencies.
Oversee CAH staff, including postdoctoral fellows.
Represent CAH in the media, and with funders, policymakers and other key constituencies.
An earned post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline of study.
Administrative experience consistent with the Executive Director's responsibilities.
Significant experience in nonprofit or research administration, including fundraising and strategic development.
Strong commitment to the mission of ending extremist hate as well as to the CAH's values and mission.
Track record of success in building capacity in a nonprofit organization.
Track record of success in raising funds from philanthropic sources.
Experience in organizing and managing teams.
Experience with advocacy and/or research on issues of extremist hate.
Experience working with research teams.
Experience with strategic communications.
Record of success in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in a workplace or organization.
Demonstrated ability to promote staff professional development.
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