Executive Director, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR21679
Location: Chicago, IL
Communicates a compelling vision for the collecting and use of African American archival and special collections.Â
Provides strategic leadership for BMRC projects and activities and works with the BMRC Board to develop and implement long and short-term goals.Â
Fosters a national reputation for BMRC and facilitates collaboration with related communities through engagement with regional, national conferences, networks, and public events.Â
Serves (ex officio) on the BMRC board working with the BMRC Board Chair to develop meeting agendas, facilitate board initiatives, and make recommendations on Board recruitment.
Fields all requests for partnerships with the BMRC, developing and maintaining partnerships that align with the BMRCâ™s mission and strategic plan.
Creates, implements, and monitors a development plan with diverse funding streams to support BMRC activities and initiatives.
Serves as the lead on BMRC grant projects and in maintaining effective relationships with BMRC funding partners.
Liaises with host institution to ensure appropriate use of resources to support BMRC operations.
Manages BMRC budgets and oversees consortium staff and operations.
Contributes to design of program content, policies and strategic planning efforts.
Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of program policies and recommends or makes exceptions.
Performs other related work as needed.
Master's or other advanced degree.
Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.
Experience providing leadership and management of operations that balance long term planning with the daily activities of multiple concurrent projects.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills including ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, community members, and others.
Ability to navigate the challenges of working within a complex, decentralized environment.
Previous experience in nonprofit, library, archival, public history, or museum organizations.
Experience with budget management and planning.
Experience developing successful grant proposals and fundraising initiatives.
Awareness of the African American history in and around Chicagoland.
Experience with conference/event planning.
Celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Foster positive partnerships and collaboration.
Identify priorities in order to recognize and resolve or refer problems.
Exhibit business acumen and organizational astuteness.
Ability to travel around the Chicagoland area to visit member and prospective member institutions and to attend relevant community events.
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