Director, Latino Policy Institute - Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University
October 13, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island
Location: Providence, RI Category: Staff positions Posted On: Fri Oct 12 2018 Job Description:
As directed by the Dean of University College, the Director is responsible for coordinating and implementing community development strategies to their successful completion. In this role, the Director is an entrepreneurial leader, manager and spokesperson charged with supporting the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) advisory board, staff, and supporters in order to deliver upon the mission of both the University and the LPI. The Director is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the LPI, managing the day-to-day activities of the organization, and hiring, terminating and supervising staff. Major effort will be focused on outreach, program development and program implementation on a timely basis.
Fundraising and Fiscal Management Skills
The Director will provide leadership in fundraising and oversight of fiscal management for the LPI.
Work closely with the Advisory Board to develop and manage a comprehensive fundraising strategy including the execution of a marketing plan that generates income to support LPI.
Direct all fiscal operations including budget, financial management and reporting to the Advisory Board and to Dean of RWU's University College.
Leadership and Organizational Management
The Director has management skills and successful experience as a competent, creative, trusted leader and is a highly effective staff supervisor, who will develop and implement strategic work plans that create growth and visibility for LPI and staff.
Create a welcoming organizational culture that values customer service and user-friendliness, subscribes to a high standard of performance, and which promotes creativity and freedom within an accountable framework.
External Relations: The Director is expected to build on LPI's relationships with business leaders, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and appointed and elected officials. The Director will represent the Latino Policy Institute on boards, commissions, task forces, and regional and national meetings that address topics identified as priorities for the organization.
Experience Working with a Board of Directors
The Director must be able to work with the Board and the University to execute and support the vision created for LPI, and be an excellent communicator. Communicating clearly, professionally, honestly and effectively with the Board of Directors are all critical skills for the Director. The Director is a self-starter with the ability to represent staff interests to the Board and to convey Board priorities to the staff in an effective manner.
Communication Skills, Vision/Entrepreneurial Skills
The Director is regarded as the "public face" of LPI and needs to be a highly effective speaker in a variety of settings and to a variety of audiences including Latino community groups, faculty and administrators in higher education, government leaders, community foundations, state legislators, the donor community, and local businesses.
The Director will exude energy, enthusiasm, and a desire to network with a wide range of stakeholders.
The Director must have the ability to listen actively and to instill a customer service culture within the organization.
The Director must also have the ability to draw more supporters and partners into the Latino Policy Institute.
The Director should be able to lead and carry out LPI' s strategic media campaigns aimed at educating policy makers and the general public on the state of Latinos in Rhode Island.
Knowledge of Public Policy and Research
Develop and implement an annual research agenda, oversee research agenda that informs policy makers and the public about the demographics of Latinos in Rhode Island.
Develop research and academic initiatives related to Latinos in Rhode Island with opportunities to engage and collaborate with established and new partners both within and outside the University.
Work with other members of the University and outside organizations to integrate LPI research and findings into academic opportunities, research and reports in related fields and policies, including health, education, community and economic development, and immigration.
Develop relationships with key research and content experts who can act as research advisors.
Public Policy and Government Relations
Knowledge or direct experience with legislative and public policy processes.
Link data driven research with policy recommendations to guide public officials in adopting policies to address Latino matters in the state.
Appraise LPI Board of Directors on important information related to public policy and make recommendations for action that will further the goals of LPI.
Define project tasks and resources. Develop and monitor project plans.
Plan and schedule project timelines with staff. Track project deliverables using appropriate tools. Provide direction and support to project assigned staff member.
Monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders.
Present reports defining project progress, any unforeseen challenges and recommended solutions. Implement and manage project changes and interventions to achieve project deliverables.
Produce project evaluations and assessment of results.
Language, Culture- Latino Community
Demonstration of the following abilities and experiences: Bi-lingual (English/Spanish)
Exhibit cultural competencies
Experience within the Latino community
Relationships with Latino organizations - businesses, community-based organizations, etc.
Additional Functions Explore and work cross functionally with other programs to implement shared goals in conjunction with LPI projects and initiatives. Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy. Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor or supervisor's designee.
Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Political Science, or a related field with at least five years of demonstrated experience working with elected officials and/or organizations at the local, state and/or federal level.
A proven track record of success in communicating, enhancing and delivering results that meet University objectives. Experience working with the advisory boards and the higher education leadership to execute and support the organizational and departmental vision.
Leadership experience in higher education, business, government or non-profit management, or in a closely related field such as marketing, public relations or communications.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, which are required to influence key stakeholders and foster positive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office.
Preferred Qualifications* An advanced degree in public policy or related field. Five or more years' experience in government and/or community relations. Experience in public policy efforts with knowledge or direct experience with legislative and policy processes as well as experience working with a Latino community. Ability to articulate and advance LPI's mission and purpose in collaboration with RWU's faculty, students, and staff.
* At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.
The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.
Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.
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Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.
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About Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University is inextricably connected to Roger Williams, the 17th-century leader devoted to freedom of conscience and social justice who founded a community in Rhode Island based on those tenets. Roger Williams' philosophy, and what has been called his 'lively experiment,' nurtured the growth of vibrant and open societies. Our pursuit of excellence in education, academic accomplishment and community service is rooted in his focus on intellectual exchange, critical thinking, inclusiveness and innovation as a means of improving a free society. It is this legacy that inspires our core purpose.