Assistant Director of Local Government Relations and Community Partnerships
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR17702
Location: Chicago, IL
Works with Executive Director to manage the Universityâ™s relationship with the City of Chicago and sister agencies, designs and guides University partners through municipal processes, develops and executes strategies for municipal engagement, and proactively identifies and solves problems in the public realm.
Assists in developing and implementing engagement strategies designed to ensure community stakeholders are informing and engaging in UChicago's core areas of civic engagement work, including but not limited to support for local entrepreneurship, community safety, and neighborhood development and helps to advance community engagement strategies that build strong partnerships and connect community stakeholders to the University.
Tracks critical data, drafting various correspondence and reports; researching and analyzing complex civic engagement issues; coordinating projects across the portfolio with other individuals; facilitating meetings, and serving as a liaison to internal and external audiences that collaborate with the University.Â
Supports both Executive directors by tracking the progress of various initiatives, completing forms and paperwork, and scheduling and arranging logistics for large convenings.
Prepares briefing materials and presentations for meetings.
Ensures communications are well-written, timely, and effective.
In collaboration with other team members, works to create an environment and culture that enables Civic Engagement to fulfill its mission.
Assists with managing special projects and OCE-related initiatives including organizing and coordinating programmatic events and activities, creating agendas, gathering data and preparing materials for presentations, documenting discussions, and following-up on action items and other administrative duties.
Represents the team in key internal and external meetings.
Uses moderate/solid understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.
Sets and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
Performs other related work as needed.
Masterâ™s degree in public administration, public policy, or similar fields.
Minimum two years of experience in a similar role.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Google Docs.
Experience with ArcGIS.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including for executive-level audiences.
Conduct highly effective work under tight deadlines.
Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Seamlessly move between projects.
Manage competing priorities.
Maintain a calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines.
Excellent verbal and written community skills; organizational skills; work independently with a high degree of initiative; meet deadlines; maintain confidentiality and solve problems.
Work effectively with external stakeholders including the broader civic community, civic organizations, government partners, and students, faculty, and staff to create meaningful and sustainable partnerships.
Flexibility to work outside the confines of normal business hours including evenings and weekends. This role requires attendance at key community convenings that may occur on evenings and weekends.
Work in the office per department hybrid work arrangements
Cover Letter (required)
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