Executive Director

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 10-Apr-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR25778

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Develops strategic priorities and operational plans for the Economics for Everyone Media and Education Initiative (hereafter, Initiative).

  • Effectively engages faculty leadership to generate strategic opportunities and lead curriculum-planning.

  • Provides strategic direction, overseeing the effective implementation of new initiatives through comprehensive management and guidance.

  • Establishes high-level organizational structures, processes, and systems, and serves as the day-to-day leader for a high-visibility institutional initiative.

  • Produces and delivers original academic content to advance broad awareness and fluency in the principles of economic thought; develop, oversee, and teach online courses; produces educational materials for various constituents; produces content for edutainment and alternative media.

  • Develops and advances curricular and co-curricular programs to advance the Initiativeâ™s goals; effectively engages the Initiativeâ™s faculty supervisors.

  • Organize conferences, events and other public programming for E4E.

  • Represents the initiative to multiple constituents, including University leadership and administrative units, external partners, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors.

  • Establishes and nurtures relationships with key partners in governments, non-profits, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector, fostering collaborative initiatives and advancing the institute's mission and goal.

  • Communicates to audiences in both university and non-university settings including Latin America, Central Europe, and Asia.

  • Leads the planning and execution of comprehensive development initiatives, exploring diverse fundraising avenues, and staying abreast of industry trends to optimize fundraising effectiveness and contribute to the long-term financial sustainability of the organization.

  • Takes a leadership role in liaising with donors and potential development partners, representing the initiativeâ™s strategic and communicative objectives.

  • Works with faculty leadership and development staff, formulates and implements innovative fundraising strategies, aligning them with organizational objectives, to secure crucial financial support for the mission and initiatives of the organization.

  • Oversee all financial activity and management, including budgeting, financial analysis, and reporting. Responsible for all fundraising proposals, donor management, and grants.

  • Oversees the Initiativeâ™s operations, human resources, and financial activities, including budgeting, financial analysis, reporting and approving transactions.

  • Negotiates and manages vendor contracts.

  • Develops annual donor initiative reports.

  • Manages initiative website, media outreach and content.

  • Oversees seamless coordination and collaboration among teams, ensuring that operational activities are efficiently executed across finance, events, human resources, communications, operations, and academic programs. Fosters an integrated approach to achieve organizational objectives.

  • Provides strategic guidance to each team, facilitating the development and implementation of new programs as well as professional growth and development.

  • Provides leadership and direction to other team members.

  • Fosters an environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, and excellence within finance, events, human resources, communications, operations, and academic programs.

  • Establishes the structure for allocating resources and assesses division or University policies.

  • Manages administrative and research staff. 

  • Participates in the recruitment, onboarding and training of staff. Oversees the development of performance goals.

  • Works closely with faculty, students and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching by coordinating and developing Center programming. This may include workshops. Conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc.

  • Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center. Collaborates with others to make the center a valuable resource to all students and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Masterâ™s or Ph.D. in a relevant field such as economics, business administration, public policy, or a related discipline.


  • A minimum of 5 years of substantial experience in a leadership role, preferably as an executive director or in a senior management position within a research institute.

  • Proven track record of successfully leading and managing diverse teams in areas such as finance, events, HR, communications, operations, and academic programs.

  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, and implementation of initiatives that align with the mission and goals of the institute.

  • Extensive experience in fundraising and development, with a successful history of cultivating relationships with donors, sponsors, and supporters.

  • Strong background in stakeholder engagement, including collaboration with government entities, non-profits, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector.

  • Knowledge of and experience in the field of economics or the specific focus area of the institute, with a solid understanding of current trends, issues, and best practices.

  • Experience working on an international scale and a deep understanding of the global economic landscape.

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated record of managing large, complex initiatives with high-impact results.

  • Capacity to work both independently with self-direction and initiative and an effective member of a team.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Capacity for creative, proactive thinking and administrative innovation.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, working under tight deadlines, with a high degree of professionalism and attention to detail.

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with professionalism and discretion.

  • Ability to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment, manage time wisely and prioritize effectively.

Working Conditions

  • Travel domestically and internationally.

  • Work some evenings and weekends.

Application Documents

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • Resume (required)

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