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Democracy Initiative Position Openings

Co-Director for Academic Affairs

THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting to the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and working in close partnership with the Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs, the Co-Director for Academic Affairs will play a key role in shaping the Democracy Initiative’s development and direction. The two co-directors will work closely together, but they will also have distinct duties. The Co-Director for Academic Affairs will partner with the Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs to provide vision and leadership of the Democracy Initiative, with a particular emphasis on developing the Initiative’s research and pedagogical mission. The new leader will also serve as Director and lead research convener of the Core Lab. 

The Co-Director for Academic Affairs will build a vibrant community of scholars—undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty—devoted to studying the promise of and the challenges to democracy. They will be a dynamic leader sharing responsibility for maintaining a high level of interest in the Democracy Initiative amongst a wide and diverse constituency.

The University seeks a distinguished academic from the humanities or social sciences to serve in this capacity. They will bring appreciation for the multi and interdisciplinary nature of the Initiative as well as the role of research in facilitating important global discussions in the public beyond the academy.

KEY PRIORITIES

  • Executive Leadership and Vision: In partnership with the Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs, develop and implement a vision and strategic plan to advance the national and international reputation of the Initiative.
  • Research and Programs: Serve as director and lead research convener of the Core Lab. Provide creative leadership to the rotating labs and other programs. Create new educational and research programs that are consistent with the goals of the Initiative. Promote Initiative activities and programs within the University and in national and international forums.  
  • Team Building and Administrative Management: Help to facilitate hires of faculty whose research touches in diverse ways on questions relevant to democracy.  Further the career development of colleagues at all ranks.  With the co-director for policy and public affairs, foster a diverse and inclusive educational and work environment; promote a collaborative, collegial culture throughout the Initiative; and manage the financial resources of the Initiative through an effective annual operating budget and long-term financial plan.
  • External Relations and Fundraising: In partnership with the Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs, the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the University President, build strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, and collaborators within and outside of the University. 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Academic Qualifications: A full professor from the humanities or social sciences is desired. Significant academic credentials, a nationally recognized scholar in topics related to democracy. An earned doctoral degree and experience working in a university or institutional research setting is required.
  • Leadership: Demonstrated record of strong management skills and effective, collaborative leadership in a distinguished academic or research setting. Capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation. Understanding and appreciation of the importance of diversity and inclusion, and ability to promote and construct a collegial and respectful working environment. Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Research Management: Conversant in and supportive of interdisciplinary research, theories, and methods. Ability to initiate and foster successful research partnerships and collaborations in academia and beyond.  
  • Management and Administrative: Ability to leverage the Initiative in recruiting outstanding new faculty to the University. A record of operational leadership demonstrating excellence, growth, and financial effectiveness. Demonstrated experience in fiscal management. Ability to manage resources strategically.  
  • Fundraising: Aptitude and appetite for strengthening philanthropic support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

TO APPLY OR NOMINATE

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit https://executivesearch.virginia.edu/search/co-director-academic-affairs-democracy-initiative.

Applications should include a CV, letter of interest and contact information for at least three references.  The search will be carried out with full confidentiality; candidates will be notified before references are contacted.  To be officially considered for this position, all candidates must apply through UVA Workday at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Co-Director-for-Academic-Affairs--Democracy-Initiative_R0010712.

For confidential inquiries or to nominate someone for this opportunity, please contact AJ Davidson, Senior Search Consultant, with the University of Virginia’s Executive Search Group, at ajh2d@virginia.edu


Communications Specialist

The Democracy Initiative and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a dynamic and collaborative Communications Specialist. The Democracy Initiative program is an exciting and ambitious interdisciplinary teaching, research, and engagement effort bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. Within the Democracy Initiative, a series of Democracy Labs promote faculty and student research, teaching, and public engagement.

This is a vital role responsible for directly supporting the marketing and communications needs of the Democracy Initiative. The Communications Specialist will create all forms of digital and print communications such as emails, newsletters, collateral, social media, digital advertising, website content, and presentations. The specialist provides recommendations on content ideas, publications, content platform integration, and opportunities that communicate the initiatives and advance the reputation of the Democracy Initiative.

Job responsibilities:

  • Lead a variety of marketing and communications activities on high-impact programs.
  • Translate organizational goals into logistical plans, operationalizing desired outcomes and coordinating with other staff to achieve aims.
  • Manage high-profile web and promotional content, maintaining social media presence and Democracy Initiative website. Raise the reputation and brand of the University through all efforts.
  • Utilize design tools that produce compelling and attractive collateral pieces including InDesign, PowerPoint, and possibly Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Tailor written copy to specific audiences. Proofread and edit to maintain established University style guidelines.
  • Direct external vendors and agencies on specific projects and events, where appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Democracy Initiative Team, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the UVA College of Arts & Sciences communications team, as well as colleagues across the UVA Grounds.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Master's degree in English, communications, or related field is required, however a Bachelor's degree plus relevant experience may substitute.  
  • At least five years of experience in communications, marketing, journalism, writing, or a related position is required, where duties entail extensive communications development for audiences in print and digital media.
  • Must have the ability to write in the voice of the organization and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a complex environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe InDesign is required. Proficiency in Adobe Creative, Photoshop, and Illustrator is preferred.

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 22, 2019, though the position is open until filled.

The successful candidate must pass a background check.

Applications are being accepted through the UVA Workday hiring system: https://hr.virginia.edu/careers-uva/job-openings


Finance Generalist

The Democracy Initiative and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a Finance Generalist position.  The Democracy Initiative program is a new exciting and ambitious interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement effort bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world.  As a key member of the Democracy Initiative team, this position plays a central role in key strategic budgetary projects, the development of annual and quarterly forecasting, trend analysis, and more, while maintaining the highest level of integrity. The ability to synthesize financial information and provide sound advice to researchers, administrators, and faculty will also be essential to be successful in this opportunity.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Democracy Initiative Directors and Chief of Staff to create the annual budgets for submission to the Arts & Sciences (A&S) Budget Office. Make appropriate updates during quarterly budget forecast.
  • Monitor the budget and track cash balances for all awards and projects for DI Operating budget, Democracy Labs, and other special projects, e.g. grants. Participate in the A&S budget variance analysis process.
  • Provide reports and analysis to directors in support of administrative and operating activities.
  • Oversee the preparation of purchase orders and payment vouchers. Ensure that bills are paid promptly so the department complies with the University's requirements.
  • Prepare and submit expenses and receipts, perform monthly and year-end reconciliation. Ensure accurate transaction in University systems.
  • Maintain financial records for department funds, following University and departmental policies and procedures, and maintain all documentation and records to meet audit requirements.
  • Participate in training sessions to keep apprised of changes in policy and procedures.
  • Any other financial and budget duties as assigned.

A bachelor’s degree is required.  At least five years of experience in an accounting function is required.  Experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing and processing payroll transactions is highly desirable.  Preference will be given to applicants with finance, budget, and grant experience.  Must have demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and succinctly.  Must demonstrate excellent written communication.  Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects in a complex environment. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook is required.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. (FSAKA)

Applications are being accepted through the UVA Workday hiring system: https://hr.virginia.edu/careers-uva/job-openings