The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri (MU) is seeking a full-time Director for the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) to oversee rigorous policy research that supports faculty, practitioners, and policymakers in Missouri and nationally. The Director will provide academic, administrative, and strategic leadership for the IPP and its affiliated faculty and staff.
The Institute of Public Policy was launched in 2000 by MU's Truman School of Public Affairs for the purpose of providing a university source of independent public policy analysis.
IPP works to examine critical public policy issues for policy makers and citizens through non-partisan research and policy analysis, program evaluation, training, and consulting (https://ipp.missouri.edu/). IPP's capacity and expertise has recently been expanded by a merger with the Office of Social Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA). For 40 years, OSEDA has provided decision and policy support by developing tools to gather and manage data, including developing web-based applications, data management and data analysis systems, and providing the expertise to transform data into useful information through applied research (https://oseda.missouri.edu).
This position is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track, ranked faculty position with an administrative appointment.
Key Responsibilities include:
Providing leadership by:
Collaborating with faculty from the Truman School, MU Extension, the Department of Applied Social Sciences, and the broader academic and policy community to perform research that addresses local, state, and national needs;
Ensuring that IPP staff and partners produce rigorous and high quality research products;
Engaging in research through collaboration, outreach, grant and contract funding; and
Disseminating findings to research, practitioner, and policymaker audiences.
Working with the Truman School director to:
Oversee all aspects of faculty, staff and project management;
Develop and implement strategies to secure additional funding from public and private sources to support Institute programs and initiatives; and
Manage the resources, personnel and implementation of policy analysis services, projects, education programming, and other Institute initiatives.
Developing and pursuing a strategic vision for IPP by:
Working with the IPP Advisory Board and academic partners--the Truman School, Extension, and the Department of Applied Social Sciences; and
Engaging in innovative outreach initiatives at the state, regional and national levels of government and be a recognized leader across the university and the state.
An earned Ph.D. in public policy, public administration, economics, political science, community development, or a closely related field.
Professional experience in designing, conducting, and evaluating policy analysis research, services, or education programs, preferably including demonstrated leadership working with state and local government.
Experience with sponsor research preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, and equal opportunity in programming, staffing, and services.
Use the online application to upload your CV, a brief cover letter, writing samples, a research statement and a statement of inclusion and diversity. Three references should be listed; the committee will inform the applicant when reference letters are required.
Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee (MueserP@missouri.edu) with any questions about the job duties. Contact Human Resource Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions about the application process.
Applications will be considered starting November 30, 2019, and will be accepted until the position is filled.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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