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Associate Director of Operations and Outreach, ARPC (17589)

Date: Jan 12, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The Associate Director of Operations & Outreach of AU's Antiracist Research and Policy Center is responsible for collaborating with the Executive Director, Associate Director of Faculty Engagement and Initiatives, community partners, and faculty affiliates to plan, implement and manage the Center's day to day operations. The Associate Director of Operations & Outreach  will have a wide range of responsibilities, including but not limited to: oversight of personnel, operations, budget, communications and outreach, and other duties necessary to carry out the Center’s mission.
The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University generates scholarly research, educational tools, and policy analysis geared towards dismantling racism in its many forms. We build multidisciplinary initiatives for fostering racial justice, decolonial politics, and intersectional liberation by forging relationships across AU and with external changemakers in the DC region and beyond.

Essential Functions

  1. Operations and Management - Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Center, including staff supervision, programmatic planning, and campus and community engagement. Support Executive Director as a liaison between the Center and stakeholders, including but not limited to coordinating activities and communications among specialists, agencies and organizations. In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Associate Director of Faculty Engagement & Initiatives, develop and execute Center’s strategic plan, including development and hiring strategies.
  2. Communication and Outreach - In collaboration with the Executive Director and campus communications staff, devise the Center's public communication and outreach strategies and supervise their implementation. Oversee the design and creation of outreach materials. Work with the Executive Director to build and maintain the Center’s funder, advocate, and community partner networks. Assist the Executive Director in engaging prospective donors on behalf of the center, as needed.
  3. Budget Administration and Reporting - In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and oversee the center’s annual operating budget. Working closely with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and the CAS Budget team, this position is responsible for the management and oversight of the Center’s financial affairs. 
  4. Grant Administration - In collaboration with the CAS Contracts team, the Associate Director of Planning & Operations is responsible for monitoring and tracking sponsored project budgets within the Center, ensuring expenses are within budgeted limits, reviewing and approving financial transactions related to those budgets. Support the Executive Director on the execution of externally sponsored and internally funded project reports, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
  5. Other duties and responsibilities as needed.

Work Environment

  • The worker normally performs their job indoors in an office environment.
  • The worker may be required to travel.
  • The worker may be required to work evenings and/or weekends.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time 
  • Sr. Coordinator/Sr. Analyst A
  • Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • 4-6 Years' in research, educational, or policy organizations oriented towards racial and/or social justice.
  • Bachelor's Degree or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and ability to initiate and build relationships.
  • A well-developed intellectual creativity and interest in the work of building a new center.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and set priorities in order to successfully implement strategic initiatives.
  • Attention to detail and excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with hiring, training, and supervising personnel.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and/or finance, with a demonstrated familiarity with Microsoft Excel. Experience with budget and expense management at an educational or non-profit organization is preferred.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with  project and event planning and management is preferred.
  • Fundraising and/or grant management experience in an academic or non-profit setting is preferred; previous experience working with foundations and external funding partners is ideal.
  • Master's Degree or equivalent education, training and experience.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


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