Director of Democracy Programs, Mansfield Center (3850-254)
Company: University Of Montana
Posted on: May 26, 2023
Director of Democracy Programs, Mansfield Center Tracking Code
3850-254 Job Description Application instructions are located at
the bottom of the page. Please apply directly through the
University of Montana's career portal UM Jobs at
-https://umjobs.silkroad.com/ -for positions at the University of
Montana - Missoula, University of Montana Western (Dillon), and
Helena College. Do not apply through Indeed.com or use easy apply
through Indeed.com*. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center invites
applications for a Director of Democracy - Programs to bring
leadership, initiative, energy, organization, and strategic
planning to Mansfield democracy programs. While grounded in public
higher education's role in preparing the next generation to be
informed and engaged in a democracy, this position is essential to
general civic learning and democratic engagement efforts. A
commitment to integrity and building trusted relationships is
essential . Founded by an Act of Congress in 1983, the Mansfield
Center fosters globally minded leaders of integrity in honor of the
legacy of Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen Hayes
Mansfield. We animate their legacy of patriotic statesmanship to
bridge divides from a variety of perspectives, unified by our love
of country and commitment to democracy. Guided by Senator
Mansfield's example, our work emphasizes civil exchanges of ideas
from a diverse range of viewpoints, the importance of democratic
institutions, the integration of international relations, and the
role that ethical values play in public life. This role is critical
to fulfilling our mission. This position reports directly to the
Executive Director in leading all democracy programming and
supervising the Democracy team. This position will support the
Mansfield mission by creating and overseeing opportunities for
youth and community members to collaboratively strengthen
democracy. Responsibilities include, but aren't limited to: Program
- Demonstrate the ability to understand and communicate on
critical issues in democracy while overseeing and implementing
programs that make a tangible impact on strengthening American
- Utilize understanding of democracy challenges, opportunities,
and priorities to develop a workplan for Democracy Programs,
ensuring that the plan is a living document, overseeing full
implementation and making adjustments as necessary.
- Develop new initiatives, ensuring that all programs and
activities fulfill the Mansfield mission, ensuring that ethics and
integrity are woven throughout. -
- Oversee differentiated and potentially interwoven programs for
distinctly different audiences: middle school, high school,
university, and community members -- both urban and rural.
- Seek out and/or create opportunities to engage students and
community members in evidence-based programming designed to
strengthen democracy, including leading conversations and listening
sessions bridging differing ideologies and backgrounds to identify
- Identify speakers for Mansfield Dialogues, Mansfield Lecture,
workshops, and other opportunities that may require external
academic expertise or engaging public leaders.
- Cultivate a broad and effective network of partners, including
maintaining current national and local partnerships and developing
- Draft, review and approve program documents and communications,
- Serve as a subject matter expert on issues related to the
Democracy Programs, actively engaging in critical contemporary
conversations and seeking out opportunities to elevate the
Mansfield Center as a leader in the democracy space.
- Oversee program communications on a local, state, national, and
international level, developing media and outreach strategy,
including social media engagement, and critical response as needs
- Work with the Executive Director and Director of Development to
develop grant proposals and budgets to federal agencies, private
foundations, and individual donors.
- Work with the Executive Director to ensure programs align with
the mission and priorities of the University of Montana. Center
- Engage in critical networking with and support of Montana,
regional partners and national partners in education,
non-governmental organizations, business, and government.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director to establish,
implement, and amplify Mansfield Center mission and identity.
- Engage in critical networking with and support of federal and
external funders and supporters.
- Fill in for the Executive Director as needed in representing
the Center with high-level visitors, funders, and
- Work in tandem with the Executive Director on strategic
planning; staff organization and development; staff supervision;
strategizing on external funding initiatives; and general
organizational development and growth. Compliance Leadership:
- Support the Executive Director in ensuring budgetary compliance
in all program grant expenditures in accordance with award guidance
and UM policy and procedures.
- Oversee program officers in expenditures of these funds and
monitoring budgets, reporting on state of budgets to Executive
Director and working with the Fiscal and Personnel Manager on
budget forecasting for related time and effort.
- Assess program procedures and systems, ensuring program
standardization while ensuring efficiency and efficacy.
- Oversee metrics of Democracy Programs, ensuring that program
impacts are documented through the appropriate qualitative and
quantitative data, and that those impacts are communicated
effectively to all stakeholders.
- Oversee financial and narrative reporting, final reporting, and
all other reports necessary for external funders and stakeholders.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to
the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are
particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in
demonstrating its five -priorities for action : Place student
success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation
in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of
"mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly
tell the UM story. Position Details:
- Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and
includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including
Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition
waiver, and wellness program.
- Salary range for this position is $78,000 - $82,000 per year
commensurate with qualifications. Required Qualifications:
- Master's degree in political science, law, policy, or relevant
subject and five to seven (5-7) -years of proven success in
conceptualizing and implementing cutting-edge projects for defined
strategic outcomes and impact focused on issues of democracy.
- Deep understanding of and commitment to strengthening American
- Employee must demonstrate professionalism, initiative,
judgment, independent thought and action, critical thinking, and
the ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Excellent and varied communication skills required to represent
the Center in written and verbal exchanges. Ability to communicate
across sectors and with critical stakeholders, including U.S.
government representatives; foreign government representatives;
American Indian representatives; external funders; and partnered
universities and organizations (domestic and foreign).
- Ability to independently plan, organize and direct program
policies and procedures. Ensure office-wide program record keeping
requirements, in compliance with federal and state guidelines.
- Strong interpersonal competency skills required to interact and
represent the Center with varying audiences, and ability to be
successful in navigating complex issues requiring diplomacy. This
includes building relationships with American Indian tribes across
- Ability to be successful and prepared during travel.
- Ability to speak confidently on behalf of the Center to public
groups and present programs in an informed, professional, and
- Use budget skills to aid Fiscal and Personnel Manager in
forecasting grant spending, advise on transfers of funds and
allowable expenses, and ensure grant expenditures are appropriate
- Entrepreneurial, growth mindset, able to experiment and
contribute to the learning and improvement cycle through
reflection, new ideas and approaches.
- Experience balancing multiple assignments and internal
- Demonstrated project management and supervisory skills.
- Proven ability to succeed in a cross-cultural environment,
including performing on a team with individuals from different
backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.
- Must be able to be successful in both a traditional office
setting and also in dynamic field situations, such as during
program implementation. Preferred Qualifications:
- Understanding of issues in global democracy and relevance to
American security and stability.
- A Ph.D. degree in a political science or relevant field.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation.
- Training and experience in organizational leadership.
- Demonstrated experience in managing federal and donated funds.
About UM and the Mansfield Center : The University of Montana is a
unit of the Montana University System with more than 11,000
undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty
members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community
of about 75,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur. Abundant
recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national
forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National
Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. Founded by an
Act of Congress in 1983, the Mansfield Center fosters globally
minded leaders of integrity in support of democracy and
international engagement. We honor Senator Mansfield's legacy of
patriotic statesmanship to bridge divides from a variety of
perspectives, unified by our commitment to democracy. Our work
emphasizes civil exchanges of ideas from a diverse range of
viewpoints, the importance of democratic institutions, and role
that ethical values play in public life. Our staff is advised by a
bipartisan Board of Advisors and supported by citizens nationwide
representing government, business, non-profit, education, service
and youth sectors. The Mansfield Center is committed to creating an
environment that encourages, enriches and respects the
multidimensional aspects of diversity. Diversity includes, but is
not limited to, differences based on race, ethnicity, national
origin, religious affiliation or background, sexual orientation,
gender, gender identity, age, economic class or status, points of
view, or disabilities. The Mansfield Center is committed to
recruiting and retaining a team capable of creating a safe,
vibrant, diverse, engaging and intellectually stimulating
environment. To learn more about the University of Montana, and
Missoula please visit the links below.
- University of Montana
- University Highlights
- City of Missoula
- Destination Missoula
- Video: -There's This Place
- Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce Criminal Background
Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In
accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position
will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are
provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For
example, this material is available in alternative format upon
request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we
encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women.
Qualified candidates may request veterans' or disabilities
preference in accordance with state law. References: References not
listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be
provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments
at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are
relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All
New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility
verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally
required (e.g., Form I-9). Must be eligible to work in the United
State upon hire How to Apply: Priority Application Date: Sunday,
April 2, 2023 Complete applications received by this date will be
guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates
are required to submit all of the following materials. Please
submit the following application materials** via the -UM Jobs
portal -and by clicking "New Resume/CV" -button. Please do not
apply through Indeed.com*. *Please note: only five (5) attachments
are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
- Letter of Interest - addressing the stated required skills for
- Detailed resume listing education and describing work
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
references *Applying through Indeed.com or easy apply through
Indeed.com may result in submission of an incomplete application.
Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not
complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply"
section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure
complete application materials are submitted and received by the
date listed above. - Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular Copyright 2023 University of
Montana All rights reserved.
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