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Director of Democracy Programs, Mansfield Center (3850-254)

Company: University Of Montana
Location: Missoula
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

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 Leadership:

  • 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 democracy.
  • 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 shared priorities.
  • 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 new relationships.
  • Draft, review and approve program documents and communications, as appropriate.
  • 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 arise.
  • 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 Leadership:
    • 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 stakeholders.
    • 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 democracy.
          • 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 Montana.
          • 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 compelling manner.
          • 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 and timely.
            • 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 clients.
              • 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.
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                      • 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 the position
                        • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
                        • 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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