Executive Director, Women + Girls Research Alliance (Alliance)

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs invites applicants for the position of Executive Director, Women + Girls Research Alliance (Alliance). The start date is August 1, 2014.

The Alliance was founded as a community-based organization in 2006 and integrated into the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010. It is a catalyst for change – working to improve the lives of women and girls in the Charlotte region through research, education, and community engagement.

The leadership and strategic guidance for the Women + Girls Research Alliance are provided by a volunteer Advisory Council, made up of faculty and staff from the University and the Charlotte business and activist community. The Executive Director position will report to the Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs.

The primary responsibility of the Executive Director for the Women + Girls Research Alliance is to lead the implementation of the Alliance’s 2013 Strategic Plan. In this role, key actions include:
* guiding and supporting research activities;
* identifying and fostering community partnerships and alliances;
* connecting community interests and university faculty and programs relating to women and girls;
* positioning the Alliance toward recognition as the key women and girls-focused public policy analyst in the region;
* building a financially sustainable organization;
* overseeing planning, financial, operating and reporting needs of the organization;
* designing new instructional and engagement collaborations between the Alliance and the community;
* developing strategic visioning, organizing, and fundraising for the biennial Women’s Summit Conference. Works directly with the University’s Development Office to formulate fundraising plans, and develops materials to pursue relationships and gifts from individual and corporate supporters.  

UNC Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban research university, enrolls more than 26,000 students. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. UNC Charlotte has a mission to address the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.

UNC Charlotte strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. AA/EOE employer: subject to Criminal Background Check.

All applicants must apply on-line at https://jobs.uncc.edu. Please attach the following documents with your electronic submission: a cover letter; CV; and the names and contact information for three references.

Screening of applications will begin June 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  

Required qualifications include:

* expertise and/or experience in policy areas relating to women and girls.
* excellent verbal and written communication skills to be able to clearly articulate thoughts/directions/expectations, as well as, develop and write grant proposals/reports.
* skill at developing effective partnerships and collaborations between University staff, community volunteers, and corporate partners.
* strong strategic planning, assessment/analysis, research, and organizational skills.
* fiscal management expertise to be able to make independent decisions which affect the short and long-term goals for the Alliance.
* a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any relevant field with a master’s degree preferred. 

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