10253: Executive Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative

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Executive Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative - Archive
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Posting: 10253
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2010-12-06

Executive Director
Sustainable Cities Initiative
University of Oregon

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) seeks a highly motivated, organized, and action-oriented individual to help lead, manage and grow the Sustainable Cities Initiative. SCI is a multi-disciplinary, new program at the University of Oregon that encompasses many facets of the University. While SCI has a specific focus on sustainability and the built environment, it also was designed to help redefine the role of public education in serving the public good.

The role of Executive Director is a new position and requires an experienced, motivated person who can simultaneously create new programs and skillfully manage existing ones. A successful candidate is someone who is flexible, collaborative, and action-oriented; and someone who can be both entrepreneurial and work within the unique higher education environment. SCI has been built with a tremendous amount of faculty energy, and skilled leadership is now needed to successfully institutionalize existing efforts and foster the ongoing development of new ideas.

SCI's current operating budget is $500,000, and we expect the Executive Director to spearhead efforts that will double or treble this budget within three years. At the start date for this position, SCI will have two full-time Program Managers, at least two paid graduate student staff, and additional student staff on an hourly or volunteer basis. At least two faculty co-Directors will work closely with the Executive Director on strategic and programmatic directions, organizational management strategies, and developing solid relationships with already established networks, both internal and external to the University.

SCI is on a steep growth curve. In its first full year, SCI has garnered significant excitement and attention from external partners, faculty across campus, and students from many different disciplines. A successful Executive Director will help transform that excitement into ongoing, financially stable programs that help catalyze individuals and institutions toward more sustainable city design and function. The position is an exciting new leadership opportunity within the organization, and has primary responsibility for securing and growing the organization's annual operating budget and leading SCI to have greater impact on national policy, research, and community change.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
External Functions
1. Develop and maintain a long-term strategy that will help UO faculty, students and partners consistently produce superior learning and support city innovation.
2. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Co-Directors and staff.
3. Ensure that SCI is able to secure and maintain a strong financial foundation, which expands significantly upon the existing resource commitment (i.e., large multi-year research/institutional grants, foundation support, state and federal agencies, fee for services, and others).
4. Create and execute strategies to ensure that SCI is highly visible for the depths of its sustainable cities programming, and for its innovative approach to learning and supporting action. These strategies will include building key relationships in Washington, DC, in order to build awareness and support among policy makers and senior agency staff.
5. Build and strengthen programmatic relationships with key State legislators and agency staff, in order to facilitate improved policy making as it relates to cities.
6. Cultivate and develop relationships with philanthropic groups and individuals.

INTERNAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Manage SCI programs and activities in a fiscally responsible way.
2. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, supervision and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
3. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse group of staff, students, and faculty.
4. As appropriate, work closely with faculty and staff to ensure appropriate support systems, and responsive, quality service in the areas of grant preparation, project accounting, human resources, purchasing and related administrative functions.
5. Oversee project contracts with funders, cities, etc.
6. Work with external relations, corporate and foundation affairs, communications, and other University of units and programs across campus as appropriate.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
* At least 7 years of significant organizational management responsibility, including supervising others
* Master's degree from an accredited institution in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, business, law or other field related to sustainable cities and the built environment
* Successful track record of securing significant funding for innovative programs and organizations
* Self-starter with strong organizational skills; proven ability to handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, and maintain consistent communication
* Proven experience with sound fiscal management practices and dedication to quality in all aspects of work
* Demonstrated success as an energetic, passionate, and dynamic leader
* Professional experience in a field closely aligned with the sustainable built environment
* Experience with service learning activities
* Ability to travel throughout Oregon, to Washington DC, and occasionally elsewhere around the country for conferences or other events

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
* Existing connections to national policy making / policy makers / agency senior officials
* Understanding of service-learning
* Successful experience working with corporate or foundation sponsors
* Experience working within or directly with academic institutions

Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.

Position is subject to a criminal background check.

Level of Appointment: 1.0 F.T.E.
Term of Contract: one-year renewable contract (funding dependent)

Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000 (12-month annual rate); commensurate with relevant experience and education. The University of Oregon also offers a generous package of health and retirement benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Each applicant must submit
1. Letter of introduction addressing how and why the candidate is qualified for the position.
2. Resume of educational and professional work experience
3. Three names of references (letters of recommendation not required, but will be accepted)

The position will remain open until filled; however, to be considered for the first round of review, applications must be received by 5PM PST on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.

This position is expected to start between mid-September and early October, 2010.

Applications must be submitted electronically by email (preferably in PDF format) to lindaw@uoregon.edu

Inquiries about the position should be directed to SCI Faculty Co-Directors Marc Schlossberg (schlossb@uoregon.edu) and Nico Larco (nlarco@uoregon.edu).

More About the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI)
SCI is a cross-disciplinary effort that integrates research, education, service, and public outreach to impact the design and development of cities and to serve as a model of sustainable city design for the nation. SCI works at a variety of scales from geographic regions to individual buildings and connects this work to students, scholars, funders, project partners, and policy makers. Currently, the departments of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, business, law, journalism, and arts administration are all actively involved in this effort, although SCI is based within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA).

SCI operates several programs at this time, including:
* Sustainable City Year (SCY) program - this is a significant and groundbreaking program that directs existing courses across disciplines to serve a single city during an entire academic year. This year, 20+ courses, 15 faculty, 6 disciplines, and about 100,000 hours of effort have gone into working with the City of Gresham. The City of Salem has been selected as the 2010-11 SCY city.
* Research - Many of SCI's members are national experts on issues of livability and sustainable cities. SCI is interested in developing more integrated and truly collaborative research, including relationships that span campuses. SCI intends to foster more of these 'real' collaborations through building on our core strengths in the topics of: Transportation Livability Metrics, Sustainable Suburbs, Active Transportation, and Urban Ecology / Ecological Design.
* Policy Advising - Issues of sustainable city design and livability address significant national priorities of climate change, obesity, and general quality of life. SCI has been involved in the policy arena in multiple ways and seeks to strengthen its role in helping guide policy at state and national levels.
* Experts-in-Residence (EIR) - This is an effort to bring national experts to Oregon for multi-day engagements with faculty, students, and the community on issues of critical importance. In 2009, Bill Wilkinson, one of the nation's experts in bicycle and pedestrian policy came to Oregon, and in May 2010, Professor Jonathan Levine from the University of Michigan came to Oregon to talk about transportation, land use, and zoning.

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