Karsh Institute of Democracy Director of Programming
Job ID: R0030731 | Project Management | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia (Karsh Institute) seeks a dynamic and collaborative Director of Programming. The new public-facing, pan-university institute is designed to project the University's commitment to democracy and help strengthen democratic institutions, practices and culture.

Consistent with the University's goal to be "great and good," the Karsh Institute will articulate, support and sustain values fundamental to democratic society while envisioning and helping to create a future when democracy's aspirations and reality are one. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programming will be charged with crafting and executing the comprehensive program necessary to advance the Institute's mission.

The Director of Programming will play a critical role building and creating programs in collaboration with faculty, students, schools and centers at UVA; creating unique Institute programs; and building and executing programs with partners. The individual will also build and manage program staff, work closely with the Communications Director and events staff, and manage program impact measurement. The position will serve as a member of the executive leadership team.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Be a key member of the Karsh Institute leadership team.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to create the overall programming strategy.
  • Hire, supervise and develop a high-functioning and collaborative programming staff.
  • Independently and collaboratively, develop creative, engaging, actionable public programming that reflects the mission and goals of the Karsh Institute.
  • Develop and manage national, state and local partnerships with organizations that will be additive to developing and/or amplifying research and solutions.
  • Develop strategies to involve UVA and other student populations in program development.
  • Develop strategies to involve UVA faculty in program development.
  • Work with the Communications Director to collaboratively design and organize events with internal and University events teams to produce professional programs.
  • Serve as a project manager for complex, multi-partnered initiatives.
  • Working in collaboration with the Communications Director, as well as UVA and outside scholar/experts, develop content and briefing materials for public programming.
  • Work collaboratively with the Institute's communications team to reach targeted constituencies and audiences.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

  • A bachelor's degree is required; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 7 years of experience in developing content, events and/or public programming. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Proven experience deftly leading a team of highly motivated, mission-driven staff members.
  • Excellent writing skills, including substantive, issue-oriented writing, strongly preferred.
  • Experience and interest in event production strongly preferred.
  • Experience promoting partnerships with diverse organizations preferred.
  • An understanding of local, state and national policymaker networks.
  • Thoughtful, transparent and exceptionally collaborative with a service leader mindset.
  • Supportive of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

Preference will be given to applications received by January 3, 2022, although the position is open until filled. Anticipated Hiring Range: $115,000 - $125,000 commensurate with education and experience. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

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Charlottesville, VA
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