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Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement (Executive Office Research)

The Urban Institute
Washington, DC 20004
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Who we are:

At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

Urbans greatest asset is our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. Our employees drive Urbans mission through entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, effective communication, results-orientation, and relationship cultivation. Our success depends on engaging individuals who possess and value these attributes.

Urban recently launched WorkRise, a major, multi-year initiative focused on jobs, workers, and mobility. The associate director of strategic partnerships and engagement will join WorkRises senior leadership team to oversee the development and implementation of WorkRises strategic engagement with external stakeholders across all of the initiatives stakeholder communities.

How youll contribute:

The successful candidate will partner with WorkRises Executive Director and Deputy Director on an overarching partnership and engagement strategy, with the research team to ensure that WorkRises research priorities reflect external stakeholders demand for evidence, and with the Communications team as they develop comprehensive outreach strategies for reaching WorkRises target audiences through media, events, and other activities.

The associate director will ensure that WorkRises research and evidence reach those who influence the practices, policies, and programs that strengthen economic security and accelerate economic mobility for low-wage workers. The associate director will develop and implement comprehensive plans for engaging WorkRises stakeholders and stakeholder networks across the employer, advocacy, practitioner, and policy communities, and will play a pivotal role in ensuring that WorkRise creates a productive feedback loop between research, policy, and practice.


  • Identify and engage a cross-sector network of labor market stakeholders, with a focus on research consumers (employers, small business, workers and worker advocates, practitioners, and policymakers at the local, state, and federal level), especially those rooted in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

  • Develop, activate, and deepen strategic partnerships between WorkRise and key stakeholders in applied policy and practice, including employers, worker advocates, and government at the local, state, and federal levels.

  • Facilitate partner engagement in the development of research, including surfacing priority questions and cultivating participation in research design and implementation.

  • Work with the Research team to strengthen connections between WorkRise and BIPOC scholars, especially those at Minority-Serving Institutions.

  • In conjunction with members of the Executive, Research, and Communications teams, develop and implement partner-informed dissemination strategies for research findings, including both WorkRise-funded insights and WorkRise-curated evidence from other sources, in order to ensure that actionable evidence is in the right hands at the right time.

  • Develop and manage partner agreements, including reporting on strategic partnership activities.

  • Serve as a liaison between WorkRise and other Urban research initiatives on economic mobility, racial equity, and labor market outcomes (e.g. the Mobility Alliance, Building Americas Workforce, the Racial Equity Analytics Lab, the CTE CoLab), in service of expanding opportunities for deeper impact across institutional priorities.

What youll bring:

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Post-graduate degree in public policy, economics, or sociology preferred. Required education and experience may be substituted by any equivalent combination of education and experience deemed sufficient for qualification in the position.

  • A minimum of ten years of demonstrated leadership experience, developing, implementing, and managing high-impact cross-sector partnership strategies.

  • Experience working as part of a senior management team and leading organizational strategy in a fast-paced, high-growth, mission-driven environment.

  • A strong track record of negotiating and collaborating with senior-level thought leaders, preferably those with a focus on labor market policy and/or improving the economic well-being of low-wage workers.

  • Fluency in policy and/or applied evidence pertaining to labor market challenges facing low-wage workers.

  • Strong management skills, including a demonstrated ability to guide both people and projects in results-oriented work.

  • Exceptional communication skills, including written and oral presentations of ideas to both internal and external audiences in a variety of settings to a range of audiences, from grassroots community organizations to global executives.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the role of evidence in informing policy and practice.

  • A flexible, can-do attitude and a willingness to stretch in all-hands-on-deck situations.

What youll experience:

Working in the Nations Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.

The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

Posted: 2021-11-11 Expires: 2021-12-10
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