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Years of Experience
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Senior Policy Associate Duties: Plan and conduct independent and collaborative research and publish results internally and in peer-reviewed academic journals, as appropriate. Provide active leadership in engaging with university faculty, external stakeholders, and policymakers by actively leading in the development and operation of Nicholas Institute faculty working groups and attending relevant on-campus and off-campus meetings, gatherings and events. Assume principal leadership role in raising funds for research projects in the subprogram area by presenting and negotiating plans for cooperative or sponsored research projects. Serve as a point of contact for the subprogram area with foundation program officers and other external stakeholders, including representatives of nonprofits, corporations, and corporate philanthropies. Develop, secure, and manage research funding independently, serving as the principal investigator on projects. Independently manage grant funds and projects, including spending. Report to Duke offices charged with project monitoring, as well as to funders regarding project progress, performance, completion, and impacts. Provide leadership and expertise for the Institute in developing plans for research projects, interpreting results of projects and preparing publications. Provide and deliver oral and written presentations to relay project information to target audiences. Plan for and actively pursue opportunities for communication to external stakeholders. Take initiative in collaborating with other Institute programs on strategic program initiatives, with special attention given to finding ways to integrate work across various program areas. Serve as the Instituteâ€™s principal representative for the subprogram field through travel to meetings, conferences, and donor solicitations, and deliver formal presentations as appropriate. Respond directly and independently to requests for information, including legislative drafting, from government officials and other key audiences. Recruit, manage, and supervise research staff, including the conduction of their periodic performance reviews and evaluations. Recruit, supervise, train and mentor multiple graduate student research assistants and interns. Identify and create opportunities for publicizing the Instituteâ€™s work, including informing external stakeholders about research projects and output. Identify and put into place new opportunities for involving Duke studentâ€™s in Institute research and follow through with implementing means to ensure student involvement. Depending on expertise and specific duties, procure, design, and operate economic or technical models or tools in assigned program areas. Take the lead in planning and conducting meetings, workshops, conferences, and events related to the subprogram field, working to directly engage faculty and stakeholders in the planning and execution of the events. Communicate understanding of scientific and policy-based approaches to the Instituteâ€™s target audiences through written and oral presentations.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: Masterâ€™s degree in science, law, policy, or a field directly related to the position. PhD or JD Degree preferred. 5 years of progressive experience in policy research and analysis at the international, federal, regional and/or state level. A degree higher than a masterâ€™s degree or significant technical expertise may substitute for two years of experience. Knowledge and expertise in the policy, economic, legal and/or scientific aspects of the environmental subprogram area. Management, organizational and interpersonal skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated track record and skill in raising funds for projects and subprogram area. Designation, or expected designation, as a principal investigator for the University.
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