Position Announcement: Associate Director, Government Finance Research Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) announces the formation of a research center funded by an anonymous donor, the Government Finance Research Center, which will be the center for research on issues of state and local government finance and budgeting. GFRC will focus on projects and activities that help lead to a better understanding of subnational fiscal challenges and make headway towards a sustainable fiscal system.  GFRC will build on CUPPA’s connections with national associations, academic scholars and state/local policy leaders, the municipal bond industry and rating agencies, and will work to be the nationally recognized center of informed fiscal policy and scholarly discourse, thereby shaping the debate on state, municipal, county and regional governance and public finance.  The objectives of the GFRC include the identification, planning and execution of research that will be the focus of regular and periodic reports, informed analysis, and the most inclusive and up-to-date forums and workshops for discussion of fiscal and governance issues.  GFRC is designed to make a difference in state and local finance.  Its website can be found at:  https://gfrc.uic.edu

The GFRC is seeking an Associate Director for research who, with the director, academic advisory board, and external advisory panel, will identify research projects that address contemporary government finance issues confronting US cities, local governments and states. The Associate Director will be required to: implement strategic priorities of the GFRC; design, conduct, and coordinate research on GFRC initiatives; pursue external funding for GFRC research; meet with external constituencies to promote and advance GFRC priorities; organize and arrange programs and workshops of the GFRC in cooperation with the academic advisory panel and the external advisory panel; among other tasks.

The candidate should possess minimally a master’s degree in public administration, economics, urban planning, political science or other social-science disciplines with a focus on government finance, financial management and budgeting.  Preference is given to candidates who hold a relevant PhD or terminal degree in their field and to candidates who have research related experience in the government, public policy sector, or related fields.  This position requires strong communication, supervisory, planning and budgeting skills.

All application materials must be submitted via HireTouch. For fullest consideration, candidates must submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for and interest in the Associate Director position, a current curriculum vitae, names of at least three professional references, and two samples of professional papers or publications.  Please submit by May 7, 2018 to: https://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details  HireTouch Job ID/EEO # 93739. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, covered veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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