Executive Director, Guinn Center

University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 11, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support
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Full Time

Executive Director, Guinn Center

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or jobs@unr.edu. For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The Kenny C. Guinn Center for Policy Priorities seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead this nonprofit, non-partisan policy institute into a new stage of growth and development. Founded in 2014, the Guinn Center is now affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno, and this position is based in Reno. The Guinn Center focuses on conducting independent, data-driven, and well-reasoned analyses of policies that affect all Nevadans and advance solutions toward a vibrant Nevada.

The Executive Director executes the vision of an independent Board of Directors who represent Nevada's diverse industries, demographics, and geographies. As the Guinn Center's chief executive, the Executive Director administers all aspects of the operation from fundraising to strategic planning to contract management. The Executive Director manages the budget, supervises staff located in Reno and Las Vegas, and designs public programs. The Executive Director also maps out and manages the Center's research agenda and production of reports.

Working with a variety of academic researchers and policy professionals, the Executive Director must have strong interpersonal skills and be comfortable communicating with diverse audiences. As the Guinn Center's public spokesperson to local communities, and the media, the Executive Director must speak well and write clearly. The Executive Director also oversees the distribution of all Guinn Center publications and presentations to ensure that the Center's quality meets the highest standards.

During its short tenure, the Guinn Center has developed a reputation as a responsible source of trustworthy, non-partisan, evidence-based information about Nevada policies. The Executive Director will continue to build the internal operations necessary to maintain that reputation and position the Guinn Center as a trusted resource for Nevada.

The successful candidate must have a bachelor's degree and demonstrated experience as an organizational leader. Relevant experience includes program management, fundraising, policy analysis, public speaking, and administration of people and programs. An advanced degree is preferred.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree and five years of related professional work experience.

Related Experience: Program and grant management, fundraising, policy setting, supervision, and management.

Preferred Qualifications
Master's Degree and three years of related professional work experience; OR a Doctorate Degree/Juris Doctor and one year of related professional work experience.

Schedule and Travel Requirements
Frequent in-state travel is required. Occasional out-of-state travel may be necessary.

Compensation Grade
Administrative Faculty - D
To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement!
Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of Working at UNR
  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance and long-term disability - Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Mountain EAP employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees
The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee 's spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grant-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Department Information
The Guinn Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy analysis center that provides independent, data-driven, and well-reasoned analysis of critical policy issues that advance solutions toward a vibrant Nevada and Intermountain West region. The Guinn Center

Contact information
Alissa Mortensen - alissam@unr.edu


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at jobs@unr.edu.

Please attach the following documents to your application
1) Resume/CV
2) Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for three professional references
4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

Posting Close Time

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on October 12, 2022. This posting will close at 12:00am on October 13th 2022..

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

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