Hunt Leadership Fellows Program Director

The Hunt Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan center affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was established in 2001 to help governors, state legislators, other elected officials, and school reform leaders develop effective public education policies and strategies.

The Hunt Leadership Fellows is a new initiative of the Hunt Institute, designed to build a bench of state-level political leaders who have the knowledge, skill and will to be informed and effective, reform-minded education policy decision makers in their states. The program’s mission is to identify and recruit rising political leaders and to provide them with a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the best and most innovative practices and research in education in a non-partisan setting.

The Fellows Program Director will be responsible for all aspects of the program and will:

• Identify and recruit an annual cohort of state leaders to participate in the Fellows program – Collaborate with and manage the Fellows Selection Committee and contract staff, to design and lead a professional recruitment and selection process; Establish a national network of advisors and political leaders; Create and maintain strong on-going relationships with prospective candidates, Fellows, alumni, faculty, consultants, funders, mentors and partners; Cultivate and maintain a network of mentors and resource experts; Create networking opportunities;
• Oversee the development and implementation of the annual Fellows program – Identify core policy issue areas of study for each cohort of Fellows; Oversee the design of high quality learning experiences and curricula; Direct the research, design and delivery of Fellowship and alumni on-site and online learning activities; Supervise the development and maintenance of a knowledge management system to house and catalogue all resources available to current Fellows and alumni; Establish measurable program performance and evaluation goals to assess program quality, impact and sustainability on a regular basis;
• Ensure the financial sustainability of the Fellows program – Work with the development team to generate continuous funding and support; Work with the communications team to develop a marketing and branding plan for the Fellows program; Represent the Fellows program externally to funders, partners, potential candidates, and others; Create and manage annual work plan and budget, and prepare quarterly progress reports for the Hunt Institute Executive Director, Hunt Institute board of directors, advisory board and funders.

The Hunt Institute is seeking candidates who have worked directly in politics and political campaigns and who have an established network of political and policy leaders. A successful candidate will have strong organizational and leadership skills, deep knowledge of how public policies are designed and enacted, and a proven track record of building coalitions across party lines. S/he will demonstrate political acumen, a commitment to education, and knowledge of how to build a successful program. This position will require 50% travel.

Educational Requirements
• BA; a minimum of five years’ experience in politics/public policy is also required.

Qualifications and Experience
Candidate will have a minimum of eight years of professional work experience in politics and public policy, including:
• An established network of political and education policy leaders;
• Experience in identifying, enlisting and working with senior political leaders and policy experts;
• Demonstrated expert command and deep knowledge of issues and trends associated with state and national education reform and policy development;
• Advanced organizational and critical thinking skills and exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills;
• Demonstrated success managing complex projects;
• Demonstrated ability to develop a strategic vision and design and launch new initiatives;
• Advanced team and project leadership, strategic planning, business development, and education policy experience;
• Experience in assembling, supervising and supporting a collaborative team;
• The ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment committed to education reform;
• Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to influence a wide array of stakeholders and engage diverse audiences.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and policy writing sample (all in 12 point Times New Roman font) via

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and within university guidelines for the position. The University of North Carolina offers a competitive benefits package. Position is to begin immediately.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer.

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