The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) was founded in 2012 with the mission of creating a leading academic center for infrastructure policy research, teaching, public engagement and outreach. Key focus areas include infrastructure funding, financing, operation and maintenance, as well as the integration of emergent technologies into the built environment. CPIP sits within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University, and recently received a major foundation gift that will allow it to hire a full-time Executive Director. CPIP strives to coordinate infrastructure policy efforts across several academic units within Cornell, including the College of Engineering, Cornell Tech, and the College of Human Ecology, as well as university partners, private businesses and thought leaders to improve the development and delivery of infrastructure.
CPIP seeks its first full-time Executive Director to lead the development and execution of CPIP programming and partnerships. Coordinating with key faculty leaders while maintaining a strong commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration is critical. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and energetic leader of CPIP, partnering with the Director to advance the Program's mission. The Executive Director will help develop and execute a plan to meet CPIP's longer-term funding needs.
The candidate must have the ability and willingness to operate in multiple geographic areas, including Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, New York (primary), the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, with other travel as needed.
The Executive Director's core function will be to strategically lead all of CPIP's programmatic activities. As Executive Director, you will nurture the program into a prominent multidisciplinary research, teaching, and convening force. The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day operations of CPIP with additional responsibilities that include supporting the program's teaching and research activities, the Infrastructure Project Management & Finance (IPMF) certificate program within the CIPA master's program, student internships, fundraising, and Advisory Board relations.
The successful candidate will have a master's degree, with 3 to 5 years of increasingly advanced professional or academic experience, or an equivalent combination. The candidate will have a high level of organizational ability, exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate persuasively. The candidate must demonstrate a strong work ethic and the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. A record of success in leading, empowering, and delegating effectively is essential.
Work with the CPIP Director to establish overall strategic directions for CPIP, including programmatic, financial and reputational elements;
Provide leadership and direction for program development, planning, and evaluation; engage in long-range planning to develop and maintain revenue sources for CPIP;
Disseminate CPIP research into the public sphere and bring research ideas from outside Cornell into CPIP, while expanding the visibility and reach of CPIP in the infrastructure market space broadly defined;
Work with Cornell's colleges, schools, centers and institutes to develop cross-disciplinary partnerships aimed at enhancing infrastructure research, education and outreach, including the College of Engineering, Cornell Tech, the College of Human Ecology, the S.C. Johnson College of Business, Art, Architecture & Planning, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations;
Represent the CPIP Program to other academic units at Cornell, as well as to outside institutions and groups, including the media, government, and the public;
Develop relationships with pertinent public and private infrastructure programs and stakeholders outside of Cornell to seek academic and programmatic partnering opportunities;
Interact regularly with CPIP Advisory Board members individually and collectively to seek advice, student internships and job opportunities, and programmatic resources to sustain, improve and grow the Program;
Prepare annual reports for the Board and funding organizations; plan and manage annual Board events and other meetings;
Supervise CPIP support staff while managing relationships with interested private-sector businesses, individuals and state, local and national industry advocacy organizations and stakeholders;
Support the successful development and implementation of CIPA's Certificate in Infrastructure Policy, Management & Finance (IPMF), including curriculum requirements, external support; and
Draw on programs and relationships in Albany and Washington in support of student internship and job placement opportunities at state and federal agencies and other authorities related to infrastructure and public affairs.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible, three-year term position with the possibility of extension based on funding.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. Any questions specifically regarding the job position should be directed to the CPIP Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
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