The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) seeks a Director of Open Inquiry Network Relations, a key leadership position within the Free Speech and Open Inquiry (FSOI) initiative.
The vision for the FSOI initiative is that the college campus is a place where faculty and students eagerly engage in a fearless search for truth through the open and civil exchange of ideas. IHS offers faculty, student organizations, and academic leaders the program support and thought leadership they need to advance the free and open exchange of ideas on their campuses. Reporting to the Senior Director of Faculty Relations, the Director of Open Inquiry Network Relations is responsible for developing and executing IHS's network strategy related to the FSOI initiative. Core to this responsibility is the development of productive collaborative relationships with faculty, academic leaders, and allied organizations in the IHS academic network that will effect positive change within the academy.
The Director works closely with the Director of the Open Inquiry Project, to ensure that faculty and administrative leaders in the IHS network have access to empirical research, thought leadership, and best practices pertaining to campus speech issues. The Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining productive cross-team relationships, particularly with the Director of Relationship Management Operations, and Directors of Educational and Academic Talent Development Programs, to ensure that IHS is offering faculty and administrative leaders the programs and support they need to advance the FSOI vision.
The Director must be a strategic, innovative leader with excellent communication and project management skills and a demonstrated ability to proactively identify and seize opportunities for programmatic growth and improvement.
Founded in 1961, IHS is a nonprofit educational organization that works with college students and professors around the country to advance understanding of the principles of a free and open society. IHS offers educational programs, scholarships, mentoring, and faculty-development support that help college students and professors contribute to a freer, more prosperous, and more humane world.
Drive the network strategy pertaining to free speech and open inquiry in the academy
Build productive collaborative relationships with faculty, administrative leaders, and organizational partners committed to positive change in higher education
Collaborate with Senior Fellow(s) assigned to the Academic Leadership Initiative (ALI)
Coordinate campus strategy with key faculty and administrative partners
Establish and maintain productive cross-team relationships and optimal knowledge sharing, particularly with the Director of Relationship Management Operations, and Directors of Educational and Academic Talent Development Programs
Establish and deliver on measurable goals, as established by the Senior Director of Faculty Relations
The ideal candidate will have:
A demonstrated record of success in developing and leading complex programs
A demonstrated record of success in developing and maintaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Familiarity with and communications experience within the higher education environment
Excellent oral communication skills
An ability to identify and seize strategic opportunities to leverage resources within and beyond the organization
Strong organizational skills
Strong relationship skills
All IHS employees receive:
A competitive salary that reflects your experience
Metro-accessible location in the heart of Clarendon
Great medical and dental benefits
403(b), FSAs, long-term disability, and other valuable benefits
Free parking or transportation offset
One free course per semester at George Mason University (GMU)
The opportunity to do meaningful work for an awesome mission
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