The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is seeking a Vice President of Policy Research to serve as the senior leader of the policy research team. The Vice President of Policy Research is responsible for leading people, strategy, and execution. Our policy research team is comprised of researchers and support employees who are committed to the highest standards of academic quality and credibility for their research.
-Lead researchers to develop and execute cutting-edge economic policy research in a variety of areas, coordinating between different research projects and ensuring all research projects and products advance the Mercatus mission
-Facilitate an excellent work culture by engaging with the team directly and Mercatus broadly to create professional development opportunities and enhance collaboration focused on delivering results
-Engage and inspire our public policy research teams, comprised of economists, legal scholars, policy analysts, and program management staff
-Ensure that all research publications meet the highest academic standards
-Work with our communications, media, and outreach teams to ensure that research is effectively promoted
-Serve as a bridge between academic researchers and policy professionals so that Mercatus research is informed by and addresses real world problems
-Develop and oversee the policy research team’s resources including budget, staffing, and strategies and provide regular updates and reporting
-Facilitate a collegial and creative environment for research teams that supports both existing research and the development of new ideas through our challenge culture
-Serve as a colleague, mentor, and leader for researchers on research, management and communication needs
-Help identify and recruit new top-notch scholars, managers, and program staff
-10+ years of experience in academia, public policy, and/or related fields
-PhD in economics or a related discipline (preferred), or an advanced degree combined with significant research experience in a related field (including law)
-Desire to connect cutting edge research with today’s public policy challenges and an understanding of past Mercatus research
-A commitment to apply sound methods of economic analysis to current issues of public policy
-Proven experience and ability to lead and inspire large teams with diverse functions, experience, and engagement
-Extensive leadership experience managing projects, researchers, and staff
-Highly organized and detail focused
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Please submit your cover letter and resume, as well as three references, through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center's mission.
Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Mercatus provides excellent benefits to all individual employees, including full health and dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and free credits at George Mason University.
About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
For over 25 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying sound economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
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