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Senior Associate

at University of Utah - Sorenson Impact Center in Salt Lake City, UT

About the Job

The Sorenson Impact Center is hiring a Senior Associate in the field of social impact to manage an Opportunity Zone project which will ultimately improve outcomes for citizens of distressed communities. The ideal candidate is passionate about social impact, has experience in project management roles, and is a self-starter who can take ownership of a multi-stakeholder project.

The Sorenson Impact Center is embarking on a project to develop and award a series of prizes for socially-impactful Opportunity Zone projects. Opportunity Zones (OZs) were created as a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The legislation encourages investment into OZs, designated low income communities across the US, by providing significant tax benefits to those investors that choose to deploy capital into these designated zones. One criticism of the OZ program to date is that there aren’t any mechanisms in place to ensure that capital is deployed into these communities in ways that are aligned with community needs and benefit the citizens of these zones. This Sorenson Impact Center project intends to create an incentive for socially-impactful investment in these communities. This primary focus of this position will be project management of this “Opportunity Zone Prize” project.

This position will join a team of highly collaborative and motivated professionals working on a wide range of social policy issues, from homelessness to early childhood outcomes. Our goal is to improve policy and practice at the local, state, and federal levels through research and through providing technical assistance on how to implement evidence-based solutions and innovative financing strategies (such as Pay for Success / Outcomes-based Financing) to serve vulnerable populations.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong interest in one or more of the following topics: evidence-based policy making, social impact investment and finance, local governance and public-sector capacity building, or a related field.

Responsibilities:

1. Develop an overall project management plan, as well as supporting project management materials, to ensure successful completion on the project.
2. Work with multiple stakeholders across multiple work-streams to maintain project timeline.
3. Contributes to the planning and execution of events, meetings, and domestic travel related to the Prize.
4. Maintain timely correspondence with Prize participants, funders, and developers.
5. Assists in the development of Prize website, application materials, evaluation criteria, presentation materials, manuscripts, and any other required materials.
6. Excellent communication and organizational skills are a must.
7. Other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

Requires an associate’s degree in a related area and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with relational database concepts, and client-server concepts.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Prior work experience or public policy related research experience is preferable. Work history and with federal, state, or local policymakers, philanthropic and/or non-profits leaders, is a plus.

To apply

Please apply online to be considered for this position: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/87211

University of Utah - Sorenson Impact Center

The state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, the University of Utah is the flagship university of the state. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students (23,500 undergraduate and 7,500 graduate). The University is noted for its high research profile, its diversity of ideas and people, its stunningly beautiful setting and the warmth, friendliness, and collegiality of its faculty staff, and students.