Director of Outreach and Strategy

George Washington University
September 25, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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Job Description Summary:

The Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) is the first organization to integrate artificial intelligence participation, technology, and governance during the design, development, deployment, and oversight of AI systems. We investigate what trust in AI looks like, how to create technical AI solutions that build trust, and which policy models are effective in sustaining trust. TRAILS is a partnership between the University of Maryland, George Washington University, and Morgan State University.

TRAILS and aligned trustworthy AI efforts with GW are seeking a Director of Outreach and Strategy who will play a vital role in building a long-term sustainable institute, by promoting activities including, but not limited to, fundraising from philanthropic donors and corporate sponsors, establishing executive education and other tuition generating programs, conducting high- profile convening activities, identifying research grant opportunities for faculty, and conducting activities to promote the public profile of the TRAILS Institute, and GW Trustworthy AI efforts as embodied in a corresponding GW chartered institute.

This position will be responsible for executing various outreach initiatives, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and serving as a representative of the institute in engaging with policy, industry, and academic communities. This will require close coordination with TRAILS and leadership at GWU to ensure seamless execution of institute activities. Responsibilities include: 1. Promote TRAILS and affiliated GW initiatives' activities within the industry and policy communities, ensuring broader outreach and engagement:

  • Develop and implement strategies to increase awareness and visibility of the TRAILS and affiliated initiatives at GW among relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with GW and TRAILS leadership and faculty to ensure representation of the institute and affiliated faculty at conferences, meetings, and other relevant events, including delivering presentations and engaging in panel discussions.
  • Cultivate relationships between institute leadership and key stakeholders, including policymakers, industry leaders, academic experts, and media outlets, to position TRAILS and affiliated initiatives at GW as thought leaders and valuable partners.
  • Actively participate in relevant professional networks and organizations to stay abreast of industry trends and opportunities.
  • Coordinate with GW Career Services to engage with companies and agencies on their talent pipeline and workforce development needs.
  • Actively engage with policy and industry leaders to foster relationships and encourage their involvement with the TRAILS and GW Institutes.
  • 2. Contribute to recruitment efforts for executive education programs and other revenue-generating programs:

  • Collaborate with the team to develop marketing materials and strategies to attract qualified candidates for executive education programs.
  • Identify target industries, organizations, and professionals that would benefit from the institute's educational offerings and develop targeted recruitment campaigns.
  • Maintain relationships with prospective students, provide information about program offerings, and guide them through the application process.
  • 3. Develop a long-term sustainability strategy for TRAILS and affiliated initiatives at GW:

  • Work with GW Research Offices and GW Development and Alumni Relations to identify potential funding opportunities, including research grants, philanthropic donations, and corporate sponsorships.
  • Work with the team to develop compelling proposals and pitches for securing long-term financial support.
  • Continuously assess and refine the sustainability strategy based on changing trends and opportunities in the academic, policy, and industry sectors.
  • Participate in TRAILS and affiliated GW initiatives' governance committees designed to promote long-term sustainability, industry partnerships, and strategic communications.
  • 4. Direct and organize convening activities aimed at fostering collaboration among policy, industry, and academic stakeholders:

  • Conceptualize, plan, and execute high-profile events, such as conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, and advisory boards to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking.
  • Identify and invite influential speakers and experts to participate in institute events, ensuring diverse perspectives and expertise.
  • Manage event logistics, including venue selection, budgeting, scheduling, and coordination with external vendors and partners.
  • 5. Collaborate with institute staff and faculty leaders on the strategic direction of the institute:

  • Maintain regular communication with the PI, co-PIs, and management team to align institute activities with broader goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate on strategic planning, budgeting, and reporting to ensure the smooth functioning of the institute.
  • Support the PI and co-PIs in preparing progress reports, presentations, and other documentation required by funding agencies and stakeholders.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS in a related discipline plus 7 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

    Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in policy and industry outreach, preferably within an academic or research setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and project management abilities, with a keen eye for detail.
  • Familiarity with the policy and industry landscape, and a demonstrated understanding of their interplay with academia.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to engage with high-profile individuals and organizations.
  • Proficiency in leveraging various communication channels and technologies for outreach purposes.
  • Experience in fundraising, grant writing, or securing sponsorships would be a plus.
  • Knowledge of executive education programs and the ability to effectively market them to prospective students.
  • Familiarity with academic research environments and the ability to identify research grant opportunities for faculty.
  • Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience.


    Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

    College/School/Department: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Centers/Institutes Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 4 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time -> FTE 1.00 Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Will this job require the employee to work on site? Yes Employee Onsite Status On-campus (in person) Telework: No Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

    Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R002013 Job Open Date: 08/25/2023 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:

    Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

    The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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  • Are you currently employed with The George Washington University?
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  • For current GW employees, have you completed your Introductory Employment Period (IEP)? (As a reminder, employees in their IEP are not eligible to apply for other internal university staff and research positions until the IEP is complete.)
  • Yes, IEP complete
  • No, still in IEP
  • N/a - not a current GW employee
  • What is your salary range expectation?
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