Metropolitan Studies at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is seeking an Executive Director, Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT). CONNECT's mission is to bring together the political leadership of the City of Pittsburgh and 42 surrounding municipalities to identify common public policy challenges and advocate for collective change on behalf of the urban core of Allegheny County.
About CONNECT : Through research and stakeholder engagement, CONNECT develops efficient, collaborative ways for municipalities to work across political boundaries to identify and develop solutions to a variety of complex policy issues. CONNECT's role as convener is to maintain a forum for intergovernmental cooperation, to increase capacity, and to maximize the ability of local governments to address policy concerns that might not otherwise be addressed. To date, CONNECT's membership has worked to address policy issues including transportation, water/sewer, energy efficiency, coordination of planning and construction with utility companies, health, the opioid epidemic, emergency medical service provision and more. Additional information about CONNECT can be found at www.connect.pitt.edu. This position is funded by non-university funds and the continuation of this position is contingent upon the renewal of these funds.
Work directly with elected and appointed municipal leaders to develop CONNECT's policy agenda and coordinate policy initiatives with regional entities
Coordinate and facilitate activities of CONNECT's Officers, Executive Committee and policy working groups
Form and maintain strategic partnerships
Conduct and oversee policy research, and develop and execute policy solutions with member municipalities
Manage and motivate staff, interns, student employees and volunteers
Manage foundation relationships and fundraising strategy
Responsible for annual budget, sponsored projects, grant writing and reporting
Represent CONNECT internally at University of Pittsburgh and GSPIA events
Direct and oversee intern research to help inform work and determine policy priorities
Engage prospective GSPIA students and mentor current GSPIA students considering careers in local government
Serve as organizational spokesperson and promote CONNECT's work and agenda to a variety of stakeholders including media, elected officials, foundations, civic and business community
Ensures compliance with Uniform Guidance and University of Pittsburgh policies and procedures
Internal Number: 172261
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.
Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.
Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.
Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military..., conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.