Executive Director

Florida International University - Miami, FL4.3

Full-time$90,000 - $100,000 a year
Job Summary

The Executive Director for the Miami urban future initiative (MUFI) leads strategic planning, grant management, and fundraising initiatives and is responsible for all administrative and operational activities for the initiative. MUFI is a joint effort between Florida International university's (FIU) college of communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), the creative class group (CCG) and the john S. and James L. Knight Foundation to develop new research and insights for building a stronger, more innovative and a more inclusive economy in greater Miami. This is a grant funded position subject to availability of funds from year to year. The total term is five years, the last year is set to end on July 2022.

Develops implements, evaluates, and directs the strategic vision of MUFI to help identify the key things Miami can do to position itself as a more innovative, creative, inclusive, and prosperous global city and region.
Plans and directs the day-to-day administrative and operational activities of MUFI. Develops and implements communication plans, including social media, website, marketing, and public relations efforts including press releases, blog posts, articles, briefs, etc. Manages all lists, including media lists, stakeholder lists, etc.
Collaborates with Advancement Leadership to develop, plan and implement strategies to secure gift funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of MUFI. Identifies, cultivates and solicits qualified funding partners. Writes proposals for grants and donors. Stewards existing funding partner for further partnerships.
Represents CARTA and MUFI on internal and external committees, commissions, agencies, seminars, and/or associations. Serves as one of the public faces for MUFI.
Secures, hosts, and attends meetings introducing MUFI to key stakeholders. Invites and hosts visitors; leads, attends and participates in all public facing events. Serves as media spokesperson, when appropriate. Engages in regional events, which will help move the initiative forward, serves as a speaker, moderator or expert in local events.
Creates and implements reports using data driven research with CCG and CARTA approval showcasing content and metrics of success (i.e. annual report for the Knight Foundation, etc.).
Establishes an industry advisory board for MUFI of key members in the community. Creates and implements a stakeholder engagement plan to advance key objectives of the initiative for all its partners. Oversees the management and documentation of all stakeholder meetings. Formalizes partnerships with key organizations in the community, reviewing existing list, and updating annually.
Provides financial oversight, proposes plans and develops new initiatives to advance MUFI. Advises and makes recommendations on department goals, using internal and external trends.
Works with Creative Class Group Team to support all events, admin and operations (public relations, budget, event management, etc.)
Serves as a liaison to establish communication for planning purposes with related organizational units in order to meet operational goals.
Performs needed assessments, evaluates and analyses individual project and overall program/department effectiveness. Implements appropriate procedures to ensure efficiency and accuracy to fulfill program mission.
Directs MUFI activities to ensure compliance with University policies, procedures, practices and programs, and with federal, state and local legal/regulatory standards.
Manages the hiring of MUFI fellows. CCG advises regarding research and content, while the Executive Director manages engagement with community and media. Holds fellows accountable for high performance and high engagement culture by articulating expectations, monitoring performance, and providing feedback consistently across areas of responsibility.
Manages program change in accordance with change management plan to control scope, cost, and contracts. Audits results in order to align the program/project outcomes with Universities expectations and standards.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field and eight (8) years of related work experience or Master's degree in a related field and six (6) years of related work experience.

Departmental Requirements

Proven success in fundraising and expertise in urban development and cities.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should have expertise in the following areas:
Local Community Engagement
Global Research and Economic Trends
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Business and Startups

Job Category


Advertised Salary

$90,000 - $100,000

Work Schedule

Begin time: 8:30 AM
End time: 5:00 PM

Pre-Employment Requirements

Criminal Background Check
Driver's License Check
Fingerprinting Check

Other Information

Ability to travel locally and nationally.
Ability to work flexible hours as needed.
Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends and at locations outside of the University

How To Apply

Prospective Employee

If you have not created a registered account, you will be asked to create a username and password for use of the system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process.

In order to be considered eligible for the position as an internal candidate, departmental staff must meet minimum requirements of the position, be in good performance standing, and have been continuously employed at the University for at least six months.

Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume.

Applications will be reviewed on August 8.