Development and Foundation, Executive Director/CEO
The Miami Urban Future Initiative
Florida International University College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts is seeking a visiting, non-tenure earning, 12-month faculty appointment to serve as Executive Director to lead the new Miami Urban Future Initiative, a collaboration with world leading urbanist Dr. Richard Florida and the leading research firm, The Creative Class Group.
While this is a faculty administrative appointment, the Executive Director will not have any research or teaching responsibilities. The position’s primary job duties will be to support the fundraising, engagement, and outreach activities of the initiative.
Support for the Miami Urban Future Initiative is part of the Knight Foundation’s broader effort to invest in Miami’s emerging innovators and entrepreneurs as a tool to build community while fostering talent and expanding economic opportunity. The Initiative aims to fill an existing research gap on economic, entrepreneurial, creative, and technological assets in the region.
The Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to work with FIU researchers and experts and with leading thinkers and researchers across the region and the world–combining their knowledge with that of business leaders, economic development practitioners, and other experts. This is a very unique career opportunity for those who care about cities, innovation, creative communities, economic growth, and inclusion.
Applicants should have a passion in the following areas:
Urban Development and Cities
Global Research and Economic Trends
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Business and Startups
Confirmation of sufficient and pertinent academic credentials.
Characteristics of Applicant:
Vision and capability to grow the new initiative; have the experience as an ED that understands audience development and stakeholder engagement
Understands the importance of and how to construct a clear message that matches the overall brand of the initiative; be a participant in crafting that brand vision
Energy + creativity to pioneer new formats that deliver on the brand vision
Has the ability to toggle from "big picture/strategic" to day-to-day management
Can support and mentor a younger staff of fellows and researchers...ability to create a collaborative, transparent environment that matches creative culture of the team
Strategic thinker who can manage many different audiences from city officials, press, stakeholders, and donors
Start date: The Miami Urban Future Initiative will formally begin its research activities January 2018. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by November 30, 2017. Review will continue until position is filled.
For more information, visit: carta.fiu.edu/creativecity/miami-urban-future-initiative
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurated on experience
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit www.knightfounda...tion.org.
About Creative Class Group:
The Creative Class Group is an advisory services firm composed of leading next-generation researchers, academics, and business strategists. Utilizing its unique approach and metrics, CCG works with companies and governments worldwide. For more information about CCG, visit: www.creativeclass.com.
Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy and is ranked second in Florida in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Employers” list. FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission with multiple state-of-the-art research facilities including the Wall of Wind Research and Testing Facility, FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program and the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.