University of Utah Associate Director, Research & Science in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/19/2017

Requisition Number PRN14280B

Job Title Associate Director, Research & Science

Working Title Deputy Director of Economic and Public Policy Research

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01599 - The Policy Institute

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60700 to 88000

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime. 06/09/2017

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. No

Job Summary

Assists with the management and operations of the economic and public policy research unit of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Works with the director of the economic and public policy research unit to develop and implement goals for the unit. Manages research projects and works with the director to supervise a team of economic and public policy professionals. Participates in preparing contracts, grants, and scopes of work. Ensures continuity and quality customer service between University departments and community. Conducts research in areas of economics and public policy, including regional economics, economic impact analyses, economic development, and public finance. Collaborates with a professional staff to help business and community leaders, and the public at large, make informed decisions.


1. Assists in establishing internal objectives and implements procedures to meet goals of the economic and public policy unit. Assists in setting and achieving unit’s short and long-term goals.

2. Manages research projects and supervises staff, including project oversight to ensure research projects meet the expected goals, budgets, and time frames.

3. Assists with the development of contracts and grants by writing scopes of work, determining methodologies, and estimating budgets.

4. Implements and administers new and existing department programs and services to internal and external customers. Evaluates program effectiveness. May carry out and implement logistic plans and procedures to ensure that internal university and external entities’ needs are met.

5. Conducts research on economics and public policy topics.

6. Assumes authority and performs functions of the department director in his/her absence.

7. Ensures customer satisfaction by analyzing customer concerns and suggestions. Provides appropriate follow through to ensure quality customer service.

8. Facilitates cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community and other institutions.

Problem Solving:

The problems and solutions encountered by this position vary depending on the area and structure of the department. This position frequently addresses problematic situations and often acts a mediator or a negotiator. A major task for this position is to understand the needs of the customers and determine what products and services should be provided to meet those needs.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

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

This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business or Public Administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in Business Administration or related area preferred.

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


Master’s degree in economics, business, public policy, or public administration, a related area, or equivalency required; plus six years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Knowledge of the Utah economy and public sector is preferred.

The incumbent must be proficient in making daily operational decisions in assigned area to ensure compliance of current regulations and guidelines.

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute subscribes to five committable core values. We call them committable values because we make serious personnel and project decisions based on these values. We call them core because we integrate them into everything we do. They are internal values, but are reflected externally in the products and services we provide to the community. Taken together, our committable core values define who we are, how we conduct ourselves, and what comprises our work culture.

Responsibility to the community

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute exists to serve Utah and help our state prosper. While we make a contribution to regional, national and international public policy issues, we focus on assisting communities of interest within our state make informed decisions.

Research integrity and relevance

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute adheres to ethical principles and professional standards essential for responsible research. We value independent, relevant, meaningful, and understandable work.


The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute holds employees responsible for being continually productive in the work setting, being fiscally responsible, and delivering high quality products and services to the community, university, Eccles School, donors, and clients.


The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute actively partners with people and organizations on campus and in the community to achieve our vision and mission. We believe teamwork among our staff will provide the best research and foster success.

Positive and passionate

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute employs people who are deeply committed to their craft and contribute to a positive and respectful work environment. We seek a congenial workplace where individual differences are both respected and celebrated, and we have fun along the way.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.