Job Information

University of Utah Director, Impact Labs in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 01/13/2022

Requisition Number PRN28992B

Job Title Director, Operations & Logistics

Working Title Director, Impact Labs

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01691 - Sorenson Impact Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $85K - $130K

Close Date 01/31/2022

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary


Join our team, help us change the world. At the Sorenson Impact Center, we envision a thriving world where everyone is valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision-making. Along with great design and storytelling, communication is a key tool we use to amplify that impact across the globe. We are looking for a hyper-creative, impact-oriented, enthusiastic team member to help elevate our communication efforts.


This role will work in direct collaboration with the CEO to oversee the newly created “Impact Lab” research and development team designed to formalize and augment Sorenson Impact’s capacity to (1) quickly respond to emerging opportunities by consistently launching new impact products, services and business lines, and (2) catalyze the impact space generally and more broadly by responding to outside ideas.

This role will primarily be focused in the following areas:

● Develop, lead, and manage impact R&D team

● Develop field-building and peer engagement strategy aligned partnerships to amplify philanthropically-funded activities of the Center and Foundation



● Develop and implement a strategic framework to evaluate/prioritize new potential impact ideas in coordination with other senior Center leaders.

● Ideate, incubate, and integrate (or support spinning out) new impact ideas for the Center

● Identify and engage external impact-related ideas that could further the work of the Center.

● Develop and oversee grantmaking strategy in close collaboration with SIC CEO and SIF staff each year during strategic planning to ensure that there is alignment and an ability to collaborate across each other’s goal.

● Oversee all aspects of team management including recruitment and retention of assigned staff.

● Forecast staffing, capital and operating budget needs in evaluating and reporting on market sensitivity, financial analysis, team performance evaluation, etc.

● Ensures competency of management/supervisory staff through the development and/or presentation of educational programs and through on-going staff performance evaluation.

● Market and promote new and existing programs and services to internal and external customers.

● Facilitate cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships.

● Develop applicable impact-lab related educational materials.

● Other duties as assigned.


This job description 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.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills 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.


● Detailed knowledge and experience within impact sector

● Detailed knowledge and experience of capital markets and grantmakers

● Team oriented leader

● Demonstrated ability to generate new business strategies

● Responsive to challenging situations quickly and professionally

● Strong analytical problem solving skills

● Organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline or in a fast-paced environment



● Knowledge and experience within the impact space

● Relationships with key stakeholders in impact-oriented businesses, funders, program-implementers and other related organizations

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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