Executive Director, Conflict Observatory

Yale University

School of Public Health – Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases


University Job Title

Director 3

Bargaining Unit

None – Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

If Fixed Duration, Period

1 year from date of hire

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Other Fixed Duration Date


Compensation Grade

Administration & Operations

Compensation Grade Profile

Leader (28)

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Work Week

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Work Location

Medical School Campus

Worksite Address

60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Position Focus:

The Executive Director will oversee all Humanitarian Research Lab (HRL) staff and interns, day to day operations, supervision of ongoing research projects, long-term program planning, and fundraising for the lab. Under the direct supervision of HRL Faculty Director and Principal Investigator, the Executive Director will help set the vision for the lab’s growth plan and future research outputs. The Executive Director will be responsible for executing a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative research projects across a diverse spectrum of topics, field settings, data sources, methodological approaches, and consortiums of funding and operational partners.

Essential Duties: Leads project development for each HRL research area, including conception of research strategy, project design, fundraising, staff recruitment, and initial research implementation. Ensures compliance with all applicable administrative, financial, ethical, and human resources standards for the entire HRL staff, its projects, and operations. Implements the overall strategic vision of the HRL faculty director. Represents the HRL at high level academic, policy, and funding symposia, conferences, meetings and other venues. Responsible for overall quality control of all HRL projects and publicly released products. Supervises all grant and proposal development, supports vetting and legal clearance of potential awards by the university, and manages grants and other awards throughout the funding lifecycle. Oversees the recruitment, hiring, and retention of all staff and interns. Identifies and cultivates institutional and individual sources of funding for the lab in partnership with YSPH and university development departments. Promotes the work of the HRL in the media, online, academic settings, campus forums, and with policymakers. Positions HRL as a global leader in humanitarian research within the operational humanitarian, donor, and academic research communities. Provides ethical, operational, and financial oversight to sponsored research projects in settings of armed conflict, public health emergency, and political instability.

Essential Duties

1. Directs one or more functional areas within an administrative department of the University and ensure compliance with University policies and procedures. 2. Directs analytic and research support for educational policies and planning and develops and approves administrative policies affecting assigned functional areas of the University. 3. Directs and establishes parameters for major projects for the department and University. 4. Interprets federal policies and regulations and educates staff and administration about regulations, restrictions, and the legal responsibilities of the University. 5. Directs and implements policy and program modifications and develops standards to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations. 6. Develops and administers an operating budget for the assigned department consistent with University policies and procedures. 7. Develops cost savings objectives and goals; authorizes major purchases and negotiates contracts that range from routine to complex in nature. 8. Establishes and implements long- and short-range goals for the functional area consistent with University goals and objectives. 9. Directs the development of related automated systems to support the function; determines office policies and procedures for use of automated systems. 10. Directs the evaluation and selection of vendors and negotiates contract details including work steps and pricing with the vendors on behalf of the assigned functional area. 11. Works with internal and external contacts to solve problems that range from routine to complex in nature. 12. Represents the University in discussions and negotiations with various governmental agencies. 13. Directs a staff of exempt and nonexempt employees. 14. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in related field. Seven years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated competence at high-level presentations in academic research, program funding, and governmental/inter-governmental policy settings.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Proven ability to manage diverse multi-person staffs of researchers, consultants, and students.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Skilled understanding of the ethical, technical, and funding issues involved in conducting remote research, including the use of open-source information, remote sensing, and mobility data.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

A track record showing the ability to identify, win, and manage funds across the entire grantmaking and sponsored research life cycle.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Superior communication skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

A proven track record of sustained relationship development with UN agencies, humanitarian NGOs, donor governments, foundations, and academic institutions working on humanitarian issues. Ten years of experience managing operational or research-focused humanitarian programs in academic institutions, civil society organizations, and/or government agencies.

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Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit “Learn about background checks” under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It’s Your Yale website.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

EEO Statement:

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. Additionally, in accordance with Yale’s Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment, and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran.

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