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Job Code: 1983
Job Level: 98
Revised Date:
Job Family: JF 28

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Occupational Summary

The Managing Director will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategy and vision for furthering its position as a leading center for research and education.

Work Performed

Envision, plan for and implement key strategic initiatives and new ideas in collaboration with teams, the dean of Fuqua, and the advisory board.

Assure effective and efficient management, financial, information technology, communications, and administrative processes. Support the program staff in their work in ways that enable them to be effective and innovative.

Work closely with faculty director(s) and sr. research scholar(s) to build and support faculty relationships, advance a research agenda, and effectively bridge academia and practice.

Provide vision, inspiration, and strategic guidance through periods of transition that will require leading a small team through organizational change, maintaining existing reputation, quality, and operations while identifying opportunities for improvement, and possible rationalization, restructuring, and refocus, developing and executing a plan for sustainable funding, and building internal and external relationships necessary to pursue a bold vision.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires analytical communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program. MBA strongly preferred.


5 years of applicable experience in an educational setting.


Leadership skills

Managerial skills

Knowledge of social entrepreneurship

Knowledge of academic environment

Commitment to higher education

Effective communicator (oral and written, public speaking and interpersonal)

Outstanding relationship-builder, including political savvy Ability to be entrepreneurial within a large institution

Ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders, e.g. faculty, staff, students, university admin, donors, nonprofits, business leaders, etc.

Ability to be versatile, ranging from strategic activities to delivering details

Ability to finish and bring closure to big and small projects

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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