Job Description:

The College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is seeking the next Director of the Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) with an anticipated start date of July 2018. Responsibilities include: conduct and direct research; assisting partners with acquisition and analysis of state and national social and economic data; working with the U.S. Census Bureau on the State Data Center program; interacting with the state legislature and state and local government agencies; serving as a spokesperson for CPAR; generating externally funded grants and projects which produce a portion of the CPAR’s budget; managing a staff of six professionals; managing the budget and associated funds; and development and marketing of the unit and its products. The Director will work with units at UNO and other universities to accomplish CPAR’s goals. The Director will work as part of a team with the Dean of the College and shall report to the Dean.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in a related social science field; a demonstrated ability to successfully obtain and direct externally funded projects; experience developing relationships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations; a strong knowledge of statistical techniques and software; the ability to conduct, oversee and communicate applied research and its public policy implications to a broad audience; experience managing grants, personnel and budgets; and outstanding written and oral communication skills as well as personal skills to interact with local, state, and national leaders in support of the service and outreach efforts of the Center.

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer. The University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

To apply, complete UNO’s online application at and submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae.