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Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

About Urban Institute

At the Urban Institute (Urban), we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

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The Opportunity

Urban recently launched WorkRise, a major, multi-year initiative focused on jobs, workers, and mobility. The Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement (Director) will join WorkRise’s senior leadership team to conceive of and drive the “action” component of the bold research-to-action WorkRise platform. The Director will ensure that WorkRise’s research and evidence reach those who influence the practices, policies, and programs that strengthen economic security and accelerate economic mobility for low-wage workers. The Director will develop, implement, and assess comprehensive plans for engaging WorkRise’s stakeholders and stakeholder networks across the employer, advocacy, practitioner, and policy communities, and will play a pivotal role in ensuring that WorkRise creates a productive feedback loop between research, policy, and practice.

The Director will forge and prioritize new strategic partnerships with leading and influential organizations as well as lead WorkRise’s engagement with federal, state, and local government officials and policymakers. Additionally, the Director will develop and strengthen a robust network of partners and influencers who are not traditionally included in the conversation, including nontraditional organizations and BIPOC led and focused organizations. Given the WorkRise mission of developing a robust and diverse network of labor market stakeholders, the Director will foster collaboration by proactively identifying opportunities that support the needs and ideas of external stakeholders and seek connecting opportunities, when possible, with Urban scholars housed within various Urban Centers.

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Dafina Bobo

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