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Chief Executive Officer

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Sorenson Impact Center, University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

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The Director, Operations and Logistics will be the CEO of the James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center (Sorenson Impact Center) and responsible for the leadership and budget oversight of the Sorenson Impact Center and work cooperatively with the Managing Directors of the Center as well as the Dean of the David Eccles School of Business to achieve mutually agreed upon goals.

In addition to its endowment, the Sorenson Impact Center relies on grant funding and / or other fee-based revenues. The Director position is responsible for the generation of grant funding and other fee-based revenue by the Sorenson Impact Center and will report to the Dean of the David Eccles School of Business.

Program Summary:

The mission of the Sorenson Impact Center is to marshal capital for social good, empower data-driven social programs, break down silos across sectors, and equip the next generation of professional leaders with social purpose. The Sorenson Impact Center and its team of professional staff enjoy a global profile in the “social impact and innovation” field and are widely recognized as key thought leaders and practitioners.

Endowed by James Lee Sorenson in 2013, the Sorenson Impact Center advises a number of stakeholders from the private, public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors on a range of key impact and innovation strategies. Key areas of focus include impact investing and measurement, data analytics, integration, and visualization, as well as evidence-based program design and performance management. The Sorenson Impact Center also engages in a diverse set of field-building activities, including: organizing and sponsoring high-profile social impact and innovation convenings and conferences around the globe; training high-performing graduate and undergraduate students each year in the areas of impact investing, social enterprise, and social impact and innovation through rigorous academic coursework on the University of Utah campus; sponsoring and mentoring 50 student interns per year with intensive, real-world work experience and meaningful global travel opportunities; designing and offering world-class executive education series in the programmatic areas of focus for the Sorenson Impact Center for audiences of professional investors, foundation staff, government officials, and nonprofit leaders; and publishing high-quality, research-based articles, book chapters, blog posts, and other content that contributes to the overall understanding of the drivers of social and environmental challenges and some of the more promising and innovative solutions to address them.

The Director of the Sorenson Impact Center has a unique opportunity and responsibility to continue to build the profile of the Sorenson Impact Center; to diligently lead and execute the client-based work of the Sorenson Impact Center with investors, governments, foundations, and nonprofits; and to raise operating funds and fee-based revenues to support both the programmatic and field-building work of the Sorenson Impact Center, including research & publications, convenings, student internship programs, academic curricula, etc.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN16141B,

Sorenson Impact Center


Full-time, 40 hours per week, days.


Negotiable- Depending on Experience.

Strong benefit package including tuition reduction program, generous leave accrual, retirement and health plan options.


1. Personnel and Program Management of the Sorenson Impact Center

2. Budget Oversight of the Sorenson Impact Center

3. Financial and Operational Oversight and Compliance with University and Federal Grant Policies and Procedures

4. Developing and Maintaining Key Partnerships with Public and Private Agencies

5. Ensuring Student Educational Program is transformational

6. Securing and Maintaining Funding Partnerships

7. Domestic and International travel

8. Public Speaking on topics mentioned in the Program Summary

9. Provides strategic direction for assigned units by setting short and long-term goals, planning and implementing special projects and policies.

10. Maintains effective control of the unit’s budget while ensuring that funds are used to meet the goals and mission of the university and department.

11. Directs special interdisciplinary projects having impact on the overall operation and strategic direction of the department including developing strategies consistent with the Universities continuous quality improvement program.

12. Ensures competency of unit management/supervisory staff through on-going staff performance evaluation.

13. Markets and promotes new and existing programs and services to internal and external customers.

14. Facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships.



Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, or related area, or equivalency; nine years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, staff management, and effective communications skills required. Master’s degree in Business Administration, or related Area preferred.


The ideal candidate will have at least a Master’s degree with a Ph.D. in a related field preferred. The candidate should have expertise in the fields of public policy, impact investing, public-private partnership, social enterprise, and/or, pay for performance. While significant financial experience is not required, the candidate will be engaged in innovative financial structuring and advanced financial and data management, therefore strong finance skills are encouraged.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership and managerial experience, as well as the ability to manage and comply with both University and Federal grant administration procedures. Prior experience working with a variety of government agencies is preferred. Previous work experience in an academic environment is not required; however, demonstrated skills in student engagement, teaching, publishing, research and thought leadership will be favorably considered.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of experience in program development and fundraising for research and development, topic specific issue items as well as client facing engagements in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

The ideal candidate will have a history of public speaking on impact measurement, policy and data analysis, private impact investing and/or government relations.



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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