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Associate Director

Rapid City, SD
Full-time
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How to Apply

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

The Rural Philanthropy Institute (RPI) brings practitioners, academics, and interested people together to develop data, share stories and experiences, and gain insights that offer a greater understanding of what’s required to have a healthy community in rural areas. We disseminate what we learn. We look at the practical application of it. And we openly share it.

The Associate Director works with RPI leadership to identify, plan and implement research initiatives and program activities that enhance the understanding of the nonprofit sector in rural regions. They will report directly to the Director in a highly collaborative relationship. The Associate Director is responsible for the daily operations of RPI and works across a variety of operational, programmatic, and communications functions to ensure external researchers and program participants are supported, collected publications are being shared effectively, sponsored gatherings are successful, project timelines are being met, and RPI continuously reaches more people. The role functions with a good degree of independence.

The role ideally works from our South Dakota office. Remote work will be considered.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Primary Responsibilities

Coordinate and Conduct Research

  • Establish systems to expand and manage the research initiatives of RPI
  • Support writing and editing of reports and articles across a wide range of issues and topics
  • Support research projects through careful and through data collection
  • Manage calls for proposal and application processes
  • Oversee the compilation of identified articles and research papers
  • Work with RPI’s publishing firm to ensure articles move smoothly through the publishing process

Share RPI’s Work

  • Provide planning and logistical support for meetings and gatherings for researchers and practitioners
  • Manage communications with RPI constituents, including social media
  • Actively identify and engage peer organizations for greater networking and collaboration
  • Represent RPI to stakeholder groups and promote awareness of our work in order to expand it
  • Effectively promote RPI’s published articles and research

Program Planning and Support

  • Identify and pursue program opportunities with RPI leadership
  • Oversee the implementation of existing programs and related activities in a manner consistent with the participant-focus of RPI and our goals
  • Provide training to nonprofit leaders participating in RPI programs
  • Support the fund development activities that make RPI’s program work possible
  • Engage and manage oversight committees that advise on programs
  • Produce accurate and timely reporting of program status
  • Ensure programs operates within an approved budget

Other duties as assigned

 

Skills/Experience: 

Associate Director Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are preferred, not required. Professional and academic backgrounds of several types could be successful in this role.

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, and others are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
  • Master’s degree in a field of study which required academic research.
  • Interest, or lived experience, in rural communities.
  • Proven experience in project management.
  • Familiarity with the processes involved in publication.
  • Ability and experience working independently with minimal direction.
  • Entrepreneurial experience.
  • Proven stakeholder management skills.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience working in diverse communities and across social, economic and cultural differences
How to Apply: 

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Organization Info

Rural Philanthropy Institute

Overview
Headquarters: 
Rapid City, SD
Size: 
1-10 employees
About Us
Mission: 

RPI brings together practitioners, academics, and interested people together to develop data, share stories and experiences, and gain insights that offer a greater understanding of what’s required to have a healthy community in rural areas. We disseminate what we learn. We look at the practical application of it. And we openly share it.

Programs: 

Research Initiatives

  • The Rural Philanthropy Institute, in partnership with The Numad Group and faculty at higher education institutions such as the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Southern Methodist University, engage in academic research initiatives focused on the impact of the nonprofit sector in rural communities—and entire states. The research is interpreted and disseminated for the benefit of academics and practitioners.

Publications & Presentations

  • The third sector is addressing the needs of rural communities. Through the publication and presentation of research developed in rural America—for the benefit of the third sector—the Rural Philanthropy Institute encourages new thinking on how to address our communities’ greatest needs and opportunities.

Conversations

  • We believe open dialogue, and an exchange of ideas, can make communities greater. Local, regional and national leaders travel to rural communities for a 24-hour blitz of conversations and collaborations through Morning Fill Up. Since starting the monthly conversation series in 2016, nearly 60 guests have accepted the invitation to participate, and more than 6,000 people have attended

Gatherings

  • Philanthropic thought leaders, academic researches and everyday practitioners come together to share data and experiences working in the third sector in rural America. The knowledge gained sparks new research initiatives.

Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

  • The Rural Philanthropy Institute leads regional and statewide Nonprofit Capacity Building Programs to train nonprofit practitioners in fundraising. The program brings together two institutions internationally recognized as leaders in the development of effective fundraising professionals—The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (The Fund Raising School) and CFRE International—to create a program specifically for South Dakota nonprofit professionals. The research-based program to support South Dakota nonprofit employees, volunteers and board members with fundraising experience to build their capacity in effective fundraising and other important nonprofit leadership skills.

Researcher & Practitioner Convenings

  • Our goal is to bring people together at least once per year, in small and large group settings. During these events, academic researchers and nonprofit practitioners in rural communities bring their knowledge and experience to the table to address challenges and opportunities in rural communities today.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 20 2024
Active Until: 
Apr 20 2024
Hiring Organization: 
Rural Philanthropy Institute
industry: 
Nonprofit