Managing Director

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 2405
Date Posted:Aug 29, 2018
Reference:MEC-004
Closing Date:Oct 30, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Female
Functional Area:Administrative
Nationality:Any
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About Moraa Educational Complex:

Moraa Educational Complex

Job Summary:

The post Managing Director has been created with the intention that the job-holder will be a member of the President's senior staff, reporting directly to the President. She will handle matters of policy and institutional importance on behalf of the President, manage special projects related to university officials, community and government leaders, and oversee the MEC’s organizational units.
The Managing Director (MD) will manage operations and lead strategic operational initiatives for the MEC. While the MD is responsible for achieving MEC goals and assuring that day-to-day operations align with these goals, the MD will directly assist the President in meeting these responsibilities and serve as the second-in-command of MEC operations.
The MD will be responsible for the supervision of the programmatic departments of MEC. Under the leadership of the President, the MD will set direction for MEC's Associate Directors, and serve as their mentor, coach, and guide. Through metrics established with the MD, the MD will manage MEC activities and hold the staff accountable for performance against those metrics. The Managing Director will be responsible for drafting/creating MEC's annual report and operating budgets. She will identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities. She will also lead hiring of new staff, promotions/raises of current staff, as well as nurture organizational culture and cohesiveness of MEC.
The MD will assist the President with strategic planning and the execution of strategic initiatives to align the organization's programs, projects, and messaging with the strategic direction of the organization. The MD will take the lead on the execution of priority strategic initiatives. This responsibility will critically involve writing grants, contracts, and proposals at the initiation phase; executing new programs at the implementation stage, and marketing and communicating program success at the concluding state. Strategic initiatives include marketing campaigns, fundraising and donor management, business development, and partnership activities. Provide guidance to executive director for marketing, media relations, public relations and issues management activities. Trouble shoot any interim problems as they arise.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Desirable Attributes

Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.

Proven track-record of building long-lasting partnerships between MEC and public/private organizations to deliver collaborative impact programs/initiatives.

Strong business, financial and strategic acumen, and critical thinking skills. Experience writing and negotiating contracts.

Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and activities, as well as manage multiple and competing priorities under tight deadlines

Proven ability to analyze complex problems and communicate effectively (both verbally & written) with multiple internal and external constituents, including senior campus, and senior academic leaders.

Ability to navigate complex and difficult environments.

Demonstrated ability to design, manage and lead teams and individuals to manage multiple priorities. Ability to engage, inform, motivate and develop staff.

Knowledge of the goals, objectives, structure and operations of a major public educational institutions..

Ability to gather data, compiles information, and prepares reports.

Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.

Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.

Ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.

Employee skills development and performance management skills.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.

Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

Practical working knowledge of business practices, systems and operations;

Advanced MS word, MS outlook skills, ability to work with lookups and pivot tables.

Ability to seamlessly work independently or part of a team in a fast-paced environment

Capable to work with minimal supervision, including demonstrating flexibility, accountability, initiative, and self-motivation to identify and execute tasks

Able to manage multiple and shifting priorities and meet high quality standards while working variable and longer hours under tight deadlines

Strong attention to detail & decision-making skills

Time/Stress management skills

Proficient in Microsoft Office software; Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Executes professional standards at all times: attire, communication, behavior

Experience in editing professional and business writing

Strong organizational skills that demonstrates a high level of accuracy and attention

Ability to work collegially under strict deadline pressure and handle multiple work assignments

Experience working in a high-paced environment with proper time management and organizational skills

Ability to do technical Documentation

Duties & Responsibilities:

The job-holder will, among other tasks:

Participate in institutional planning, policy and procedure development and problem resolution with the President and other senior officers, including researching, reviewing and making recommendations on new or revised policies and strategies and on intra-departmental or inter-departmental issues, and if required, serving on university planning and policy-making committees.

Preparing reports and other communications on behalf of the President.

Serve as the President's primary liaison with the MEC’s operational units (Top Management, University, Institute, School and Kindergarten), and/or government and community leadership on strategic and operational matters pertaining to the specific area of institutional interest.

Respond to routine inquiries as delegated by the President and coordinate special projects on his behalf.

Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, in-service meetings and workshops.

Ensure all organizational units of the President function in line with overall MEC policies, goals, and mission and support the President in dealing with lecturers, staff, and student issues.

Work with the President to define and advance the overall goals of MEC and manage the day-to-day operations of the Moraa Educational Complex

Participate in the creation and implementation of a strategic business plan that defines the goals, activities and metrics of the Moraa Educational Complex

Coordinate internal communications and regular meetings with the membership, committees and boards of the MEC

Fostering interactions with prospective industry, academic and government partners, and stewarding existing collaborations

Manage external relationships, including developing and servicing client relationships and tracking outcomes

Target, pursue and cultivate external relationships, collaborations and partnerships

Be first contact for inquiries about MEC from the private sector, government, other institutions and the media

Gain full understanding of the scope of MEC activities and strategic plans

Keep MEC membership informed and aware of inquiries and potential research opportunities and will help to assess their viability

Actively pursue new national and international partnerships

Planning and implementing of marketing and communications initiatives

Assist in developing a professional portfolio of marketing communications tools (e.g. brochures, presentation slide sets, conference booths, collateral), manage MEC brand strategy

Actively participate in managing content for the MEC's website

Deliver or participate in presentations to corporations, government and industry

Media management (press releases, media inquiries, advertisements)

Coordinate and participate in campus visits, events, workshops, and conferences

Facilitating cybersecurity or privacy-related research proposal preparation and implementation

As requested and where appropriate, participate in the preparation, coordination and implementation of major funding proposals stemming from the MEC

Soliciting and orchestrating direct funding opportunities from government ministries at both the provincial and federal levels.

Securing private sector, in-kind commitments and letters of support

Managing administrative and supervisory functions

Contribute to the leadership and supervision for all administrative staff employees of the MEC, including aspects of planning for training and development, conducting performance appraisals, assigning job responsibilities and general supervision.

Liaise with Human Resources regarding all MEC staffing issues including job descriptions, reclassifications, performance evaluations, payroll records and staff management issues.

Authorize, in consultation with the President, the purchase and allocation of equipment and furnishings for administration and outreach.

Maintain internal relationship and communications with the Office of Research, Faculty- and University-level Development Staff and UW Service Offices (Finance, Graphics, Food Services etc.)

Oversees day-to-day administrative and management operations with the President of MEC.

Manages MEC finances related to student, professional, and faculty production work, including strategic planning, management of production related accounts, petty cash and student payroll. Generates budgets and quarterly reports.

Helps ensure positive relations with vendors and prompt payment of bills and reimbursements.

Trains, mentors and advises student staff in professional areas such as marketing, audience development, arts administration and general administration.

Advises current students and student organizations, including those entering the profession and post-graduate study.

Encourages a collaborative environment between students, faculty and staff in curricular, co-curricular, and professional settings.

Serves on relevant University boards and committees.

Leads or attends finance and management related meetings, and other duties as assigned.

Act as the line manager for top management staff member within the team.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in Public Administrations, International Relations, Political Science Business Administration or related field (PhD preferred)

At least 10-15 years’ active work experience, including at least 8 years in a management / team leadership role, preferably in an educational, academic and/or healthcare environment

Able to demonstrate leadership in or management of positive changes to improve organizational performance or service delivery.

Experience with funding instruments and the establishment and implementation of research contracts between industry and academia

Excellent networking skills and ability to maintain critical and sensitive relationships with government, industry and media among others

We especially encourage academics with an entrepreneurial mindset searching for possibilities to leave their mark in a creative, dynamic and ambitious environment

Job Keywords:

Director
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