We’re Hiring: Director, Government Finance Research Center

The Government Finance Research Center (https://gfrc.uic.edu/) in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial, and experienced director to lead and guide projects addressing state and local government fiscal problems and concerns. The Director will provide research, education and service leadership for the GFRC, stimulate and develop research areas, as well as projects addressing state and local government fiscal problems and concerns, and administer the operation of the offices, including project work, educational activities and pertinent business and personnel matters.  The director will seek the advice of the Faculty Advisory Panel comprised of members of the UIC academic community and the External Advisory Panel comprised of the thought-leaders in the government finance arena.  The director will also be expected to initiate sufficient research project funding and secure sufficient gifts for the GFRC endowment to ensure that the GFRC is able to operate in a stable financial position; and identify relevant program areas where development will lead to significant funding and enhanced reputation of GFRC as a nationally recognized center for state and local fiscal research.

The successful candidate will have (a) an earned PhD in public policy, public administration, economics, urban planning or any social science discipline with a focus on government finance, (b) produced a body of research in government finance, budgeting or management appropriate for appointment at the rank of associate professor with tenure in the Department of Public Administration or the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, and (c) demonstrated interactions with state or local government associations, the municipal bond industry, or professional associations with connections to state and local government finance.  

The GFRC is a research center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. CUPPA was created in 1995 as part of UIC's Great Cities Initiative and is now home to two academic departments and eight research centers. In addition to the GFRC, the college also houses the Urban Transportation Center, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the Great Cities Institute, the Urban Data Visualization Lab, the Center for Urban Economic Development, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. CUPPA’s academic units are the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Urban Planning and Policy. 

UIC is a Carnegie Doctoral Research – Extensive institution and serves as the city's only public research university with an exceptionally diverse enrollment of over 33,000 students. UIC is a Minority Serving Institution, an Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. 

A completed on-line application and the following attachments are required for consideration: a cover letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two sample publications (or other scholarly writing). Please make sure to enter contact information, including email addresses, of three professional references in the application. For questions about the position, please contact Dean Michael A. Pagano (mapagano@uic.edu) Active screening of applicants begins on March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the University of Illinois at Chicago not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations.