Executive Director

Center for Inclusive Growth

Job Description/Profile of the Executive Director


  • Working under the guidance of the Advisory Committee(s), and reporting to the Board of Directors, provide strategic oversight for the Center, identifying, implementing and eventually retiring initiatives
  • Identify a number of actionable immediate priorities as well as longer term priorities.  These can fall into the categories below or include other areas.
  • Oversee the staff and Advisory Committee(s).  Prepare materials, lead discussions, engage stakeholders
  • Enlist Yale faculty, students & staff and cultivate and sustain partnerships with City departments, New Haven residents and organizations
  • Engage the City to ensure alignment with work and initiatives of Center
  • Adhere to robust grass-roots community engagement and outreach over course of work in part through use of human-centered and community-centered design principles
  • Take other university and local initiatives into account into planning projects under the auspices of the Center.
  • Manage shared technology platform to track and monitor progress of all projects and engagements, measure outcomes, and produce reports
  • Monitor existing funding and develop partnerships with funders from philanthropy, government and industry to support work
  • Serve as collaborator and convener to foster inclusive growth in New Haven
  • Develop budget
  • Implement projects accordingly and in alignment with Advisory Committee priorities

Proposed Priorities:

Access to Yale Expertise

  • Direct support to city government
  • Research in the community
  • Business/legal/resource support to community


  • Local sourcing
  • New Haven hiring
  • Small business support
  • Affordable housing
  • Access to public transit


  • New power sources
  • Transit, bike lanes
  • Beautification

Economic Development

  • Convene leaders
  • Start up support
  • Urban development
  • Arts


  • Leverage existing programs
  • Expand if warranted


  • Advance and complete local projects that foster inclusive growth
  • Strengthen Yale and the city of New Haven partnerships
  • Move New Haven to a city that model’s inclusive growth and strong partnerships

Required Skills:

  • Exceptional organizational, leadership, interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Knowledge of both Yale and New Haven community.  Ideally New Haven resident or willing to move to New Haven.
  • Proven oral and written communication and analytical skills.  Enjoys serving as a spokesperson.
  • Ability to learn quickly and develop working knowledge of best practices as new areas of policy interest evolve.
  • Ability to engage Yale faculty, students and staff.
  • Ability to work with the community and its residents.
  • A high comfort level with a changing and evolving agenda.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with budgeting
  • Experience working with state and local government
  • A minimum of 8 years of related experience

If interested in this position, please email your resume to ekaiser@kaiserwhitney.com