Executive Director

Executive Director

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The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
August 4, 2022
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Frankie Talbot
Main Phone


The Kenny C. Guinn Center for Policy Priorities seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead this nonprofit, non-partisan policy institute into a new stage of growth and development. Founded in 2014, the Guinn Center is now affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno, and this position is based in Reno. The Guinn Center focuses on conducting independent, data-driven, and well-reasoned analyses of policies that affect all Nevadans and advance solutions toward a vibrant Nevada.


The Executive Director executes the vision of an independent Board of Directors who represent Nevada’s diverse industries, demographics, and geographies. As the Guinn Center’s chief executive, the Executive Director administers all aspects of the operation from fundraising to strategic planning to contract management. The Executive Director manages the budget, supervises staff located in Reno and Las Vegas, and designs public programs. The Executive Director also maps out and manages the Center’s research agenda and production of reports.


Working with a variety of academic researchers and policy professionals, the Executive Director must have strong interpersonal skills and be comfortable communicating with diverse audiences. As the Guinn Center’s public spokesperson to local communities, and the media, the Executive Director must speak well and write clearly. The Executive Director also oversees the distribution of all Guinn Center publications and presentations to ensure that the Center’s quality meets the highest standards.


During its short tenure, the Guinn Center has developed a reputation as a responsible source of trustworthy, non-partisan, evidence-based information about Nevada policies. The Executive Director will continue to build the internal operations necessary to maintain that reputation and position the Guinn Center as a trusted resource for Nevada.


The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated experience as an organizational leader. Relevant experience includes program management, fundraising, policy analysis, public speaking, and administration of people and programs. An advanced degree is preferred.


Required Qualifications 
Bachelor’s degree and five years of related professional work experience.

Related Experience: Program and grant management, fundraising, policy setting, supervision, and management.


Preferred Qualifications
Master’s Degree and three years of related professional work experience; OR a Doctorate Degree/Juris Doctor and one year of related professional work experience.


Schedule and Travel Requirements
Frequent in-state travel is required. Occasional out-of-state travel may be necessary.


Compensation Grade
Administrative Faculty – D
To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.


Remarkable Retirement!
Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University.  With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.


Perks of Working at UNR

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Generous annual and sick leave, life insurance and long-term disability – Faculty Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Mountain EAP employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate
  • No state income tax!


Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees
The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee ’s spouse or domestic partner. Faculty Grant-in-Aid


Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program


Department Information
The Guinn Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy analysis center that provides independent, data-driven, and well-reasoned analysis of critical policy issues that advance solutions toward a vibrant Nevada and Intermountain West region.  The Guinn Center


Contact information
Alissa Mortensen – alissam@unr.edu







Full-Time Equivalent




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Please attach the following documents to your application 
1) Resume/CV
2) Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for three professional references
4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.


This posting is open until filled 
Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.


How To Apply

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