Deputy Director - The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

Washington D.C.
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 20, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Deputy Director - The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation


The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation is an experiential hub at Georgetown University that mobilizes talent to drive social impact at scale. We incubate and spread cutting edge ideas. We create unconventional networks of government, private and social sector leaders who come together to solve complex problems. And we equip and train students, practitioners, and executives with the mindset and tools necessary to take action.

Social impact at scale is our goal. Moving from innovation to scale requires a systematic approach to delivering exponential, not marginal, outcomes. At its core our approach leverages the tools of data, technology, policy, and finance, and embeds collaboration, transparency, and inclusion to improve people's lives.

As part of Georgetown University, we are committed to the common good. We believe that the global economy and the systems that underpin it should work for everyone. That the most groundbreaking ideas and technology should be directed to improving the lives of everyone, not just delivering financial returns for a few. And that government and the social and private sectors should work together to restore trust between institutions and the people they serve.


The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation has been growing steadily and is now seeking to move from our early “startup” phase to a “scale up” strategy. The board and executive director (ED) are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading a management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals.

The Deputy Director will manage the day to day functions and activities of the Beeck Center, introducing efficient and effective systems to operationalize the next phase of the Center strategy and increase the productivity and sustainability of the organization, while at the same time maintaining an entrepreneurial and creative spirit necessary to drive the Center's work.

The Deputy Director must be a leader who is able to help others at the Center deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision for the Beeck Center a reality. Importantly, the successful Deputy Director will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to optimize the talent that exists in the team and recruit the talent necessary to scale.


Reporting to the ED, the Deputy Director will lead all internal operations and will have the following responsibilities:

Working in partnership with the ED, operationalize the strategic three-year plan and implement new processes and approaches to achieve it

Work alongside ED with the board of directors: prepares programmatic and financial reports and presents to the board at biannual meetings as necessary

Serve as the internal leader of the organization:

  • Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget
  • Organize and lead staff meetings and information flow among team
  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for the organization
  • Provide a strong day-to-day leadership presence and support an open-door policy among all staff
  • Bridge Georgetown University administration and Beeck Center operations

Lead and manage the organization's directors and fellows, who have the following responsibilities:


  • Increase key impact measurements
  • Ensure continual review and management of grants and contracts, including staffing    and renewals of programmatic partners
  • Develop curriculum, tools, and training that meet cost guidelines

Finance and Human Resources

  • Develop relationships and bridge with Georgetown University financial and human resource systems to build more seamless processes with the Beeck Center
  • Produce and implement performance metrics throughout the organization
  • Cultivate the values of the Center within the organization
  • Instill a human capital development and “coaching” culture within the Center; upgrade human resources functions including: training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance evaluation and recruiting
  • Enhance the accounting system to provide quick access to financial information and enable strategic budgeting
  • Analyze the current revenue strategy and cost structure for Center programs to optimize for sustainability.

Communications and Marketing

  • Integrate and lead strategic communications into and across all programs
  • Develop and implement engagement strategies to reach our target audiences, from students to executives
  • Provide overall direction, guidance and support for all communications activities, including the development of publications and media relations, through writing, editing, conducting media outreach, and/or taking on other hands-on roles as needed to move the work forward

Fundraising (function reports to ED; dotted-line reporting to Deputy Director):

  • Budgeting
  • Development and implementation of systems for reporting, measurement and supporting local revenue generation
  • Administrative aspects including proposal preparation and grant writing


  • 10-plus years in a senior management position in a nonprofit organization, private sector company, foundation, or government agency
  • Highly intelligent, advanced degree preferred but not required
  • Track record delivering superior results, commanding respect, assuming leadership roles, and creating an inclusive work environment
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people - junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds
  • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas without ego interfering
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Passionate about the Beeck Center's mission and impact
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings
  • Transparent and direct
  • Self-starter, self-disciplined
  • Spark, imagination, creativity
  • Skills to remain focused in the face of pressure, deliver against timelines, and not be intimidated by tasks/time limitations

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected organization as it scales up in dynamic global landscape. The position is based in Washington, D.C. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Beeck Center offers a generous benefits package, including tuition benefits for employees and their children and generous retirement contribution.

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