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Job Details
Executive Director of the Hughes Center
.Main Campus
William J Hughes Center (210250)
Commensurate with experience

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University serves as a catalyst for research on public policy and economic issues facing southern New Jersey. The Center provides a forum for public discussion of policy issues to engage citizens and policy makers, frames policy issues in a manner that encourages broader civic engagement and strengthens the voice of Southern New Jersey in public debate. The Center enjoys broad regional support embodied in an Advisory Board of prominent citizens throughout the region.

The Center also sponsors research projects designed to educate New Jersey residents and policy makers about our environmental resources, community development and citizen engagement. These projects incorporate the expertise of faculty leaders at Stockton University in collaboration with members of the Hughes Center to inspire broader public engagement and more effective participation in public policy matters. The Hughes Center welcomes opportunities to collaborate with organizations and individuals who lead similar initiatives or wish to engage in a partnership.  The Center is named for Ambassador William J. Hughes of Ocean City, whose distinguished career includes service in the House of Representatives, Ambassador to Panama and teaching as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stockton University.

Responsibilities under the direction of the Provost, the Executive Director of the Hughes Center will serve in the following ways at Stockton:

  • Creates opportunities for the University to build partnerships with corporate, community and non-profit sectors that broaden the resources of and strengthen external engagement with Stockton;
  • Facilitates the inclusion of faculty, students and contributing analysts in the research efforts of the Hughes Center;
  • Provides leadership, oversight and direction to all operations of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy including budget, supervision of personnel and internal and external communications;
  • Advances support of the Hughes Center in partnership with key constituents, including the Steering Committee;
  • Organizes, promotes, and executes Hughes Center lectures and events, including, but not limited to, the Legislators-in-Residence and Hughes Center Honors;
  • Solicits emergent opportunities to the campus fulfilling the academic mission of the University, especially with those opportunities that affirm our commitment to inclusion and diversity and support the efforts of the Provost;
  • Coordinates special projects on behalf of the Provost, which support community connections that are of strategic importance to the University’s growth in Atlantic City and the region;
  • Participates in and supports the growth of the endowment through fundraising, and develops new avenues for diversifying revenue that moves the Hughes Center toward fiscal self-sufficiency;
  • Provides leadership to the Political Engagement Program (PEP) in collaboration with Faculty Co-Chairs and manages the program budget;
  • Oversees the operations of the Stockton Polling Institute;
  • Prepares communication appropriate for dissemination across all media platforms on relevant legislation, regulation and public policy that advances the mission of the Hughes Center and the University;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Provost.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters in Public Policy or related field

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred: Ph.D.

The Executive Director of the Hughes center should demonstrate:

  • A proven track record of fundraising, grant-writing, or generation of other consistent revenue streams.
  • Knowledge and understanding of research and research methodologies.
  • Ability to quickly grasp the cultural, economic, social, and political contexts that shape an organization’s mission, priorities, challenges, and success.
  • Demonstrated success in reaching diverse populations, leading research efforts relevant to diverse populations, and managing fundraising ventures that support the needs of diverse populations.
  • Effective communication skills across print and digital media.
  • The ability to be a public face of the Center on campus and in the media and community settings.
  • Established record working with the political community and corporate sector, as well as with business and industry associations, interest groups and labor unions.
  • Established contacts that will facilitate the dissemination of research by Hughes Center policy researchers and analysts.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders such as university administration, faculty, staff and students or local, county, state, and federal lawmakers and policymakers.
  • Expertise in planning and ensuring the success of large-scale public media events with dignitaries, writers, elected leaders.
  • Excellent managerial skills.
  • Experience leading a dynamic organization.

Screening of applications begins December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Only electronic documents will be accepted.  Please complete the on-line application in addition to providing the following required documents.  All required documents must be submitted in order for your application to move forward.  You may upload documents using; Word or PDF.

  1. A letter of interest describing specific skills and experiences as outlined in the Qualifications.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Samples of work which demonstrate skills related to the position.
  4. A list of three professional references (included in the application): Name, Organization, Email address and Telephone.
Master's Degree
Letter of Interest, Resume, Writing Samples

Please note:

  • All offers are contingent upon successful completion of background check.
  • Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact: Sharon Hunt, Recruitment Manager at 609-652-4384.
  • In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meet the requirements listed.
  • Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act), prospective employees may access Stockton’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is available at . The ASFSR contains the previous three years of reported Clery Act crime statistics, fire safety information and information regarding campus and personal safety. If you would like a paper copy of the report, please visit the Stockton University Police Department, building 71, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township, NJ, or call 609-652-4390, to request that a copy be mailed to you.
  • Stockton University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants, visit; Additionally, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Stockton University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.