Senior Director

The Milken Institute is looking for a well-established individual in regional public policy who has strong experience both managing projects in regional economic development and speaking publically in the field of regional economics. This role will act as the senior director for the Center for Regional Economics, coordinating policy and research staff on pursuing engagements for the Institute on several high profile key issues. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in regional economic strategies, and have experience in managing teams engaged in public policy development and stakeholder engagement.   He or she will have led projects for governments, universities or the private sector to address key challenges such as key future workforce needs, technology transfer and knowledge-based economic development.  This role will report to the Executive Director of Regional Economics.


  • Develop and lead new initiatives in regional economic programs and research focused on areas of technology-based economic development, human capital development, and regional competitiveness.
  • Provide oversight, mentoring and direction to junior staff including feedback and review of work by junior staff, and guiding the professional development of their skill sets.
  • Play a key role in identifying new opportunities for the Center for Regional Economics to directly engage on key policy issues at the metropolitan, state and national level. 
  • Directly engage with leaders in the business and policy communities to promote research and initiatives by the Milken Institute, particularly in areas of knowledge-based economic development,
  • Work with key stakeholders, policy leaders and partners at Milken Institute conferences and summits to develop and execute programming intended to further Center initiatives, as well as engage with media and policy leaders on areas directly covered by the research.


  • Experience in fields relevant to regional economics, including work with governments at the state or large city level, or at public policy think tanks or consulting organizations.
  • Minimum of a master’s degree (Ph.D. strongly preferred) with a degree in economics, public policy or a related field, and strong familiarity with issues important to the Center, particularly labor economics, regional economic development, and technology-based development.  
  • Extensive experience working with policy reports and data, and being able to translate such work for government and private sector stakeholders.
  • Strong, clear, and concise writer, with experience making presentations to senior officials in the public and private sector.
  • Prior experience managing teams of diverse individuals and coordinating them towards directed output.
  • Access to a network of policy leaders and experts able to advise and amplify the Institute’s regional economics research. 

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.


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