Director, Latin America and Caribbean

Cambridge, Massachusetts /
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – All Programs /
Our Mission
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; Phoenix; and Beijing, we organize our work around the achievement of six goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions; efficient and equitable tax systems; reduced poverty and spatial inequality; fiscally healthy communities and regions; sustainably managed land and water resources; and functional land markets and reduced informality.

Position Overview
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to help solve global economic, social, and environmental challenges to improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land. For over 29 years, the Institute has had a major presence in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), especially on matters related to land markets, land-based finances, informality, property tax, and large-scale urban projects.  More recently, the Institute’s scope of work in LAC has begun to include climate action and resilience, as well as land and water policy.  The LAC program has been and strives to remain a major source of innovative research and education in the region on a range of land policy and management issues and themes, including urban economics, informal land markets and housing, land value capture, property taxation, and geospatial technologies. The Institute’s work and impact in LAC have been leveraged by the creation, deployment, and active maintenance of a broad network of academics, practitioners and experts in urban economics, planning, climate, and housing, among other disciplines. 
The Institute’s programming and leadership in LAC is at an inflection point.  The Institute seeks a director to lead its Latin America and Caribbean programming for a two-year period with an option to continue beyond two years. Broadly, the Director is expected to assist the Institute ensure both continuity in LAC programming and commitments into FY23, as well as the consideration of a new vision for its presence and impact in the region beyond 2023.  A new vision would include a careful assessment of and plan to leverage LAC’s historical assets and contributions, as well as plans for the creation of a center that could manage and oversee the Lincoln Institute’s work in and for the region.  Within a two-year transition period, the Director will work closely with the Institute’s CEO and Vice President of Programs to lead existing efforts and propose new approaches to work in the region.  By the end of the transition period, the Director may be invited to continue to lead LAC programming or assist in the search for a new Director.
This is a full-time position @ 37.5 hours/week reporting to the Vice President, Programs.
The Director’s specific duties and responsibilities over the two-year contract are enumerated below.

What You’ll Do - Program assessment, development, and execution of activities in FY23 (1 July 2022 – 30 June 2023) and FY24 (1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024)

    • Lead an analysis and articulation of emergent land policy and land market issues in LAC and translate the analysis into mid and long-term program objectives and benchmarks as part of the FY24 Annual Planning Process. Identify opportunities for new programming and network building on land and water policy and reduced poverty and spatial inequality in LAC, among other possible topics
    • Manage and participate in LAC’s education and training activities: (a) Assess the management and sustainability of LAC’s current portfolio of courses (in-person and/or remote professional development and standard distance education) and training activities and identify opportunities to enhance that portfolio; (b) Contribute to LAC courses and training sessions, including the UNED-Lincoln Institute Masters of Land Policy and Sustainable Urban Development, as well as other certificate programs in the region
    • Assess and manage LAC’s network of advisers, practitioners, and researchers. Assess and propose ways to nurture and build upon the network of academics and practitioners that advise and help guide the Institute’s work in the region
    • Sustain a regional presence through lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events within and outside of LAC
    • Assess the feasibility and planning needs to launch a Lincoln Institute center for land policy in Latin America
    • Willingness and availability to travel 15%-30% of overall time, COVID permitting

What You’ll Do – Manage and supervise LAC staff

    • Supervise LAC associate director, policy analyst(s), and intern(s)
    • Identify and recruit new staff to expand the capacity of the LAC team or future center, as needed
    • Communicate feedback to staff on a regular basis in ways that foster their growth and development

What You’ll Do – Administrative Duties

    • Oversee LAC budget and contracts for FY23 and develop and oversee budget and contracts for FY24: (a) Work with the CEO and program staff to prepare annual budget. Plan and estimate costs for courses, research, demonstration projects, publications; (b) Work with LAC Associate Director to monitor commitments and disbursements; (c) Work with LAC Associate Director to recommend midyear reallocations as necessary; (d) Review, monitor, and approve the work of researchers, faculty, and authors working on contract with the program; (e) Maintain active program involvement in all research and educational contracts; (f) Assist with publication of new products and their dissemination
    • Work with the CEO and the Institute’s staff to prepare and frame LAC’s annual objectives in the context of the Institute’s evolving institutional structure and global aspirations. Develop a strategic plan of research, courses, programs, pilot/demonstration projects, activities, and publications that supports the Institute’s presence in LAC
    • Be available to present to the Board of Directors and Planning & Budget Committee, and prepare related documentation as necessary, regarding LAC’s programmatic work.
    • Supervise and maintain active/significant involvement in all LAC research and educational contracts

What You’ll Need

    • Doctorate, Juris Doctorate, or Master's degree
    • Expert-level subject matter expertise on land policy and land market issues in LAC, and a minimum of 10 years of academic or industry experience, working with municipal governments and other state entities in any of the thematic areas of the Lincoln Institute's work
    • Demonstrated acumen and experience addressing strategic and operational issues when managing initiatives, complex projects, teams, and individuals
    • Demonstrated ability and interest in teaching policymakers, their advisors, and staff
    • Demonstrated ability and interest to initiate and negotiate collaborative work with relevant institutions working in and for the region
    • Fluency in Spanish and English required, proficiency in Portuguese desired
    • Management experience, and extensive track record, leading project teams to successful completion of work
    • Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills and ability to develop new/creative approaches to difficult issues
    • Superior communication, leadership, and presentation skills
    • Successful track record bringing rigor and best practices in the development of academic and technical work products
    • Professional demeanor and positive, collegial, and collaborative leadership skills for multidisciplinary programs
    • Task-oriented work ethic, responsiveness to deadlines, and a commonsense approach to moving projects and agendas forward
    • Integrity and sound judgment
Our Benefits
Benefits highlights include but are not limited to (a) 3x employer contribution towards retirement matching your employee contribution up to 15%, (b) health insurance, (c) dental insurance, (d) vision insurance, (e) 100% reimbursement of the health care deductible through a health reimbursement account, (f) short-term disability coverage, (g) long term disability coverage, (h) paid parental leave, (i) voluntary insurances such as accident insurance, (j) health care flexible spending, (k) dependent care flexible spending, (l) paid time off for holidays, vacation, personal, sick, bereavement, and jury duty, (m) office closure between December 24 – Jan 1 each calendar year, (n) flexible schedule and option for a compressed 4 day workweek, (o) tuition and staff development reimbursement, (p) pet insurance, and (q) Employee Assistance Program. 

Our Values
We support a culture of forthright feedback, initiative, cooperation and teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and accepting responsibility.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), ancestry, citizenship status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.