MPA and MPP Job list Executive Director Utah Debate Commission Opening

Melissa Hall melissa.hall at
Fri Dec 13 10:27:12 MST 2013

Job Description - Executive Director, Utah Debate Commission

The Utah Debate Commission seeks an executive director to provide day-to-day management of the commission under the direction of the Utah Debate Commission Board of Directors.  The Utah Debate Commission is a consortium of higher educational institutions and media organizations dedicated to creating and facilitating an ordered, non-partisan and independent system of debates among qualified candidates for statewide and federal offices in Utah during each election cycle. The purpose of the Utah Debate Commission is to educate voters about viable candidates and their issue positions, promote a civil exchange of ideas among the leading candidates, and elevate the discussion of the most important issues confronting Utah through candidate participation in and public access to a series of televised candidate debates.


The executive director:

Is responsible for reporting to the board of the Utah Debate Commission and works closely with the co-chairs and the Utah Debate Commission Executive Committee.

Is responsible for managing the operations of the Utah Debate Commission, including liaison with media organizations and educational institutions.

Coordinates with universities regarding the venues and facilities for the debates.

Acts as a liaison with media organizations, particularly television stations, on media publicity and television coverage of each debate.

Works with candidates and their campaigns on extending invitations, notifying candidates of debate logistics, and handling issues raised by candidates.

Manages the commission's budget.

Supervises other employees or interns hired by the commission.

Assists with fund-raising.

Plays a leadership role along with the c-chairs and executive committee in building the Utah Debate Commission.


A bachelors degree is required (a masters degree preferred).  The ideal candidate will have familiarity with Utah politics and political figures, be able to handle complex details, have experience in organization administration, and be equipped to promote the Utah Debate Commission with various constituencies within Utah.

Time Commitment and Salary

The position is part-time or an estimated average of 20 hours per week in a given year.  That average will vary on a weekly basis.  During most of the year, the executive director likely works less than 20 hours per week.  However, from August through early November, more than 20 hours a week will be required.

The salary is $45,000 per year.


To apply, interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information to Scott Howell (scottnhowell at<mailto:scottnhowell at>) by November 30, 2013.

Melissa Yack Hall, MPA, ABD
MPA Program Manager
University of Utah
P:  801.585.7985
F:  801.587.7861
Orson Spencer Hall 214

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