CLOSED: Project Administrator
The Project Administrator will manage the administrative aspects of a $1 million grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Critical Theory in the Global South project is an initiative of Northwestern's Critical Theory Cluster and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs to develop new courses on critical theory in the Global South, a new program of international faculty and graduate exchanges, and a series of inter-university doctoral workshops, conferences and translations. Under the direction of the faculty PI, the Project Administrator will oversee all operational and administrative aspects of this project, including coordinating with international and domestic partners, managing project timeline and budget, grant writing, event planning, and long-range program development. This position provides assistance in supervising the project's research assistants, visiting students, and predoctoral fellows. The funding for this position is through August 31, 2020, with the possibility of renewal. Prefer applicants who are interested in full-time position but would consider a part-time arrangement (to be combined with another appointment). Further information about the project is available at: https://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/
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- Directs and leads development of project strategic plan.
- Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
- Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
- Manages inquiries; creates associated practices to measure impact and success
- Analyzes data & recommends & implements changes & improvement to better ensure attainment of mission.
- Manages logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
- Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner institutions, ensuring that agreements are complete and reviewed by all necessary NU officials.
- Participates in developing web strategy and content to meet the mission and needs of project. This role involves communication with our partner university.
Budgets & Financial
- Ensures that the project meets associated revenue & expense goals.
- Develops and implements ideas for improving business processes, and increasing project revenues and margins.
- Plans & manages complex grant budget which fund strategic mission including financial sustainability & enhancement models.
- Oversees all daily, monthly & annual financial activities in consultation with financial assistant and research administrator
Communication, Outreach & Recruitment
- Directs promotion of project efforts.
- Identifies and implements short- and long-term strategies and plans to meet project goals.
- Engages in outreach/field relations serving a number of goals, including recruitment, participation, sponsorship, relationship building, etc. to support continued project development & improvement.
- Interacts with internal/external resources & organizations to identify new markets & opportunities.
- Builds relationships with international and domestic partners to develop and cultivate professional networks, financial resources, and sense of community.
- Oversees development & implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative & qualitative measurements that ensure that project benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely and efficient manner.
- Collaborates with internal/external resources to develop meaningful outcome measurements and methods of project evaluation that will lead to enhancement.
- Develops a comprehensive program of events such as lectures, symposia, speaker series, workshops, conferences, cultural events etc. in collaboration with internal & external resources.
- Develops proposals & recruits faculty leaders for interdisciplinary research working groups, and works with them to develop programming.
- Books travel arrangements for all visitors (domestic and international) and follows-up as necessary.
- Provides support and management to faculty partners (at NU and other universities) to identify initiatives that can be accomplished; manages resources, timeline, and implementation.
- Coordinates visiting faculty and pre-doctoral scholar visits, including setting up paperwork, invitation letters, and onboarding once arrive.
Grants & Contracts
- Liaise with professional research administration support staff in order to facilitate & enhance all administrative grant processes & related compliance.
- Responsible for pre- & post-award administration, in consultation with research administrator.
- Builds relationships with Principal Investigators (PIs), NU research associated offices, external funding organizations, and Mellon Foundation.
- Transfers knowledge & advises on research policy & procedure.
- Manages payroll administration for research appointments.
- Liaise with translators and publishers
- Determines & implements organizational structures to align with strategic mission.
- Manages implementation of human resource programs, policies, procedures & talent management lifecycle & related mentoring & training.
- Oversees recruitment & selection process.
- Manages performance problems & issues and approves timesheets for part-time and temporary staff. & oversees completion of annual staff Conflict of Interest survey.
- Manages goals, objectives, outcome measurements and metrics, financial feasibility, promotion of project, activities and events and collaboration opportunities with other internal and external organizations.
- Manages the ongoing development and refinement of the project's current and future teaching initiatives in consultation with faculty partners, PI, and Critical Theory Program, and subject matter experts.
- Manages the recruits, hires, and directs instructors/faculty.
- Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining project(s) to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity.
- Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures.
- Creates & leads a coordinated program of activities designed to increase project objectives.
- Develops & executes strategies to involve internal/external constituents and cultivate new institutional &/or foundation collaborations.
- Creates department strategy for structure, process, & staff support of students.
- Collaborates with Critical Theory Administrator, PI, and faculty on academic year course schedule; curriculum needs; faculty and postdoc scheduling.
- Manages visiting graduate student travel arrangements, onboarding once arrive, and point of contact during visit. Coordinate with faculty sponsors before and during visit.
Supervises 1-2 staff.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree. OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- 4 years program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
- Highly organized; detail-oriented; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to prepare accurate, concise reports and grants.
- Flexibility and problem-solving with ability to quickly adapt to unique challenges and respond appropriately.
- Independent with strong ability to take initiative and delegate tasks to project staff, faculty, and partners.
- International knowledge and experience, such as international event planning and communication with international universities.
- Ability to work independently, while also keeping project timeline and partners on track.
- Ability to use resources (such as at Northwestern, partner institutions, external sources, etc.) to develop and improve project goals and mission.
- Event planning for small and large workshops and conferences.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, and overall technical aptitude.
- Proficient in budget management and general financial skills.
- Write and/or speak Spanish.
- Experience working in a research and/or educational environment.
- Experience managing staff and/or overseeing a large-scare project/program.
- Web and graphic design.
- Experience in grant writing.
- Some background or interest in the humanities, or in Critical Theory, broadly construed.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- NU system knowledge, which may include but not limited to NUFinancials, myHR, Research Portal, etc.
CLOSED: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Critical Theory Cluster, Northwestern University
The Critical Theory Cluster at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral research and teaching fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean critical theory and/or Latin American and Caribbean critical race studies, with ability to teach at least one course in Latina/Latinx/Latin American critical gender, queer, and feminist philosophy. The fellowship will begin Fall 2018. The appointment is funded through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The appointment complements a number of other initiatives at the intersections of Critical Theory, Critical Race Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Northwestern University.
In addition to engaging in scholarly writing and research, the post-doctoral fellow will devise and teach two quarter-long (10 week) introductory courses per year, and make an intellectual contribution to initiatives at Northwestern funded by the 2017-2020 grant: Critical Theory in the Global South. Ability to teach in both Spanish and English is highly desirable. Teaching and research informed by intersections of aesthetic and political dimensions will be advantageous. Courses will contribute to the Critical Theory undergraduate minor and the Critical Theory graduate certificate, and will be cross-listed between appropriate combinations of the departments of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Philosophy; and the programs of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Latina & Latino Studies; Comparative Literary Studies; and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
The appointee’s research, teaching, and administrative contributions will complement a new program of teaching and research initiatives of Northwestern’s Critical Theory in the Global South Initiative. These can be consulted at: http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/
For information about the Northwestern’s Critical Theory Cluster and minor, see: http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu
Eligibility is restricted to applicants who have received the Ph.D. after September 1st, 2015 and do not hold concurrent employment at another institution. All requirements of the PhD must be completed by September 1, 2018.
Candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV, a teaching portfolio, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Specific course proposals will play an important role in selection. All candidates must submit documents electronically by February 20, 2018 to ensure full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately.
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- Research Statement
- Writing Sample
- (optional): Published Papers
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