For those seeking to learn a bit more about CURE, here’s new Director Dr. Stephen Danley’s comments on his vision for the center. Similarly, Founding Director Emeritus Dr. Paul Jargowsky reflected on CURE’s 12 years here.
Here’s a description of the job responsibilities:
Reporting to the Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE), the Department Administrator will develop and implement the programs and activities of the center, including research projects, events, and communications. CURE is a community-engaged, interdisciplinary center that focuses its research and activities on the study of communities (urban, rural, suburban) and their intersection with social structures, housing policy, social and racial justice, abolition, and more.
The Department Administrator researches, identifies, and writes grants to support the activities of CURE. Working with both grants and foundation offices, the incumbent monitor’s project/program spending, awards, and fiscal planning. Under the direction of the Director, the Department Administrator oversees all research projects ensuring continual progress and troubleshooting issues as they arise. The incumbent will be the primary point of contact for external funders and the Center’s Advisory Board. The incumbent plans and implements programming and communications (including social media, online and print advertising, website management, and in-person events). In addition, the incumbent will supervise staff hired in connection with funded projects and coordinate these activities with faculty members.
|Minimum Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Sociology, Urban Policy, Economics, or a related field; experience with and a demonstrated excellence in carrying out administrative responsibilities with a high degree of autonomy;
|Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to work with diverse groups including faculty, students, funders, and university administrative personnel; knowledge of the University’s administrative systems and procedures; experience with budgeting, grant applications, and grant administration. Requires excellent computer skills; communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; ability to deal with a variety of situations with discretion and confidentiality.
Masters/Ph.D. preferred. The candidate should have outstanding written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; and a demonstrated ability to organize and manage several activities at once. Ideally, the candidate will have a good working knowledge of the administrative personnel at the University and the ability to work with those personnel to resolve issues involving student employment, organization of activities such as seminars and outside speakers, and procurement. Experience in writing and submitting grants to the foundation and federal agencies would be a plus. Three years or more of experience in professional positions is preferred.
Experience with community engagement (understood broadly) and a familiarity with urban research, including research on urban poverty, urban development, and/or urban politics will be essential for the Department Administrator to work with the Director and Affiliated Scholars on the development of grant proposals, in disseminating the research output of the center, and in participating actively in research projects and other center activities.