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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It does this through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges and publications. For more information on the SSRC, please visit our website: http://www.ssrc.org.
The SSRC seeks a full time Program Manager/Officer for the Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship Program (DSD). Funded by the Open Society Foundations and the International Development Research Centre, this project is designed to support post-doctoral and doctoral dissertation fellows engaged in policy-relevant academic research on issues related to drugs and drug policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, across a variety of social science disciplines.
- Manage the planning and operations of annual DSD fellowship competition, including promotion, application process, screening, selection, and awards.
- Advise and mentor DSD fellows on avenues of policy engagement that could lead to the development of alternatives to present-day security and drug policies.
- Establish and maintain relationships with relevant contacts (policy makers, government officials, NGO’s, etc.) in the Latin American and Caribbean community to increase visibility and contacts for DSD fellows.
- Organize and facilitate the annual workshop for fellows, the annual program committee meeting, and other program-related events.
- Coordinate projects with partner institutes in Latin America.
- Contribute to strategic planning and evaluate and review program protocols.
- Facilitate communications and network-building among program committee, fellows, researchers, policy makers and institutions in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
- Manage the program’s finances, including managing expenditures and monitoring the program budget.
- Track grants and write annual reports and proposals for current and potential funders.
- Oversee the program’s online presence, including website, social media, and dissemination of fellows’ research.
- Manage the affairs of a multidisciplinary and multinational selection committee.
- Supervise support staff.
- Identify linkages and synergies between DSD program activities and other Council programming helping to expand the program’s networks.
- Other responsibilities and projects, as required and depending upon interest and capacity.
- Candidates should have a solid field experience in areas related to drugs, security and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean and knowledge of policy and policy makers in the region.
- Minimum two to three years of successful experience or demonstrated skill in one or more of the following areas: public policy/government, higher education or not-for-profit institutions, advocacy/legislation on the international, federal, state and/or local levels, or communications/journalism.
- Academic background (PhD, MA, or professional degree with relevance) in international affairs, political science, political economy, public policy, or social science field.
- Oral, reading, and written fluency in English and Spanish required. Portuguese competency a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, respond flexibly to changing demands, and manage complex projects.
- Excellent writing and organizational skills.
- Excellent inter-personal and managerial skills, political judgment, and high degree of professionalism.
- Availability for international and domestic travel.
- Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, databases, internet)
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Annual salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; professional development funds; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter and brief writing samples in English and Spanish to firstname.lastname@example.org (Please write “DSD Program Manager/Officer Search” in the title)
The Social Science Research Council Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.