Program Officer, Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean
|Location:||New York, United States|
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is a Brooklyn, NY–based, independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences and related disciplines through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. Working with partners around the world to link research to practice and policy, our work strengthens individual and institutional capacities for learning and enhances public access to information. For more information, please visit our website: www.ssrc.org.
The SSRC seeks to hire a program officer to support its work in global scholarly collaboration and research capacity building. The principal responsibility of the position is to manage, in partnership with the relevant Program Director, the Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean while also supporting other aspects of SSRC’s international work. The Collaboratory is a new SSRC program with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It aims to create collaborative research networks among scholars based in all parts of the Indian Ocean region, as well as those based in North America and Europe, engaged in issues of urban transformation and the social dimensions of, and responses to environmental change. Beyond these thematic issues, a major ambition of the program is to develop principles and good practices for international research collaboration across regions, not least between scholars based in the global South and North. The Collaboratory will pursue these goals through assembling an international advisory committee, offering grants for individual and team research, organizing convenings, and generating a range of outputs, including a White Paper on the Ethics of International Research Collaboration.
This is a two-year position, with the potential of renewal for a third year.
In partnership with the Program Director for the Transregional Collaboratory, the Program Officer will:
- Assemble and then liaise with the project’s advisory committee of leading scholars working in and on the Indian Ocean, as well as research teams and working groups on urban transformation, environmental change, and the ethics of collaboration.
- Build partnerships with research institutions in the region that will participate in program agenda setting, the organizing of activities, and the hosting of events.
- Manage the operations of fellowship and grants competitions, including wide dissemination of calls for applications and the selection process. Coordinate with selection committee members, and manage electronic applications portal.
- Plan, organize, facilitate, and participate in events, including advisory committee and working group meetings, conferences, and workshops.
- Oversee the development of the program’s web presence and its editorial and publishing process, as well as social media (Twitter, Facebook). Contribute content as needed and interested.
- Manage program budgets and write grant reports for funders.
- With an SSRC staff team and the Vice-President of Programs, participate in collaboration across SSRC’s international work and in identifying possible new areas for international studies, and global research collaboration and capacity building in the Indian Ocean region and beyond. Help identify scholars and other stakeholders to engage with in these efforts.
- Support the development of new funding proposals for new international efforts.
- PhD in a social sciences or humanities field (which for this position could include fields such as urban planning or environmental studies) required.
- Substantial research experience in the Indian Ocean region, and knowledge of research institutions and scholarly communities in the region, required. Knowledge of a language spoken in the region, in addition to English, is strongly desired.
- Knowledge of current academic research on urban and/or environmental issues in the Indian Ocean preferred.
- Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail and a high degree of professionalism.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; team player with demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and respond flexibly to changing demands.
- Strong writing skills for a range of audiences.
- Interest in working in a professional role at the interface between different scholarly communities, and between the academic and philanthropic spheres.
- Ability to travel several times a year for events in the Indian Ocean region.
Terms, Salary and Benefits
Annual salary will be commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more. Provisions are made for professional staff to continue their development as a scholar while at the Council.
This position is based out of the Brooklyn, NY Offices and as such conforms to the general operating hours of the SSRC standard work week.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Please apply through the external link: https://grnh.se/5e6671902
The Social Science Research Council is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to cultivating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. SSRC maintains a policy of non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment with the Council are made on the basis of competence, skill and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, creed, color, religion, sex/gender, gender Identity and expression, national origin/ancestry, ethnicity, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital or domestic partner status, medical conditions (including pregnancy and/or genetic information) or physical or mental disability, citizenship status or any other categories prohibited by law.
|Primary Category:||Research and Methodology