The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the US, Canada and Mexico, is seeking an Assistant Director to develop and coordinate a national institutional change network focused on developing inclusive and diverse STEM faculty as part of APLU’s INCLUDES Project. Successful candidates will thrive in a new project setting and have experience working in STEM diversity and inclusion at the post- secondary level. This full-time position is funded through 2022 and will be based in Washington, DC. For more information, consult www.aplu.org.
APLU’s INCLUDES Project aims to increase the learning, persistence, and completion of students from underrepresented groups (URG) in STEM throughout postsecondary education, and thereby increase their contributions to the U.S. STEM enterprise. Broadening participation in the STEM workforce will bring diverse perspectives, improving our nation’s ability to solve complex social challenges, and expanding our technological and innovation-based economy. The initiative’s overarching strategy is to improve professional development and hiring practices of STEM faculty across three interacting change strategies at institutional, regional, and national levels.
- Working with project leadership, the Assistant Director will be primarily responsible for developing and coordinating a national institutional change network to cultivate a national, inclusive and diverse STEM faculty consistent with project goals and objectives which includes, but is not limited to:
- Developing and coordinating a network of learning communities, ensuring participating institutions are motivated and engaged in network activities.
- Developing a cadre of technical assistance providers, services, and tools to aid institutions in recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining a more inclusive and diverse STEM faculty and marketing these services and tools to participating institutions.
- Developing and coordinating a competitive grant process within the network to spur the development of tools, research action clusters, and/or services to aid the network in achieving its goals.
- Developing and managing a system to collect and analyze data, knowledge and information, and structuring and curating that knowledge so that it is used to improve practices and outcomes.
- Building and implementing an evaluation and improvement cycle of the network’s knowledge management which may include collecting, synthesizing, and incorporating the use of metrics for the evaluation and evolution of the project.
- Developing and managing a partnership and relationship management system to assist participating institutions with defining and aligning objectives, as well as identifying and assessing mutual value.
- Creating a Communications Hub that coordinates both internal and external communications, establishes and maintains web-based interfaces (website, social media), and disseminates initiative products to participants and our partners.
- Doctorate degree preferred, plus a minimum of 6 years working in postsecondary education, STEM diversity and inclusion, or related fields
- Proven research and evaluation skills and analytic ability.
- Strong project management skills to meet goals and objectives on time, on scope, and on budget.
- Excellent strategic planning, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, establish priorities and exercise sound judgment in response to complex and sensitive situations.
- Excellent presentation and written communication skills.
- Excellent MS Office skills as well as experience with knowledge management platforms.
- Passion to increase the success of underrepresented students in postsecondary STEM programs.
- Able to travel domestically as needed for network functions (approximately 10%).
Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at email@example.com with the subject line: Assistant Director. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled. Salary range is $70,000 - $80,000 per year, depending upon experience and qualifications. APLU provides a generous benefits package.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.