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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office of Academic Affairs
District Of Columbia
Posted: 10/18/2018
Assistant Director, Research & STEM Ed Policy (Project Manager of the Aspire Alliance)
Salary: $70,000 - $80,000


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 serve as the Project Manager of the Aspire Alliance and develop, support and coordinate a national faculty change network focused on developing inclusive and diverse STEM faculty. Successful candidates must thrive in a new project setting and have experience working in STEM diversity and inclusion or organizational change at the post-secondary level. This full-time position is funded through 2022 and will be based in Washington, DC. For more information, consult


APLU and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL, based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison) are co-leads on one of the first National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES Alliance grants - Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty. APLU and CIRTL are partnering with dozens of other universities, two-year colleges and organizations across the country to scale practices aimed at diversifying the nation’s STEM college educators and grounding them in inclusive teaching practices. The initiative’s overarching strategy is to improve professional development, hiring and retention practices of STEM faculty across three interacting change efforts at institutional, regional, and national levels. The ultimate goal is 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.


Working with project leadership, the Assistant Director will serve as the Project Manager for the Aspire Alliance and will be primarily responsible for coordinating the “backbone” of a national organizational change network to accomplish project goals and objectives. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating overall coordination and integration of a multi-dimensional project involving many academic and non-governmental organizations.
  • Developing, advancing, and implementing strategies for the successful operation of the Alliance.
  • In collaboration with a backbone team, 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 within and beyond the Alliance.
  • In collaboration with the backbone and evaluation teams, building and implementing evaluation and data improvement cycles, which may include collecting, synthesizing, and incorporating the use of metrics for the evaluation and evolution of the project.
  • Developing and managing 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.
  • Supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion work of the project team and its partners.
  • Coordinating a cadre of technical assistance providers, services, and tools in support of Alliance activities.
  • Developing and managing a partnership and relationship management system to assist participating institutions and organizations with defining and aligning objectives and activities.
  • Assisting the Project Leadership in the overall financial management of all project operations, services, research projects, and special initiatives.
  • Assisting the Project Leadership in liaison with the National Science Foundation and other funding partners, including preparation of regular reports as required.
  • Advancing an inclusive and respectful workplace culture for all members of the project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree preferred. A STEM degree or experience is advantageous.
  • A minimum of 6 years working in postsecondary education, STEM diversity and inclusion, or related fields.
  •  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 MS Office skills as well as experience with knowledge management platforms.
  • Passion for working with higher education and underrepresented faculty to increase the success of all students in postsecondary STEM programs.
  • Able to travel domestically as needed for network functions (no more than 10% of time).

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at with the subject line: Assistant Director & Project Manager of the Aspire Alliance. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled.

APLU provides a generous benefits package.

APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.