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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 IChange Network)
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 IChange Network and develop, support, and coordinate . 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 currently through 2020 with an intended longer-term contingent on funding. It will be based in Washington, DC. For more information, consult


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 strategies 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 of the Aspire Alliance IChange Network and will be primarily responsible for coordinating a national institutional change (IChange) network of universities. The IChange Network has a twofold mission: to support institutions in developing inclusive STEM faculty; and to develop inclusive institutional practices and policies to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of underrepresented STEM faculty. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting recruitment of institutions to participate in the IChange Network and launching the network (we anticipate a pilot cohort in year 1, followed by successive larger cohorts).
  • Supporting institutional leaders in building their IChange Teams to engage in the network’s IChange process – a three-year commitment to participate in a systematically organized institutional change process.
  • 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.
  • Supporting management and maintenance of 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.
  • Advancing and implementing strategies for the successful operation of the IChange Network in coordination with the overarching Aspire 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 with IChange Network members, national partners and technical assistance providers.
  • Assisting the IChange Co-Leads in the financial management of IChange network services, research projects, and special initiatives.
  • Advancing an inclusive and respectful workplace culture for all members of the project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree preferred. Experience with institutional change and transformation is advantageous.
  • A minimum of 6 years working in postsecondary education, STEM diversity and inclusion, or related fields.
  • Experience with diverse, multi-dimensional organizations.
  • Proven research and evaluation skills and analytic abilities.
  • 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.
  • Superior presentation, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills as well as experience with knowledge management platforms.
  • 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 and Project Manager of the Aspire Alliance IChange Network. 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.