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Assistant Director, SIS Research Promotion

The School of International Service (SIS) Assistant Director for Research Promotion is responsible for raising the profile of SIS faculty and their research among other academics, public policy institutions, and funding organizations.

The Assistant Director will seek to enhance the professional stature of the faculty and PhD students by helping to optimize their scholarly online presence, connect them with research and professional development opportunities, and assist them with enhancing the academic and policy impact of their research. The incumbent is responsible for understanding best practices in research promotion and for helping faculty develop research promotion strategies targeting other academic institutions, public policy institutions, and funding organizations. They will succinctly summarize faculty research for a variety of platforms and coordinate with SIS and AU communications staff to promote faculty research through technology-based platforms (listserv development, website oversight, website vignettes) and the media. The incumbent administers the activities of up to twelve (12) SIS Faculty Research  Clusters, including logistical and promotional support, and budget reconciliation for their events. The Assistant Director will also organize manuscript workshops and book launches to strengthen the quality, visibility, and impact of faculty research. Organization and facilitation of events may require work outside of normal business hours. The Assistant Director is responsible for creating, updating, and maintaining content on the SIS Research website ( and intranet Sharepoint website. This position will work with the Associate Director of Research and SIS faculty to formulate workshops and presentations aimed at strengthening faculty and PhD student research activities. This is a highly hands-on position with strategic elements, requiring someone with a keen attention to detail, a can-do attitude, and a willingness to engage with many internal constituents and be directly accountable to them. At the same time, they will need to work with faculty to develop strategic plans for raising the visibility and impact of their research.


The position will be supported by a part-time Program Assistant..

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst B
  • Exempt

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Experience with social media communications strategies
  • Experience updating webpages using a Content Management System (CMS)
  • Experience managing all event planning and logistics for small to medium-sized meetings and events.
  • Customer service orientation
  • Must be a self-starter and be able to think creatively about the best ways to help individual faculty members achieve their research objectives
  • Ability to communicate effectively with high-level stakeholders
  • Attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and the ability to work under deadline pressures
  • A positive attitude and a willingness to take on additional tasks as they arise.
  • Familiarity with email marketing platforms like MailChimp and event tools like EventBrite

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree
  • Knowledge about academia as a profession and how research is produced strongly desired
  • Experience with graphic design programs and video editing are a plus

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check