Associate Director- Program in Jewish Culture & Society
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Location: Urbana, Illinois
Internal Number: 4670950
Associate Director- Program in Jewish Culture & Society
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is home to 15,000 students; 1,300 faculty and staff; and over 180,000 alumni. LAS is a diverse and dynamic college made up of amazing people doing impactful work every day at the heart of campus. The Program in Jewish Studies & Culture is searching for an Associate Director with a focus on public engagement, campus life, and coexistence.
Job Summary The Associate Director will provide academic and administrative continuity to the Jewish Culture & Society Program. They will teach courses; grant development and management; academic co-leadership and public engagement; advise students, oversee the undergraduate and graduate program, and provide strategic intellectual guidance for developing core areas of the Program in Jewish Culture & Society in a professionally efficient and effective manner. Instruction
Teach up to two core courses that support the JS academic mission.
Develop and teach advanced seminars in areas related to the JS program, as needed.
Develop and lead seminars and workshops that support scholarly research in the JS field.
Grant Development and Management
Identify and evaluate potential external funding opportunities, based on the mission of the program, and write grant proposals in collaboration with Director.
Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agencies' guidelines, deadlines, and regulations.
Work with the director to complete grant reporting.
Work closely with faculty to create, evolve, and execute academic projects.
Ensure that funding is spent according to grant stipulations; meet with faculty to learn about their current work and ways for them to partner with JS on grants and outreach programs.
Academic Co-Leadershipand Public Engagement
Develop and administer programs and projects under the direction of the Director, with primary responsibility for organizing and executing events.
Develop, initiate, oversee, and/or present at JCS-related off-campus events for K-12, community college, business, and media communities. Liaise with other Jewish studies centers, and represent JCS at national outreach initiatives, workshops, and conferences. Support associated advancement projects including collaboration with Illini Hillel, the Jewish Federation, and student leaders and faculty to design, coordinate, staff, and implement joint outreach activities in order to expand the Program's reach locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Build on the program's interdisciplinary strength to expand outreach into Urbana-Champaign.
Oversee the program's public engagement initiatives and be the point person and first contact for all issues related in public engagement, campus life, and coexistence by working closely with Illini Hillel, the Jewish Federation, and student leaders.
Work with faculty and other key partners to consolidate expertise, knowledge, and experience in support of ongoing program development and growth.
In addition to collaborating in all campus training, the AD will work closely with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and programs.
Represent the Director in his/her absence as needed.
Serve as primary academic advisor for students in the JS programs.
Be a point of escalation for students and handle difficult and challenging student academic situations and academic issues.
Serve as Director of Undergraduate Programs and conduct annual student academic progress reviews and learning outcome reports.
Master's degree in history, English, Slavic Studies, Jewish Studies, or other relevant field
Ph.D. in History, English, Slavic Studies, Anthropology, Jewish Studies, or other relevant field, with a research specialty dealing in Jewish history, cultural studies, or political studies.
Experience in grant writing, public outreach, planning of academic conferences and seminars, and social media.
Successful candidates will have the following:
Demonstrated effective communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with others.
Excellent writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills
Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions.
Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural and linguistic differences. Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university.
Project coordination and proven organizational talents.
Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance; Initiative and creativity in program development.
This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The preferred start date is May 1, 2024 but accommodations can be made to start by August 16, 2024 if needed. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule (remote work and in-person work in the office located at Champaign-Urbana every week) after a period of time working onsite. Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6pm (CST) on December 15, 2023. To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu, use the Apply Now button on the posting and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references. Please remember to include specific information on how you meet the qualifications of the position in your application materials.
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