Director of Operations, Cornell Center for Social Sciences

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Operations
Administrator VI, Band H
Cornell Center for Social Sciences

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS), founded in 2019, represents a major university-wide investment in social science research. As a member of the CCSS leadership team, the Director of Operations will help CCSS achieve its mission to accelerate, enhance, and amplify social science research at Cornell. To do this, the Director of Operations will oversee core research support services within the CCSS. These cores include CCSS’s secure data infrastructure, data replication and reproducibility services, qualitative research support, and other research support services. The Director of Operations will also coordinate with units outside of CCSS, such as Cornell’s Statistical Consulting Unit and Cornell’s Advanced Computing. A primary goal will be to ensure that social science research support is provided efficiently and effectively and meets evolving faculty and student needs. Achieving this goal will involve developing and implementing strategies to evaluate the research support currently provided and to assess what additional types of research support will benefit the Cornell social science community. The Director of Operations will also provide and support effective management, oversight, and strategic planning and will advise and work closely with the CCSS Director on strategic initiatives to further support social science research at Cornell.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.


Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree and 5 to 7 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination. Demonstrated success with program evaluation and using data to make informed decisions. Exemplary leadership, team building, and project management skills. Demonstrated adaptability to manage dynamic priorities and ability to envision innovative solutions and strategies. Excellent intrapersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work with and engage with social science faculty across the University. Able to effectively communicate and represent the CCSS in a highly professional and competent manner to a variety of audiences.


Preferred Qualifications:

Highly preferred, PhD in the social sciences and 5 to 7 years of relevant experience, including management experience outside of academia.


For full consideration, please attach both a cover letter and resume to your application.

To apply, please visit: (posting #WDR-00024817).

Applications will begin being reviewed after 2/24 and will continue until the position is filled.


Visa sponsorship not available for this position.