Assistant Director for Academic Programs and Research Support

Miami University
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
May 11, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Scripps Gerontology Center: Assistant Director for Academic Programs and Research Support contributes to academic program quality and student success, and to the external funding and research success of the organization.  Applicants should desire to work in a highly collaborative environment where taking initiative, working well in teams of internal and external colleagues, and exhibiting adaptability in the face of shifting priorities are valued. 

The mission of the Scripps Gerontology Center is to do work that makes a positive difference in the lives of aging individuals, their families and communities, and to meet the needs of aging societies.  We are a leader in aging research that also provides support for the Miami University gerontology master’s and PhD programs.

Duties include and are not limited to: 

  • Serve as research team member on funded projects; provide project management and/or participate in data collection, analysis, report-writing, and dissemination as needed
  • Support research infrastructure through participation in centralized grant proposal development, university systems for grant submission, post-award staffing allocations related to graduate assistantships, and grant proposal writing as appropriate
  • Lead graduate student recruitment efforts; with Recruitment Committee, develop long-range and annual plans for recruitment to include targets for contacts, applications, and yield
  • Lead graduate admissions and graduate assistantship assignment activities; monitor requests for information and applications; arrange and participate in applicant interviews, manage the process of graduate assistant assignments, with the goal of best match between assistants and department and research project positions
  • Plan and coordinate year-long schedule of orientation and training sessions for graduate students, including Cottrell Leadership program events and research colloquia
  • Lead the Gerontology Alumni Advisory Group and support efforts to increase alumni participation in Scripps and academic program activities
  • Supervise program associate on tasks including management of electronic student files, accessing student applications and uploading documents as necessary, preparing letters to applicants, entering graduate assistant nominations in PageUp, and tracking of students and tasks for the admission process.

Require:  Graduate degree in gerontology or a closely related discipline; A minimum of two years combined experience managing or conducting research and work in higher education; Gerontology research experience with project management, data collection, analysis, and/or proposal and report writing that would be expected of a research team member; Excellent communication and problem-solving skills as demonstrated in writing samples and documentation of relevant professional experience. This position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Consideration may be given to candidates with: Qualitative research skills; Knowledge of grant-writing and project management; Familiarity with higher education infrastructure for graduate education; ability to lead initiatives and work with faculty teams; familiarity with program recruitment.

Submit cover letter and resume to Direct inquiries to Dr. Jennifer Kinney at Screening of applications begins May 24, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


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