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Graduate Engagement Strategist

Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
Work from home/office located in Arlington, VA
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 



Graduate Engagement Strategist

Job Summary:
The Graduate Engagement Strategist (GES) is responsible for developing trusted relationships with a portfolio of PhD students, and connecting them to resources, leveraged academic opportunities, and other scholars. The GES will work collaboratively with other teams at IHS to best service the needs of the Institute’s scholarly audiences and will coordinate extensively with the Community Engagement Team.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.


  • Develop deep knowledge and close relationships with a portfolio of graduate students.
  • Provide information regarding these students and their associated research to the appropriate stakeholders, including but not limited to members of Academic Relations, Academic Programs, and Funding Programs.
  • Attend cross-functional meetings and offer suggestions to relevant stakeholders by assisting with programmatic strategic development to better support the Strategist’s portfolio of graduate students.
  • Examine and interpret bibliometric maps and other data visuals (citations, co-authorship maps, etc.) to identify community networking opportunities.
  • Attend academic conferences and other key events to interact with graduate students.
    • 15-20% travel required for this role (approximately 10+ conferences and events per year).
  • Engage in frequent digital outreach (email, Zoom meetings, etc.) with graduate students and the greater IHS network.

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education.
    • Terminal degree (PhD, JD, DPhil, etc.) preferred.
  • Creative and enterprising thinker with strong execution and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity and affinity to drive a technology-savvy and data-driven approach, with experience setting and tracking key performance metrics within a CRM system.
    • Salesforce experience preferred.
  • High motivation to work independently matched by demonstrated success working collaboratively with teams in a cross-functional environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to critically evaluate and prioritize information gathered from multiple sources and reconcile conflicts.
  • A demonstrated ability to understand and articulate complex processes.
  • A curious nature with a strong drive to learn and grow.
  • Knowledge of classical liberal ideas preferred. 

To apply, qualified candidates must submit the following application materials (through additional documents):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • Your interest in this position.
    • A compelling case about why the IHS mission resonates with you.



About the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University:

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) supports and partners with university professors working within the classical liberal intellectual tradition. Our vision is that higher education becomes a place where the open exchange of ideas flourishes, and where ideas within the classical liberal tradition are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed so that they inform scholarly and public discourse on the key challenges facing a free society.

Each year, IHS provides thousands of aspiring and established professors graduate student fellowships, career development support, research funding, and support for on-campus student programs. Most importantly, through its scholarly convenings IHS connects these scholars to one another to form a diverse and growing community of thought leaders advancing ideas essential to the good society—a pluralistic and tolerant society in which individuals and communities flourish in a context of openness, dignity, equality, and freedom.



We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health and dental insurance premium for individuals), health savings accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit and 12 free tuition credit hours annually at George Mason University.

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