Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Job: Assistant to the Director (Education Program Coordinator) Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies University of Kansas

Deadline: May 13, 2017

The Assistant to the Director for the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies will assist the Director by teaching courses in REES, organizing events, assisting with grant writing, and office administration.The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job Description: 

20% -Teach in REES-related curriculum, e.g. REES 110/111, Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe, and REES 220/221, Societies and Cultures of Eurasia; develop course curricula, materials, lectures, grade and assess students, hold regular office hours; conduct undergraduate student advising for REES majors and minors in cooperation with the Advising Office.

15%-Center Events - Organization of conferences and special events (e.g., lectures by visiting scholars, round-table discussions, professionalization presentations and panels). Other projects as required (i.e. university-mandated Program Review). - Provide programmatic and recruiting information to professional organizations.

10% -Grant writing/Reporting. - Collect/submit IRIS report data dealing with curriculum and outreach activities; conducting research for and writing institutional grants (working in cooperation with faculty and staff in REES and other units), conducting research for and editing institutional grants written by the director.

10% -Visitors. - Assist long- and short-term visiting scholars and lecturers. Tasks: correspondence with prospective visitors, preparing visa applications, creating itineraries, airport pick-ups, arranging lodging, helping visitors with necessary university and federal paperwork, helping with initial set-up (furniture rental, opening bank account, setting up utilities, etc.), assisting visiting lecturers with course preparation.

25% -Office Tasks/administration. - Handling drop-in visitors. - Editing and proofreading other staff members' documents, handling tasks passed on from director, answering phones, etc. Assist in preparation and editing of the center's newsletter, graduate and undergraduate brochures, and help with other announcements concerning the center. - Monitoring KUEA CREES funds as coordinated by the CREES office manager. - Scheduling REES courses, generating course lists, gather enrollment and graduation statistics for NRC reporting. – In coordination with CREES office manager, assist in monitoring REES main email account, answering and forwarding messages as appropriate. - Other duties as assigned to assist the director

15% -Brown Bag/Kino/Laird Essay Contest. - Organizing weekly Brown Bag talks and monthly movie presentations. Tasks: Arranging schedule of speakers, creating advertisements (in cooperation with student assistant), introducing weekly meetings; administering the annual Laird Essay Contest.

5% -Connections with the public. - Researching and developing opportunities for partnership between CREES and the business community in NE Kansas and NW Missouri. - Providing translation; fielding inquiries requiring area knowledge.

Required Qualifications:

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references:

1. Master's degree in a Humanities or Social Science discipline with specialization in Russian and East European Studies.
2. Evidence of skill in one or more Slavic languages.
3. One or more years of administrative experience.
4. Strong written communication skills.
5. Experience that demonstrates organizational skills.
6. Past experience managing multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Demonstrated supervisory skills.
2. Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Access, experience with Drupal (or a similar content management system).
3. Experience in grant development.
4. Knowledge of College and University administrative structures.
5. Experience handling budgets.
6. Teaching experience.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: http://employment.ku.edu/staff/8536BR
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.

For first consideration, please apply on or before May 13, 2017.  The initial review date is on May 14, 2017. Questions may be directed to Vitaly Chernetsky, Search Committee Chair, email vchernetsky@ku.edu, or Alexander Diener, email diener@ku.edu, at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

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