Africa World Initiative (AW) seeks a highly motivated and committed professional to join its office. The Assistant Director will work under the leadership of the Director of AW to support and establish African Research and programing on campus. The Assistant Director will oversee the administrative and logistical needs of this newly established unit. This position will be responsible for managing as many as five research hubs, budgets, communications, annual reports, Advisory Council meetings, web development, marquee events, fellowships, and research opportunities.
The primary purpose of the position is to facilitate the mission of AW as defined by its Director. The Assistant Director will provide excellent service to a variety of constituents (i.e., students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests) while coordinating logistics, assigning and managing projects, and supervising and evaluating three or more AW staff members. The Assistant Director will develop, monitor, delegate and review specific projects and events. AW programs and activities on Africa range across science, technology, social sciences, arts and humanities, entrepreneurship and digital humanities.
This position provides a unique opportunity to positively impact a broad range of new and established programs and services offered by the African World Initiative. This role requires deep and current knowledge of University policies, and priorities to best represent the University and assist campus personnel and external partnerships engaging in Africa-related work. This position requires a proactive attitude with problem-solving skills.
Managing the AWI Administration and Logistics:
Provide leadership and supervision of staff members and fellows.
Act as a liaison to faculty and visiting faculty administration.
Oversight of the budget for AWI.
Producing annual reports for the Director of AWI.
Organizing the logistics for the advisory council, marquee lectures and conferences for AWI.
Collaboration and relationship management
Manage relationship with PAS and PIIRS
Manage Research Initiatives and opportunities, including AW research hubs.
Assist director in strategic plans, new programs and general success and growth of AWI.
Coordinating campus-wide and external partnerships.
Oversee funding and sponsorship initiatives.
Oversee AWI communications and public engagement.
Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of related experience.
Extensive knowledge about and experience with managing Africa-related program and initiatives in research universities or equivalent institutions.
Strong organizational and project management skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail partnered with the ability to think strategically.
Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively, especially in writing.
Ability to build and maintain effective relationships; influence and persuade without direct authority; and establish collaborative partnerships within and outside the University.
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