CLOSED: Project AdministratorThe Project Administrator will manage the administrative aspects of a $1 million grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in its concluding months through August 31, 2020. The Critical Theory in the Global South project is an initiative of Northwestern's Critical Theory Cluster and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs to develop new courses on critical theory in the Global South, a new program of international faculty and graduate exchanges, and a series of inter-university doctoral workshops, conferences and translations. Under the direction of the faculty PI, the Project Administrator will oversee all operational and administrative aspects of this project, including coordinating with international and domestic partners, managing project timeline and budget, event planning and on site event management. This position provides assistance in supervising the project's research assistants and predoctoral fellows.
This is a term position ending August 31, 2020.
Further information about the project is available at: https://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/
Project Management & Administration
- Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
- Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
- Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining project(s) to ensure grant objectives are met.
- Manages logistics requirements and planning for events (domestic and international), including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, travel arrangements, etc.
- Coordinates the ongoing development and refinement of the project's current and future teaching initiatives in consultation with faculty partners, PI, and Critical Theory Program, and subject matter experts.
- Maintains relationships with international and domestic partners to develop and cultivate professional networks, financial resources, and sense of community.
- Coordinates all aspects of an international conference in Chile, to be held in June 2020. Travel to Chile may be required.
- Manages complex grant budget and ensures the project meets associated expense goals
- Oversees all daily, monthly & annual financial activities in consultation with project assistant, research administrator, and PI
- Provides support and management to faculty partners (at NU and other universities) to accomplish project goals; manages resources, timeline, and implementation.
- Coordinates visiting faculty and pre-doctoral scholar visits, including setting up paperwork, invitation letters, and onboarding upon arrival.
- Collaborates with Critical Theory Administrator, PI, and faculty on academic year course schedule; curriculum needs; faculty and postdoc scheduling.
- Liaise with professional research administration support staff in order to facilitate all administrative grant processes
- Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures.
- Responsible for pre- & post-award administration, in consultation with research administrator.
- Transfers knowledge & advises on research policy & procedure.
- Manages payroll administration for research appointments.
- Liaise with translators and publishers.
This position does not have any direct reports; however, it oversees the workload of 1 part-time project assistant and any active research assistants.
- Occasional weekend and evening hours are required to support project events
- International travel may be required for planning of international conference in Chile.
Minimum Qualifications: (Education and experience)
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree. OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- 4 years+ program/project administration or other relevant experience.
- Highly organized; detail-oriented; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to prepare accurate, concise reports; communication materials; and website content
- Flexibility and problem-solving with ability to quickly adapt to unique challenges and respond appropriately
- Independent with strong ability to take initiative.
- International knowledge and experience, such as international event planning and/or communication with international universities/students.
- Ability to work independently, while also keeping project timeline and partners on track.
- Ability to use resources (such as research assistants, project staff, faculty, partner institutions, Northwestern offices, external sources, etc.) to maximize grant goals within available budget.
- Event planning for small and large workshops and conferences. Must have experience and interest in this area.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, and overall technical aptitude.
- Proficient in budget management and general financial skills.
- Experience working with faculty
- Experience working in a research and/or educational environment.
- Experience in grant writing.
- Background or interest in the humanities, or in Critical Theory, broadly construed.
- Proficient in Spanish
- NU system knowledge, which may include but not limited to NUFinancials, myHR, Research Portal, etc.
CLOSED: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Critical Theory Cluster, Northwestern University
The Critical Theory Cluster at Northwestern University invites applications for a two-year Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral research and teaching fellowship in Latin American and Caribbean critical theory and/or Latin American and Caribbean critical race studies, with ability to teach at least one course in Latina/Latinx/Latin American critical gender, queer, and feminist philosophy. The fellowship will begin Fall 2018. The appointment is funded through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The appointment complements a number of other initiatives at the intersections of Critical Theory, Critical Race Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Northwestern University.
In addition to engaging in scholarly writing and research, the post-doctoral fellow will devise and teach two quarter-long (10 week) introductory courses per year, and make an intellectual contribution to initiatives at Northwestern funded by the 2017-2020 grant: Critical Theory in the Global South. Ability to teach in both Spanish and English is highly desirable. Teaching and research informed by intersections of aesthetic and political dimensions will be advantageous. Courses will contribute to the Critical Theory undergraduate minor and the Critical Theory graduate certificate, and will be cross-listed between appropriate combinations of the departments of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Philosophy; and the programs of Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Latina & Latino Studies; Comparative Literary Studies; and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
The appointee’s research, teaching, and administrative contributions will complement a new program of teaching and research initiatives of Northwestern’s Critical Theory in the Global South Initiative. These can be consulted at: http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/
For information about the Northwestern’s Critical Theory Cluster and minor, see: http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu
Eligibility is restricted to applicants who have received the Ph.D. after September 1st, 2015 and do not hold concurrent employment at another institution. All requirements of the PhD must be completed by September 1, 2018.
Candidates should submit a letter of application, a CV, a teaching portfolio, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Specific course proposals will play an important role in selection. All candidates must submit documents electronically by February 20, 2018 to ensure full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately.
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