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Assistant Director, Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity Kellogg Institute for International Studies
The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity is seeking an engaging Assistant Director to assist the Director in developing and implementing its dynamic intellectual and programmatic vision. The Ford Program is an established international research program dedicated to research and service that promotes Integral Human Development, a holistic model of flourishing rooted in a person’s dignity and full potential. This role provides a rare opportunity to refine the program’s vision and strategy at a time of change and growth. The Assistant Director will be responsible for working closely with the Director on the management of priority research and administration tasks, while benefitting from the infrastructure and international partnerships built by the previous director, as well as the network and organization of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the University of Notre Dame.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the strategic development (in consultation with the Director) of the program;   
  • Identification and facilitation of research opportunities and collaboration, development of new opportunities, and maintenance of research continuity;
  • Represents the program in meetings with government officials, business executives, NGO leaders, and other key stakeholders on the global stage;  
  • Manage grants and externally-funded research projects as well as internal research grants awarded by the Program to Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellows;  
  • Supervise all Ford Program operations, including financial coordination, communications and marketing, outreach, staff supervision, and Ford Program-affiliated programming and events. The Assistant Director works independently, receiving general direction from the Ford Program Director, and collaborates directly with faculty and research team members. The Assistant Director is someone with a range of administration experience, including in operations and research development and management. While working autonomously, the Assistant Director collaborates with numerous Kellogg Institute staff, including the Business Manager and Staff Accountant regarding financial operations, payments, and compliance; the Gifts and Grants Project Manager regarding the development of grant proposals, proposals to potential donors, and other documents that facilitate the growth of the Ford Program’s research portfolio.

Additional Job Details
Specific tasks in the position’s two key areas (operations and research development and management) will include:
Ford Program Research

  • consult and collaborate with the Director to advance strategic initiatives with respect to sponsored research projects, research teams, and funded research initiatives;  
  • seek out and identity new research opportunities for the Ford Program;  
  • identify appropriate external grant opportunities, coordinate collaborative proposals, as necessary, and prepare various types of grant-funded research application materials;
  • administer internal seed grant programs, including Ford Program sponsored research, external grants, and collaborative projects;    
  • assist the Director in developing the Ford Program’s multidisciplinary intellectual community by designing and implementing events that foster existing and new multidisciplinary research, relationships with partner organizations, and the influence of Ford Program research on the broader academic community and the public; 
  • coordinate with appropriate Kellogg and University staff on range of grant-funded research issues, including budgeting, compliance, third-party contracting, and grant implementation; 
  • contribute to Ford Program proposal drafting for new research initiatives and, as needed, new grants;
  • facilitate communication with Kellogg Institute faculty fellows, the Kellogg research community, and numerous University offices (including Notre Dame Research and Notre Dame research institutes) and a broad range of academic departments interacting with Ford Program research programs and researchers;  
  • prepare summaries and briefings for Ford Program research meetings; 
  • prepare documentation and briefings for individual research programs and initiatives, including periodic faculty research committee meetings;
  • prepare materials on Ford Program sponsored research for donors, Kellogg constituencies, and University or external reporting needs;
  • solicit, collect, and synthesize stakeholder input regularly;
  • willingness to travel in the US and internationally

Ford Program Operations
The Assistant Director will be directly responsible for all Ford Program operations, including (but not limited to) the following duties and responsibilities:

  • manage operational activities of the Ford Program postdoctoral scholars;
  • coordinate with Kellogg Institute Business Manager on management of Ford Program financial operations, including annual budgeting cycles, monthly reconciliations, payments, third-party contracts, compliance issues, and administration of financial research awards;  
  • in consultation with Director, design and implement a vibrant annual program showcasing Ford Program research, including engagement opportunities for the internal and external researchers to pursue issues and ideas raised in Ford Program sponsored research or of special interest to the Ford Program;   
  • plan and implement Ford Program annual programming, including research seminars, lectures, and virtual and in-person/on-campus events;    
  • collaborate with the Director, University faculty, other research personnel, and Kellogg Institute staff to develop relationships with other human development organizations, regional partners, and mission-oriented collaborators;  
  •  coordinate Ford Program communications, in consultation with the Director and the Kellogg Institute Communications Team, to maintain a vibrant web, video and social media presence that increases the translational potential of Ford Program research and to communicate the distinctive nature of the research being pursued to internal and external audiences.
  • collaborate with the Institute’s Gifts and Grants Project Manager on the preparation of Advisory Board meeting content and other relevant materials pertaining to the Ford Program’s research programs;  
  • expand and develop strategic relationships with fundraisers and other Development personnel;
  • assist the Director in developing and implementing fundraising strategies that support growth and development of Ford Program research activity, including the annual Friends of the Ford event;  
  • develop and maintain key liaison relationships with internal and external contacts.

Job Closing Date: July 25, 2021

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