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Associate Director - Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Urbana, 61820
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Associate Director - Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) is searching for an Associate Director. This position is the senior full-time staff member for REEEC. The Associate Director provides academic leadership and staff supervision for the Center, acts as its chief grant and financial officer, directs our interdisciplinary BA major, and teaches one course per year in the REEES curriculum. Together with the Director, the REEEC Associate Director is responsible for the overall operation of the center, including program development, coordination with other units in the Illinois Global Institute, grants management, and alumni relations and advancement.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and academic advisor for REEES BA majors and minors; monitor students' progress toward degree completion and graduation; Be a point of contact for students and handle difficult and challenging student academic and personal situations and issues;
  • Serve as FLAS coordinator for academic year and summer for the Center's fellowship program, advising students on overseas programs and campus coursework as it pertains to FLAS fellowships;
  • Serve as liaison between students and other campus units;
  • Assist the Director with management of the Center's MA Program;
  • Coordinate student assistantship funding and other student funding when necessary;
  • Serve ex-officio as a member of the REEEC MA admissions committee;
  • Serve as FLAS liaison with the Graduate College Fellowship Office and the U.S. Department of Education;
  • Work with students to find faculty to assess their language aptitude and enter information into data reporting system;
  • Research FLAS-eligible language training programs domestically and abroad and obtain approvals for students' overseas programs


  • As Instructor, teach at least one course per year, usually the REEES proseminar for BA majors and MA's (REES 495/550) and occasionally a general education undergraduate course such as REES 200.
  • Develop academic instructional materials including course syllabus and weekly instruction plans
  • Hold office hours and provide guidance to students in the course as needed
  • Grade student assignments and proctor exams
  • Oversee the work of teaching assistants when that position is needed

Research and Scholarship

  • Pursue professional development as a scholar in the field through advanced research activities in an area of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies;
  • Seek further training in emerging methods, themes, and topics that could contribute to REEEC program development, such as new REEES degree programs, courses, or grant initiatives.
  • Participate in conferences and academic networks in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as well as other scholarly fields as they can contribute to REEEC program development.

Oversight of National Grant Program and Center Budgets

  • Lead REEEC'S major federal grant projects and programs (including Department of Education Title VI grant, Department of State Title VIII grant, and others as appropriate);
  • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agencies' guidelines, deadlines, and regulations.
  • Prepare grant proposals, narratives, and budgets in coordination with the director and center staff;
  • Oversee and manage grant projects and programs; design and implement grant reporting and evaluation;
  • Attend meetings with federal grant agencies and officials;
  • Build effective relationships with the University's federal relations staff
  • Develop and oversee the Center's budgets and financial policy.


  • Represent REEEC to prospective students and their families at a variety of recruiting events and information sessions; this includes presenting information to large groups.
  • Counsel, provide information and advice about Illinois generally, and about its admissions procedures specifically, to prospective students, applicants, their parents and secondary school counselors in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner.
  • Reach out and encourage prospective students to explore and eventually matriculate at Illinois through staffing on-campus programs, scheduling personal visits to secondary schools, attending college fair programs, and engaging in correspondence, email, and/or telephone contact.
  • Develop an international recruitment and yield strategy plan annually within the confines of set budget.
  • Support recruitment and programming by working some evenings and weekends and traveling as required.

Academic Leadership in Area Studies

  • In collaboration with the Director and REEEC Executive Committee, shape the policies and overall direction of REEEC as a major interdisciplinary area studies center dedicated to research, teaching, and public engagement in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies;
  • Use area studies academic training and experience to help the center respond to new challenges and opportunities in REEES scholarship; assist with center responses to difficult current questions in international relations and understanding (including but not limited to war and authoritarianism).
  • Develop strategic action plans for the Center and assist with unit governance, working with the REEEC Executive Committee and external grant advisory boards in the field as needed;
  • Act as REEEC representative to other units in IGI and across campus;
  • Work with Director, REEEC Executive committee, and other external and internal stakeholders to maintain and build funding for REEES area studies, through institutional advancement as well as new grant initiatives.

Staff Supervision

  • Hire, train, assign, and supervise and review Center staff and student assistants;
  • Conduct staff performance reviews, address work issues, set work schedules and goals;
  • Attend and lead weekly center staff meetings.
  • Other job duties as assigned to further the mission of the unit.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a humanities or social science discipline with a concentration in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies; proficiency in a regional language
  • A total of one (1) year (12 months) of education, training and/or work experience in academic advising, grant management, university teaching, and / or academic program management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in a humanities or social science discipline with a concentration in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; advanced proficiency in one or more regional language(s).
  • Two semesters experience in teaching humanities courses at university level.
  • Experience with U.S. Department of Education Title VI or US State Department Title VIII grants, grant writing, program evaluation, and requirements.
  • 1 year work experience in grant management.
  • Advanced proficiency in one or more regional language(s).
  • UIUC Certified Research Administrator Certificate (Illinois CRA)

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously without supervision
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office suite, in particular Excel and Outlook
  • Interdisciplinary and creative orientation

Appointment Information

This is a full-time Academic Professional position appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline date. The budgeted salary range for this position is $70,000 to $75,000. Final salary offered will be determined by a thorough assessment of available market data, internal salary equity, candidate experience and qualifications, collective bargaining agreements, and budget constraints. 

Sponsorship for work authorization is not available for this position.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and use the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three professional references. Applications must be received by 6pm on August 7, 2024. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Jill Billerman at For questions regarding the application process, please contact Illinois Human Resources at 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1024385

Job Category: Education & Student Services

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