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Managing Director

Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania
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Job Number: REQ_0000016296

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The Africana Research Center in the College of the Liberal Arts invites applicants for the position of Managing Director at the rank of Assistant or Associate Research Professor. The Managing Director will report to the Director of the Africana Research Center, and will work in conjunction with the Director to identify and carryout initiatives that further the mission of the Center. The Managing Director will be responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing various programs/initiatives within the Africana Research Center, including the postdoctoral selection process, the grant award selection process, and the Midcareer Faculty Advancement Program.

The Managing Director will also work closely with the Director to identify and apply for grants that will support center programming and strategic priorities, and will develop and manage Center budgets, in conjunction with the Director. The Managing Director will be responsible for creating content for the Center's website and social media accounts, and assembling the Center's annual report. In addition, the Managing Director will be expected to maintain an active research agenda in areas that align with the Africana Research Center (e.g., research related to African American Studies, Africana Studies, and/or African Diaspora Studies). Discipline(s): Open. Excellent oral and written communication, organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to provide timely support to diverse constituents and inquiries are required.

Must possess qualities of professionalism and be able to multi-task and manage/maintain confidential materials. Must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively. In addition, successful candidates must be solutions-oriented and either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Ph.D. required at time of appointment. The Managing Director will interact with diverse groups of people to support the unit mission to promote an environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity are nurtured to advance the research, teaching, and outreach of the University.

Additional Information: Please submit a cover letter, cv, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin August 2 and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit three (3) letters of reference as e-mail attachments to Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to Apply online at

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

University Park, PA
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