The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) and the Libraries at Michigan State University seek an Academic Specialist - Outreach to fill the Assistant Digital Projects Manager role supporting the efforts of the HuMetricsHSS initiative and the MESH research team. This is a full-time 12-month position with an expectation of annual renewal. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with outstanding organizational skills.
The position will work to provide outreach to the academic community and beyond to support research and work associated with new models for documenting, understanding, and rewarding academic work and digital scholarly communications. The position reports jointly to HuMetricsHSS and to MESH.
A multi-year, cross-institutional initiative, HuMetricsHSS is working to create and support a values-based framework that will enable scholars in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) to tell more textured and compelling stories about the impact of their scholarly work—including but not limited to their research—and the variety of ways that work enriches public life. The MESH research team is similarly working to increase the opportunities for scholars to produce new kinds of scholarship in open, interoperable formats, increasing the ways their work can reach and benefit the public.
The Assistant Digital Projects Manager will dedicate 60% time to the HuMetricsHSS Initiative. Work being undertaken by the team includes facilitation of workshops at various institutions of higher education and conferences with stakeholders at different hierarchical levels, the surveying of scholars and administrators across the Big 10 Academic Alliance, and the creation of a practical toolkit and web applications to facilitate a values-based approach to faculty and staff development.
The other 40% time will be dedicated to MESH projects, which may include Humanities Commons and the Digital Presence and Public Scholarship Initiative.
The successful candidate will have experience in event planning, participation in and coordination of digital projects, a record of successful collaboration with teams that are geographically dispersed, an understanding of digital humanities and other digital projects and their workflows within an academic setting, and excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) and MSU Libraries promote an academic and organizational culture that actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members to achieve excellence. We are interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. We seek candidates with integrity and a strong work ethic, who possess an understanding of what it takes to continuously improve and maintain research projects within a major academic research institution. We particularly welcome applications from women, people of color, LGBTQI individuals, and others who are traditionally underrepresented in the academy. We invite you to apply even if you have not currently mastered all of the skills listed. We seek someone with the ability to collaborate and to expand their technical skillset in creative ways; we’re happy to discuss whether you are a good fit for this role.
Specific job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Gather, compile, track, and report on information relevant to the project from multiple sources
Assist with data-gathering and analysis
Coordinate, schedule, and facilitate project meetings, workshops, and other activities
Review drafts and documents for clarity and style
Contribute to HuMetricsHSS and MESH outreach efforts, including managing website and social media interactions and assisting with the development of digital applications
Perform a variety of organizational tasks on the team, including overseeing the group email account, managing communications among the teams, etc.
Participate in the development of funding proposals and reporting processes
Track and manage budgets, reimbursements, and financials for multiple team members and grant subawardees
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a humanities or social science field
Experience with project management and coordination
Experience working with digital platforms and projects
Ability to work independently and to collaborate with an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional team
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated interest in building inclusive environments
Master’s degree in a relevant field
Experience in events planning
Familiarity with survey instruments (such as Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, or Google Forms)
Project management certification(s)
Experience teaching project management, and/or use of digital applications for collaboration
Required Application Materials
Qualified applicants should submit a) a cover letter b) current curriculum vitae c) any other materials helpful to the search committee d) a summary of the candidate’s experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in past or planned research endeavors, experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how the candidate will advance our goals of inclusive excellence e) the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees.
Review of applications will begin March 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources web site http://careers.msu.edu/.
For more information, contact Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Search Committee Chair, [email protected]
Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation
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The College of Arts & Letters recognizes that only an academic and organizational culture, which actively seeks out and strengthens diverse voices and perspectives among its members results in true excellence. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The College of Arts & Letters is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that intellectual leadership is achieved through open access and pro-active inclusion.
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
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