The SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University is a multi-disciplinary academic and public forum dedicated to strengthening global democracy by improving and expanding civic engagement and inclusive dialogue, and by supporting inquiry that leads to real-world change. Drawing its name and inspiration from the ancient Agora, the institute uses research and partnerships with scholars, practitioners, students, and the public to create the shared spaces and tools that enable civic and political stakeholders around the world to realize the promise of democracy. More information about the SNF Agora Institute and its mission can be found here: https://snfagora.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SNF-Agora-Strategic-Plan_Public.pdf.
The SNF Agora Institute is seeking a Special Projects Manager to support the Director and Deputy Director with all aspects of special projects related to the institute's work under two of its core pillars: Discovery (research) and Design (translational praxis). Responsibilities will include leading, engaging in and managing special SNF Agora research and praxis projects (including communities of practice); conducting discrete research and writing projects for the Director and Deputy Director; managing public relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders involved in SNF Agora's Discovery and Design work; providing an in-depth written analyses of key research findings; participating in project budgeting and fundraising for strategic research areas; and creating briefings and related materials of the research generated in support the institute's mission. This position plays an integral role in the institute's mission of public scholarship. Candidates will need to use independent judgment and initiative to conduct research, manage relationships, help develop strategic direction of projects, and independently advance research and writing projects. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and writing skills, and be interested in exposure to a wide range of work in the area of democracy studies and democracy reform. Other duties may be assigned in support of the research projects, as deemed appropriate by the Director or senior members of the Director's office team. Examples of research and communities of practice at SNF Agora can be found here: https://snfagora.jhu.edu/scholarship/research/.
This is a two-year position, beginning as soon as possible, with renewal after that date contingent on the receipt of additional extramural funding. This benefits-eligible position carries an annual salary of $50,000-$65,000 depending on experience and expertise
NOTE: Evening and weekend work will be required at times to help coordinate and staff events arising out of faculty and Visiting Fellow research, such as conferences and stakeholder meetings.
Master's degree in political science, history, international studies, or related areas by the start of the appointment
Outstanding research and writing skills
Strong organizational skills and ability to simultaneously manage multiple large-scale projects
Experience and interest in convening and managing events for diverse stakeholders (e.g., conferences, symposia, workshops)
Commitment to the SNF Agora Institute Mission
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently and in teams
Enthusiasm working in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
The SNF Agora Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff that honor multiple experiences, perspectives and unique identities. We strive to create create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
Consideration of applications will begin on February 22, 2021. Inquiries may be sent electronically to Stephen Ruckman, SNF Agora deputy director ([email protected]).
Application Materials Required:
Internal Number: A-84375-3
About Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Bal...timore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.