The Council for European Studies is a membership-driven scholarly organization with 1,500 individual and 40 institutional members whose mission is to promote and disseminate interdisciplinary research on European politics, society, history, and culture. Since its founding in 1970, the Council has pursued this mission through a range of programs, including scholarships and fellowships, career development initiatives, print and online publications, including EuropeNow, and its flagship annual conference, the International Conference of Europeanists.
The Director works with the Council's Executive Committee, whose members are elected or appointed from the Council's members. The Director's responsibilities include:
Provide strategic leadership and effective management of all CES programs (current and future), including its International Conference of Europeanists; Research Networks; fellowship, grant and award programs; publications and newsletters; individual and institutional membership programs, etc.
The job requires a nearly compulsive attention to the manifold tasks of the organization and to the crucial details necessary for the successful implementation of those tasks. Applicants should exhibit a highly-attuned sense of personal responsibility and leadership, which is vital to making this highly productive, small office organization run smoothly.
Cultivate, expand and maintain partnerships with international, national and regional institutions, including the ongoing development of the Council's consortium of research institutions. Work closely with the CES Chair, Advisory Chair, Treasurer and Executive Committee to identify and recruit volunteers to support Council programs, as well as cultivate specific individuals for subcommittee and organizational leadership.
Plan, develop and implement strategies for generating revenue from both restricted and unrestricted sources, including public and private foundations, governmental agencies, individual donors, advertising and exhibit fees, program services, consortium fees and individual member dues.
Oversee the Council's day-to-day operations, including communications (website, publications, printed materials and email lists), human resources, financial management and program administration. Manage an office of 2 to 4 employees.
Develop and oversee an annual budget between $500,000 and $1.5 million, depending on grant funding.
Serve as the Council's principal liaison with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office, as well as the Council's hosts, the Harriman Institute and the European Institute.
Bachelor's Degree required and at least 5 years of related experience
ADDITIONAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Strong organizational and leadership skills; excellent writing and editing skills; computer literacy and familiarity with common office applications require. Applicants should know or be prepared to learn Adobe In-Design and Adobe Photoshop, as well as common web-based content management and relationship management database systems. Also necessary are a capacity for independent work, strong leadership capabilities, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a track record in academic and/or nonprofit management, program implementation, and institutional advancement.
Advanced degree in a European Studies field and an understanding of the academic world strongly preferred. Fluency in at least one European language is highly desirable. Experience in publishing and fundraising strongly preferred.
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