Executive Director, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Job description

Requisition # 2017-7394
Department Society of Fellows
Category Academic Administration
Date Posted 4/19/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


The Society of Fellows seeks an Executive Director to work closely with its faculty Director to administer and lead a wide range of projects and activities. The Society of Fellows is an interdisciplinary postdoctoral program led by a faculty Director and composed of thirteen Postdoctoral Cotsen Fellows and eight Faculty Fellows whose mission is to foster intellectual exchange within and across the humanities and affiliated social sciences. Each year the Society brings four to five recent recipients of the Ph.D. in the humanities and selected social and natural sciences, who are appointed for three-year terms to pursue research and teach half-time in a host department at the University. The Society of Fellows is closely affiliated with the Council of the Humanities. The Executive Director reports to the faculty Director of the Society of Fellows, with a secondary reporting relationship to the Assistant Provost for Academic Management in the Office of the Provost.


The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the Society's activities, including advising postdoctoral fellows in matters related to their hiring, research, grant applications, teaching, job search; financial management; communicating with donors; prepare statistics and annual reports; organizing and participating in all aspects of the complex, high-volume, annual search for new fellows; coordinating weekly events; supervising support staff; providing general program management and assisting the Director as needed; and serving as a resource for other postdoctoral communities on campus and beyond. The Executive Director is responsible for attending all relevant training classes offered by the University pertaining to these duties.


  • PhD in the humanities or social sciences; university-level teaching experience and scholarship
  • Five years of high-level administrative experience, preferably in higher education
  • Experience in evaluating fellowship applications or research projects
  • Demonstrated financial management and budgetary experience
  • Strong commitment to mentoring of scholars from a diversity of backgrounds at the beginning of their careers
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience
  • Outstanding organizational and problem-solving skills, keen attention to detail
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure and multi-task, especially in peak periods of search
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Sound judgment and a high degree of discretion in handling sensitive issues
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of partners across campus and beyond, and to build strong relationships for the Society
  • Ability to think creatively, work independently, and also function well as part of a small team

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

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Salary Grade

ADM, 080

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


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Posted: 4/20/2017
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