ARC Network Project Director

Association for Women in Science
DOQ. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, retirement, disability, life
Dec 20, 2017
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About the ARC Network:

The ARC Network Project, funded by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), aspires to disrupt the cultural barriers and artificial boundaries that have reduced the efficacy of diverse global efforts to bring gender equity to STEM in the academic workplace. Through the ARC Network, researchers, practitioners, administrators, decision-makers, faculty, funders, editorial staff and publishers, evaluation committee members, diversity and inclusion groups, professional societies, industry stakeholders, existing and emerging communities of practice, and more will collaborate, share, and adopt equity resources, including research, data, standards for research and evaluation instrumentation, and evidence-based practices, programmatic activities, tools, training, strategies, and policies proven to effect change.

Position Summary:  

The ARC Network Project Director (PD) is responsible for providing strategic management for this new AWIS initiative.  The PD provides leadership and direction for day-to-day operations of the ARC Network to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters. The PD will have primary responsibility for the integration of activities across the ARC Network including the ARC Research Board, the External Advisory Committee, and Communities of Practice, Virtual Visiting Scholars, consultants and contractors, including the Community Manager and Communications Manager.

This is an exciting opportunity to change the way we study and promote gender equity within STEM and postsecondary higher education.  Candidates should have a passion to innovate, solve problems, and meet the challenges and opportunities of gender equity policy and practice in higher education.


Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages and staffs project operations based on proposed research and community activities and timelines. Includes negotiation and oversight of subcontracted services as necessary. Motivates and monitors the progress of work performed by project staff to include senior technical personnel.
  • Supports the ARC External Advisory Committee and the ARC Research Board.
  • Prepares business plan, technical reports, NSF progress reports, and papers on ARC Network activities, progress and results of research and community activities.
  • Plans and participates in meetings, discussion groups and other types of events to promote project visibility. Engages in presentations, community, and media outreach on behalf of the project.
  • Establishes and maintains an active network of professional contacts.
  • Helps to develop and manage project budgets. Prepares and/or directs the preparation of financial reports as required. Directs ongoing purchasing activities.



Background Requirements:


  • Knowledge of gender equity research and intersectionality as related to women in the STEM disciplines. Familiarity with NSF ADVANCE research and projects.
  • Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations.
  • Strong project management skills and experience, including: budget/schedule development and management/oversight, resource management and forecasting, task and delivery management, leadership, teambuilding, and team management.
  • Work experience managing multiple successful strategic cross-sector partnerships in academia, business, and policy institutions.
  • Ability to balance community expectations with project outcomes.
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
  • Understanding of NSF grant procedures, policies, and reporting.

About AWIS: 

Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors.  AWIS reaches more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters, and affiliates worldwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.

Submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and the names of three (3) references with contact information to Ms. Shaneka Stanley at [email protected] by January 18, 2018.  Anticipated start date is February 15, 2018. 

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