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University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Job Details

Job no: 511707
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Demography of Aging
Pay Grade: 35
Date opened: 03 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 17 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary:

In support of the University’s mission, the work of the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA) aims to produce distinguished scholarship, dedicated mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students, and engaged public service for the public good of our local, regional, national, and global communities. The Director of CSDRA provides leadership for all activities carried out through the CSDRA. The Director pursues external funding opportunities for the CSDRA, and builds collaborations with on-campus and external partners toward that end. The Director of CSDRA is responsible for the CSDRA’s strategic planning and direction, and management of staff within the CSDRA. The Director of CSDRA reports to the Director of the Gerontology Institute.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervise CSDRA staff, including research associates, research assistants, and project manager. Meet regularly with staff and carry out annual staff reviews as required.
  • Provide mentorship to student employees to include guidance and instruction relevant to project tasks and trouble-shooting. As well, ensure that student employees have access to professional development opportunities during their tenure.
  • Represent the CSDRA within the Gerontology Institute and elsewhere on the UMB campus (e.g., serve on the Gerontology Institute Coordinating Committee; serve on the UMB Institutes and Centers Council).
  • Manage CSDRA budgets. Ensure adherence to all financial reporting responsibilities to funders and to campus entities (e.g., ORSP).
  • Responsible for reporting to campus offices, external partners, and funders as requested.
  • Identify, design and pursue opportunities for external funding through the CSDRA.
  • Identify and pursue promising directions for expanded extramural support consistent with the mission of CSDRA and the Gerontology Institute.
  • Serve as Principal Investigator on externally funded projects. Duties include overall management and integrity of the project activities, including reporting, and ensuring the maintenance of collaborative relationships
  • Ensure appropriate staffing of all work carried out through the CSDRA.
  • Ensure the rigor of CSDRA work products.
  • Build the reputation of the CSDRA among stakeholders, funders, and others. Responsible for dissemination of CSDRA work including publications, presentations, and other appropriate outlets.


Doctoral Degree and a minimum of five to seven (5-7) years of relevant work experience. Excellent skills and experience with survey methods, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods are required. Excellent writing and communication skills are required, including effective public speaking skills. Prior experience with community outreach and entrepreneurial leadership required. Training and work experience focusing on older populations is required. Experience managing and supervising research and administrative staff is required; managing and mentoring student employees is required.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link:


Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.This position is 50% grant funded position with a current end date of December 31, 2022, subject to renewal contingent on funding and university needs.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to confirm proof of their vaccination status including booster. Exemptions from the vaccine requirement will be permitted only for qualifying religious or medical reasons.

Applications close: 17 May 2022 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at University of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinicals, and other career-related placements.

More than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaperradio stationart gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams — offer a rich campus life. Students live throughout Greater Boston and in apartment communities just steps from the campus, and enjoy the rich amenities, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities that make the city the biggest and best college town in the nation.

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