Company: University of California, San Diego
Title: Project Director, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy
Salary: Full-time, TBD
Location: La Jolla, CA
The University of California’s only school of international affairs, the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the governance of globalization and its local impacts. GPS is internationally renowned for its innovative programs, superb faculty and outstanding students and now stands among the world’s top graduate schools of international relations and is the established leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas. GPS instructs a diverse student body consisting of 60% domestic and 40% international students in MPP, MCEPA, MIA, BA-MIA, MAS, joint PhD with Department of Political Science and executive education programs. GPS also administers the International Studies Program, a fast-growing interdisciplinary program with over 1700 declared undergraduate majors, that offers a rigorous curriculum for undergraduate students interested in international affairs. Offering nine B.A. degree options, three combined BA/MIA programs, and a minor program, the International Studies Program explores the interaction between the international and national, global and local, contemporary and historical ideas shaping globalization. GPS is also the parent organization to major research centers: Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD), Center on Global Transformation (CGT), Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 21st Century China Center, Fudan-UC Center on China, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), Policy Design and Evaluation Lab (PDEL), Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR), and Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT).
The Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD) is based at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Under the leadership of Director Renee Bowen, CCD is designed to bring together the worlds of academic inquiry for the advancement of worldwide peace and prosperity. Our mission is to produce high-quality research that informs government and business leaders about the challenges and institutions of international commercial diplomacy in a changing world. CDD works to foster academic exchange and comparative research from across UC San Diego as well as leading institutions around the globe. A number of multiyear research projects are underway, providing original, timely and policy-relevant scholarship on commercial diplomacy. Learn more at https://ccd.ucsd.edu/.
Under the general direction of the Principal Investigators, the Project Director of CCD will manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the research program and teams, and will work with the PIs to identify areas of possible collaboration germane to the principal investigators’ interests and grant opportunities. The position will establish relationships and partnerships to support both existing research initiatives and new areas of academic interest. Responsible for managing communications and relationships with external stakeholders, including the cultivation of CCD’s online presence and its social-network participation. In addition, the position coordinates the preparation and execution of relevant cooperative agreements with counterpart institutions and agencies. Other duties as assigned within scope of the job description.
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- Advanced degree in public policy, social sciences or international relations, and four years of experience in a related field (e.g., research operations or administrative analyses); or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Terminal degree in a related field preferred (PhD, JD, MD, etc.).
- Demonstrated experience working with faculty in developing research plans and in writing and securing contracts, grants and/or other support from public and private funding sources for the social sciences.
- Experience facilitating communications with PhD-level faculty and researchers across a broad range of disciplines and cultures. Ability to identify and promote research excellence of academics and programs.
- Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
- Solid fundraising experience.
- Strong demonstrated ability to think strategically, tactically, and creatively. Ability to translate vision into cogent plans for academic research centers.
- High level of political acumen, diplomacy, professionalism, and integrity to act appropriately and with sensitivity in a culturally diverse environment.
- Skills in project management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do. Demonstrated strong knowledge of leadership and management principles, theory, concepts and practices, and the ability to apply to curriculum, program, project and organizational development.
- Strong oral and written communication skills. Superior oral, written, presentation and personal communication skills. Ability to clearly and concisely present ideas, concepts and detailed technical information in a multidisciplinary setting, and to funding organizations and representatives as well as to those possessing minimal technical backgrounds.
- Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
- Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.