We are seeking a Sr. Associate Director of Korea Studies who will assist the Director of Korea Studies in leading all programmatic priority areas, overseeing high-level convenings and managing substantive content on key issues related to the US-ROK alliance.The associate director will be a key node of the Korea Studies' team, contributing to strategic decision making in support of the director and in collaboration with other staff. The associate director will collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues across SAIS and JHU. The associate director will also help manage a vast external network of policymakers, thought leaders, donors, and media, which are integral to the Korea Studies' work. The associate director should have experience and interest in both traditional and non-traditional security issues that are shaping the Indo-Pacific and Northeast Asia. The associate director is expected to be an entrepreneurial self-starter who is detail-oriented, nimble, innovative, and strategic in how to achieve results and impact, and able to lead in his/her own right while also effectively collaborating as a member of a team.
The associate director should also exhibit a strong intellectual capability and curiosity as well a proven skillset including: management skills; experience developing, leading, and coordinating projects and events; excellent organizational and administrative skills; and superb research, writing and editing abilities. The associate director will also demonstrate and further develop skills in communications, social media, budgeting and financial management, business development, grant and proposal writing, diplomatic protocol, and event planning and execution. While the main job duties are operational, the Korea Studies will enable opportunities for the associate director to further develop as a next-generation thought leader, including opportunities for writing and co-authoring publications, as well as speaking at events. The ability to balance multiple tasks under time pressure while maintaining collaboration and communication with team members is key to success in the job.
This position is based in downtown Washington, DC, with the option for partially remote work, and might involve some travel to South Korea.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Project Management: Steward, track, and implement a variety of funded projects, working closely with the director and designated staff to execute activities. The associate director will lead and execute operational work such as implementing deliverables relevant to the Korea Studies program (e.g., conferences and seminars, study trips, media outreach, publications, financial aid to students, curricular and extra-curricular activities). Liaise with donors and lead on day-to-day management of partnerships, to include developing projects, supporting the director at meetings with partners, and leading meetings and communication with certain partners to shape projects, set timelines, and keep partners up to date on project development.
Internal Management: Work collaboratively with one other staff member on a team, with frequent and open communication to the director. Support the director with initiative management to streamline workflows and keep operations moving swiftly and effectively. This includes supporting key internal processes related to publications, communications, business development, financial management, program administration, and partnership management. Lead on certain cross-team administrative responsibilities to be assigned and as needed. Assist in the hiring and supervision of interns and any junior staff.
Business Development: Support business development priorities of the Korea Studies program, to include initiating and developing fundraising proposals, researching prospect organizations, developing concept notes and strategy for potential partnerships, and cultivating or supporting leadership cultivation of prospects. Collaborate with the Development Team in coordination with the director to develop new partnerships and foster renewals of ongoing partnerships.
Financial Management: Track and manage several programmatic financial processes and administrative tasks related to project management, including developing budgets, tracking project expenses, developing financial reports in coordination with the Finance and Development offices. Execute projects on budget and assure reporting requirements are fulfilled in a comprehensive and timely manner.
Event Management: Organize and execute, independently and as a team, events such as seminars and public events, as well as study trips. Manage logistical and operational details such as invitation development, RSVP tracking, note-taking and other duties with close attention to detail. Draft briefing memos and talking points to use for events. Coordinate effectively with the event team and travel agents, as well as other SAIS offices for co-hosted events.
External Relations and Communications: Master communications and engagement tools commonly used at the Council, including website design and social media platforms. Support the Korea Studies' efforts to develop new and innovative ways to communicate with and diversify our audience, including through data analytics and visualization, and video and podcast production.
Intellectual Leadership and Expertise: Develop baseline knowledge and expertise of core Korea Studies focus areas and stay up to date on pertinent policy research and news. Provide quality control of content and substantive oversight and input on publications. Represent Support research efforts on publications as needed and contribute with original individual writing and research as possible to reports, issue briefs, or in op-eds.
Self-starter: Someone who can balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills.
Superior English-language research, writing skills, communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with both junior-level and senior-level colleagues and superior interpersonal skills.
Ability to represent SAIS and Korea Studies to external constituencies.
Three or more years progressively responsible experience in program administration in an academic environment and professional experience international public policy or politics.
Curiosity and demonstrated knowledge of Indo-Pacific traditional and non-traditional security issues, as well as any pressing issues for US-ROK alliance.
Willingness to travel internationally on occasion and work extended hours and evenings.
Proven project and event management skills.
Experience with fundraising, grant application and management, databases, budgeting, and financial management
Three-Four (3-4) or more years of experience and/or master's degree strongly preferred.
Experience with standard social media, content development, and data visualization tools preferred.
Professional-level Korean language abilities preferred, but not required.
Classified Title: Academic Program Administrator Working Title: Associate Director of Korea Studies Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC Min/Mid/Max Salary Range: $46,560/ $64,100/ $81,650 (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-DC:District of Columbia Department name: 60004978-US-Korea Institute Personnel area: SAIS
This position does not offer sponsorship.
This potential hybrid position must be worked from Washington, DC.
This position may be required to work extended hours and evenings, and travel to South Korea on occasion.
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