University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Asst Dir, Special Initiatives

    Minimum Salary US-MA-Worcester
    Job Location 2 months ago(9/10/2018 3:09 PM)
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  • Overview



    Under the general direction of the principle investigator or designee, the Assistant Director is responsible for the development and management of special initiatives supporting regional or national policy and practices in graduate and postdoctoral education. The primary focus will be on an initiative to create a national center that will support the emerging scholarly field of Ph.D. career development, facilitating the dissemination and growth of evidence-based educational practices in partnership with leading organizations and stakeholders in graduate and postdoctoral education.


    Interested candidates, Please attach a cover letter with your application.



    • Assist in strategic planning for launch, growth, and sustainability of special initiatives
    • Direct activities of special initiatives, including assessing need, researching models, developing a strategic plan and budget, defining metrics, reporting progress, and coordinating implementation
    • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners and stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, and leaders in the private and public sector to advance project goals
    • Coordinate or manage staff, committees, advisory board members, and volunteers working toward goals of the special initiatives
    • Develop and maintain resources, including print and online materials
    • Document and maintain current: project development reports and decisions, correspondence with key partners, educational evaluation reports, budget reports, and other pertinent reports
    • Develop and draft papers, grants, and business proposals to support special initiatives
    • Develop marketing materials and communications to promote or disseminate the activities of special initiatives
    • Manage day-to-day logistics and operational needs for special initiatives
    • Identify and address problems which may adversely affect success of special initiatives
    • Gather and analyze project evaluation data and develop reports to share findings
    • Represent special initiatives on committees or at meetings and conferences at the university, regional, national, and international levels.
    • Ensure that project development and completion is timely, successful, and meets expectations
    • Perform other duties as required.




    • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, education, business, leadership, communication, or a related degree or equivalent experience
    • 5 years of related experience
    • Demonstrated strategic planning skills and initiative in developing/implementing strategies to reach goals
    • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage, and implement complex projects or programs
    • Demonstrated analytical skills and independent judgment
    • Experience writing communications and grant proposals
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work within diverse groups
    • Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines, assess priorities, and operate in a flexible manner in order to meet the dynamic needs of the project
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated experience developing strategic professional relationships and managing a broad network across academic, public, or private sector entities
    • Ability to be discreet and handle confidential information
    • Excellent computer/technical skills
    • Ability to travel to off- site locations.



    Periodic travel for meetings, conferences, etc.

    Additional Information


    Arrangements for working remotely can be discussed.



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