AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION SEEKS APPLICANTS
FOR THE POSITION OF “ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR”
Job Title: Associate Director
Reports To: Executive Director
Type of Position: Regular Full‐Time
Salary: Competitive, Commensurate with Experience. Full benefits package including health/dental insurance and retirement plan.
Established in 1957, the African Studies Association is the largest organization with a global membership devoted to enhancing the exchange of information about Africa. With almost 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, the African Studies Association encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa, past and present. Based in the United States, the ASA supports understanding of an entire continent in each facet of its political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific, and environmental landscape. Our members include scholars, students, teachers, activists, development professionals, policymakers and donors.
The Associate Director contributes to the outreach, communications, program development, organization of the ASA’s annual meeting, and general administration of the Secretariat of the ASA. The position is based within the ASA Secretariat office in New Brunswick, NJ on the campus of Rutgers University.
The Associate Director reports to, and works closely with, the Executive Director, and has regular contact with the ASA staff, membership, coordinate organizations, and other key ASA constituencies.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Outreach and Communications (25%)
– Design marketing and outreach to new constituencies
– Assist with the ASA’s social media strategy, including the overall strategy for the ASA’s blog and syndication of content on ASA social media
– Develop and update content for the ASA website, including aggregating dynamic information which reflects the current state of the field of African Studies and practical information such as job postings, fellowships, conferences, etc.
– Editorial responsibility for ASA News, the ASA’s monthly newsletter
General Administration and Management (25%)
– Assist the Executive Director with the management of the operations of the ASA Secretariat
– Liaison with Rutgers University on key aspects of the ASA’s hosting agreement, including collaboration with the Center for African Studies at RU
– Provide administrative support to the ED and Board on an ad-hoc basis
– Support the Executive Director to implement, monitor and evaluate institutional policies, strategic plans and systems
ASA Annual Meeting (25%)
– Assist with meeting preparations, including coordination of the participation of special speakers, VIP guests, coordinate organizations, and ASA sponsors
– Provide input to the meeting agenda and structure
– Support the logistical management of the meeting. Depending on the administrative staff capacity, this could include coordinating travel, vendor negotiations, room allocation planning, etc.
– Participate in the meeting as a key player in the onsite team which handles all aspects of the meeting logistics such as registration, the exhibit hall, and special events such as the Award Ceremony, Presidential Lecture, and Abiola Lecture.
Program Development, Funding and Implementation (25%)
– Develop, in collaboration with the Executive Director, new programs and strategic initiatives to be recommended to the ASA Board of Directors
– Support the development of ASA programming in Africa and the development of new program partnerships on the continent
– Assist the Executive Director with fundraising initiatives, including researching new funding streams, grant application preparation, individual donation campaign management, etc.
• 5+ years in senior non‐profit management roles, including program and administrative leadership
• Proven organizational capacity builder
• Practical experience of program planning and implementation
• Appreciation of diversity and experience in cross‐cultural collaboration
• Ability to think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change
• Proven ability to work in a dynamic team and build strong working relationships
• High level of written and spoken English
• Excellent communicator and writer with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences
Equal Employment Opportunity:
ASA is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition.
Applicants with Disabilities:
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise us in writing of special needs at the time of application.
Applicants should forward a letter outlining interest in the position, qualifications and experience together with a CV or resume and the names and contact information of three references in electronic format Suzanne Moyer Baazet, Executive Director of the ASA, ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin immediately with a first round of interviews to take place in early May 2015. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.