Michigan State University
African Studies Center
Program Manager – 50% time

Position Summary

International Studies and Programs’ African Studies Center is searching for a Specialist-Outreach, Program Manager, to provide support and management for the activities and programs of the Ubuntu Dialogues project.

The Ubuntu Dialogues: Museums and Communities Connect is a partnership project between the MSU African Studies Center and the Stellenbosch University Museum in South Africa. This 3-year Mellon Foundation funded project will consist of online student dialogues (Ubuntu Conversations); graduate student internship exchanges; and seminars involving academic leaders and heritage professionals (Ubuntu Seminars).

The key aims of the Ubuntu Dialogues project are to build bridges among students, faculty and heritage professionals in South Africa and the USA; to transform institutions through collaborative engagement; to transform lives through engaged learning; and to bridge the digital divide between the global north and south.

The Program Manager will work closely with the Director of the African Studies Center to provide support and management for the activities and programs of the Ubuntu Dialogues project. The duties of the Program Manager position include but are not limited to:
•Overall point person for Ubuntu Dialogues at MSU
•Carry out Ubuntu Dialogues online conversations (together with SU colleagues) (2019-21)
•Serve as liaison with intern hosts in Detroit (2019) and Washington DC (2020-21)
•Support student exchanges and coordination together with Faculty Advisor (2019-21)
•Support faculty/museum professional seminars and host SU fellows together with ASC Assistant Director (2019-21)
•Support student and faculty cohort development towards community of practice (2019-21)
•Reporting and Evaluation together with ASC Assistant Director (2019-21)

Required Degree
Doctorate -Africa-related field preferably in Higher Education

Minimum Requirements
•Doctorate degree in Africa-related field of study; preferably in Higher Education
•One to three years of experience with South African higher education and museum programs
•Experience with cross-cultural programming in academic and/or museum settings

Required Application Materials

CV and letter of interest



Department Statement

The African Studies Center is one of a suite of highly respected international studies programs at MSU, whose purpose is to offer a truly global education while engaging in cutting edge research on the world’s most pressing challenges.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.