The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, nonprofit international organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It does this through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, and publications. For more information, please visit our website: www.ssrc.org.
The SSRC invites applications for the position of Program Assistant for the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program. The Mellon Mays Program aims to diversify the faculties in core fields within the arts and sciences at colleges and universities by providing support for African American, Latino, and Native American scholars and others with a demonstrated commitment to this goal. The program holds several events each year for its fellows and provides annual grant opportunities.
The Program Assistant will work with the Program Director and program staff to organize, administer, and implement fellow events and the annual grants. This position will require energy; enthusiasm; strong interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills; and creativity, innovation, and flexibility. In addition, the ideal candidate must be able to travel domestically and on occasion internationally (when possible due to Covid-19 restrictions). The Program Assistant will provide overall administrative support for the intellectual vision of the program.
· Serve as the first point of contact for Mellon Mays fellows, faculty advisors, and representatives of partner institutions and organizations.
· Respond to requests for information by phone and email.
· Sort and distribute incoming regular mail.
· Assist the Program Director and other staff in the planning and implementation of seminars, workshops, and conferences on a virtual platform and in person
· Provide on- and offsite support for program events, including supervising interns and temporary workers.
· Represent the program at internal and external meetings, briefings, and conferences; take notes and present information to groups as needed.
· Provide administrative support for the application review process.
· Assist the Program Director and other staff in the disbursal of grants
· Oversee payment processing and vendors and internal budgeting and payment
· BA in one of the social sciences or humanistic disciplines.
· Superior organizational skills, with ability to multitask and prioritize daily activities to meet competing deadlines.
· Experience in maintaining expense accounts and budgeting.
· Strong interpersonal skills.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills, including solid presentation skills.
· Ability to work independently and with a team.
· High level of proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications, as well as database and internet applications, communications technology, and social media.
· Understanding of, and commitment to, the goals of the Mellon Mays Program and the inclusion of underserved populations and diversity in higher education.
TERMS, SALARY AND BENEFITS
Annual salary is $40,000. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.
The Social Science Research Council is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to cultivating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. SSRC maintains a policy of non-discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment with the Council are made on the basis of competence, skill and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, creed, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin/ancestry, ethnicity, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital or domestic partner status, medical conditions (including pregnancy and/or genetic information) or physical or mental disability, citizenship status or any other categories prohibited by law.