Research Assistant to the Executive Vice Dean Position
Research Assistant to the Executive Vice Dean
This position is responsible for supporting the Executive Vice Dean, along with all offices and departments under his supervision – including and especially the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs – with any tasks on which research and administrative support is required. Although the responsibilities of this position vary on any given week, there will be an emphasis on the identification and interpretation of trends in data for senior decision makers, on developing proposals for academic initiatives, and on writing assessments and analyses of projects currently underway at SAIS. The incumbent should delight in the process of telling stories with words, numbers, and graphs, should be able to see the relationship between those stories and the strategic challenges and opportunities facing the school, and should be able to present these connections in a way that enables informed decision making at the executive level.
The most important attributes for this position are as follows:
Discretion. The incumbent will have access to confidential and sensitive information, and will be expected to hold this information, along with their awareness of it, in strict confidence.
Initiative. The role is best suited to a “go getter” who is willing to think about what would be helpful to the office, presents these ideas regularly to his or her supervisor, and pushes promising lines of inquiry on their own. There will be no hand holding in this position.
Written communication skills. The incumbent should be ready to produce readable emails, memoranda, records of decision, and proposals throughout their tenure.
Comfort with MA-level statistics. This includes having a functional relationship with Microsoft Excel, and understanding concepts like means, weighted means, normal distribution, and statistically significant differences.
Application Instructions: Candidates interested in the position should submit a brief cover letter (less than a page), a one-page CV/resume, and a short writing sample from one of their classes at SAIS (ideally no more than five double-spaced pages). These documents should be combined into a single PDF document.
A Note on the Process: All applications will be read. Those candidates deemed most promising from the written applications will be invited for an informal interview with members of the Executive Vice Dean’s staff. Finalists will meet individually with Dean Cohen, and then a selection will be made.
A Note on Concentrations: There is no concentration preference for this position. Although the Executive Vice Dean is a professor in the Strategic Studies program, this role will not intersect with his work on that portfolio. All SAIS students are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Contact: Questions, concerns, and anything else may be directed to Teddy Saull (email@example.com).
$18.00 per hour
September 3, 2019*
* Flexible, but with some required training (roughly 10 hours) in May 2019, scheduled around the incumbent’s exam and travel schedules to maximize convenience. Summer hours may be available, should the incumbent have an interest in working at that time.
May 31, 2020**
** Flexible, may end early or extend late, depending on the incumbent’s travel and career plans, and on the needs of the office.