SMU: Post Graduate Fellow Position

Job Posting at Southern Methodist University: Post Graduate Fellow (Alt-Ac Research, Fellowships and Entrepreneurship) - (PRO00000096)

Salary Range:
$37,500 annualized for 30 hours a week plus benefits.

Job Summary:
Southern Methodist University (SMU), a nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, seeks a Post Graduate Fellow to participate in a joint partnership with Engaged Learning, National Fellowships, and President Scholars. Fellows will develop professional skills in an academic environment and create pathways to academic leadership careers in programs designed to support undergraduate research, national fellowships, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Alt Ac Fellow opportunity is designed to build leadership capacity in higher education administration through broadening awareness of financial, technical, and professional changes in the academy from the date of hire to end of May 2020 for 30 hours a week. This position has a proposed start date of January 2, 2019.

A nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located near the heart of Dallas, Texas. SMU's 11,600 students benefit from small classes, research opportunities, leadership development, international study, and innovative programs.

Essential Functions:
Provide professional development, mentoring, and workshops designed to prepare students to improve research methods and their applications to research and fellowship opportunities (both at SMU and for nationally/internationally competitive fellowships).

Promote best practices in research programs; network with students and faculty; present innovative ways to prepare students from their first year to graduation; support recruitment efforts; support students struggling to maintain qualified status for fellowships and scholarships; participate in committees.

Support students and volunteer staff for all programs within the Office of Engaged Learning, President’s Scholars, and National Student Fellowships. Organize and plan events; work with catering, reserve event space, plan for and set-up basic technology (e.g. computers, projectors, speakers, microphone, etc.), arrange transportation, travel or hotel accommodations.

Perform data collection, processing and analysis. Create and maintain spreadsheets, conduct surveys, interpret and present data in a clear and cohesive manner. Assist with processing of digital and paper applications and payroll. Create correspondence, review fellowship and scholarship applications, communicate with and strengthen partnerships.

Co-develop and support an implementation plan for media and marketing. Build a social media presence, write and provide images for blogs, Twitter, Facebook, student newspaper, signage, and websites for all programs. Maintain website by providing content, updated information about events and activities, and sharing success stories.

Education and Experience:
Master’s degree is required; preferably in the field of Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts, or Engineering. PhD is preferred.
Interest in developing skills for jobs in Academic Administration. ABD may also be considered.
Recipient of a national fellowship is preferred.
Proven track record of successfully mentoring students, experience as researcher, optional experience teaching (either as a teaching assistant or the instructor of record).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to build relationships with student’s faculty and staff. Networking skills and a professional demeanor are essential.
Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time management skills to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
Candidate must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing with a strong attention to detail and accuracy.
Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify and evaluate problems, as well as devise effective solutions.
Must also demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with others.
A working knowledge of MS Office applications, website maintenance software along with social media platforms is essential.
Candidate must demonstrate a strong desire to mentor the academic success of students.
Occasional evening and weekend work is required.
For full consideration candidate should submit a resume or CV along with letter of interest outlining experience mentoring students, experience as a researcher or instructor. 

Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled. Review of submissions will begin November 9, 2018. 

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Research
Organization: Provost - Other
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Staff
Employee Status: Individual Contributor
Job Type: Part-time
Job Level: Day Job
Travel: No
Job Posting: Oct 16, 2018, 1:18:03 PM

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