CSR Director Position Announcement

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CSR Director Position Announcement
May 30, 2013

The Center for Social Research (CSR) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) is searching for a Director.  This is a joint appointment, 55% as CSR Director and 45% as an academic appointment in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The Director will be the second Director in the history of the CSR and will play a key role in defining its future. The CSR currently includes three full-time staff researchers as well as several graduate student researchers. The CSR has served as a key hub for socio-demographic research in North Dakota and the northern Great Plains on topics ranging from early childhood and aging to housing and public health. It has also made notable research contributions at local, state, and regional levels based on its strengths in survey research, needs assessments, program evaluations, and social indicator projects like North Dakota KIDS COUNT and North Dakota Compass.

CSR Director Roles (55%):

The Director will play a key role in achieving the CSR’s objectives of sustaining effective growth and continuing to be a state and regional presence in applied social research. S/he will be a leader who can supervise and implement research, particularly by drawing on various social science research methodologies. The successful candidate will support ongoing research activities and pursue collaborations with university faculty members. S/he will also develop grant and project/program proposals for institutions and organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in order to grow the CSR’s capacity and research volume, both on and off campus. S/he will be able to provide leadership, including facilitating integration of different perspectives in solving complex problems and encouraging opportunities for mentoring and professional development of staff and students, while maintaining an environment that promotes work/life balance. The CSR Director will report to the Director of the Institute for Regional Studies, who also serves as the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and will also receive support from an Advisory Committee. The Director will perform other duties as assigned.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology Faculty Roles (45%):

The candidate will hold a joint position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in which research, teaching and service will be expected. The successful candidate will be required to teach two courses each year in sociology that will contribute to undergraduate and graduate (master’s) programs. These courses include social research methods/lab, quantitative research methods, and/or other areas of interest. The candidate must be tenurable in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology pending departmental approval.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated administrative experience (e.g., visioning, strategic planning, project management, budgeting, developing internal/external partnerships) in an applied social research environment.
  • A record of research, teaching, and service that warrants tenure and a rank of associate or full professor at NDSU.
Required Demonstrated Skills and Abilities
  • Strong leadership skills (e.g., experience in staff/student supervision and development, mentoring, capacity to contribute to and encourage synergy amongst a team dedicated to producing high quality research and reports)
  • Expertise in applied social science research, including quantitative research, and expertise to teach social research methods.
  • Success in securing grant or contract funding from federal, state, or local government or private agencies.
  • Commitment to effectively disseminating knowledge that will strengthen the university, community, and state
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
Preferred qualifications 
  • Expertise in program evaluation/evaluation design.
  • Expertise in demography.
  • Expertise in epidemiology.
  • <Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Applications Must Include 
  • A succinct cover letter that summarizes 1) qualifications and achievements that clearly articulate how the applicant’s academic skills and experience meet the requirements of the position description, 2) research interests, and 3) a long-term strategy for sustainability of the CSR.
  • Current curriculum vitae, including names and contact information of at least three academic and professional references.
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly committed to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. NDSU is an NSF/ADVANCE Institution. Women and other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
The application link can be found at: http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/3600