Academic Program Director

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley is seeking a part-time Academic Program Director to work closely with the Director to manage grants and outreach programs of Middle Eastern studies at UC Berkeley. The CMES is a federally-designated Title VI National Resource Center—one of 15 such centers devoted to the study of the Middle East nationally—and an interdisciplinary hub for Middle Eastern studies across disciplines and departments on campus. Each year the CMES provides roughly half-a-million dollars in direct support to students and faculty; contributes significant funds to departments to ensure the teaching of Middle Eastern languages and area studies courses; organizes a rich interdisciplinary lecture, workshop, and film series; hosts visiting scholars; organizes trainings on teaching about the Middle East for K-14 and community college educators; and collaborates with local, national, and international partners on scholarly initiatives related to the Middle East.

The Academic Program Director reports to the Director and is responsible for the following:

  • Manages all aspects of the Title VI grant
  • Prepares all reports and applications related to Title VI
  • Assists in Event planning and coordination
  • Identifies and writes grant applications
  • Analysis of a variety of policies, projects, programs, and issues in support of a function, research initiative, program and/or organizational unit
  • Researches new or changing systems and programs
  • Assists in policy and program planning, develoment, adminstiration, management, and implementation
  • Interprets, monitors and analyzes information regarding policies and procedures
  • Provides consultative services to department administrators and other stakeholders

Required qualifications include the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
  • Near native-level written and oral communication in at least one of the four major Middle Eastern languages, viz. Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish
  • Successful grant-writing portfolio
  • Administrative and fundraising experience, preferably in an educational setting
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills in English
  • Advanced skills analyzing information, problems, situations, policies, or procedures to define the need or objective
  • Proven ability to formulate solutions, new program development, alternative choices and implications for implementation
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, community groups, foundation program officers, and diverse groups to achieve results
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers, managers, and teams
  • Advanced program planning and management of projects
  • Willingness and ability to travel both domestically and internationally
  • Basic website management and development

Preferred qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a field related to Middle Eastern Studies

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