Associate Director

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The School of Humanities is searching for an Associate Director of the Humanities Research Center (HRC) to work with the Director of the Center, the Faculty Council, the Dean, the Associate Deans, and the faculty in the re-envisioning of our humanities research hub. This will entail generating new humanities initiatives in graduate education, including professionalization for PhDs in the public humanities; generating student research initiatives, including collaborative research labs; and the creation and advancement of community partnerships.

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) in the School of Humanities is an internationally recognized hub for fostering innovative intellectual inquiry in the humanities and the arts at Rice University.

Created in 1987, the HRC is engaged in a process of transformation and renewal led by the center’s faculty council, which is represented by five faculty members across departments and ranks, and the School of Humanities dean and associate deans. We envision a center that shapes and supports research and engagement practices that are locally rooted and globally linked; advances graduate education beyond disciplinary bounds; and raises the visibility and impact of our scholarship and public engagement on key areas of humanistic inquiry.

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree or the equivalent in the humanities, arts, or a related field, administrative experience, training and/or experience in project management, and familiarity with grant-writing in the humanities. 

This position is benefits-eligible, exempt, and has an expected minimum salary of $85,000 (dependent on experience and qualifications).

Working Conditions

Monday – Friday: normal business hours on campus. Occasional extended hours during the evenings and/or on weekends to support events.

Special Instructions to Applicants: All interested applicants must attach a cover letter and a resume in the Supporting Documents section of the application in a PDF format. Please note that the applicant tracking system does not convert attachments in Word format successfully.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Seven years of related experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, collaborative and negotiation skills, ability to work in a team
  • Demonstrated experience in project, program, and event management.
  • Diplomacy, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
  • Ability to develop complex and / or multiple program partnerships and funding sources
  • Knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans
  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic initiatives
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent data analysis skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules 
  • Ability to lead and motivate others

Essential Functions

  • Implements and administers the vision, strategy and goals of the HRC
  • Participates in the strategic development and long-range planning with the aim of generating infrastructural and intellectual resources 
  • Liaises with internal and external partners, building and managing relationships within the community at Rice and beyond
  • Builds a knowledge base with major granting agencies and their priorities and disseminating information about grant opportunities
  • Provides guidance to faculty and students 
  • Manages day-to-day administrative activities within the HRC
  • Maintains an archive of HRC research projects
  • Oversees the operations, administration and evaluation of HRC supported programs
  • Develops and implements strategies related to outreach, events, communications, development, partnerships and fundraising / funding
  • May be responsible for grant preparation and submission or research administration
  • Completes other duties as needed or assigned


  • Master’s degree, terminal degree, or graduate training in a humanities, arts or related discipline
  • Experience in a university setting or granting agency
  • Training in the Humanities and the arts or related fields
  • Professional experience in complex project management with successful outcomes
  • Experience working successfully in an interdisciplinary setting with multiple units

Application deadline: 11:59pm CT on May 29, 2023

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