Program Assistant | Inter-Asia Program
Social Science Research Council - Brooklyn, NY

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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), an independent, nonprofit international organization, seeks applications for the position of Program Assistant to the Inter-Asia Program.

Description The SSRC is an independent, nonprofit international organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It does this through a variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, and publications.

The SSRC invites applications for the position of Program Assistant to the Inter-Asia Program. The SSRC's Inter-Asia initiative seeks to reconceptualize Asia as a dynamic and interconnected formation spanning the Middle East (including Turkey), Central Asia, Russia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Program activities so far have included three international conferences—in Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong—and plans are currently underway for a fourth that will take place in Istanbul (October 2013). Discussions at the first three events focused on ways to move beyond the territorial fixities of area-studies research without discounting the importance of contextually grounded, place-based knowledge. Program activities also include a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship competition, which aims to support innovative transregional research, and a newly launched collaborative research initiative focused on the interrelation of media, activism, and politics.

Bachelor of arts or bachelor of sciences degree
• Previous work experience with or detailed knowledge of countries in Asia—including the Middle East and Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia
• Proficiency in one or more languages of the region (preferred)
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and a high degree of professionalism
• Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
• Experience or familiarity with website and database development (preferred)
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and respond flexibly to changing demands
• Proficiency in MS Office (including Word, Excel, and Outlook), database management, and Internet applications
• Ability to multitask and prioritize daily activities to meet competing deadlines
• 1–2 years administrative, research, or related work experience in a nonprofit or academic environment (preferred)
• Ability to travel internationally (5%–10%)
Support program staff with overall administration of the program.
• Maintain and develop the program’s online presence, including managing program pages, drafting website content, and maintaining social media account(s).
• Aid in the selection process of committee members, including maintaining a database of and correspondence with potential members.
• Assist in production of advertising and program outreach materials.
• Draft program correspondence.
• Assist in the production of publications, including web publications that arise from program-funded activities.
• Serve as liaison to Inter-Asia workshop and conference participants, program fellows, and other program researchers.
• Plan on- and off-site workshops and meetings; this includes handling logistical support, agenda preparation, and all related correspondence with workshop participants, as well as supporting program participants.
• Provide additional support for program workshops and meetings (e.g., take meeting notes, write up meeting summaries, etc.).
• Assist with financial budgets and expenses.
• Conduct library, archival, and other research support tasks for related projects (papers, books, presentations, blogs, etc.).
• Research key developments in the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.
Administrative tasks include but not limited to preparing meeting materials; maintaining files, databases, and spreadsheets; and updating program websites and materials. Additional responsibilities and projects may be assigned as directed, depending on interest and capacity.
Terms, Salary and Benefits Annual salary is $30,000. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; $1,500 annual tuition and/or student loan reimbursement; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.