- Associate Director, USA


American Political Science Association


SALARY: Commensurate with experience


REQUIRED EDUCATION: Advanced degree in political science or other social science, Ph.D. preferred REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: 2+ years’ experience in higher education preferred, including experience in teaching and/or academic administration




The Associate Director reports to the Senior Director for Academic Programs, Professional Development, and Congressional Fellowship Program and leads and manages three main areas of the Association’s work: teaching and learning, professional development and departmental services. The position is a unique opportunity to expand APSA’s programming in these three vital areas for the benefit of the APSA membership, the political science discipline, and more broadly, the higher education community.






Reports to: Senior Director for Academic Programs, Professional Development, and Congressional Fellowship Program





Supervises one direct report.






This position is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not eligible for overtime pay. This position is recognized as the specialist/manager for assigned projects or functional area and exercises independent judgment on a variety of issues affecting APSA.






Lead the creation, expansion, and implementation of programming to address issues in political science research, teaching, and service. Specifically:

Lead and expand teaching and learning programming and resources, including the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, teaching workshops at the APSA Centennial Center, APSA on-line resources, and workshops at regional meetings. 

Lead and expand professional development programming and resources especially for graduate students in political science and early career scholars. These efforts could include: career development workshops, research symposia, and roundtables at the Annual Meeting, regional meetings and APSA headquarters, and webinars and online resources to support professional development at diverse career stages.

Lead and expand programming to serve political science departments and department chairs, including Annual Meeting workshops and panels, webinars, and other resources on departmental leadership.

Collaborate with and support APSA committees, including the Council Policy Committee on Teaching and Learning, Status Committees on Community Colleges and Graduate Students, Committee on Departmental Services, and the Teaching and Learning Conference Program Committee.

Additional responsibilities as assigned.





 Advanced degree in political science or related other social science discipline, Ph.D. preferred; 

 Familiarity with current events and issues facing higher education, the social sciences, and the discipline of political science;

2+ years’ experience in higher education preferred, including experience in teaching and/or academic administration;

Strong analytical and public speaking skills and ability to write clearly and concisely;

Excellent organizational skills with high attention to detail and adherence to deadlines;

Adaptability and ability to work in a fast-paced team environment;

Interest in program innovation for faculty, students and administrators in political science;

Superb collaboration skills to work with colleagues across departments at APSA to meet shared goals;

Sound judgment and initiative related to appropriate and independent action and problem-solving;

 Ability to maintain confidentiality while working on sensitive tasks; and,

Fluency in various software and database applications such as Microsoft Office Suite and experience with administrative responsibilities.




To be considered, submit a resume with cover letter indicating how your experience and skills align with the Associate Director, Academic and Professional Development Programs position, as PDF attachments by email to APSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Consideration of applications will begin immediately; the position will remain open until filled.


Job posted on 10th January 2018

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