Director/Sr. Research Associate for the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)
The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) was founded in 1981 to provide research support services to social science researchers at Cornell University. Programs are tailored to the needs of faculty, research staff, and graduate students from departments across campus. CISER's mission is reflected in its suite of services: a state-of-the-art computing environment, support for the latest statistical software packages, enclaves for restricted data use, and a variety of personalized consulting services. Additional information is available at http://ciser.cornell.edu.
In consultation with the Vice Provost for the Social Sciences and CISER’s faculty advisory committee, the CISER Director provides strategic leadership for all aspects of the operation. The primary focus must be on providing computing and data resources that anticipate researchers’ future needs. Accomplishing this goal will require the Director to demonstrate leadership in articulating goals, program planning and budget administration, human resource and operations management, and communication and marketing.
Strategic planning and budgeting: Develop, implement, evaluate, and revise CISER’s strategic plan consistent with the overall vision and funding. The strategic plan and annual budget will identify demand for CISER resources and programs, and ensure the continuing financial health of CISER operations.
Human resource management: Staff, steward, manage and report on the organization with transparency and integrity. This involves supporting the professional development of employees; creating and maintaining a work environment that builds talent to ensure the continuity of leadership for CISER; providing performance management through feedback and coaching; and addressing performance issues in a timely and responsible manner. The Director participates in the hiring process as appropriate.
Management of CISER operations: Responsible for managing the operations including, the Cornell Census Research Data Center (RDC), the Cornell Restricted Access Data Center (CRADC), computing systems support, data archive services, data analysis software workshops and consulting services, and administrative services. The Director determines the overall organizational structure for CISER operations, and ensures that users’ research needs are met efficiently.
Research and publication: Sustain relationships with appropriate external academic and research communities. This can include peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, participation in annual meetings, research workshop presentations, and research collaborations. Sponsored academic research is not required, but the Director may participate in sponsored projects housed in other units of the University with the permission of the Vice Provost for Social Sciences.
- Required Degree and Experience Requirements:
- PhD degree in sociology, economics, psychology, political science, statistics, or a related field with a quantitative focus.
- At least 10 years of experience.
- Demonstrated technical, administrative, and leadership skills are essential.
- Ability to serve as technical/discipline resource, providing content, methodological and strategic input.
- Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Proven ability to lead staff and organizations in new and creative directions, including ability to articulate the vision for those directions.
- Demonstrated communication and relationship-building skills.
- Demonstrated experience in program management and supervision.
- Knowledge of effective management practices and procedures including working knowledge of fiscal planning, budget management, and personnel management.
- Working knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and ability to apply it in administrative and research contexts.
- Flexible and cooperative approach to problem solving.
- Commitment to diversity and to creating an organizational culture that appreciates and respects differences.
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and tact.
- Excellent judgment and high level of initiative are critical.
- Term of Appointment and Re-appointment Review
- The Director will be appointed to a fixed term contract for five years.
- The Director's performance will be reviewed annually by the Vice Provost for Social Sciences.
- The Director may be re-appointed to additional five-year contracts.
- The review for re-appointment will occur during the Directors fourth year and the decision to renew will be made at that time.
Application review will begin on December 1, 2007. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.
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