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USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education is seeking an Associate Director to lead its monitoring and evaluation portfolio. This position reports to the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation.
USC Shoah Foundation USC Shoah Foundation develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony. By recording and preserving audiovisual testimonies of eyewitnesses to genocide and crimes against humanity, we give voice to survivors and share their life histories and experiences with the world. The Instituteâs effortsÂ in research, education and outreach are rooted in the Visual History Archive, a repository containing 55,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses to genocide and crimes against humanity. The vast majority of the documented experiences are about the Holocaust. The Archive also includes hundreds of eyewitness testimonies of genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Guatemala, and Rwanda, the Nanjing Massacre, and most recently anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar and current antisemitic violence in Europe and the United States. The Archive represents testimonies taken in 43 languages and recorded in 65 countries.
The Research Division at USC Shoah Foundation â The Institute for Visual History and Education seeks to foster, produce, and disseminate original research grounded in the Instituteâs Visual History Archive through its variety of programs and activities developed and managed by the Senior Director, including by sponsoring scholar and innovation labs, research awards, public presentations and convenings. Further, the Research Division aims to create opportunities for creative interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote linkages among scholars while producing and sharing important discoveries with the community at large. The Senior Director plays an important role in facilitating these linkages through targeted outreach and engagements with university scholars, schools, units and organizations both at USC and internationally through partnership development and other types of engagements.
The Research Division also undertakes and facilitates monitoring and evaluation activities that are foundational to the Instituteâs strategic plan. With dozens of active programs throughout the Institute, monitoring and evaluation is essential to quality assurance, program improvement and sustainability. As such, the Senior Director, in collaboration with Institute leadership and Associate Director â Evaluation, is responsible for measuring impact of the Instituteâs programmatic efforts and maintaining an Institute-wide, evidence-based approach to innovation, decision-making and program development and sustainability.
The incumbent will manage budgets, establish, refine and codify work processes, oversee establishment of data management and retrieval systems to streamline work processes, and develop and maintain internal communications mechanisms. The Senior Director is responsible for maintaining a positive customer service culture within the division. The Senior Director will have 2 direct-reports and oversee fellows and interns as well.
Establishes and executes the Instituteâs research & evaluation strategy in support of the mission, including development of the divisionâs strategic and action plans for research investment, operations and fundraising
Identifies trends and needs of relevant fields and establishes program directions accordingly
engage faculty, scholars, decision makers and others in the Divisionâs programs and initiatives that facilitate production and dissemination of scholarship
Create and implement a multi-pronged research dissemination plan to promote the Instituteâs efforts and communicate impact
Establish the Divisionâs R & D program (Innovation Lab) to support the Instituteâs growth and development: processes, workflows and documentation
Monitoring and Evaluation
Design and implement monitoring and evaluation plans for internal teams to monitor and assess programs and other efforts in support of the mission
Create and disseminate reports, summaries and other documentation to stakeholders, both internal and external
Develop broad/interdisciplinary partnership with stakeholders, including scholars, university schools, departments and other units to engage in research and evaluation efforts.
Establish dissemination of evaluation results with stakeholders in a variety of forms, including on Institute platforms
Institute Service Model
Develop and implement Institute-wide service model to support program development, evaluation and sustainability
Create reports and other documentation for research and M & E activities for teams
Develop processes and workflows to streamline requests and reporting
Programming and Events
o Develop programming in support of research efforts in close collaboration with subject matter experts, external stakeholders and others:
o Scholar Lab Program
o Research Incentive Programs
o Presentations, workshops and convenings
o Work closely with communications and media groups to develop communications plans for the division generally (website) and for programming and events specifically.
Management and Operations
Codify the Divisionâs protocols and policies to streamlines areas of work (e.g. scholar requests, VHA inquiries, etc.)
Prepare reports and other content in support of stewardship efforts
Partnership development and Relationship Building
Develop and implement a partnership strategy to engage key stakeholders that can support the Divisionâs efforts to engage scholars, disseminate information and increase the Instituteâs profile
Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships within the Institute to advance divisionâs goals, including leadership, area leads, lay leadership and advancement team
Cultivates and maintain strategic relationships within the university to advance research goals, including academic departments, administrative units, USCâs Institutional Review Board and others
Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with external research partners to advance research goals, including other universities, organizations, and others
Serve as an accessible and supportive senior leader within the Division and Institute, as the work of the division is in large part, a service unit of the Institute and working collaboratively across stakeholders will be key to success for this role
QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES
Minimum PhD degree social sciences, humanities, evaluation (e.g., social research, research methodologies, measurement and evaluation, for example) or relevant field.
Minimum 7 years of experience in leading a research unit at a higher education institution, non-profit or similar context.
Extensive experience working with scholarly communities, researchers, professional organizations is required.
Progressive experience conducting and overseeing evaluation in a higher education context or non-profit organization, including evaluation design and implementation such as
5-7 year of experience managing staff and/or unit within a complex organization.
Experience using data management systems, including for data entry, extraction, and analysis is of special interest (e.g. Microsoft Excel, SPSS, Nvivo, Tableau, and other tools.)
Experience creating systems and work processes to support collection, analysis, and reporting of data for program development and organizational learning
Strong project management skills and experience using project management tools
Demonstrated ability to lead strategy, charting out and implementing action plans to achieve ambitious goals
Strong communication skills that enable the incumbent to be a strong external representative of the Instituteâs work as well as an internal leader with influence.
Cultivation of own line of research and dissemination a plus
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated experience working within educational environments (e.g. K-12, higher education, non-profit)
Knowledge and experience working in any of the following general areas: k-12 teaching, classroom-based evaluation; diversity, equity and inclusion; genocide/mass atrocity, human rights, antisemitism, oral history/testimony/memory studies
Personal Qualities and Attributes
Understanding and commitment to USC Shoah Foundationâs mission
Demonstrated commitment to diversity; someone who views others with an assets-based lens, values all individuals and respects differences
Energized by rapidly evolving and changing environments and adaptable
Has a passion for data in a way that is accessible and inviting for all levels of evaluation knowledge and interest
Strong ability to effectively articulate the case for support of the Instituteâs research and evaluation work
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple priorities at once and understand the importance of balancing needs of multiple stakeholders and competing demands
Collaborative, team-driven work style
Superior organizational, time-management and follow-up skills
Goal and metrics-oriented
Demonstrates sensitivity and good judgement
Interest and commitment to equity and social justice issues
Autonomous, self-directed and proactive
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Minimum Education:Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:7 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Directly related program management experience. Expert knowledge of field, teaching experience and/or active in research. Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraise.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.