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Memory Project/Special Projects Manager, Democracy Initiative

Company: University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Democracy Initiative and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a new Memory Project/Special Projects Manager position. The Democracy Initiative is an exciting and ambitious interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement effort bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. The Democracy Projects and rotating Labs promote faculty and student research, teaching, and public engagement.

The Memory Project's goals are to inform discussion about the politics and practice of memory and to promote an ethos of inclusion in public spaces and institutions. The Project both studies how memory is produced and reproduced, and seeks to participate in, catalyze and scale that process through support for educational initiatives and production of media and the arts, as well as public history and commemorative events. Its work is largely forward-facing and applied, bringing together theoretical investigation of the politics of memory with direct engagement with its real-world effects.

The Memory Project's work is centered on Charlottesville, Virginia, which in recent years has become a pivotal space to define and shape broader debates about memory in the United States. The Project also works with partners in Richmond, Virginia and Greensboro, North Carolina, and in every instance, it draws on approaches being developed by communities to democratize the creation of public memory and develop models that cultivate forms of memory that promote democratic values.

The Project Manager works independently but in coordination with the faculty director of the Memory Project to develop and manage the program. More specifically, the position is responsible for project management, fiscal administration, communications, event planning, grant writing, and other such administrative functions. The successful candidate will be committed to the social sciences and policy studies within a liberal arts tradition, and demonstrate interest in racial justice advocacy.

Additional project management may include event curation, assisting with internal and external communication efforts, managing Lab/project selection processes, and working with UVA and external partners to amplify the work of the Democracy Initiative.

The position will send 60% of their time in support of the Memory Project, and 40% of their time on special projects as assigned by Democracy Initiative leadership.

Job Description:

* Gain familiarity with the entire scope and requirements of the Memory Project. * Working with the project workplan, oversee deadlines and make recommendations to project leadership. * Ensure that the Memory Project Faculty Director, the Democracy Initiative Co-Directors, and other key stakeholders are aware of project status and any barriers to successful project performance. * Develop appropriate methods to handle information. Interpret information and make informed decisions based on analysis. * Ensure that the Project is in compliance with organizational policies and procedures. * Manage project budgets, handle financial transactions, and facilitate human resources needs of the Memory Project and other special projects. * Participate in public and private event planning and execution. * Track and communicate impact of The Memory Project and other special projects. * Maintain website and social media accounts for the Memory Project and other special projects. * In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

This position requires a bachelor's degree with at least two years' experience in program or project management, administrative coordination, or academic affairs. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

* Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a complex environment. * Demonstrated skills in team building and collaboration, cultivating relationships with partner faculty, and in navigating complex internal and external relationships are also required. * Track record of demonstrating a high degree of initiative, flexibility and will have the skills to shape and be shaped by an evolving initiative program. * Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Microsoft PowerPoint is required. * Experience with social media and website management (Drupal) preferred.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $65K to $70K depending upon qualifications and experience.

To apply:

Apply online at search for posting #R0023774 (or through Workday for internal applicants), complete the application, and attach the following:

* Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.*

1. Cover letter - addressing why you are interested in this position, how your experience has prepared you and demonstrated experience working with underrepresented groups.

2. CV/Resume

3. Contact information for 3 references

* Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.*

For questions about the position, please contact Ellen Ochs, at For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

Keywords: University of Virginia, Charlottesville , Memory Project/Special Projects Manager, Democracy Initiative, Other , Charlottesville, Virginia

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