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Associate Director
About the Position: The Associate Director performs all functions associated with the day-to-day operation of the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) including: budgeting, reporting, program promotion, personnel administration, procurement and administration of external grants. The Associate Director also facilitates and conducts policy research and authors BPRI publications (periodic policy briefs, and other reports).
About the College/Department: Formed in 2005, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. This research is vital because borders are critical to the movement of people, goods and information in the global economy. The University established the BPRI to further its mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the United States and Canada. The BPRI is located at Western Washington University, a comprehensive state university, with almost 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school.  Western is located in Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.  With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Position Responsibilities:
  • Conduct original research and write/publish findings
  • Work directly with other researchers (faculty, fellows, graduate students, etc.) to foster, develop and finalize research projects
  • Administer and oversee BPRI programs such as: recruitment of project-specific researchers; recruitment of Thesis Fellows; Border Colloquium quarterly lecture series; annual External Advisory Board meetings
  • Establish annual budget and track compliance; complete associated tasks using Banner or Millennium Finance
  • Locate suitable funding programs, write grant applications and manage grant-funded programs post-award
  • Do needs-determinations, write and post job descriptions, interview, complete hiring forms, and train and supervise student research associates
  • Represent the BPRI at policy forums, academic meetings and public/private associations; present findings; maintain network of contacts within policy community
  • Maintain BPRI website; maintain BPRI listserv; order supplies
  • Serve as Acting Director, in absence of Director
  • Provide research and academic guidance to student employees

Working conditions:  Most work is conducted in an office setting. Some work is conducted in an outdoor setting at ports-of-entry.
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or higher from a program that includes analytical/research methods and a public policy emphasis
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, written, presentation and graphics
  • Excellent public policy analytical skills, with emphasis on data analysis/statistics
  • Demonstrated skill at producing written and verbal products suitable for policy (non-academic) as well as academic audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to create, develop and implement new veins of research without regular supervision, including conducting field research at borders
  • Evidence of success in obtaining grants or demonstrated ability to secure external funding
  • Ability to travel regionally (by car), nationally and internationally (by air)
  • Ability to obtain security clearance from US Customs and Border Protection and Canadian Border Services Agency
  • Knowledge of fundamentals of budget and personnel administration
  • Knowledge of analytical methods using standard computer applications such as Excel, Access, SPSS or Stata (or equivalent)
  • Proven ability to collaborate and work efficiently with diverse persons such as government officials, businesspersons, media, faculty, staff and students
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Extensive knowledge of border studies or related areas (i.e. immigration, international trade, homeland security, freight transportation, emergency management, cross-border environmental issues, etc.)
  • Prior teaching experience at the college or university level
  • Record of academic or policy accomplishment on the Canada-US or US-Mexico border
  • Skill and experience with GIS software (i.e. ArcGIS)
  • Skill and experience with website maintenance (HTML or WordPress, or equivalent)
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Applications must be submitted via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment at www.wwu.edu/jobs. Please include a cover letter addressing your experience related to the required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Semifinalists will be asked to provide a writing sample. Interviews for finalists will include a practical exercise involving use of a computer to analyze a dataset and write a short memo interpreting the results of the analysis.
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Job Posted: 8/6/2013
Closing Date Notes: Search is continuing - applications welcomed; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 130390
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

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