A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

START Opens Search for Assistant Director for Education

Position Announcement: Assistant Director for Education National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) The START Assistant Director for Education is a full-time position at the headquarters of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. START is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

The Assistant Director for Education works with scholars (including faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students) to help START train a new generation of homeland security specialists. Towards this goal, the Assistant Director for Education manages existing START programs, develops new education-related initiatives, and works with the Department of Homeland Security to shape and implement educational and training programs. More specifically, the Assistant Director for Education will:

  • Manage programs that involve undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers in START's work (respond to student queries; process applications; keep students informed of START activities and professional development opportunities; and work with the business manager to supervise student funding)
  • Work within UMD to involve START in the undergraduate curriculum, graduate programs, and emerging professional programs
  • Identify sources of external funding, prepare proposals and manage funded projects to support START's educational mission
  • Manage START involvement in training initiatives for the public and private sector
  • Work directly with DHS on DHS educational initiatives involving the Centers of Excellence
  • Conduct assessments and evaluations of ongoing START educational programs
  • Complete reporting requirements related to educational programs
  • Provide advice and assistance to consortium members on developing education programs
  • Establish and maintain clearinghouse of teaching materials related to terrorism and the social/behavioral sciences
  • Be an active member of the START leadership team

Requirements for this position include:

  • Master's degree (Ph.D. preferred)
  • 3 to 5 years experience in higher education, preferably working with students, delivering instruction, or administering academic programs. Relevant experience in a non-profit environment or in government may be considered
  • Demonstrated interest in the area of homeland security and/or disaster research
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • High level of comfort with computer technology (esp. Microsoft Office and some experience with HTML/web page development)
  • Candidates with grant-writing and grant-management experience are preferred.

Salary: starting at $58,000 (and commensurate with experience) Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: infostart@start.umd.edu with the subject line "Education Position" Search is scheduled to close on September 23rd, so please submit materials by that time.