A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

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


START Opens Search for Assistant Director for Education

September 1, 2006

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.


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