The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), located in the Global and International Studies Building, was founded in 1963 (originally as the Latin American Studies Program) as an umbrella organization uniting Latin Americanists from across Indiana University (IU). CLACS, as part of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a pivotal site for research, instruction, and outreach focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. CLACS also sponsors a wide range of lectures, conferences, and events highlighting aspects of the region's cultures, societies, and languages, in addition to providing information on Latin American and the Caribbean to local, regional, and national constituencies.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides interdisciplinary academic programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, including an undergraduate minor and area certificate, a Master's degree, three-year dual Master's degree programs, and a doctoral minor and certificate.
Plans, directs and implements programs or events, including the creation of materials to support these events.
Provides staff communications and serves as liaison to program participants, collaborators in other units, community partners, vendors and the public; approves staff purchase requests; arranges staff travel, accommodations, and research activities.
Provides mechanisms, training, and advice on a variety of issues such as budget management software and advanced strategies for timely spending of grant funds. May be responsible for meeting revenue targets.
Recruits, trains, directs, schedules, and evaluates faculty and staff partners, students and volunteers. Mentors, serves as a resource and provides guidance to team staff members as needed.
Researches available grants and works closely with managers to identify funding needs and potential sources, creates grant proposals that further advance support of the program and program participants; May be responsible for meeting revenue targets.
Constructs and administers program budgets and approves spending. Tracks progress on deliverables, analyzes data on projected spending and prepares reports for higher management and funding sources.
Keep abreast of best practices to recommend policies and procedures that deliver a quality program experience.
Department Specific Responsibilities:
Specifically, this position manages and implements the CLACS Title VI grant; identifies and writes new funding opportunities for CLACS; works with the director of CLACS to enhance student recruitment; Promotes and advertises CLACS' degree and certificate programs; Searches out curriculum development opportunities and coordinates course submissions; oversees the administrative and financial functions of CLACS; coordinates CLACS programming and student support; hires and supervises GAs and hourly staff; and directs outreach activities to K-12 students and teachers, academia and general audience.
In collaboration with the Director of Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the associate director will also help create new strategic directions and plans for the center, as well as maintain communication with and support of affiliated faculty.
Works with the CLACS Director to enhance student recruitment, develop strategies for dual and joint degrees, minors, and certificates, coordinate curricular submissions with HLS scheduling officer, promote and advertise CLACS' degree and certificate programs. Searches out curriculum development opportunities. Consults with College, HLS Graduate Administrative Services, and campus administration on course expectations and education policy.
The associate director is responsible for maintaining Center's websites, listservs, and promotional materials, assuring that the image and visibility of the Center reflects its vision and mission; coordinates production of weekly bulletins, newsletters, and other promotional materials; works to ensure optimal dissemination of Center programming information to relevant constituencies; communicates individually and collectively with Center constituencies to explain decisions, requests assistance, and maintains healthy collaborative relationships. Works to expand the scope and reach of followers of CLACS events and programs through multiple media outlets.
Master's degree in a related field.
2 years in a related field.
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.
Proficient communication skills.
Maintains a high degree of professionalism.
Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills.
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality.
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty.
Highly thorough and dependable.
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure.
Advanced knowledge and skills in either Spanish or Portuguese.
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
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