Director, Social Science Research Center
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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 190300 - Social Science Research
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Position Open Date: Sep 9 2021
The Director of the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) has administrative
and leadership responsibility for the development and conduct of social
science research at the university level and has the obligation and
responsibility to oversee and execute the mission of the SSRC. Housed on the
main MSU campus, the SSRC encompasses multiple projects and locations across
the state of Mississippi with 13 laboratories and units employing over 250
people. This 12-month appointment reports to the Vice Presidents of the Office
of Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine. Tenure in an academic department may be
Salary Grade: 21
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The SSRC was established at Mississippi State University in 1950 to promote,
enhance, and facilitate social science research and related scholarly
activities. The SSRC is committed to 1) conducting objective, rigorous and
unbiased research on social, economic, political, human resource, and social-
environmental problems facing the state, nation and world; 2) providing a
support system for the university to plan, develop, secure funding for, and
conduct social research on problems of interest to the scientific community
and to consumers of research findings; 3) maintaining a mechanism whereby
existing social science research capabilities in the university can be matched
with funding sources; 4) contributing to the university's graduate and
undergraduate program by involving students in research projects through
assistantships and other work arrangements; and 5) offering a vehicle for
unique social research and public service programs that do not fit more
traditional academic structures.
The Center recognizes the importance of combining the expertise and capacities
of multiple institutions, disciplines, and professions in addressing complex
problems. To this end, state-of-the-art units and laboratories have been
established within the center, including the Survey Research Lab, Data Science
for the Social Sciences Lab, Gender Impacts Lab, Tobacco Control Unit, and the
Evaluation and Research Group, among others.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide vision and leadership for the SSRC.
2. Monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness; identify
areas needing improvement; develop strategic planning measures to effect
change and improvements.
3. Develop and manage annual budgets for the organization; identify, secure,
and administer program funding from a variety of sources (e.g., state,
federal, and private entities).
4. Facilitate, promote, and support the work of multiple independent
researchers affiliated with the Center, while nurturing cross-sector
collaboration and diversity of expertise, ideas, and disciplines.
5. Promote the SSRC and the university in local, state, and national settings
with government agencies, foundations, and other entities.
6. Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing
to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversee
recruitment, training, mentoring, supervision, and evaluation of Center staff.
7. Ensure compliance with relevant federal, state, and University regulations
and accreditation standards as they relate to operating policies and
8. Participate in the development of University policies and procedures,
serving on planning and policy-making committees at the university, state, and
• Ph.D. in relevant field
• Extensive experience with funded research
• 4+ years of management experience
• Administrative experience at a university-based research center
• Established record of successful interdisciplinary research in a PI or
• Ability to mentor new and established faculty, graduate students, and
• Experience working with state and public agencies and foundations
• Understanding of applied and policy-relevant research
• Strong focus on principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Experience managing large budgets with transparency
• Ability to support the land-grant mission of the institution
Instructions for Applying:
Applicants should submit a letter of interest expressing their interest in the
position, unique qualifications, and vision for directing the SSRC along with
a curriculum vitae and contact information for 3-5 professional references.
Applicants must complete the Personal Data Information form found at
www. jobs.msstate.edu. For more information about this position and the SSRC
contact Devon Brenner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-3570 or visit
the SSRC website (https: // ssrc.msstate.edu/). Applications will be accepted
until the position is filled.
Position is contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity,
sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic
information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any
other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and
applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share
our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in
our student population.
Advertised: Sep 09 2021 Central Daylight Time