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Academic Coordinator - Area Studies (Middle East, East Asia, Latin America)

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 8th, 2019
Last review date: Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The College of Letters and Sciences, along with the Institute for Social Behavioral and Economic Research, at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an Academic Coordinator I position. This is a full-time, calendar-year position. The initial appointment will be through June 30, 2020.

Directors of the Centers representing the Middle East, East Asia, and Latin America, are seeking an Academic Coordinator to administratively prepare, develop, and implement a range of events, including talks, workshops, and conferences. The Academic Coordinator also documents and manages an ongoing process intended to create synergies and shared projects among these three Centers, as well as with the Orfalea Center, while maintaining their independence by identifying and developing collaborative opportunities for research funding. The Academic Coordinator also pursues relationships with local K-12 schools for the purpose of Center-related outreach, as relevant.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of a year-long internal process of dialogue and collective work among the participants in this area studies / global studies endeavor.
  • Planning, advertising, graphics, logistics, and administration for approximately 50 sponsored events and 3-6 small conferences.
  • Helping to develop and coordinate Center-related community outreach efforts.
  • Overseeing e-mail communications/announcements to be sent to affiliated faculty members, graduate students, alumni, and majors, as relevant.
  • Maintaining and updating Center websites, as relevant.

Directors of the Centers are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Minimum qualifications: The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is the completion of all requirements for an MA (or equivalent terminal degree) at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications: Degree in an area studies department or related discipline, at least one year of administrative experience, completed or near-completed Ph.D., experience working in, or awareness of the conversations in, area studies, and grant writing experience.

For primary consideration, interested candidates should use the following link to submit a completed application including cover letter and updated CV by January 27, 2019. Ideally, two letters of reference, to be submitted on applicant's behalf directly to the system, should also be received by this date.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required