Assistant Professor of Political Science
Rutgers The State University
United States

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Recruitment/Posting Title Assistant Research Professor - CY (NTT)
Department Eagleton Institute of Politics
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, seeks a full-time, calendar year, Assistant Research Professor for the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP). 
The Assistant Research Professor will continue to advance the work of the Center while also conducting their own research and teaching. In this role, the Assistant Research Professor will direct CYPP’s educational and public service efforts to meet its mission to advance the political learning of high school and college students and civic action among young adults, including those holding and running for office. The candidate will direct the administration of all aspects of the Program, including: 

    • RU Ready- a civic engagement initiative designed to provide high school students with the tools and encouragement to be civically and politically engaged in their communities.
    • RU Voting- a project focused upon engaging Rutgers students in local, state, and national elections that serves as a model for other colleges and universities.
    • The Young Elected Leaders Project & RU Running – research regarding young adults holding office and a campaign training for college students. 


Reporting to the Institute’s director, the Assistant Research Professor will have the following key duties:
  • Developing and managing all aspects of the Center for Youth Political Participation including but not limited to:
 o day-to-day direction such as strategic planning, operational planning, assessment and evaluation, communication, events.
 o overseeing CYPP’s program manager who is responsible for managing RU Voting, RU Ready, and the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award.
 o drafting and overseeing the Center’s budget.
 o developing and maintaining productive relationships with various public and private institutions and stakeholders as well as donors, supporters, and alumni.
  • Teaching the “Topics in Political Science Course: the Darien Civic Engagement Project” (fall and spring) and working with the program manager to recruit students for the course.
  • At the request of the director, teaching additional courses as needed and requested.
  • Obtaining external funding to maintain and build the Center by identifying and writing grant applications, preparing promotional documents, identifying and cultivating donors.
  • Expanding on the Center’s current research agenda and seeking ways to link the study of teaching youth political participation with the practice.
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities to expand the Center across the University and even beyond the University, which may include developing a research agenda or producing academic content.
Position Status Full Time
Posting Number 24FA0002
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Minimum Education and Experience
Ph.D. in political science or closely related field or J.D. Academic experience in higher education and program management strongly preferred. Professional experience with issues related to youth political participation and civic engagement strongly preferred as well as a demonstrated knowledge of state and national political and electoral systems.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
· Strong leadership skills, personal initiative, self-motivation, adaptable, and innovative.
· Entrepreneurial and problem-solving attitude with strong organizational and management skills, sound judgement, and multidisciplinary project planning skills.
· Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and verbal communications skills.
· Pedagogical experience and a mindset for pedagogical growth and advancement.
· Efficient and detail-oriented.
· Strong interpersonal skills and comfort meeting and working with a broad range of people — from high-level public officials to faculty to students.
· Ability to independently manage multiple tasks and short deadlines in high-stress situations.
· Prior success in collaborating on complex projects with multidisciplinary stakeholders.
· Comfortable working for an organization that is political yet non-partisan and straddles the worlds of politics and academia.
· Advanced understanding of American politics in general and New Jersey politics and government specifically, whether through coursework, professional experience, or personal involvement.
· Experience in grant writing and institutional fundraising as well as program development.
· Event planning experience.
· Organizational social media management or communication proficiency.
Equipment Utilized
Must be proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) and standard office equipment. Must be available to work some evenings and weekends. Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver’s license is required.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Eagleton offices are located within a historic building with no elevator. The duties of this position regularly involve navigating stairs numerous times a day. An applicant may request a reasonable accommodation if they have a disability that restricts them in their ability to climb and/or navigate stairs.
The Center for Youth Political Participation advances the political learning of young people and equips them to be active citizens and leaders. For young people to assume their place in the political process, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of political participation must be taught. Through education, research, and public service, CYPP plays a lead role locally and nationally in fostering and promoting the active citizenship and leadership of future generations.
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Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
City New Brunswick
State NJ
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Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
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