Research Director

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 03, 2021
Feb 24, 2022
Full Time
Research Director The Gray Center is the nation's leader for research on the intersection of constitutional law and the administrative state, and it is seeking a Research Director to help lead our scholarly initiatives.Each year, the Gray Center undertakes a variety of programs, from private research roundtables to public policy conferences, to incubate and debate new papers on constitutional law, administrative law, and regulatory policy. Our participants include academics, judges, policymakers, and practitioners. The Research Director will work with the Center's leadership to build these programs from the ground up: identifying important issues; recruiting authors, speakers, and other participants; and managing all other aspects of our research programs. The Research Director will also work closely with the Center's leadership on their own research activities. This is an ideal role for someone interested in constitutional law, the administrative state, regulatory policy, and the broader world of ideas and policy.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Responsibilities: Building Research Roundtables by identifying and researching topics and recruiting authors and discussants;Organizing topics and speakers for Public Policy Conferences. The Research Director will also draft and edit promotional materials for the conferences, including the web site, emails, and brochures;The Research Director manages the Center's Policy Briefs. These are written by expert authors from around the country, but often the Research Director will need to edit of the papers for content, as well as for form and style;The Research Director will support the Center's Executive Directors in their research; andThe Research Director will contribute content to the Center's various media, including newsletter, tweets, annual reports and podcasts. Required Qualifications: JD/Masters degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Law, political science or another field closely related to public administration or administrative law;Excellent organizational skills, with the proven ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities effectively;Self-starter, highly motivated and detail oriented;Ability to interact with people at all levels, including high-level officials in government and academia, in a professional manner and in different settings;Excellent written and oral communication skills;Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings (when the Center has events); andExperience with Microsoft Office suite as well as strong database experience.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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