Deputy Director

Deputy Director

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), an educational institute/think tank devoted to the study of international migration, seeks to hire a full-time deputy director. The senior staff position will work closely with CMS’s Executive Director (ED) and lead CMS in building its research function.  The deputy director’s responsibilities will include oversight of CMS’s research function, fundraising for social science research projects, representation of the agency in relevant stakeholder and working group meetings, and administrative responsibilities.  CMS hopes to attract an innovative and dynamic leader who will identify, develop, manage, and deliver research projects utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods and project management skills. The ideal candidate will write and edit well, and have administrative and fundraising experience.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Conceptualizing, structuring and implementing research projects.
  • Participating on advisory teams and working with CMS’s partners on collaborative research projects.
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders (including UN officials, academics, policymakers, non-governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, and others).
  • Co-authoring proposals and grants to secure funding.
  • Ensuring that project deliverables and reporting meet funders’ expectations.
  • Supporting the delivery of knowledge and the dissemination of work product, including reports, briefs, blogs, presentations, policy briefings, academic conferences, and others.

General Qualifications:

  • A completed postgraduate degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant social science discipline.
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience in research applied to social issues, particularly pertaining to migration in the Americas, through working in academia and/or within research organizations.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet project deadlines, and follow through on issues in a timely manner.
  • A track record of organizing and leading research projects, preferably in immigration and refugee communities.
  • Experience with leading, managing and working in collaborative teams.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to summarize and synthesize complex information accurately and concisely.
  • Experience presenting research results to diverse audiences, including academics, policymakers, and the general public. Experience speaking to the media is desirable.
  • Experience writing both academic and non-academic grant applications preferred.
  • Familiarity with New York City policies and immigrant groups would be an asset.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and supportively with Catholic immigrant-serving institutions.

Research Qualifications

  • Experience developing and testing questionnaires for surveys and qualitative interviews.
  • Ability to use software such as Qualtrics or SurveyGizmo to program surveys.
  • Experience conducting interviews, focus groups, and/or surveys about sensitive topics such as health or immigration status.
  • Experience working with Institutional Review Boards.

Technical Qualifications:

  • Experience working with data from Census Bureau surveys such as the American Community Survey. Familiarity with Census Bureau variables and methodologies and an understanding of survey sampling and weighting are preferred. 
  • High intermediate to advanced programming proficiency in STATA, R, or another statistical language. An intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with making simple maps on R, Tableau, or ArcGIS is an asset.

The annual salary for this position is $87,500 – $92,500, commensurate with experience. CMS offers excellent benefits, including a generous health insurance plan, dental and vision coverage, and a tax-deferred annuity plan.  Proficiency in Spanish and other languages preferred.

The position is full-time and based in New York City. However, telecommuting is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit a letter of interest by December 31, 2020, with a resume or curriculum vitae and original writing sample to Daniela Alulema, CMS’s Director of Programs, at [email protected]. The resume/CV should include a summary of past, current and future research projects, publications, education and employment. Please also indicate your availability. 

The position is open until filled and applications are accepted immediately. Due to the high volume of applications, CMS cannot return phone calls about the position, and regrettably, cannot notify all applicants of the status of their applications unless an interview is requested.

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