Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Services

Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Services (Academic Professional)

JOB ID# 229898

Georgia Tech's Professional Development unit in the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Faculty Development (VPGEFD) invites applications for an academic professional with the working title of Assistant Director for Postdoctoral Services. This position will support and advocate for Georgia Tech’s ~400 postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) from across the Colleges of Engineering, Sciences, Computing, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. The candidate selected will enhance postdoctoral training across campus by organizing and communicating professional development and networking opportunities; maintaining processes and policies; and representing and advocating on issues that affect the experience of postdoctoral scholars.


Major responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the leadership of VPGEFD and campus stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of the postdoc community;
  • Plan, develop, facilitate, and assess professional development programs for postdocs;
  • Organize networking and community building events;
  • Create cohort-based programs and orientation materials to support the acclimation of postdocs new to Georgia Tech;
  • Draft newsletters and website content that provides information on resources, polices, and professional development opportunities for postdocs;
  • Maintain connections and communications with faculty, staff, and campus service units that hire and/or provide services to postdoctoral scholars;
  • Collect and evaluate data on institutional climate, resources, and unmet needs for postdoctoral scholars via regular surveys and interviews;
  • Respond to inquiries and provide assistance regarding Institute and Board of Regents policies and processes related to postdocs;
  • Work with the leadership of VPGEFD and campus stakeholders to improve postdoctoral recruitment and mentoring practices across campus;
  • Liaise with on-campus postdoc groups, as well as the National Postdoctoral Association and the national and international discussion on postdoctoral education;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

A terminal degree of Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent is required

Preferred Qualifications

For this non-tenure-track academic faculty position within the job category of Academic Professional (exact rank will depend on the education, experience, and specialization of the selected candidate).

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and creative individual who has a minimum of two years of experience in higher education working with postdocs, graduate students, and/or faculty. We are looking for an energetic and responsive team player with a proven ability to partner across institutional units and make inclusive and ethical practices a priority.

The successful candidate will have experience with developing and delivering professional development resources for postdocs, graduate students, and/or faculty; strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to collaborative effectively; the organizational and event coordination skills to plan and execute programs; the ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with all stakeholders; and an understanding of a research university environment.

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the nation's leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation's top ten public universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers degrees through the Colleges of Design, Computing, Engineering, and Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has almost 4,000 academic and research faculty, over 350 postdocs, over 20,000 graduate students, and 100 graduate degree programs and interdisciplinary research centers that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to America's government, industry, and business.

Proposed Salary

The salary for this position is expected to be in the range of $68,000 to $80,000 per year. The exact start date is negotiable.

Apply Before Date

Initial screening of applicants will begin August 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To submit an application please include a cover letter that addresses your qualifications for this position, a resume/CV, and the names, titles and contact information (email, phone) for five professional references in a single MS Word or PDF file. The selection process will include passing a pre-employment background check and submission of official transcripts.

Contact Information

Please contact Jaydale Poyotte with questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.”

Other Information

This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is not considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position will not travel
This position does not require security clearance.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
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