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Institute/Center Director-Management

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Asc Prov For Univ Outreach & Engagement
Department: Julian Samora Research Institute 10038407
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Position Summary

 The JSRI Institute Director will guide the unit to align with the UOE and Michigan State University strategic plans (MSU 2030 and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). Primary responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the chief administrative officer of JSRI.  
  • Engage and create equitable collaborative partnerships with Latino communities across Michigan. 
  • Engage in fundraising, development activities, and external relations. 
  • Provide leadership for daily operations, staff management and joint faculty appointments. Nurture an environment of respect, trust, and collaboration. 
  • Engage in scholarship that advances the mission of JSRI. 
  • Facilitate and expand an ongoing program of multidisciplinary community-engaged research on Latinos in Michigan, the Midwest, and the United States.
  • Mentoring new and emerging Latinx scholars (graduate students, postdocs, tenure track faculty, and other scholars) to foster future generations.  
  • Active engagement and development of partnerships with units such as Chicano and Latino Studies (CLS) and other academic units across the University.
  • Actively contribute to the development of new resources, programs, and activities. 
  • Actively contribute to the mission of MSU’s Office of Outreach and Engagement. 
  • Working collaboratively with others on gift, grant and endowment activities. 
  • Disseminate and translate findings in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations and in community settings.
  • Contribute to the leadership and support of the MSU UOE strategic plan. 
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all research activities.  
  • Act when institutional values are undermined, threatened, or violated. 


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Soc Sci, Ag, Ed, Health Sci, Hum, VM, or related terminal degree

Minimum Requirements

  • A record of scholarly work as demonstrated in publications, presentations, or other related products.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting research and programming for Latino/Latinx communities.
  • Proven record of federal, state or privately funded research. 
  • Experience working with diverse Latino communities; demonstrated leadership in promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Latinx populations in Michigan or Midwestern areas of the United States. 


Desired Qualifications

  • a strong administrative acumen
  • A record of successful program management, employee supervision, and leadership. 
  • Excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing in both English and Spanish is preferred.
  • Evidence of a capacity to contribute to the advancement of positive Latinx community-university partnerships. 

Required Application Materials

A Cover Letter detailing qualifications for the position

A current curriculum vitae

Name, phone number and email for three professional references



Special Instructions

Review of applications will being late summer and will continue until position is filled.  Questions can be addressed to the Search Committee chair- Dr. Manuel Chavez at

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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