Assistant Director, Lowe Institute for Political Economy

Claremont McKenna College

Assistant Director, Lowe Institute for Political Economy

  • Institution: Claremont McKenna College
  • Location: Claremont, CA
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Assistant Director, Lowe Institute for Political Economy

  • Claremont McKenna College | Claremont, CA
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: December 11, 2022
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Job TitleAssistant Director, Lowe Institute for Political Economy

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Administrator

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Location Claremont, CA

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Job Description

Assistant Director, Lowe Institute for Political Economy


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Full time

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Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement
In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.

Job Details and Requirement:


This position is responsible for providing programmatic, research, and administrative support to the Lowe Institute for Political Economy. This position reports to the Director of the Institute and aides in identifying and managing partnerships and internships for the institute. The Assistant Director will identify, lead, and support various research projects and conduct student training and mentoring surrounding various research projects. This position will lead or co-lead the Economic Journalists program for the Lowe Institute. The role includes considerable responsibility for strategy and design in achieving open-ended Institute goals, particularly with respect to community engagement. It also requires a broad range of supporting functions including liaison to faculty, staff, students, and board members. The nature of the work and responsibilities of the Assistant Director to the Director of the Lowe Institute is highly confidential and requires a high level of initiative and open-ended problem solving.



• In collaboration with the Director, develops and implements a strategy for public outreach including the creation and implementation of internships, identifying and writing of grants, and/or opportunities to promote and publicize research.
• Leads teams of students in implementation of projects, under the supervision of the Director.
• Maintains communication with faculty, staff, board members, students, off-campus partners, and others as required. Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.

The successful candidate will have the following characteristics and abilities:

• Regular attendance.
• Take and follow directions.
• Work cooperatively with others.
• Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
• Display a positive attitude.
• Balance multiple tasks and priorities while handling deadlines at varying horizons.


EDUCATION:  A Master’s degree in Applied Economics, Policy Analysis, Public Administration, Political Science, or another related field is required. PhD or advanced research experience are desired but not required

EXPERIENCE:  At least three years of increasingly related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience in journalism are desired but not required. Experience conducting data-driven research a requirement.

LICENSES:  A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:  Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.

Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, phone, customer service and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate and inspire a highly diverse group of student employees. Follow all written and verbal instructions, asking questions as needed for clarification of projects/tasks/duties/assignments.

Operate computers proficiently with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook) and associated professional software.

Demonstrate understanding of the use of technology, devices, and equipment in assessing and improving Institute systems and processes to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality.

Manage web content and social media content to achieve effective communication while maintaining the standards of the College.

Handle all activities and highly confidential information with patience, discretion, good judgment, courtesy and tact while working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Prioritize and perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College with a high standard of integrity and ethics, in support of the College’s strategic vision and the Institute’s annual goals.

Use exceptional/strong organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail.


Please upload the following items to complete your application:

• Resume
• Cover Letter
• Writing Sample (1)
• List of 3 References

NOTE: For full consideration, please apply by 11:59 pm (PST) on November 15, 2022

HOURS:  The regular hours for this position are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.

CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS:  This is a full-time, 12-month year-round, exempt level, benefits eligible position.

IPEDS Category Job Code:  43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Physical Requirements: Light (up to 20 lbs.)

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: May supervise student employees for the Institute.

GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.

BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.

ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.  It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant’s acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.

Disability Accommodations
In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or for assistance.

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