Open Positions

Communication Specialist

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies seeks a dynamic, skilled, and collaborative communication specialist to join our team. The communication specialist plays a vital role in implementing the Center’s mission to produce and disseminate balanced and dispassionate research on the modern Middle East at the highest academic standards.

The position is part time, up to 20 hours per week, and in-person work is preferred. Remote work will be considered. Familiarity with or experience working in an academic environment is preferred. Salary range is $35,900–$38,750.

Key Responsibilities
- Build on and maintain the Center’s websites.
- Oversee the day-to-day management of the Center’s social media channels, which currently includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
- In consultation with Center leadership, develop and implement a social media strategy in line with the Center’s mission and the latest innovations in digital media.
- Daily creation and posting of content adhering to the Center’s mission and Brandeis’ guidelines on accessibility for all social media platforms.
- Continuously identify opportunities to build audience engagement and grow followers in coordination with the social media strategy, including the utilization of analytics to better understand content performance and implement future content strategy improvements.
- Provide research and administrative support for the Center’s podcast.
- Maintain and build relationships with students and campus groups to enhance awareness and build audiences for events.
- Track the Center’s accomplishments and data on activities, including engagement with Center alumni.
- Assist in the development of talking points, internal communications, external communications, and other projects as assigned.

Qualifications
- 3-5 years of experience; BA/BS preferred.
- Experience with Photoshop, Canva, and other photo and video editing software.
- Experience with building websites.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Superior organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and in a timely manner.
- Ability to work both as part of a collaborative communications team and independently.

Application Materials
1. Cover letter
2. Resume/CV

Application Submission: https://brandeis.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Jobs/jobs/details/Communications-Specialist--Crown-Center_R0007279-2

Application Deadline
Open until filled.

Inquiries
You may direct inquiries to Karen Spira at karens1@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-5320.

Faculty Leave Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies invites applications for a one-year faculty leave residential fellowship for scholars of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. The fellowship is open to all disciplines—particularly politics, economics, history, religion, sociology, or anthropology—for the 2023–2024 academic year.
 
Successful applicants must be tenure track or tenured professors (or equivalent) with a well-established publication record seeking a faculty leave appointment and interested in engaging in a substantive research or book project, mentoring the Center’s junior research fellows, and contributing to the Center’s publications.

Eligibility
The 2023–2024 faculty leave fellowship is open to all faculty members, tenured and non-tenured, in the ranks of assistant, associate, full, and emeritus professor (or equivalent) who work on the contemporary Middle East and North Africa.

Terms
The faculty leave fellowship is an academic year appointment beginning September 1, 2023 and ending May 31, 2024. The fellowship is designed to supplement the scholar's faculty leave salary from their institution and will provide a stipend plus funding for research, travel, and related expenses. The fellowship stipend is set at three levels based on academic rank (or rank equivalency based on scholarly attainment): $40,000 for assistant professor or career equivalent; $50,000 for associate professor or career equivalent; and $70,000 for full professor, emeritus, or career equivalent. The Crown Center will determine the level based on the candidate's rank or equivalent rank as of the application deadline. Fringe benefits, when not provided by the scholar’s home institution, can be made available during the appointment period.

Fellows are required to be in residence at the Crown Center during the tenure of the fellowship and be fully relieved of teaching and service responsibilities at their home university. During their residence, fellows contribute to the Center's publications and participate in all Crown Center events, including seminars, workshops, meetings, and retreats.

Application Materials
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae

Application Submission: https://academicprogramsonline.org/ajo/fellowship/22902

Application Deadline
January 1, 2023

Notification
March 1, 2023

Inquiries
You may direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at crowncenter@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-5320. 


Junior Research Fellowship

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies offers two-year residential fellowships to outstanding scholars of the contemporary Middle East. The fellowship is open to all disciplines—particularly politics, economics, history, religion, sociology, or anthropology—for the 2022-2024 academic years. This consecutive, residential, two-year fellowship is targeted at early career scholars with PhD in hand and not yet tenured. The fellowship’s goal is to allow early career scholars the flexibility and means to advance a specific research project related to the contemporary Middle East.

Eligibility
The 2022-2024 Junior Research Fellowship is open to both recent PhDs (as a postdoctoral position) and assistant professors (not yet tenured) in Middle East-related fields. A PhD must be completed by September 1, 2022.

Terms
This fellowship is a two-year appointment beginning September 1, 2022, and ending August 31, 2024. The financial package includes an annual salary of $67,000, an annual research budget of $3,000, and up to $1,500 for relocation costs. Fringe benefits will be available during the two-year appointment period.

Fellows are required to be in residence at the Crown Center during the tenure of the fellowship and not hold any teaching or service responsibilities outside of the Center. During their residence, fellows write a Middle East Brief or participate in a Crown Conversation each year and participate in all Crown Center events, including seminars, workshops, meetings, and retreats.

Application Materials
1. Three reference letters
2. Cover letter
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Research statement describing your current and future research projects, as well as any recent accomplishments in your work. The statement should be 2-5 pages in length.
5. Writing sample no more than 20 pages in length.

Application Submission: The application is now closed. The next application cycle will be in fall 2023.

Inquiries

You may direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at crowncenter@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-5320.

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’s history and mission, the Crown Center values and is seeking candidates with a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, unified, and just campus community.