Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention search for Assistant Director

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The Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University announces a search for the position of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director will report to the Institute's two Co-Directors and will assist with all aspects of the Institute's range of programs and projects, both curricular and research-based. This is a full-time, ongoing staff appointment.


The priorities for the Assistant Director's activities will be determined according to Institute's needs as determined by the Co-Directors. Initially, the principal responsibilities for the Assistant Director (AD) are as follows:

• The AD will take a leading role as the Institute assumes responsibility for the publication series National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Atrocity Crimes. This annual publication is the definitive source for information about the development and work of states to institutionalize prevention programs and policies in their own territories. As part of a phased transition of the project from the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the AD will assume leadership for the process of gathering, collating, and analyzing data on national mechanisms from a range of the Institute's international partners in both government and non-governmental organizations. The AD will take the initiative in maintaining and growing the network of international partnerships established by AIPR and strengthening the analytical components of the publication. The AD will also oversee and supervise Institute staff in the design, production, and distribution of hard and soft versions of the annual publication, and will lead efforts to assess and increase the quality and impact of the publication.

• The AD will serve as coordinator for the Institute's two externship placement programs: the semester-long externship placements for graduate students in the proposed Master of Science in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, and the month-long externship placements for undergraduates in the existing Minor in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention. In this role the AD will work with domestic and international partners to establish, support and expand externship placement options; supervise the assignment of appropriate placements for students in both government and non-governmental agencies with a prevention focus; oversee and assess the individual placements and the externship program overall.

• The AD will work with both the Co-Directors, the Binghamton University Foundation, and the Binghamton University Research Foundation to identify, apply for, and secure grants in support of the Institute's research and curricular programs.

• The AD will coordinate the Institute's social media presence on the website and in digital communications via Facebook, Twitter and other platforms as appropriate.


The successful applicant will have a graduate degree (Masters degree required) and/or work experience related to the field of genocide and mass atrocity prevention, and some documentable familiarity with the relevant topics and issues in contemporary genocide and mass atrocity prevention. The successful applicant must possess strong quantitative analysis skills and the ability to write well for non-academic audiences. The successful applicant must be capable of representing the Institute and its work to a range of domestic and international partners, including academic, non-governmental and governmental agencies. Willingness to engage in regular international travel to work directly with existing and new partners is required. Demonstrated skills in utilizing a range of social media to promote organizational objectives and events.


An advanced degree (PhD preferred), coursework or training specific to genocide and mass atrocity prevention; demonstrated effectiveness in securing grant funding; some experience in the administration of both academic and non-academic organizations; some familiarity with the contemporary landscape of genocide and atrocity prevention mechanisms, both state-centered and in civil society organizations; and proficiency in a foreign language relevant to the Institute's work.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Questions may be directed to either Nadia Rubaii ( or Max Pensky (