UCHRI is Hiring a Research Programs Manager

Published on June 19, 2017

The UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) seeks a talented and motivated individual with experience in academic and research program development and administration. UCHRI is the systemwide organization serving all 10 campuses in the UC system. The Research Programs Manager will work in close collaboration with the Director, Assistant Director, Research Communications Manager, Program Officer, and technology staff. This position will be responsible for leading, managing and coordinating the programs associated with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, Infrastructure and Its Inquiries: Horizons of the Humanities

Duties will include:

  • Planning and coordinating UC-wide research activities among faculty and graduate students in California as well as internationally;
  • Administering multi-campus seminars and working groups; Organizing public humanities engagements (e.g. workshops, working groups, and similar events) across California;
  • Developing and curating a digital community for research interactions and collaborations, as well as a digital publications platform; and working with media professionals as key interlocutors in all research activities.

The Research Programs Manager will also contribute to substantive program development and administration, including current and upcoming UCHRI programs (for example, public and digital humanities projects and Humanists@Work). In consultation with Director and Assistant Director, this position will also conduct research relevant to the Institute’s mission and its programs, to which the candidate’s own research interests would contribute and from which they might benefit.

Essential Functions

Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 40%

  • Provide programming and administrative management for the research programs associated with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, Infrastructure and Its Inquiries: Horizons of the Humanities.
  • Provide planning for the programs, including developing timelines, work plans, budgets, and internal communications to ensure project goals and outcomes are met.
  • Serve as a primary administrative interface with participating faculty and graduate scholars as well as with humanities center directors, administrators and other UCHRI partners.
  • Coordinate with Assistant Director, Research Communications Manager, and Program Officer to run funding competitions, produce CFPs, track submissions and oversee selection processes.
  • Collaborate with UCHRI staff to develop and produce external communications and publicity for programs, and produce public-facing products that communicate the ongoing work of the individual projects associated with Horizons of the Humanities.
  • In collaboration with senior UCHRI staff, foster and support the development of a digital community related to the activities of Horizons of the Humanities specifically, and UCHRI more generally. This will include the development and curation of a digital communications platform.

Job Essential Function 2
Percent of Time: 30%
Working collaboratively with UCHRI staff, manage all aspects of event production for the programs, which may include public lectures, workshops, webinars, conferences and similar events. Coordinate logistics and provide administrative support for events, including arranging space and catering, processing of honoraria, and travel-related expenses; arranging transportation, accommodations, and meals for event or program participants, as necessary.
Job Essential Function 3
Percent of Time: 30%
In collaboration with Director, Assistant Director, and Research Communications Manager, contribute substantive program development and administration for other current and upcoming UCHRI programs, including Humanists@Work and public and digital humanities projects. In consultation with Director and Assistant Director, develop and conduct research relevant to the Institute’s mission and its programs, to which the candidate’s own research interests would contribute and from which they might benefit. Applicants whose research interests align with topics related to the Horizons of the Humanities grant preferred, but not required.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:


  • Ph.D. in Humanities-related field, with degree in hand no later than August 2017, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Understanding of academic and educational functions of major research university.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for academic and humanistic enterprise.
  • Ability to articulate academic values to diverse constituencies.
  • Superior research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Event coordination and management experience.
  • Experience designing and working with websites (e.g. WordPress).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted programs and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and prioritize in a multi-project, deadline driven environment.
  • Proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently with little supervision.
  • Have strong attention to detail and follow through. 


  • Knowledge of the University of California system.
  • Experience with building and supporting scholarly communities, including online/digital communities.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Salary: Range $53,000.00 – $58,000.00

Total Hours: 8-5, M-F Contract Position.

This is a 100% year-long contract position, with possibility of renewal, contingent on budget.

Working remotely is not possible with the requirements of this position.

Occasional travel in California and out of state. As driving will be required for this position, candidate must possess a valid California Driver’s License or ability to obtain one as required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

Apply on UC Irvine’s career website (job number 2017-0610). Please attach your resume.