Director of Operations
Cornell University
United States

Director of Operations, Cornell Center for Social Sciences

Director of Operations
Research Associate
Cornell Center for Social Sciences

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS), founded in 2019, represents a major university-wide investment in social science research. As a member of the CCSS leadership team, the Director of Operations will help CCSS achieve its mission to accelerate, enhance, and amplify social science research at Cornell. To do this, the Director of Operations will oversee core research support services within the CCSS. These cores include CCSS’s secure data infrastructure, data replication and reproducibility services, qualitative research support, and other research support services. The Director of Operations will also coordinate with units outside of CCSS, such as Cornell’s Statistical Consulting Unit and Cornell’s Advanced Computing. A primary goal will be to ensure that social science research support is provided efficiently and effectively and meets evolving faculty and student needs. Achieving this goal will involve developing and implementing strategies to evaluate the research support currently provided and to assess what additional types of research support will benefit the Cornell social science community. The Director of Operations will also provide and support effective management, oversight, and strategic planning and will advise and work closely with the CCSS Director on strategic initiatives to further support social science research at Cornell.

This position will oversee a multi-million dollar budget. The anticipated pay for this position aligns with the staff band H salary range.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in the social sciences and 5 to 7 years of relevant experience. Some management experience outside of academia preferred. Demonstrated success with program evaluation and using data to make informed decisions. Exemplary leadership, team building, and project management skills. Demonstrated adaptability to manage dynamic priorities and ability to envision innovative solutions and strategies. Excellent intrapersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work with and engage with social science faculty across the University. Able to effectively communicate and represent the CCSS in a highly professional and competent manner to a variety of audiences.

To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and a list of 3 references to Kristie Devine at

Applications will begin being reviewed after 2/24 and will continue until the position is filled.

Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

Notice to Applicants:

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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