The Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS) announces a vacancy for the position of academic director.

Appointed by the Stakeholders’ Meeting and accountable to the BISS Board, the academic director supervises BISS strategy implementation and is responsible for an overall efficient functioning of the Institute and fulfillment of its academic plans.

Academic director will perform the following major duties:

a) To represent the Institute in relations with stakeholders, donors, media, and public;

b) To report at the stakeholders’ meetings, and to the Board regarding BISS’ academic content;

c) To select academic staff of the Institute on the advice of the Board;

d) To organize the preparation of academic plans and drafting of the Institute’s strategy, and to report to the Board on their implementation;

e) To ensure integration of the Institute’s various programs, i.e. research, a public policy platform, a BISS yearbook, BISS fellowship, etc.;

f) To plan, coordinate, and supervise the development of the Institute’s research programs;

g) To plan public policy platform development, trainings and BISS’ outreach activities, to decide on the content and participants to be involved;

h) To oversee books, articles, and policy papers produced by the BISS staff, to design and enforce academic standards for publications, to maintain quality control;

i) To supervise the Institute’s fundraising from the academic viewpoint;

j) To oversee the academic content of the Institute’s website;

k) To mentor, together with BISS analysts, BISS fellows, BPPF fellows, and other participants of the BISS research and public policy programs who are not directly affiliated with the Institute.

Job requirements:

 To hold a PhD degree in social sciences. Candidates with a degree from a recognized Western university will be given preference during the selection procedure.

 To have at least five-year work experience at an academic department or public policy institute. Candidates with combined university and think-tank experience will be given preference;

 To be fluent in Belarusian, Russian, and English (being able to communicate freely, write academic publications, proofread, translate from and to these languages). Additional foreign languages are a plus but not a requirement;

 To demonstrate her/his academic credentials with at least 2 academic publications in recognized international scholarly publications;

 To be able to provide references from at least 3 recognized scholars and practitioners to confirm credentials of the applicant;

 To have excellent interpersonal skills; and to be able to work under stressful conditions. The CV should be submitted no later than September 20, 2011 to the following address:

Shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an interview in October 2011.