A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

Now Hiring: Executive Director, START


Now Hiring: Executive Director, START

August 10, 2010

*** deadline extended ***

Position Description:

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a research and education center based at the University of Maryland, College Park. START is currently accepting applications for its Executive Director position for the center's headquarters at the University of Maryland. This is a full-time (12 month/year) staff position.

The Executive Director's responsibilities include serving as: Consortium Manager of more than 60 researchers around the world, each of whom are contributing to one of more than 50 projects supported by START; Advisor to START Director on how best to develop and implement strategies for START to achieve its long term goals as a university based research and education center; Liaison with Funders, including serving as START's primary point of contact to the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security , START's primary funder, on all questions related to START's projects programs, or operations; Project Director on selected projects involving multiple partners and central to START's research and education goals; and Chief of Staff for 8.5 full-time employees, as well as associated researchers and students, and representing START with offices across the Maryland campus.

Required Qualifications for Position:

  • Masters Degree related to terrorism studies, homeland security, public policy or social science
  • Minimum 5-7 years experience managing research projects, programs, or centers, including management of full-time staff as well as part-time researchers and/or students (3-5 years required if applicant has PhD)
  • Successful record in identifying and securing outside funding (via grants or contracts) to support research and educational programs
  • Experience working with government agencies at the Federal, state, and/or local level
  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing research and/or program evaluation
  • Very strong communication skills, both written and oral, for a broad range of audiences
  • High level of comfort with computer technology (especially Microsoft Office)


  • PhD in social or behavioral science field or in a field related to terrorism studies
  • Experience conducting research regarding the causes and consequences of terrorism
  • Training in social or behavioral science research methods (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Knowledge of research-funding sources in the public and private sectors, and experience working on and managing grant/contract-funded programs or projects
  • Involvement in development or implementation of educational or professional training programs

In addition, successful applicants will demonstrate an ability to successfully multitask, to meet competing deadlines, and to work as part of a dynamic team.

Salary for this position will be commensurate with successful applicant's level of education and experience, starting at $90,000. The successful applicant for this position will be entitled to the full University of Maryland benefits and leave package, as described at http://www.uhr.umd.edu/employment/benefits_summary.cfm.

Apply online at https://jobs.umd.edu/. Click on "create an application" and select "profile" to create an application for this position. You must attach a resume and cover letter to your application for this position. If you have any difficulty with your application, please email jobs@umd.edu or call 301.405.5679 for technical issues. START can be reached at infostart@start.umd.edu, but no applications can be accepted through email. For best consideration apply by August 15, 2010.

Please note that the University of Maryland, College Park, and START actively subscribe to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.