Assistant Director

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Social Science Research Institute


The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI; seeks an Assistant Director, who will work closely with the Director, as well as the Institute’s Executive and Steering Committees, to advance the Institute’s mission of promoting interdisciplinary and translational social and behavioral science at Penn State. Primary duties including managing the implementation and tracking processes for SSRI’s seed grant programs, communicating with faculty investigators about grant programs, processes, and progress reports, leading the development of the Institute’s annual Administrative Report, overseeing the Institute’s faculty review processes, and contributing to the Institute’s strategic plan development, implementation, and evaluation activities. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is highly organized, can work autonomously, has excellent written and oral communication abilities, has exposure to the social and behavioral sciences or related research, and excels when working in a fast-paced environment. Candidates should possess a terminal or master’s degree in a social science related field. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. Selection is dependent upon successful completion of background clearances in accordance with Penn State Policy. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088