Job Opening: Operations Manager, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University

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Institution: George Washington University
College/School/Department: Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA)
Location: Washington, DC
Posted: 06/21/2013
Application Due: 06/30/2013
Type: Full Time
Education: BA and experience preferred

Ad Statement:
Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication, respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

Job Description Summary:
To work closely with the Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in all activities, including financial and grant management, office and HR management, preparing annual reports, and maintaining strong connections with pertinent faculty, students, and units.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 4 years of relevant experience. Degree requirements may be substituted for a combination of education, training and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • BA preferably in Business, Accounting, Asian Studies, or International Affairs.
  • Two years in project, program, or financial management.
  • Experience and familiarity with accounting systems and other financial management tools.
  • Grant management experience.
  • Strong Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel, skills.
  • Professional experience in a university setting.
  • Superior communication and customer service skills.
  • Experience living or working in Asia and/or knowledge of a modern Asian language.


  • Coordinates the overall management of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies including finance and personnel oversight. This includes hiring and supervising support staff.
  • Responsible for financial management of the Center to include processing reimbursements, grants, contracts, invoices and assisting the Director with formulation and oversight of budget.
  • Oversees all aspects of Center grants and sponsored research life cycle. This includes proposal submission, award management, budget tracking, and close-out.
  • Functional and administrative supervision is exercised over 2-4 full-time staff members and approximately 5 part-time student employees. Specifically, the Operations Manager supervises the Center’s full-time Program Coordinator and Program Assistant as well as the Rising Powers Initiative’s Research Manager. Part-time staff supervised includes 3 Staff Assistants, 1 Finance Assistant, and 1 Communications and Events Assistant.
  • Reviews projects to ensure compliance with federal regulations, Department/School/University guidelines, and sponsor requirements.
  • Special projects as assigned by the Director.
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned.

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