Job ID: 184060

Senior Program Administrator - CIRCLE Program, Tisch College

Tufts University

  • Apr. 18, 2022
  • Senior Program Administrator - CIRCLE Program, Tisch College
  • CIRCLE Program, Tisch College
  • Tufts University
    Medford, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations
    Child and Social Services


The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life prepares students in all fields of study for lifetimes of active citizenship. Tisch College promotes new knowledge in the field and applies this knowledge to evidence-based practice in programs, community partnerships, and advocacy efforts. Central to the university’s mission, the college offers Tufts’ students opportunities to engage in meaningful community building, civic and political experiences, and explore commitments to civic participation.


The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) is a research-based think tank that studies how young people in the United States learn to become active participants in our democracy. CIRCLE studies a broad range of topics, from K-12 civic education, youth organizing, youth and civic media, to community characteristics that promote civic development. The central focus of its work is on expanding access to civic learning and engagement opportunities, especially for marginalized youth.


Because of CIRCLE’s explicit focus on improving civic education and engagement for young people of color and other underserved youth, and because of Tisch College and Tufts University’s foundational commitments to diversity and inclusion, candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences are especially encouraged to apply.

What You'll Do

The major responsibility of the Senior Program Administrator is to provide leadership and oversight on the Independent Voter Registration Report (IVR), which includes outreach and relationship building, partner support, research data management and report writing.  In collaboration with director, partners in development of goals and strategies. Applies intermediate specialized, subject matter knowledge and experience to develop, implement, review, and evaluate the program. Responsible for implementing timely, effective marketing and communications plans and strategies to promote the program.  This person may engage in some fundraising especially in relation to the IVR report and proposes potential partnerships and revenue opportunities to CIRCLE’s leadership. 


The Senior Program Administrator also supports the CIRCLE team’s broader outreach and research impact work by being a liaison to election practitioner groups - responding to technical assistance inquiries, providing individualized outreach and support to various stakeholders and coalitions, especially when CIRCLE has new data and analysis to share.  Finally, this team member supports CIRCLE’s overall research translation work by supporting aspects of research and communications such as fact checking and editorial support. 

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:


Knowledge and experience as typically acquired by:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in the field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated competency in project management, coordinating a team, and managing a large multi-part project,
  • Experience working with or leading diverse coalitions and stakeholders in varied roles/positions,
  • Knowledge of voter registration practices, laws, and trends in the United States
  • Experience as a youth leader or as a professional leading, coordinating or building voter registration programs, working with voter registration organizations,
  • Experience with using or conducting research, evaluation or data collection/maintenance in communications, strategy, or tactics
  • Ability to operationalize and discuss youth civic/political development as a concept or in practice, 
  • Proficiency in reading and extracting information from voter files and databases and practical knowledge about how they are used by organizations working to support voters,
  • Ability to write and communicate using statistical data and knowledge of the basics in how data can be analyzed and how to frame requests of data analysts,
  • Understanding of conceptual elements of or experience with deep collaboration or reciprocal partnerships
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively and thoughtfully on fast timelines
  • Unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and understanding of how these commitments apply to work 
  • Demonstrable ability to take initiatives and work with tight and sometimes shifting timelines as part of a team


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience with community/youth organizing (including but not limited to issue advocacy and movement efforts), youth voice in policymaking and/or electoral engagement, 
  • Experience or ability to approach inquiries and conversations with other orgs in a responsive way: with humility, as a listener, and with the goal of relationship-building, 
  • Experience in settings where the experiences and voices of marginalized communities are centered, 
  • Interest or experience in working with/on coalition, intersectional or cross-sector initiatives,
  • Existing relationships with practitioners and groups that conduct voter registration activities
  • Experience with or demonstrable interest in the role of research and data in civic engagement and social change efforts, 
  • Comfort with multiple projects, delegating and receiving tasks and making decisions about research and analytic design choices with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with practitioners, reporters, scholars, and young people through writing, speech, and graphs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with CIRCLE colleagues from varied backgrounds and to interact with practitioners of diverse backgrounds, views, and positions


An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.


Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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