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Job Req ID:  10824

Assistant Director, National Fellowships Program (NFP)

Classified Title: Fellowships Officer 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Employee subgroup: Salaried Exmpt 
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60007227-National Fellowships Program 
Personnel area: Homewood Student Affairs

General Summary:

Significant prestige attends to students and institutions that are awarded prominent national fellowships. The traditional list includes awards such as the Gates, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, etc. Advising students through such demanding application processes is an investment in their success, pushing them to reflect on their goals and building their abilities to articulate both motivations and aspirations to different audiences. Success in these competitions is widely publicized and serves as a notable aid to recruiting and development.

We are seeking an engaged, student-focused colleague to join the National Fellowships Program (NFP). The Assistant Director works with both individual students and applicant cohorts to support the application, interview, and nomination processes for the competitive awards that belong to the NFP portfolio. JHU promotes pre-baccalaureate programs (Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Beinecke, etc.), post-baccalaureate programs (Fulbright, UK Scholarships, etc.) and graduate fellowships (NSF, Soros, Ford, etc.). The Assistant Director must engage with students across academic disciplines, navigate a strongly STEM-leaning academic environment, and show verve in working with a broader circle of faculty and administrators through various campus committees. This position is crucial to the NFP and a key member of the broader Center for Student Success on our campus.

This position serves the needs of the undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time students of KSAS, WSE, and Peabody, as well as recent alums, interested in pursuing nationally competitive awards. On a case-by-case basis, this position will work to support the applications of interested students in other schools of the university as well. The Assistant Director of the NFP reports to the Associate Director of the NFP.

Essential Job Functions:

The responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

1. Work with students:

  • Work extensively with students one-on-one and, where relevant, guide applicant cohorts to work together effectively.
  • Advise and encourage interested students to take the necessary steps to become viable applicants for fellowships and awards.
  • Advise fellowship applicants on the application process, including writing study/research proposals, personal statements, interviewing, and other aspects of the application process.
  • Write institutional letters of nomination and campus evaluations for external competitions as appropriate.
  • Conduct campus-wide outreach to recruit a diverse applicant pool reflecting the breadth of JHU students' social identities and academic interests.

2. Work with faculty:

  • Participate in faculty evaluation committees for the evaluation and/or selection of applicants for specific scholarship competitions and to conduct mock interviews for applicants who advance to an interview round off-campus.

3. Work with academic administrative offices:

  • Maintain close communication with other relevant offices (Career Center, Office of Study Abroad, Center for Social Concern, Center for Student Success, Academic Advising, Pre-Professional Advising) to recruit students and advertise scholarship opportunities.

4. Maintenance & growth of office:

  • Participate in the regular, comprehensive assessment of all recruitment and application processes.
  • Develop new strategies for the most prestigious scholarships (particularly the Fulbright, UK scholarships, and Truman) that will make JHU applicants more competitive.
  • Develop new resources for advising students working with the NFP.
  • Develop lines of communication and relationships with fellowship professionals at peer institutions.
  • Collaborate and coordinate office work flow with NFP part-time staff (Program Coordinator/GA and Writing Tutor); in particular, share supervision of Program Coordinator/GA.
  • Regularly update fellowship information on NFP website and oversee the maintenance of the program’s information online.
  • Track application and outcome information.


Required:         Master’s degree

Preferred:         PhD


Three to five years related experience required. Related experience may include experience advising students about national fellowships; experience teaching at the college level; experience advising undergraduates, either academic or career.

Knowledge of a wide variety of different academic fields. Knowledge of research practices specific to different academic fields. Demonstrated ability to provide timely and prudent academic guidance to students, including productive ongoing feedback on students’ written work. Demonstrated ability to make accurate judgments regarding student interests and potential. 

Preferred: Experience working, studying or conducting research abroad. Selection as a recipient or finalist in a national fellowship or scholarship competition.

Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated curiosity and ability to innovate.
  • Experience working in an institution of higher education, especially in an academic services role.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercise discretion and mature judgment and manage multiple priorities at once.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Website content management.
  • Strong organization, project management, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Must be available and willing to work some evenings / weekends as required for events and programming.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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