Executive Director, Better Evidence Project

Executive Director, Better Evidence Project

The George Mason University Center for Peacemaking Practice, within the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Carter School), invites applications for a Research Faculty member to serve as the Executive Director of the Better Evidence Project. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Better Evidence Project:

The Better Evidence Project seeks to improve the evidence available to donors, policy makers, practitioners, and scholars in the peacemaking community, thus strengthening our collective efforts to address the problems of war and violence.

  • Identify specific research projects to improve the evidence guiding peacemaking work;
  • Develop partnerships with donors, raising funds to support the development of better evidence and/or stimulating others to do so;
  • Create and sustain an active coordinating hub for international peacemaking research, working with practitioners, donors, scholars, policy makers, and the broader peacebuilding community to build consensus on guidance for evidence-based approaches to preventing war;
  • Collaborate with researchers to design and implement innovative studies to identify effective ways to prevent or stop violent conflict and promote peace, encouraging collaborative and complementary work by others;
  • Create and curate an online library information center for peacemaking research, ensuring the peacemaking community has access to existing and very recent evidence on ways of preventing violent conflict and promoting peace;
  • Supervise project staff.

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution or any related field such as Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, etc.; OR equivalent research experience;
  • Research expertise in preventing violent conflict;
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with scholars, donors, practitioners, and policy makers;
  • Proven ability to coordinate and work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders;
  • Proven ability to raise funds to support research.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F516Az at https://jobs.gmu.edu by June 30, 2021; complete and submit the online application, upload a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.