University of Connecticut University of UC Title Fallback Connecticut

Associate Director of Institute of Social Inquiry

Payroll Title: UCP XI
Class Code: 1105-09092
Job Family: ADM
FLSA Code: E
Score: 742


Reporting to and under the administrative review of the director is responsible for day to day management, development – including external resource generation in support of ISI/Roper activities and institutional advancement. Maintains primary liaison with vital institute constituencies including business, the press, public opinion research organizations and senior administrators of the University of Connecticut. Engages in research.


Management and Administration

  1. Engages in long-range planning, formulates Institute policy and designs and implements internal strategies to sustain and further develop the programs and activities of ISI/Roper.
  2. Manages day to day administrative operations including allocating staff resources, directing and supervising administrative staff.
  3. Establishes staff procedures to improve the work environment and enhance staff performance, develop internal training procedures, manage formal and informal grievances of the staff, monitor staff development and the training of new hires. Review the performance of the staff.
  4. Represents ISI/Roper at essential meetings that increase the Institute’s visibility nationally, with University officials and administrators and interfaces with senior University administrators on important policy issues that impact the Institute.
  5. Drafts the Institute’s budget for approval by the Executive Director.


  1. Markets the Center to external constituencies.
  2. Develops the membership of the Center.
  3. Maintains relationships with members to promote wider, better use of the holdings.
  4. Creates content for promotional materials, web content and marketing strategies.
  5. Develops proposals for funded research.
  6. Generates ideas for resources for locating and utilizing public opinion.
  7. Serves as external liaison with US and international data providers, negotiates terms and agreements.

Institutional Advancement

  1. Represent the University and ISI/Roper at academic and professional conventions and association meetings.
  2. Presents papers at professional and academic organization meetings.
  3. Meets with University personnel on scholarly research involving ISI/Roper.
  4. Lectures to various academic and professional organizations on topics in the field of polling and public opinion.
  5. Prepares independent reviews and interpretation of data for user community.


  1. Master’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in public opinion research.
  2. Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in national-level social research administration including long range planning, goal and objective setting, management and supervision, development and public relations.
  3. In-depth knowledge of public opinion polling including survey research methods and the application of polling for policy implementation and analysis.
  4. Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  5. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with an ability to work with members of the social science research communities who use public opinion data. 

Scored: 08/23/95
Updated: 03/02/07