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[ from Peter K. Austin, Department of Linguistics, SOAS
24 October 2009

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) in the Department of Linguistics at SOAS is seeking to appoint a Programme Director to take responsibility for leadership of the documentation programme. ELDP provides grants to fund projects, fellowships and field trips on a global basis. ELDP is part of the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRELP) funded by Arcadia Trust, and is managed by SOAS. Decisions about ELDP grant applications are made by an independent international review panel which typically meets once a year.

The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for ELDP, including:

  • strategic planning
  • day-to-day administration
  • working with the programme administrator, independent panel chair and panel members
  • managing the award of grants with a budget of up to £1.5 million each year
  • maintaining and developing relationships with grant awardees

As part of the mission of HRELP, the successful applicant will be expected to engage in and promote outreach, community-building and training activities in language documentation throughout the world, and to work together with the Director of the Endangered Languages Academic Programme and the Director of the Endangered Languages Archive.

The position is for a fixed term until September 2016, starting in summer 2010, no later than September 2010. The salary range is £47,064 - £54,086 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance, and the closing date for applications is 7 December 2009 (SOAS Vacancy 000107).

Enquiries about the position may be made to the Interim Programme Director, Peter Sells (sells @ soas.ac.uk). For further information see the ELDP job web page, and to apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please use this direct link or visit SOAS Jobs. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for the week of 18 January 2010.

SOAS values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.†

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