Position Overview: The Director provides leadership both as an active scholar and by supporting scholarship in the School. The Director formulates and implements policies and practices, nurtures the professional growth of individual faculty, creates a welcoming environment for a diverse group of students, staff and faculty, and works to improve the quality of instruction, disciplined inquiry, outreach/community engagement, and Extension education. The Director provides academic leadership to SSW in consultation with the CEHD Dean and Associate Deans, and has general administrative authority over the School, including budget. The Director represents SSW in college-wide administrative planning and is a member of the CEHD Academic Leadership Team.
Key Responsibilities: Serve as chief academic officer for SSW and oversee administrative services essential to the effective and efficient operation of the School using independent judgment and discretionary authority. ? Promote excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community engagement that is consistent with SSW’s and CEHD’s missions and goals. ? Keep current with new developments in the candidate’s field of scholarship and those represented in the School, maintain involvement with professional organizations, and fulfill teaching and research duties as a faculty member. ? Espouse and practice principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity, and achieve diversity and equity in the student body and workforce. ? Promote professional commitments to social justice, diversity, and equity in the School’s policies and practices. ? Knowledge of the land-grant history and mission, including Extension and Agricultural Experiment Stations. ? Promote and maintain a high-quality learning environment for students. ? Provide leadership for strategic short-term and long-range goals, objectives, and plans. ? Provide leadership for and coordination of curriculum development and instruction, faculty development, research, outreach/community engagement, and Extension education. ? Provide leadership in faculty and staff development: orient new faculty, conduct annual reviews of faculty, manage the tenure and promotion process consistent with CEHD and University policies, nurture the professional development of faculty and staff toward excellence and national distinction in research, teaching, outreach/community engagement and Extension education, and promote an open and inclusive work environment. ? Serve as the School’s chief administrative officer, with authority and responsibility for programs and resources, personnel, budget development and oversight, development and fundraising, and administrative planning. ? Provide leadership to the School in seeking additional funding sources. ? Establish, communicate, administer and interpret the department’s fiscal, programmatic, and personnel policies. ? Prepare, prioritize, and monitor budget requests and expenditures. ? Schedule, set agenda for and preside at faculty meetings in the School, and appoint ad hoc committees as necessary. ? Represent the School in its internal and external affairs. ? Represent the School on the CEHD Academic Leadership Team that is convened by the Dean, and in other all-college forums. ? Delegate authority appropriately to other leadership in the School.
This position is supported by an administrator (Assistant to the Director) who effectively manages the day-to-day administrative operations of the School, provides supervision and oversight to staff who provide support to the School and the Director, and handles projects as assigned.
Appointment: The starting date for this position is negotiable, with a strong preference for the person hired to begin on or around June 12, 2017. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University of Minnesota offers a very competitive employee benefits package. Information about benefits can be found at http://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/ben122-03_75_to_100_time_appointment.pdf. The individual hired will also receive an administrative salary augmentation and will be provided with a tenured faculty appointment. This is a full-time, 12-month position, and the initial appointment will be for a three-year term. Renewals of the Director appointment are contingent upon a formal performance evaluation. Regardless of reappointment status, however, the individual will retain a 9-month tenured faculty position in SSW.
Required: ? Doctoral-level degree in a field represented within the School. ? Evidence of a well-established national or international reputation for productivity in one or more areas of academic scholarship within the School. ? Administrative experience in positions such as director or department chair/head, program coordinator, or director of graduate studies. ? Evidence of effectiveness in teaching, advising, and outreach/service with a demonstrated commitment to the profession of social work. ? Candidates must be qualified and acceptable to the faculty in the School for appointment at the rank of tenured Associate or Full Professor in one or more of the School’s academic programs.
Preferred (Selection Criteria): ? Preference will be given to individuals qualified for hire as tenured Full Professors of Social Work. ? Successful administrative experience in a research university. ? Willingness to learn about the fields represented within the School and how each are connected to the profession of social work. ? Demonstrated successful skills in interpersonal communication, administrative leadership, supervision, and team-building. ? Strong writing skills, including the preparation of planning and evaluation reports, project proposals for outside funding, and scholarly publications. ? Demonstrated success in procuring external funding for research and programmatic initiatives. ? Experience in allocating resources to ensure that the School’s mission and goals are achieved. ? Ability to effectively communicate complex information. ? Demonstrated effectiveness in gaining consensus and resolving conflict. ? Demonstrated success in mentoring and developing faculty and staff.
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