School/Unit: Office of the President
Department: President's Office
Purpose of Position:
As a major research university with an academic medical center in an urban environment, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is an anchor institution for greater Richmond, contributing to the health and economic, social and cultural vitality of the region. Building on its considerable assets in engaged teaching and scholarship, VCU seeks to pursue its urban mission with the more intentional leverage of its collective assets for deeper and measureable impact and related knowledge creation. To this end, VCU has initiated a process to identify strategic opportunities to target, align and direct its institutional resources and assets towards addressing key community-identified priorities in specific focus areas. One outcome of this process – and a new asset in the university’s efforts – will be the Center for Urban Community. The purpose of the Center is to co-create new university-wide and institutional-level opportunities for VCU to address critical challenges in the city and region through collaborative and active problem solving with community members, organizations and other sectors. The center will achieve this goal and advance the university's core commitments to student success and quality patient care by leveraging VCU’s research, teaching and engagement assets, as well as the institutional and administrative capacities of the diverse university community.
The inaugural Center for Urban Communities Executive Director (ED) will provide strategic and management leadership for the planning, launch and operational oversight of the Center. In order to deepen and accelerate VCU’s work in the focus areas, the ED will be responsible for leading ongoing design, implementation, coordination and assessment of university-level initiatives collaboratively designed with the community. These university-wide and institutional-level initiatives will complement and enhance the work of existing units and programs. The ED will also be responsible for continue work to plan, design and develop a physical space for the Center that would support the co-location of community and university partners who collaborate in the focus areas.
The Executive Director will work collaboratively with key senior academic and other university administrators and executives, faculty members, staff and students to advance the aims of the Center. The ED will foster relationships with community leaders and partners in the public and private sectors to create strategic collaborations. The ED will support dissemination of Center-related learning, including scholarship generation, at national conferences and in publications.
Position Responsibilities:Provides collaborative leadership and support for the identification of mutually-beneficial strategic opportunities based on analysis of local, relational and national data and initiatives, and seeking strategic alignment and leverage of VCU assets.Works effectively to promote internal and external cooperation across the university to strengthen community engagement quality and impact as a way of expressing the university's mission.Designs, provides leadership and executive coordination of the implementation of a collaborative process with university and community stakeholders to identify and achieve key goals.Leads efforts to assess impact of Center initiatives and activities.Provides leadership and oversight for the creation and management of Center, including the development of relevant policy.Supports fund development for the Center and its work in collaboration with university partners.Provides leadership for hiring, supervision and professional development of Center staff.Provides leadership for the use of institutional and community data, information and communication assets to support strategic engagement goals involving the center.Supports the coordination of internal and external communications by working with appropriate offices.Collaborates with key units to promote and facilitate the dissemination of scholarship on the Center's initiatives and activities.Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of diverse cultures or backgrounds.Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional relationships with colleagues, attending professional development seminars, and attending training and/or courses as required by the President.Contributes to the overall success of the University by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.
A Master’s degree, or the equivalent in experience and training, is required.
Excellent oral, written, and communication skills are required.
A record of inclusive conduct and evidence of multicultural skills in the workplace is required.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a leader at VCU.
Preferred Qualifications:Experience supporting collaboration and coordination, and a history of working effectively with diverse community partners, faculty, staff and students from a campus or community perspective.At least five years of increasingly responsible leadership and administrative experience related to initiatives involving community-based organizations and higher education.Specific knowledge and expertise in contemporary principles of community engagement at the university level, including knowledge of national trends in the scholarship of engagement.General knowledge of national trends in higher education and collaborative work with and in urban communitiesCapacity to efficiently and effectively develop and establish knowledge of the greater Richmond community, including public and private institutions, community needs assessments, community initiatives.Familiarity and experience with fund development and budgeting processesKnowledge of collaborative, cooperative or shared resource operations and management and related policy developmentDemonstrated effectiveness in the management of a complex enterprise and supervision of others.Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality, handle sensitive matters, and use good judgment.Evidence of ability to interpret and implement policies to resolve problems and conflicts among diverse constituencies.Ability to work with all types of individuals and to relate well to senior level management; strong interpersonal skills that encourage collaborative actions.Must be adept at consistently multitasking while accurately attending to detail.Must be able to work independently, use initiative, and make substantive decisions quickly.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.