Initiative Director

Chapel Hill
Jul 04, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: Arts and Sciences Deans Office - 300100

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0002606

Position Summary: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, collaborative, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional for the position of Director for the College of Arts and Sciences' new initiative, Humanities for the Public Good (HPG). Funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HPG will support the university's leading faculty and student humanists in activities that place inquiry and engagement with the public at their very center. What distinguishes the initiative is an integrative approach, one that seeks not additive or incremental change, but a broad new, unifying vision: a call to action and public engagement. This vision will inform and direct our investments in the humanities going forward, building on the success of existing humanities-focused initiatives and ensuring their prominence at UNC-Chapel Hill. Humanities for the Public Good will 1) employ new educational models for the humanities that reconfigure education and promote public humanities in the curriculum; 2) integrate contemporary, digital approaches into research and education; and 3) expand public humanities through increased engagement with diverse communities beyond the academy. The Initiative Director is charged with the overall responsibility for implementing, promoting, coordinating, and facilitating Humanities for the Public Good. The position includes the following duties: - contributing intellectual insight to discussions around overall program direction; - meeting with humanities chairs, faculty, staff, students, and community partners to plan goals and programs of the initiative; - creating and leading a steering committee for the new initiative with the project's primary investigator, the Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities; - conducting an extensive survey of the activities, courses, and programming already in place that encompasses work related to the public engagement at the heart of HPG, creating a comprehensive baseline of public humanities activities at UNC-Chapel Hill; - playing a central role in identifying, nurturing, and organizing the broad thematic work which will be showcased in biennial symposia; - participating in the selection of recipients for programmatic funding (including project awards, travel awards, course development grants, graduate student top-up funding); - proactively cultivating beneficial connections with other efforts at UNC-Chapel Hill that have common ground with Humanities for the Public Good, promoting synergies between already established publicly-focused programming; - identifying imaginative ways to promote the initiative on campus and to the wider public; - assisting faculty working in public humanities to connect with resources that will help them secure external funding for research, teaching, and service; - providing HPG's written and electronic communications with external audiences and internal University constituencies, creating content for a webpage. The Director also may teach a course in the College of Arts & Sciences aligned with a public humanities theme, which could serve as a model for other publicly-engaged courses. This would be accomplished through a secondary faculty appointment. This position reports to the Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities, who also serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the initiative.

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Education Requirements: Ph.D. in an academic field that relates to arts, humanities, or qualitative social sciences preferred. Master's degree in a subject or field in the arts, humanities, or qualitative social sciences appropriate to the mission of the program is required.

Qualification and Experience: At least four years of experience in a public humanities environment, with an understanding of public humanities and its place in the academy and beyond. Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Excellent oral, written, and digital communication skills. Demonstrated project management experience, excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines in an evolving environment. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, students, staff, volunteers, community partners, and the general public. Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to adjust to job duties as changes in technology and user needs dictate. Strong planning, organizational, and coordination skills to manage simultaneous projects effectively. Ability to develop publicity and marketing materials. Ability to develop and implement budgets for large-scale academic initiatives.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Contact Name and Title: Yulia Strizheus, Executive Assistant

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