Associate Chair for Departmental Initiatives

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Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: Applied Physical Sciences - 318100

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty

Vacancy ID: NF0003034

Position Summary: Applied Physical Sciences (APS) is the first new science department in the College of Arts and Sciences in nearly 40 years. APS has united numerous scientific entities on campus to further its mission of finding interdisciplinary solutions to real-world problems. Among these entities are the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL) and the graduate program in materials science. Established in 2013, APS currently has six full-appointment faculty and is recruiting several faculty per year in accordance with its strategic plan. The Associate Chair plays a critical role in managing the growth of the department and setting and implementing the strategy for building a world-renowned academic and research program within APS. This time of growth is extremely exciting for APS and the University, and the Associate Chair will have the opportunity to play a lead role in helping APS grow to its full potential. APS's newest endeavor, BeAM (Be A Maker), is a university-wide enterprise that incorporates making into research, education, and entrepreneurship. BeAM celebrates the power of teams to identify problems, create solutions, and generate ideas to address the world's greatest challenges. The BeAM network is composed of several spaces totaling over 5,000 square feet in Murray Hall, Hanes Art Center, Kenan Science Library, and Carmichael Residence Hall, each of which serves the entire UNC community. Planning is underway for a new building that will house a 15,000 square foot BeAM facility. The Associate Chair will exercise broad oversight of BeAM as it grows to a network of spaces totaling over 20,000 square feet. Reporting to the Chair, the Associate Chair is a member of the Department's senior administrative team and has decision making oversight with direction from the Chair. Responsibilities and oversight will include but are not limited to the following: long-range and strategic planning and development; overseeing facility and research support operations; overseeing departmental financial and personnel strategy; overseeing capital projects; developing collaborative relationships with other units on campus; and supporting entrepreneurial activities. This position plays a critical role in advising the Chair on the financial and administrative direction of the department. The Associate Chair manages a staff of 12 (and growing), with three direct reports.

Application Deadline: 04/30/2018

Education Requirements: Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity or comparable background in independent academic or instructional activities, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 5 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. This experience may be related to the direction/oversight of programs that focus the academic and research resources of a higher education institution towards community or regional issues.

Qualification and Experience: The successful candidate for this position will be an accomplished leader from academia or the private sector, with at least five years of experience. The ideal candidate will have experience in short- and long-term planning, project coordination, personnel supervision, financial management, and human resource management. Knowledge of state accounting practices would be valuable. Candidates must exhibit the ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of people including University officials, faculty, staff, and students; possess superior communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; and have the capacity to inspire confidence, coupled with an ability to work collaboratively in an academic setting. Candidates must be capable of excelling in a dynamic environment in which priorities may rapidly shift and must be able to remain flexible and adaptable within this environment. The successful candidate will be skilled at negotiating with diverse stakeholders and guiding discussions to consensus.

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: Julia Green, Department Manager

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: [email protected]

Special Instructions for Applicants: A minimum of three (3) references are required to apply to this position.




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Posted: 4/7/2018
Application Due: 1/22/2019
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