Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (UPDATED)

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Udall Center

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Tucson, AZ USA

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Please note: For full consideration, please submit materials by August 15, 2021.
The University of Arizona is recruiting for a Director for the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy (, with an anticipated start date of January 2022.
For full consideration, please submit materials by August 15, 2021.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:

The Udall Center is aUniversity-wide Research Institute/Center ( that reports to theSenior Vice President’s Office in Research, Innovation & Impact (RII), theintellectual home for interdisciplinary, stakeholder-based policy research andoutreach at the University. The Udall Center’s charge is to advancecross-cutting inquiry and connect diverse policy research efforts andresearchers, gain increasing external support for policy research, and delivermeasurable public impact.

The Udall Center’swork is motivated by the legacy of Arizona’s Morris K. Udall and Stewart L.Udall, who as public servants worked on behalf of the Southwest and U.S.-Mexicoborder region and Indigenous Peoples on issues including the environment,public health, public lands, and energy resources. To achieve its aims, theUdall Center builds bridges across disciplines, viewpoints, and geographies tolink research with decision-making and to co-produce and distributepolicy-relevant knowledge. It does so by identifying problems, methods ofinquiry, and solutions together with partners, constituents, and otherstakeholders within and beyond the University, including other universities,Native Nations, Federal and State agencies, private foundations, corporations,and businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.

The Udall Center enjoysa statutory relationship with the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. UdallFoundation, an independent Federal agency headquartered in Tucson, Arizona thatwas established by the U.S. Congress in 1992. As part of its Congressionally authorizedmission, the Udall Foundation provides annual funding to the Udall Center tosponsor policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that linkscholarship and education to decision-making, with primary emphases onenvironmental and Native Nations policy. The Udall Center and Udall Foundationenjoy strong partnerships in both education and environmental programming, thelatter via the Udall Foundation’s John S. McCain III National Center forEnvironmental Conflict Resolution (NCECR).

The Udall Centeremploys up to 40 staff including University faculty members (most of whom maintainjoint appointments in other academic units); other academic professionals andsupport personnel; graduate research assistants; and undergraduate students. Anetwork of affiliated policy scholars and associates advises and contributes tothe Udall Center’s endeavors. In addition to annual funding from the UdallFoundation, the Udall Center is supported by a diverse portfolio of funding streamsincluding grants, contracts, private donations, and program revenue.

Director Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of the Udall Center is responsible for leading and participating in activities that foster interdisciplinary collaboration to address key policy issues, generating increasing external support to grow policy research and outreach that leads to substantive public benefit, and connecting policy research efforts in a considered manner that increases external visibility.

The ideal candidate will be a researcher of substantial and widely recognized accomplishment relevant to the Udall Center’s mission, who also has significant administrative and leadership experience and can articulate a clear, strategic, and compelling vision for how the Udall Center can expand its impact. The Director will further the Udall Center’s interdisciplinary policy research by expanding extramural funding of its activities, connecting diverse policy researchers across campus in synergistic and thoughtful ways, strengthening its partnership with the Udall Foundation, and increasing the visibility of the University’s policy research to external entities. The Director should bring public policy expertise that complements and/or augments the Udall Center’s existing capacity and focus in order to coalesce and advance a wide range of interdisciplinary policy research.

Specifically, the new Director will be expected to:

i)work with RII services and staff as a part of the University research institute/center mission;

ii)complement the Udall legacy in the Udall Center’s approach and outcomes;

iii)oversee multiple, sometimes complex, streams of funding for projects and personnel, including flexible academic arrangements and opportunities;

iv)maintain a collaborative approach to leadership and management that fosters common goals and teamwork;

v)establish and implement the strategic direction for the Udall Center;

vi)work productively with a diverse staff across multiple disciplines and topic areas, and with numerous external and internal organizations and constituencies in a thoughtful, even-handed manner.

The Director oversees and manages all Udall Center operations including research and outreach programs and relationships both within and outside the university. The Director executes these responsibilities in a manner that coordinates and utilizes RII resources and programs as well as those of relevant University colleges. The Director works with Udall Center program directors and managers to determine priorities and support their work to the highest standards. The Director regularly reports to the office of the Senior Vice President for Research on Udall Center activities, metrics, and outcomes relative to targets and goals.

The Director is the primary representative of the Udall Center to the Udall Foundation. The Director will oversee and strengthen existing Udall Foundation education program partnerships and will utilize and leverage Udall Foundation funds to grow an emerging partnership with the NCECR program in environmental collaboration and conflict resolution. The Director develops and submits a workplan and budget to the Udall Foundation Executive Director and Board of Trustees to secure annual approval of funding.

The Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy is an administrative year-to-year appointment with formal reviews every five years. Depending on candidate interest, experience and fit with the unit's goals and expectations, a tenure/tenure-eligible academic appointment is negotiable in an appropriate academic unit, or, a continuing/continuing-eligible appointment within a Research Center or Institute.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate in related field with scholarly credentials commensurate withappointment at the rank of Professor at the University of Arizona.
Experience in collaborative leadership that fosters common goals within a department or program and the broader university community.
Demonstrated experience in identifying, cultivating, and forming relationships to increase targeted activities and advance success in outcome metrics.
Experience with productive collaboration with external organizations and constituencies, in particular with diverse and/or underserved constituencies.
Demonstrated experience in securing extramural funding to advance the goals and objectives of projects, programs, and initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Previous administrative experience as a department head, chair, or other significant university or Federal agency administrative responsibilities.



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Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Jaime Morgan, [email protected]

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Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please submit the following with your application:
*Cover Letter
*In the Additional Document Slot: a statement on diversity
*In the Additional Document slot: five professional references

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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