Vice Chancellor for Research
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Classification:Vice Chancellor (Admin)
Work type: Officer/Senior Administrator
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Chancellor
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks a Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) to lead and promote research growth, success and excellence. UAF is the nation's northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and is a student-centered international research center, advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the circumpolar North, and their diverse peoples. UAF has campuses in Fairbanks, Dillingham, Bethel, Nome, and Kotzebue and learning, research, and extension centers across Alaska. UAF operates and provides stewardship for major US research assets, including the ice-capable global class R/V Sikuliaq and the Alaska Satellite Facility. Reporting directly to UAF’s Chancellor, the VCR provides leadership and direction for all aspects of research and workforce development and embraces UAF's unique mission of commitment to Alaska Native peoples.
100 • Serving as a member of the Chancellor’s Core Cabinet.
• Promotes the health and growth of UAF’s research enterprise across all disciplines regardless of the reporting structure for the organization. Represents the UAF research community in presentations and publications, promoting UAF researchers to be seen as leaders in research whenever possible. Creates opportunities to grow UAF researchers’ careers by promoting their work and exposing them to opportunities.
• Provides strategic leadership and oversight to the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, International Arctic Research Center, Geophysical Institute, Institute of Arctic Biology, Animal Resource Center, and the One Health Research Initiative. Supervises the leaders of these units and ensures judicious and strategic resource allocation. Provides leadership, oversight, and coordinate functions of the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration, Office of Research Integrity, and Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Ensures that research compliance communication, education, and training resources are developed and implemented to meet the needs of research units, faculty, students, and staff.
• Promotes the reputation of UAF by providing leadership to the state, national and international Arctic research communities. Enhances the reputation of UAF by creating promotional materials such as a Web presence, social media, and limited printed materials.
• Ensures excellence, integrity, and compliance in all aspects of the research process. Provides strategic application support, protects the safety and welfare of employees and research participants while promoting adherence to all governmental regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures governing research.
• Represents the University of Alaska Fairbanks to funding and sponsoring agencies and institutions around the world, with a specific focus on the polar regions.
• Serves as the Institutional Official for research compliance.
• Provides guidance and assistance to UAF researchers in identifying and applying for research support. Promotes training to early career researchers to facilitate successful development of research careers.
• Provides direction, resources, and oversight to help ensure the development and implementation of institutional policies and procedures for preparing, reviewing, approving, and submitting scientific proposals in accordance with Federal regulations and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
• Develops and implements innovative initiatives that foster the growth and development of research units, faculty researchers, research dollars as well as increased undergraduate, graduate and PhD enrollment in research-related fields. Builds research centers and expands research partnerships; facilitates teams to submit large collaborative proposals.
• Promotes, solicits and leads selection of limited submission proposals.
• Represents and promotes the UAF research enterprise to Alaska residents, Alaska and federal legislators, military officials, state agencies, and federal funding agencies. Promotes the reputation of UAF by placing faculty, staff, and students in leadership roles on appropriate committees, boards, and organizations that set research strategies and agendas.
• Promotes disclosure of discoveries, inventions and creations by faculty, staff and students and encourages obtaining patents, licenses, and commercial development of research products.
• Serves on the Chancellor's core leadership team as one of the principal advisors on strategic budgetary and management decisions moving UAF’s mission forward. Essential
The VCR provides visionary and strategic leadership and oversight to all UAF-based research, including direct oversight of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the International Arctic Research Center, the Geophysical Institute, the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Animal Resource Center, and the One Health Research Initiative at UAF. The VCR leads, oversees, and coordinates functions of the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration, the Office of Research Integrity, and the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. The VCR ensures that research compliance communication, education, and training resources are developed and implemented to meet the needs of research units, faculty, students, and staff. The VCR promotes the reputation of UAF by providing leadership to state, national and international Arctic research communities. The VCR also ensures excellence, integrity, and compliance in all aspects of the research process, including ensuring the safety and welfare of employees and research participants through promotion of adherence to all governmental regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures governing research.
Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of leadership (5-10 years) at a research institution and will have demonstrated commitment to fostering campus diversity, equity and inclusiveness. They will have a successful track record in prior funded research. They will have a demonstrated history of mentoring faculty or staff in research development and knowledge of key and emerging issues and research in higher education and in the Arctic. Outstanding verbal and written communications skills are expected. Ability to inspire, lead, nurture, and promote faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) in their research endeavors across the full disciplinary range of a comprehensive university is essential. Preferred qualifications include leadership experience with a research group, professional development unit, or similar organization; experience managing large-scale, complex research endeavors; ability to expand and implement academic and research visions; and demonstrated success in working with senior administrators. Commitment to diversity is an essential qualification. Successful applicants will also have demonstrated success working with state or federal legislative delegations; funding agencies; Tribal Governments, NGOs; and Indigenous communities. Applicants must have a master’s degree from an accredited university and at least five years of executive or senior level management experience. A Ph.D. is preferred.
This is a full-time, 12-month position. UA provides a competitive compensation package that is commensurate with experience and qualifications and our
UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including retirement options, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.
Applicants selected must meet Federal eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Position requires U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret security clearance. Successful applicant will be subject to a Federal background investigation.
Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application. Review of applications will begin on July 21, 2021; review will continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, please
apply no later than 11:59 pm Alaska Standard Time on July 20, 2021.
This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
Affirmative Action Statement:
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Public Disclosure Statement:
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.
University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.
Advertised: Alaskan Daylight Time 28 May 2021
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