ISER Director

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Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Coll of Bus & Public Policy
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) in the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking applications for the position of Director. For 60 years, ISER has been producing research that helps people understand social and economic systems and supports informed public and private decision-making. The institute has a strong, multi-disciplinary group of faculty and research professionals, and is regularly called upon by state and federal legislators and policymakers to examine legislative and regulatory issues. In Alaska and around the circumpolar North, ISER is known for high-quality policy-oriented research in economic development, natural resource management, health, education and fiscal policy. ISER researchers are also fully engaged in Arctic policy research related to climate change and environment, energy, and rural sustainable development. The ISER Director will coordinate research activities both within the institute and with other institutions and agencies, and will supervise a multi-disciplinary team consisting of 30 people, including faculty, administrative and research staff, and student researchers.  The successful candidate’s current research agenda should add to or complement ISER’s focal research areas.  In the director role, the institute expects the ISER Director to be recognized on and off campus as knowledgeable about Alaska public policy issues.  A related expectation is the director facilitating ISER’s involvement in UAA’s new Master of Public Policy program.  Most importantly, the director will work with institute researchers and staff to shape ISER’s future research agenda in the context of the rapid social, economic, and environmental change Alaska is currently experiencing.


100Supervise ISER PIs and staff, address personnel issues, hold regular staff meetings, and conduct performance evaluations. Work with the executive officer to track the both general and restricted fund budgets, identify potential problem areas and solutions, and provide oversight of ISER’s activities and programs. In conjunction with the ISER PIs, work on strategic planning initiatives for the institute. Implement and practice a shared governance approach to overseeing the institute’s operations. Facilitate the hiring and mentoring of junior PIs. Consult on the development of the MPP program and ISER’s involvement in it. Generate support for and awareness of ISER and represent the institute across the university. Work with CBPP’s and UAA’s development officers on strategies for generating external funding to support the institute. Serve as ISER’s liaison to the public and promote ISER research externally; work with the legislature and meet with a wide variety of stakeholders in public, private, and non-for-profit sectors. Publish results or conduct outreach for externally funded projects. Write research or research capacity building proposals. Conduct research or manage institutional grants.Essential

The following qualifications are required:

  • PhD or terminal degree in a discipline that is relevant to ISER’s mission.
  • Familiarity with policy oriented, applied research. 
  • Record of high-quality research and publications relevant to ISER’s research foci.
  • Ability to generate externally funded opportunities for the institute relevant to its mission.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to generate support for and awareness of ISER across the University of Alaska, and with external agencies and constituencies.  
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Commitment to a shared governance approach.  

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience leading research teams.
  • Understanding of Alaska’s economy, culturally diverse society, and current policy context.
  • Familiarity with research developments and opportunities in Alaska, the Arctic, or in similar regions.

ISER sits within the University of Alaska Anchorage’s accredited College of Business and Public Policy.  As a part of the University of Alaska system, UAA is a comprehensive, accredited public institution with over 14,000 students that offers graduate, baccalaureate, and associate degrees through its main campus in Anchorage and community campuses throughout Alaska. Anchorage is a diverse, thriving, modern city of nearly 300,000 residents where over 100 languages are spoken. The community offers outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities and excellent social and cultural amenities. For more information about Anchorage, consult:

Applicants should submit a one page cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position, a maximum five page, current curriculum vita or resume, and the names, titles and contact information for three references no later than Friday, September 24, 2021.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Marie Lowe,

Application review will begin September 27, 2021.  

Expected start date is Jan 3, 2022.    

Term Position:

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

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:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

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.

Training Policy:

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.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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