Director of Research, Sponsored Programs, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center

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  • Job Number:526011
  • Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
  • Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
  • School/Business unit:UAS Provost Office
  • Location:Juneau
  • Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Research/Science

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is seeking a highly qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Director of Research, Sponsored Programs, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC). This position encompasses two primary roles: ● Oversight and encouragement of UAS Research, Creative Activity & Sponsored Programs ● Serving as the Managing Director of ACRC

The selected candidate will report directly to the UAS Provost. This position offers an opportunity to work with program leadership at UAS to define strategies for new and existing programs. The focus is on highlighting research and creative activity, as well as encouraging participation and performance across colleges, schools, and departments. This position will also have direct oversight and management responsibilities for ACRC, guiding and managing the center’s trajectory.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with University leadership, faculty, and students to advance research and creative activities.
  • Support, facilitate, and enhance research infrastructure through interdisciplinary and intercampus collaboration.
  • Coordinate and make best use of related physical assets.
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing a strategic vision.
  • Build student research opportunities.
  • Provide fiscal management and oversight; and supervise employees.
  • Seek and encourage success in securing both grant and philanthropic funding.
  • Build and maintain collaborations with societal partners, including tribal entities.

The ideal candidate will be an individual with an ability and desire to work with colleagues from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. They should also be committed to encouraging the growth and development of diversity at UAS.

The University of Alaska Southeast campuses reside on the unceded territories of the ÁakʼwḴwáan, Taantʼá Ḵwáan, and Sheetkʼá Ḵwáan on Lingít Aaní (Tlingit land), also known as Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka, Alaska, adjacent to the ancestral home of the X̱aadas (Haida) and Ts’msy-en (Tsimshian).

The Juneau area is in the territory of the Áakʼw Ḵwáan (People of the Little Lake) and is home to the largest Federally Recognized Tribe in Alaska: Tlingit & Haida. It is also home to the Douglas Indian Association, Sealaska Corporation headquarters, and Goldbelt Corporation. The City of Juneau is the state capital and the largest city in southeastern Alaska. The city offers a flourishing downtown business and arts scene, an extensive library system, and public transportation. As Alaska’s capital, Juneau sits at the epicenter of Alaska’s governmental and economic affairs.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact the search committee chair, Aaron Dotson by email at

Position Details:

This position is located on the Juneau campus in. This is a full-time, non-represented faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. 

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Must have a valid Alaska Driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of hire.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Review of application materials will begin on Monday, November 17, 2023. Search and selection procedures will be closed with a sufficient and viable number of candidates have been identified. 

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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.

UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider 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.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Louisa Cryan, UAS HR Senior Business Partner, at or (907) 796-6263.

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