Deputy Director of Research - ACEP

University of Alaska

Deputy Director of Research - ACEP

• Job No:
• Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
• Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
• Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator, On Campus
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
• School/Business unit:UAF AK Center for Energy & Power
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Administrative/Personnel, Business/Accounting/Finance, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:
The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) seeks a highly qualified and experienced candidate to fill the position of Deputy Director of Research. This is an opportunity to work with the director and program leadership to define strategies for new and existing research programs that position Alaska as an innovative ecosystem for energy research. If you are interested in supporting innovative energy solutions for Alaska and beyond and enjoy leading a diverse team, we encourage you to apply!

10Administrative: Serve as Acting Director for ACEP in the absence of the Director. Provide Departmental Signature Authority in the absence of the Director. Work with researchers and the ACEP Executive Officer to ensure staffing needs are met. Develop metrics for tracking and reporting on program performance. Review and/or perform SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats) analysis of existing programs, as needed, and contribute to the development of strategic plans.Essential 10Advocacy and Program Development: Identify and/or create new opportunities for ACEP researchers. Effectively advocate for ACEP programs and funding and build strong partnerships both within the university and externally. Position ACEP to be an essential partner with the state of Alaska, industry, and the federal government in developing innovative and practical energy solutions. Work with the University of Alaska government relations team, UAF Vice Chancellor for Research and other partners to develop, maintain, and enhance support for ACEP's programs at the state and federal levels. Promote ACEP research with private and public organizations and key constituencies. Work closely with leadership in other units in the University of Alaska to identify opportunities for research collaboration. Represent and advocate for ACEP at research-based governance meetings university-wide.Essential 31Supervisory: Supervise Research professionals at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), including both staff and faculty. Manage hiring, delegating responsibility, work review, performance evaluation, and discipline. Oversee professional activity, provide mentorship, and ensure each researcher has the tools they need to thrive and continue to grow in their professional capacity. Within the guidelines of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) establish and maintain faculty-leadership interactions through annual evaluation of faculty, organizing or facilitating regular faculty meetings, and facilitating other means of conveying faculty input to the ACEP Director. Facilitate any required revisions to the ACEP unit-criteria for the annual evaluation and promotion of Faculty. Work with ACEP and peer faculty to ensure representation of the unit in the Faculty Senate. Working with the ACEP Executive Officer, regularly review and update, as required, procedures for research faculty hires. Serve as a core member of the ACEP Leadership Team. Provide strategic input to the ACEP Director and ACEP Executive Officer. Work closely with the ACEP Director, ACEP Executive Officer, ACEP research faculty, and ACEP research lab and facility researchers to create and maintain a professional, efficient, collaborative, and supportive workplace. Work with the ACEP Director and Executive Office to develop staffing plans to maintain appropriate growth of personnel for the ACEP research programs. Work closely with the ACEP Director to create and manage research teams to pursue projects in support of ACEP's mission.Essential 49Research: This position will be responsible for developing and/or maintaining a successful research program. The evaluation of success will be based on the unit criteria for Faculty Evaluation and Promotion adopted by the unit. Facilitate the pursuit of large programmatic research grants including serving as a PI as needed. Work with the Director, Executive Officer, and any pertinent program leads to develop and/or update strategic plans for new or existing research programs as needed. Research and disseminate information about pertinent research opportunities to ACEP faculty and staff.Essential
Alaska Center for Energy and Power:

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. ACEP is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Relevant experience in program development, implementation, and oversight in a university research setting.

Exceptional leadership skills, including team-building, facilitation, conflict resolution, and the expertise to develop a vision and motivate others to achieve it.

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing. Ability to engage in public speaking and lead group discussions and forums.

Strong organizational skills including effective supervision and mentoring skills, and demonstrated ability to manage an organization with professional staff at a variety of levels.

Exceptional interpersonal skills to network and interact effectively with diverse groups of participants and stakeholders on campus and throughout the state, region, and nation.

Excellent problem-solving, and decision-making skills, including the management of multiple high-level responsibilities simultaneously.

Ability to develop and implement systems and strategies, determine and set priorities, and meet deadlines and track details.

Demonstrated experience successfully leading initiatives.

Excellent project development skills including visioning, strategic planning, and establishing goals, objectives, and metrics.

Demonstrated ability to navigate changing demands and priorities. Ability to engage in creative problem solving to meet challenges.

Ability to travel in and out of state.

Ability to analyze complex problems and develop strategies for resolution.

Required Experience & Education:
Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a relevant scientific field and a minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible management experience required including at least 5 years of experience in supervising and managing individuals and teams.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, Director (Academic-Faculty), exempt position complete with both a competitive salary and New hires starting salary will be based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

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.

Please include in your application: resume, cover letter, research statement, leadership statement, and three professional references.

Please include in your cover letter your experience in program development, leading and/or managing employees and teams, as well as how your experience complements research priorities at ACEP. Finalists will be expected to prepare a public presentation for the ACEP and UAF research community.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified

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.


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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 Cassandra Ellis, Human Resources Coordinator, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, at or 907-474-5986.


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Fairbanks, AK

9 month(s) ago

Closing Date 2024-09-07