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Director, Center for Leadership and Service

Albany, NY - Posted on: Wednesday 07/06/16


About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

In pursuit of its strategic objective to advance students' understanding and practice of leadership in an intentional and developmentally appropriate way and to enhance civic engagement, the Division of Student Affairs has created the Center for Leadership & Service. The Center will offer leadership programming and consulting open to the entire study body and targeted populations while providing an educational model of leadership development to the university community. One of the premier programs emanating from this new center will be an elective Leadership Certificate program, which integrates pedagogy and practice, including hands-on activities, classroom learning, and skills development. Additional programs are expected to include short, skills-based courses, peer leadership advisors, an alumni leadership-mentoring program, leadership living and learning communities as well as development of an interdisciplinary Leadership minor. The center will also be a clearinghouse for service opportunities for students and work collaboratively with our Community and Public Service Program.

The Center and its approach to leadership development will be grounded in a UAlbany-specific model of leadership development, predicated on the three intersecting areas of individual leadership, group leadership, and community leadership, articulating the values and skills associated with each area. The resulting model pulls from leadership theory (particularly the social change model), but also ties in the teachings of contemplatives in action, discernment, inquiry, social justice, and authenticity. The model is meant to provide a theoretical framework from which to develop a leadership curriculum and appropriate programming for the UAlbany community.

The Director has responsibility to design, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive leadership development program; promote leadership strategies and programs that support the mission of the University at Albany and positively impact students; initiate short-term and long-term strategic plans for the Center for Leadership & Service and lead department staff in their implementation; communicate and collaborate with faculty, administrators, students, parents, and other university stakeholders concerning leadership programming; and provide supervision, direction, evaluation, and leadership to the professional and support staff.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in leadership or related discipline from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • 5+ years of experience in leadership education or related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to multi-disciplinary approaches to leadership education
  • Familiarity with established leadership theories and developmental models
  • Experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Strong supervisory skills
  • Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong leadership, judgment, managerial, organizational, interpersonal, and motivational skills
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students
  • Commitment to professional development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in leadership or related discipline from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Staff Associate, SL-4

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University's crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University's current campus security policies. The University at Albany's Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml


To Apply:

Please apply online via http://albany.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=72728

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications

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Closing date for receipt of applications: August 4, 2016