Associate Professor, Director of Office of Child Development
University of Pittsburgh
December 5, 2017
The University of Pittsburgh's School of Education seeks its next Director of the Office of Child Development, a university-community engagement center. Now in its 30th year, OCD stimulates and supports interdisciplinary faculty collaborations with community partners to benefit the health, education, and welfare of children and families. The Office of Child Development receives annual funding of approximately $8,000,000 from local, state, and federal government agencies and from private foundations.
A national model, the Office of Child Development conducts high quality training, technical assistance, applied research, and evaluation projects to improve the lives of children and families regionally as well as internationally. To lead such initiatives in research, praxis, policy, and community engagement, the OCD Director position requires:
A creative and strategic visionary who can lead OCD as a university-community engagement center critical to the University's larger community engagement strategy and commitment
An individual whose academic and community engagement credentials will enable them to facilitate partnerships with researchers, community professionals, and policy-makers on applied research projects and community-based initiatives
An intentional leader who can guide OCD's overall operations and align the Center with the strategic goals of the School of Education
A skilled communicator who can develop and sustain successful relationships across academic and community contexts
An enthusiastic innovator who with others can generate revenue from local and national research and community funders
A strong executive with the ability to oversee OCD's administration, personnel, and fiscal operations to sustain an infrastructure supporting effective work and a positive workplace climate.
Supporting the Director, the Center's diverse staff of 50 and its graduate students conduct, facilitate, and partner with more than 24 projects annually. Projects fall into four specific areas: Children, Parents, and Families; Early Childhood; School Age and Youth; and International Child Welfare. Additionally, the Center has five staffing divisions: Applied Research and Evaluation; Service Demonstrations; Early Childhood Partnerships; Communications; and Administrative Operations. These project areas and staffing divisions support the Center's vision: to facilitate through mutually-beneficial partnerships with its constituencies new knowledge, services, and policies to improve the lives of children and families.
The successful candidate will be appointed to a faculty position in the School of Education (with possible opportunities for joint faculty appointments in other units, such as the Department of Psychology and the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and/or Social Work, depending on the candidate's background and research interests) or to a position as a senior administrator in the School of Education.
Additional requirements include:
an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline
demonstration of prior leadership successes commensurate with leading a multimillion dollar academic center
documented history of scholarly and professional productivity, including successful experience leading multidisciplinary applied research programs
demonstrated knowledge of practice and policy issues at a local and national level
a successful record of securing private and government funding to support applied research and/or practice programs for children and families.
Internal Number: 149509
About University of Pittsburgh
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