Director, Institute for LGBT Studies (UA Internal Only) (UPDATED)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Director, Institute for LGBT Studies (UA Internal Only) (UPDATED)
Department Institute for LGBT Studies (2539)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary Please note the review date has been extended to March 27,2018

The office for Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) announces the search for the next Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies (ILGBTS), one of the premier university-wide research institutes and centers at the University of Arizona (UA). For more information about the Institute’s mission and research initiatives, see

The UA Institute for LGBT Studies is an interdisciplinary research site for cutting-edge inquiry and scholarship where LGBTQ-related pedagogy and scholarship is produced, engaged, and enacted. We bring together scholars from around the world to participate in advancing transnational perspectives on race, sexuality, and gender informed by the critique of globalization. We are committed to the pursuit of critical inquiry and transformational education and to making their benefits accessible to the public through invigorating collaborations, speakers’ series, scholarly symposia, performances, lectures, and community engagements.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

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Duties & Responsibilities

As Director of ILGBTS, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
• leading efforts and designing specific Institute activities that bring together researchers across campus in large scale, interdisciplinary collaborations that result in increased external proposals that address the key issues in the scope of the Institute;
• generating increased external funding support (sponsored and philanthropic) to grow research and engagement to provide substantive public benefit;
• connecting interdisciplinary research to external partnerships and communities, resulting in agreements with industry, NGO’s, governments, and other non-federal entities, in Arizona, nationally and globally, as appropriate to the Institute;
• delivering public impact that provides value and enhances the visibility of the university and the Institute.

The Director is expected to execute these responsibilities in a manner that coordinates and utilizes RDI resources and programs (e.g., Research Development Services, Strategic Business Initiatives, Global Research Alliances, RDI philanthropic development personnel, University Research Communications, Research Analytics and the RDI Business Center), as well as with those in the Institute’s affiliated colleges. The Director oversees and manages all Institute operations including research and engagement programs and relationships both within and outside the university, including cultivating and stewarding close relationships with affiliated departments, sponsors, donors, and community partners. The Director is assigned the authority, responsibility and accountability to make the Institute programmatically and financially successful under the auspices of RDI. The Director is expected to work closely with RDI leadership in setting goals and targets, and evaluating outcomes, and to regularly report on Institute activities, finances, metrics, and outcomes to the Senior Vice President for Research.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

• Applicant must have tenure or continuing status at the University of Arizona;
• Experience in fostering a culture of research and academic excellence among faculty members;
• Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse faculty, across multiple disciplines, that fosters common goals within ILGBTS and the broader university community;
• Proven administrative ability, including budget and financial management, strategic planning, and personnel management;
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to various audiences;
• Demonstrated record of sponsored research in LGBTQ studies;
• Terminal degree in a relevant discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

• Previous leadership experience related to interdisciplinary research within a higher education institution.
• Demonstrated record of successful fund-raising.
• Demonstrated record of commitment to a diverse and multicultural university and creating a civil and respectful environment that embraces all individuals.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22270
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees Yes
Contact Information for Candidates

Christopher Scott

Open Date 12/13/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 03/27/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Are you currently on University of Arizona payroll (student worker and employee positions) or in an official lay-off status with the University of Arizona?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a terminal degree in a relevant discipline?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents