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Senior Director & Endowed Chair - Center for Constitutional Studies
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Dec. 1, 2020
Title Senior Director & Endowed Chair - Center for Constitutional Studies
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department Center for Constitutional Studies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Senior Director & Endowed Chair - Center for Constitutional Studies

Position Category: Staff - Full-Time


Under the general supervision of the University Provost, the Center for Constitutional Studies Director and David & Laurea Stirling Endowed Chair (D&EC) is responsible for the operational and scholarly activities of the Center for Constitutional Studies (CCS). This position will be instrumental in helping to achieve important CCS priorities, including advancement of established mission and initiatives, fundraising, and outreach with education, government, and business partners. In collaboration with UVU Institutional Advancement (IA) and CCS colleagues, this position will establish fundraising goals and strategies and raise operating funds from private and organizational donors. This position will write, co-write, or support the writing of internal, private, and government grant applications and oversee sponsored research programs. This position will be personally involved in promoting involvement in the Quill Project, a joint effort between Pembroke College (Oxford) and CCS.

This position will develop and publish original scholarly work and present scholarship both on and off campus. They will teach courses in constitutional studies, supervise CCS student research projects, including work with the Oxford Quill Project, and mentor CCS student researchers and post-undergraduate research fellows in the pursuit of graduate studies and academic careers. They will collaborate with colleagues and UVU faculty to develop undergraduate curriculum and will also work with CCS colleagues and the School of Education to create a constitutional studies graduate program and curriculum while engaging with teachers and leaders in K-12 education to create and implement K-12 constitutional studies curriculum. While the position will not be a tenured position in a department, this could be pursued based on the applicant's qualifications and university needs and resources

This individual will advance UVU's reputation by helping to bring scholars and speakers to campus through conferences and guest lecturer series, working to better publicize the success of UVU faculty, CCS fellows, and students, and building intellectual community by fostering discussion between centers and UVU departments. This individual is expected to be in residence at Utah Valley University for the duration of the appointment and may not be employed by another institution during that time.

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The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University was established in September 2011. The Center is a nonpartisan academic institute that promotes the instruction, study, and research of constitutionalism. It employs a multidisciplinary approach to effectively equip a new generation of citizens and leaders with a broad understanding of political thought and economic and political practices critical to the perpetuation of constitutional government, ordered liberty, and the rule of law.

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UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Required Qualifications:

JD or PhD in a relevant field; established record of scholarship and/or professional practice in Constitutional Law, Constitutional History, or Public Law; experience teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level; leadership experience; and understanding of the fundraising process.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated knowledge of constitutional law and constitutional history, including knowledge of constitutional issues found at the intersections of political thought, public policy, religion, law, history, or economics
Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly research and publication process or the legal research and drafting process
Demonstrated knowledge of successful teaching strategies for students with diverse backgrounds
Knowledge of organizational dynamics and administration
Demonstrated knowledge of effective interpersonal communication and engagement
Knowledge of productive individual and organizational fundraising practices

Demonstrated skills in producing scholarly work and publications
Proven record, or demonstrated potential, for excellence in program building and curriculum development
Experience teaching courses in constitutional law, constitutional history, public law, or civics
Skills in mentoring students
Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills
Experience navigating complex organizations and developing and maintaining partnerships
Demonstrated skills in working well with senior administrators and internal and external constituencies
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Skills in fundraising (individual and organizational) and enhancement of program reputation

Ability to effectively engage divers constituents, including students, university administrators, donors, faculty, and government officials
Demonstrated ability to build relationships with partner programs and to create collaborative networks at UVU and nation-wide
Ability to publicly address complicated and/or sensitive legal and political issues while avoiding opprobrium or polemics
Ability to operate in a complex campus environment and to cooperate with campus colleagues in an engaged learning environment that welcomes students from a diverse background
Ability to enhance UVUs strong teaching reputation through instruction, curriculum development, close mentoring, and open and constant communication with students
Ability to employ a multidisciplinary approach to effectively equip a new generation of citizens and leaders with a broad understanding of the Constitution critical to the perpetuation of the constitutional rule of law and ordered liberty
Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and/or projections
Ability to exercise interpersonal, problem-solving, and decision-making skills and to effectively apply general principles to specific conditions
Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments

Preferred Qualifications:

Publications in peer reviewed journals or experience drafting appellate briefs on constitutional issues; multiple years of teaching experience; experience raising funds from private donors and through grant writing; experience effectively engaging internal and external constituents; experience working at or with an academic center; and experience leading an organization.

Physical Requirements:

This job performs work in a typical office setting.

Benefits Summary:

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: STA58020

Open Date: 11/30/2020

Review Start Date: 12/22/2020

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicants qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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