Executive Director of the R.B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI)

Grand Valley State University

Muskegon, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 494542
Position type: FAC – Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Muskegon
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The Executive Director of the R.B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) will provide vision and leadership for the Institute’s mission, including maintaining and building upon its established reputation for scholarly excellence and community outreach, and demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based teaching and practice.

Essential Functions  

The Executive Director of the R.B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) will provide vision and leadership for the Institute’s mission, including maintaining and building upon its established reputation for scholarly excellence and community outreach, and demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based teaching and practice. The AWRI Executive Director will: 

  • Develop, execute, and evaluate strategic planning that aligns with the values and goals established for AWRI, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Grand Valley State University.  
  • Report to, and meet with, the CLAS Dean as appropriate. 
  • Promote AWRI at the state, regional, national, and international levels via conference presentations, publications, collaborations, and professional service.  
  • Promote AWRI/CLAS/GVSU by actively engaging with the West Michigan community through service organizations, board service, and other civic activities as appropriate.  
  • Evaluate AWRI faculty and support staff. 
  • Oversee AWRI financial resources and responsibilities. 
  • Work with the Office of Development to build and maintain AWRI’s endowment funds, engage with current donors, and grow the donor base.  
  • Oversee AWRI’s graduate programs, including the Aquatic Emphasis M.S. through the Biology Department and the Water Policy M.S. program. 
  • Mentor research of faculty and graduate students, as appropriate. 
  • Review grant proposals. 
  • Provide assistance in scholarly writing, as appropriate.  
  • Maintain an active personal research program, publish scholarly works, and secure external funding, as appropriate. 
  • Teach in related area of expertise, as appropriate.  

Non-Essential Functions  

  • None  

Required Education  

  • Doctorate in an aquatic science, environmental science, or related discipline.  

Required Experience  

  • A highly collaborative and transparent leadership style. 
  • A strong track record of scholarly achievement within a complex environment, including successful grant writing, externally funded research, and peer-reviewed publications.  
  • Administrative, personnel, and financial management experience.  
  • A history of visionary, results-oriented leadership. 
  • A record of community-engaged research and/or public education and outreach activities.  
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills. 
  • A record of mentoring early career faculty and graduate students. 
  • A record of implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices. 

Preferred Education  

  • None  

Preferred Experience 

  • Experience with philanthropy.  

Supervisory Responsibilities  

  • PSS 
  • AP Staff, as appropriate 

Salary:  Commensurate with experience 

Department: R. B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) 

Campus: Muskegon 

How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select “Apply now”.  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. If you have questions, please contact Robert Smart (smartr@gvsu.edu).  

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Advertised: 15 Dec 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:





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