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About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) is a public service entity of the university, operating out of the university’s flagship Amherst campus. Funded through grants and contracts, UMDI brings the expertise of public higher education to bear on the diverse needs of its clients in the government, business, and non-profit sectors. The core areas of focus in which UMDI serves its clients include training and technical assistance for providers in early childhood education and care; applied research in education, public health, the economy, public policy, and populations; consultation and professional development services for state agencies, non-profits, private entities and the general public; career services for employers and job seekers; and civic education for international and domestic audiences.
UMDI operates in Massachusetts, New England, nationally and internationally. UMDI’s public facing business groups provide services in areas including applied research, workforce development, organizational development, training, and technical assistance. With current annual revenues of $23 million, UMDI employs approximately 130 full-time professional employees, and 50 part-time, seasonal, and graduate students, based in four office locations across Massachusetts and locations throughout the United States.
The Executive Director is responsible for guiding UMDI with vision and leadership and overseeing its overall performance and vitality. The position leads the institute’s ongoing strategic planning, direction, management, and coordination with clients, partners, and university departments as appropriate to ensure that quality, client-responsive services are consistently developed and delivered across the institute to the benefit of its clients. The position also oversees the substantial administrative, personnel, and fiscal operations of the organization. The Executive Director interacts with key leaders and other stakeholders within the university, and with those in Massachusetts state government, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and the business community.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Typical office environment.
The successful candidate must live in Massachusetts and have the have the ability to travel frequently within the state, especially to the Hadley/Amherst area, and nationally on occasion. No relocation allowance provided.
Salary commensurate with skills and experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Along with your application, please provide a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. The position will remain open until filled.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
Advertised: Mar 12 2021 Eastern Standard Time