The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the School of Freshwater Sciences seek a highly motivated individual with a strong record of professional accomplishments in natural resource policy to serve as the Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Water Policy located within the School. The Center’s mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary solutions to resolve regional, national and international problems related to the protection, restoration and conservation of freshwater resources. The Director will provide leadership in positioning the Center for Water Policy, the School of Freshwater Sciences, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a national and international center of excellence in addressing water policy issues, research and innovation. The Director will be responsible for building the capacity of the Center by forming collaborative initiatives to promote science-based, sustainable water policies within the Great Lakes region and beyond. The Director will be expected to attract extramural support and sponsorships, recruit additional researchers from UW-Milwaukee, UW System, and academic and government and non-academic institutions, and contribute to the intellectual life of the School of Freshwater Sciences.
The Chancellor and Provost of the University have identified recruiting a highly qualified Director for the Center for Water Policy as a significant priority. The School of Freshwater Sciences is the first graduate school in the U.S. dedicated solely to the study of freshwater and pursues a mission to advance fundamental and strategic science and train the next generation of freshwater scientists and professionals to inform policy, improve management and promote the health and sustainability of the Great Lakes region and freshwater systems worldwide.
The Center for Water Policy seeks a Director with significant professional achievements in natural resource policy and demonstrated experience related to water policy. Ideal candidates should possess extensive leadership experience and a proven capacity to collaborate on policy issues across disciplines and with diverse stakeholders drawn from the education, government, nonprofit and private sectors.
The Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, Dr. Timothy Grundl, welcomes all inquiries. Alfred Gomez may be contacted at email@example.com or (414) 229-4896 and he will forward your inquiries to Dr. Timothy Grundl, Search and Screen Committee Chair.
Applications must include a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references (none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search and not without candidate permission). The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualifications. These materials must be uploaded through UWM’s Applicant Information Management System (AIMS) at: http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/29954.
The review of applications will begin on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, but review will continue until the position is filled. Please note that applications received after the deadline, Monday, March 23, 2020, may not receive consideration.
AA/EO Statement UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation
A successful candidate is required to have the following qualifications:
Minimum of 5 years of experience working toward resolving issues in natural resource policy
Bachelor’s degree (any field)
Demonstrated progressively successful leadership skills throughout career path; i.e. creating vision, change, and inspiration in current or previous roles
In addition, the screening committee will consider the following preferred qualifications:
Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, JD)
Professional experience in water policy with a strong record of working on interdisciplinary approaches to resolving complex water issues
Evidence of intellectual writings/presentations on water policy and appreciation of the role of natural sciences in informing water policy and appreciation of the role of natural sciences in informing water policy.
Knowledge of university functions
Expertise or working knowledge of freshwater issues, research challenges and funding sources at the community, state and national levels
Ability to serve in an outward facing role as spokesperson for an organization
Demonstrated ability to network and collaborate with diverse groups of stakeholders and communities, including multiple partners, across disciplines or sectors, both academic and non-academic
Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment
Demonstrated ability to work successfully with advisory boards and/or governance bodies
Five or more years of supervisory/management experience including: employee recruitment and management, budget preparation and management, project/program management
Demonstrated ability to successfully lead a project or program and see it through to completion
Proven track record of obtaining extramural funding
The position is a 9-month academic appointment.
About University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of only two doctoral-granting institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UWM is Wisconsin’s premier urban research institution and teaches a more diverse student body than any other UW-System school. As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism.
Founded over 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, the themes of quality education, excellence in research, and community service guide all University activities. On a budget of $667 million, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.
UWM’s dual mission includes research and access in service of the goal of meeting the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged. UWM is a central catalyst and partner in the Milwaukee 7, a regional collaboration focused on enhancing the economic well-being of the City of Milwaukee... and the seven counties that comprise Wisconsin’s southeast region. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2017 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Times Higher Education lists UWM among the world’s 600 best universities.
UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBT+ campus constituents. In 2016, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States. UWM was the first university in the nation to implement an inclusive housing policy.
UWM has built bridges and nurtured partnerships with nonprofits and service providers across southeastern Wisconsin for more than 30 years. The White House and Carnegie Foundation recognized UWM in 2015 for this work with two major commendations, a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. On average, UWM students volunteer 60,000 hours per year, and UWM faculty, staff, and students partner with more than 4,000 schools, businesses, community groups, and other organizations.
STUDENTS. As a doctoral research university, whose mission spans research and access, UWM enrolls a diverse mosaic of students. Fall 2016 enrollment was 26,037: 21,398 undergraduates and 4,639 graduate students. The University also enrolls about 1,600 international students. UWM is the second largest graduate degree-granting institution in the state, with over 3,000 master’s students and more than 1,400 doctoral candidates per year. Many of these students earn prestigious awards from institutions such as the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Big Ten Consortium for Institutional Cooperation. Alumni include leaders in higher education, government, and research institutions as well as elite private corporations and tribal services and industries.
UWM’s students are drivers of Wisconsin’s economy with 80% remaining in Wisconsin after graduation. UWM honors diversity both in terms of the student population and the experiences offered to students. Students of color comprise about 24% of the overall enrollment making UWM the most diverse campus in the UW System. UWM provides a number of enriching academic and research opportunities and internships for high achieving students at all levels such as UR@UWM, Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows, the McNair Program, and Honors programming.