The University of Central Florida ( UCF ) seeks applications for
the position of executive director of the Lou Frey Institute of
Politics and Government. This is a faculty administrator
appointment and is not tenure earning. A secondary joint
appointment with an appropriate academic department at the
university is a possibility.
The Lou Frey Institute is situated in the Political Science
Department in UCF's College of Sciences and promotes the
development of enlightened, responsible, and actively engaged
citizens. Over the past decade, the institute has developed an
extensive portfolio of successful work in civic education and
engagement that includes policy analysis and development, the
provision of instructional support for teachers in Florida and
other states, the provision of civic learning support tools for
students, research and data analysis to support continuous
improvement of student achievement in civics, and support for
communities seeking to enhance citizen engagement. Through various
online platforms, the institute currently provides support to about
7,000 teachers and over 100,000 students each school year. The
significance of the institute's work has been recognized
nationally. More information about the Lou Frey Institute is
available at http://loufreyinstitute.org/.
Building on the current record of accomplishment, the executive
director, in collaboration with institute staff, will provide
vision and leadership to shape and strengthen existing programs and
to develop new initiatives that fulfill the institute's mission.
The successful candidate will also work with partners across the
university, in the state, and throughout the country to continue to
expand the scale and scope of the institute's impact. To accomplish
these broad objectives, the executive director will also provide
leadership in external funding from both public and private
UCF , one of the nation's largest universities with more than
68,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and
reputation since it opened more than 50 years ago. The university
is classified as a "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"
and a "Community Engagement" institution by the Carnegie
Foundation. Today the university offers more than 200-degree
programs, more than 100 of them at the graduate level. UCF is an
economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the
region's future while providing students with real-world
experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more
information, visit https://www.ucf.edu.
Position Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must have (1) a terminal degree from an accredited
institution; (2) demonstrated knowledge of current issues and
literature related to civic learning, assessment, and engagement,
or in a related field; (3) strong leadership and managerial
experience in organizations and program development; (4) a record
of relevant scholarship and/or writing in their professional
practice; and (5) demonstrated success in obtaining external
funding from public and/or private sources.
In addition, experience in an academic setting, experience in
applied empirical research and evaluation, and experience with
distance learning, educational technologies, and working with
public officials is strongly preferred.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages
all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans,
individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally
underrepresented populations. UCF 's Equal Opportunity Statement
can be viewed at:
http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf . As a
Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and
selection procedures available to the public upon request.
Additional Application Materials Required
UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be
submitted electronically through the Human Resources website,
https://www.jobswithucf.com. In addition to the online application,
interested candidates must upload the following: 1) a cover letter
that includes a statement of interest; 2) a current CV; 3) a vision
statement; and 4) the names and contact information for three
Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be
attached at that time. Once the online submission process is
finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit
additional documents at a later date.
Please direct all questions to Dr. Tosha Dupras, search committee
chair, at email@example.com.