Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability


Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: ES00005/3

Salary Range: s a lary commensurate with experience u p to $87,000

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) seeks an experienced academic and administrator for the position of Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability and with rank as either Full Professor or Associate Professor of Architecture & Community Planning. The chair provides administrative oversight and programmatic guidance to an interdisciplinary, group of programs focused on the built environment, community, urban, and sustainable design. The academic programs that comprise the department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability are Bachelor of Arts in Urban Sustainability, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture, Professional Science Master’s in Water Resource Management, Urban Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and the PhD program in Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The incumbent will work closely and collaborate with the Chair of the Department of Health Nursing and Nutrition, and the Directors of the Center for Sustainable Development, and Resilience and the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education. S/he is expected to teach a reduced teaching load, to engage students in the college’s community outreach and education programs as outlined in the University’s strategic plan.

The incumbent must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse internal and external constituencies, perform all duties with a high degree of efficiency, communicate effectively, work well under pressure and be familiar (or familiarize self) with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of CAUSES, UDC, and program sponsors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and oversees the administrative processes in Department of Architecture and Urban Sustainability. Able to implement and adhere to NAAB accreditation standards.
  • Develop and maintain an awareness of urban planning, green building, and sustainable development in communities in the District of Columbia.
  • Teaches graduate and undergraduate courses as needed.
  • Works with graduate students and CAUSES colleagues to plan and implement research projects including review of relevant literature, assisting with research design, developing research protocols.
  • Works collaboratively with other CAUSES academic departments and land-grant centers as well as with DC agencies and service providers to effectively address DC and national priorities related to health, wellness, and the built environment.
  • Maintains and completes required reports, including budgets, plans of work, reports of 
accomplishments, and other documentation needed for program effectiveness.
  • Fosters leadership development opportunities and opportunities for practicing and implementing leadership skills and networks with professionals and agencies to serve the needs of students and community clients.
  • Maintains productivity standards and practices effective time management and prioritizing of tasks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned including special assignments related to architecture or other needs of the college, university and community.

Other Duties
  • Works effectively with the Program Director of the Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship program.
  • Serves as a resource for the UDC campus and the DC community.
  • Serves as a resource for public decision-making related to architecture and community planning when appropriate.
  • Assists in identifying funding sources to support the expansion and improvement of architecture internships.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Terminal degree in Architecture ( architecture or related field) (PhD preferred).
  • Practice experience and Registered Architect (required) in one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions, licensure in the District of Columbia (preferred).
  • Four years of teaching in Architecture and Community Planning field.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Three (3) years supervisory experience.
  • Teaching and research experience; program planning experience desired.
  • Proven record of scholarship and problem-solving skills.
  • A valid driver’s license to travel within the district as needed for community education and student supervision purposes.
  • Familiarity with and adherence to NAAB accreditation standards.
  • A proven commitment to continuous improvement and to proactive, outcomes-oriented work in meeting the responsibilities and duties described.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Talent Management only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Talent Management at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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