Public Service Faculty - State Services Unit

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Posting Number F0897P Working Title Public Service Faculty - State Services Unit Department PSO-Carl Vinson Inst of Govt About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

Since 1927, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government has worked with public officials throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people’s lives. From Georgia’s early days as a largely agrarian state with a modest population to its modern-day status as a national and international force in business, industry and politics with a population of 10 million, we have helped government leaders navigate change and forge strong directions for a more prosperous Georgia.

Every day, more than 150 faculty and staff provide technical assistance, training and technology solutions to Georgia’s state and local governments as well as governments around the world.

College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities & Females Advertised Salary The qualifications of the successful applicant will determine compensation. Anticipated Start Date 09/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 06/03/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vita or resume, and three letters of recommendation. Candidates will be considered for this position until it is filled but are assured of being considered if application materials are received by July 4, 2021. All applicants must apply through UGAJobs to be considered for the position.

Location of Vacancy Atlanta Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

Classification Title Public Service Professional AC FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree

Position Summary

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia invites applications for a public service faculty position within the Atlanta-based State Services Unit ( SSU ). The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is a Public Service Unit under the leadership of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. The mission of the Institute of Government is “is to enhance the capacity of governments to serve the citizens in Georgia.” The position will be available September 1, 2021 and carries rank in the public service faculty career ladder of the University.

The State Services Unit ( SSU ) provides organizational development and process improvement services to state agencies and other organizations in Georgia. The main role of the SSU Public Service Faculty is to assess and forecast the needs of state agencies, develop and present strategies that address those needs, and build a portfolio of client funded projects. The position serves as consultant for assessment and development of practices, systems, and techniques that affect organizational change in efforts to modify performance and/or culture. The incumbent develops and conducts presentations, builds and leads diverse teams, and authors project-related documents (e.g., project proposals, grant applications, reports, white papers, and articles). The position involves consulting with government officials and their staff, academic and public service faculty and administrators, non­profit organizations, and stakeholder groups; preparing budgets, project plans, online surveys; conducting researching, gathering and analyzing data; participating in webinars and other presentations that address practitioner/policymaker needs. This position will report to the State Services Unit Manager. The position will spend considerable time working directly with state and other officials and staff. Thus, it is critical that the candidate possess the desire, ability, and experience to interact in a very objective, positive and supportive manner with these important clients of the Institute of Government.

Additional Requirements

Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, organizational psychology, organizational development, social work, sociology, social sciences, education, science or the humanities with course work in organizational theory, human resources development, program evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Public Service Assistant, Public Service Associate, or Senior Public Service Associate. Rank on hire will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, according to the Public Service and Outreach Appointment and Promotion Guidelines. For information about requirements for each rank, please see the Guidelines here: (

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Candidates should have at least three years of experience working in large complex organizations doing project management, fiscal analysis, change management, organizational analysis, or operations management. Candidate should also have a background working with data collection, interviewing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; project management, budgeting and report writing skill sets; and a background working with state and local governments and government-related agencies. The ideal candidate will have an understanding and familiarity with financial and performance data as well as a background with performance management, performance improvement consulting, or quality assurance.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

• Knowledge of theory-based organizational development methodology, tools, and practices.
• Knowledge of the complexities involved in working in a public sector environment and the ability to work through challenges to deliver viable solutions.
• Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to manage projects, competing priorities, project resources, and budgets simultaneously.
• Ability to secure external contracts and build capacity to meet contractual obligations.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to manage large-scale organizational development projects in state government, preferably in the human services sector.
• Ability to interact in a professional and supportive manner with elected and appointed officials, agency leaders, agency staff, and diverse stakeholders.

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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