Executive Director - Associate/Full Professor of Practice;
Associate/Full Teaching Professor; or Associate/Full
School of Communication
NAU aims to be the nation's preeminent engine of opportunity,
vehicle of economic mobility, and driver of social impact by
delivering equitable postsecondary value in Arizona and
Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a
vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of
our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide
locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus
education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for
students to earn degrees.
Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the
benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully
balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members.
Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU's faculty
members promote learning and help students reach academic
Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a
thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses
70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco
For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and
About the Department/College
The School of
is housed in the College of
Social and Behavioral Sciences
. Our 47 faculty members and
staff provide the following programs of study: Communication
(Organizational & Environmental Communication),
Media and Film
(Documentary, Independent Filmmaking & Media
(Multimedia & Sports), Photography
(Digital, Alternative Processes & Black and White Studio),
(Advertising & Public Relations), and
(Graphic Design & Animation). Our growing
program in Communication
offers three emphasis areas:
Communication Studies, Documentary Studies, and Strategic
Communication. Additionally, we offer graduate certificates in
Science Communication and Communication Studies. The school also
offers certificates and minors in many of the above programs. In
addition, we have a statewide Communication Studies program in
The school's state-of-the-art facilities provide experiential
learning and interdisciplinary collaboration through our Media
Innovation Center, the Advanced Media Lab, Photographic Studios and
Darkrooms, the Public Speaking Lab, Strategic Communication Lab,
UTV Independent film production studio, KJACK FM radio station, The
Lumberjack student newspaper, NAZ Today television newscast, the
VisualDESIGNLab, an on-site student advising office, and an
exhibition gallery that showcases student and faculty work. The
school is home to the NAU Forensics Team, multiple film series,
Indigenous Youth Media Workshop and the BREDA summer workshop that
hosts students from the Netherlands in our working broadcast
About the Position
The School of Communication invites applications for the position
of Executive Director [non-tenure or tenure-eligible]. This
position is at the scenic Northern
, Flagstaff Mountain campus.
We are seeking a dynamic and visionary leader who will advance the
campus-wide and nation-wide aligned with the
university's strategic plan, NAU 2025 - Elevating
as well as the
College of Social and Behavioral Science mission
; foster growth
and investment in its graduate program and six undergraduate
programs; actively promote and support faculty in their teaching,
creative and research endeavors; collaborate with faculty in the
development and growth of the school; pursue external funding and
strengthen relationships with alumni; and provide engaged
leadership and oversight for all aspects of the school. The
Executive Director must be committed to student success, and to
both traditional and non-traditional modes of education that serve
NAU's (Northern Arizona University) diverse student body. The
Executive Director will lead an administrative team, six program
coordinators, support staff, and the full faculty of the school.
Our expectation is that the new Executive Director will be present
and engaged on the Flagstaff Mountain campus.
In cooperation with the School of Communication Administrative
Team, program coordinators, and the full faculty, the Executive
Director provides leadership and oversight in the following
1. Leadership and Advocacy
2. Student Affairs
- Generates short and long-term goals that stem from an
organizational vision created in collaboration with faculty and
- Preserves faculty governance and transparent and open
- Ensures academic integrity and quality in the school's
- Develops initiatives and fosters strategic plans, as they
relate to NAU's strategic roadmap.
- Serves as part of the Dean's college leadership group and
Academic Chairs and Directors Council.
3. Building Infrastructure and Technology
- Collaborates with Administrative Team concerning Student
- Works with faculty to recruit students.
- Ensures delivery of the curriculum to support student degree
progression and success.
- Engages with community and industry to enhance professional
opportunities for students.
- Supports internships, scholarships and NAU's 100% Career Ready
4. Financial and Budgetary Responsibilities
- Works with the building manager and NAU Facilities Services to
ensure the building is properly maintained.
- Oversees access to the building and ensures that faculty and
staff are aware of security policies.
- Works with the Dean and faculty members on long-term strategic
plans for the school's IT (Information Technology) infrastructure
and lab technology.
- Works with ITS to ensure that equipment, technology, and
software are properly maintained and updated.
5. Personnel-Related Responsibilities
- Oversees with the college financial team the School of
Communication fiscal budgets, equipment purchases, endowments, and
- Engage in efforts such as fundraising, grant project
collaboration, and cultivating relationships with existing and new
6. School Liaison Responsibilities
- Develops a staffing plan for the school in collaboration with
program coordinators and oversees search processes and hiring.
- Assigns workload in discussion with faculty and staff and
conducts annual evaluations, promotion, retention, and sabbatical
reviews of school faculty in relation to those expectations and
- Reviews and evaluates classified and professional staff
Note: This job description represents the scope of the Executive
Director's position but does not list every responsibility
that might be required
- Serves as the chief advocate for the School of Communication in
the NAU community.
- Represents the School of Communication to external audiences
such as regents, parents, alumni, benefactors, and other
For Executive Director:
Additionally, minimum qualifications for specific
For Associate Professor of Practice or full Professor of
Practice (not tenure-eligible)
- Master's degree in one of the disciplines represented in the
School of Communication or an allied field.
- Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated administrative experience in
- Minimum of 5 years of university teaching experience in one of
the program areas of the School of Communication or an allied
Minimum Qualifications Non-Tenure Track Teaching Track
ranks include (Associate Teaching Professor or full Teaching
- At least 5 years of Professional experience
- Minimum of 6 years at the rank of Assistant Professor of
Practice or equivalent academic title for the rank of Associate
Professor; minimum of an additional 6 years at Associate level or
equivalent for the rank of full Professor of Practice.
Minimum Qualifications Tenured or Tenure Track (Associate
Professor or full Professor)
- At least 6 years at the rank of Assistant Teaching Professor or
equivalent for Associate Teaching Professor; minimum of 6 years at
Associate level or equivalent for full Teaching Professor.
- Terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented in the
School of Communication or an allied field, by time of
- Minimum of 6 years at the rank of Assistant Professor or
equivalent for the rank of Associate Professor; minimum of an
additional 6 years at Associate level or equivalent for the rank of
NOTE: Your application must clearly indicate the rank and track to
which you are applying.
- Demonstrated record of teaching excellence in one of the
program areas of the School of Communication or an allied field as
demonstrated by awards, teaching innovation, evaluations, and other
concrete examples of teaching excellence.
- One year or more of demonstrated effective administrative
experience in higher education.
- Experience working with diverse populations such that all
backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences are valued.
- Experience overseeing multiple budgets.
- Experience in fundraising and cultivating donors.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Strong record of research, professional and/or creative
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, teams,
and timelines in an organized and effective manner.
- Ability to support student success in a university
- Ability to navigate faculty and staff agendas and
Compensation & Benefits
Commensurate with rank, track and experience.
This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit
package including generous health, dental and vision insurance;
participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the
Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10
holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and
qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is
available at the NAU HR
. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable
according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service
. Employees offered a
position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's
BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll
in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first
day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a
new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the
long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on
the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New
employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan
(ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on
the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term
disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first
day of the pay period following election. More information about
NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the
following: a criminal background investigation, an employment
history verification and a degree verification (in some cases)
prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a
fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the
state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal
E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new
employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year
Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report
. The report is a result
of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery
reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed
calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU
uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report
crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the
Fire Safety Report
is combined with the Annual
Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this
campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire
safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing
and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you
would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the
NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the
department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.
NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship
for this position.
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or
compensatory time for additional time worked.
Submit Your Application
Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before
October 2, 2023 will receive full consideration.
To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at
the end of the job description (if viewing this position through
the NAU HR website). Otherwise, to view the original post and to
apply, proceed to nau.jobs
, follow the 'Current Openings' link, locate
vacancy 607465, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.
Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word
- a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for
- a curriculum vitae; and
- names and contact information for three references.
Please do not include any other documents.
If you need assistance completing your application there are
instructions available on the HR website
or in person in the Human Resources
Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner
of Beaver and DuPont Streets.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable
accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact
the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773, DR@nau.edu
, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ
Equal Employment Opportunity
Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,
veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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