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Executive Director (Institute Administrator)

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 27, 2023

Job Details

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Social Work is seeking an Executive Director (Institute Administrator). Reporting to the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, the Executive Director (aka the Administrator) will provide critical leadership for The Institute for Implementation & Innovation (The Institute). The mission of the Institute is to support state and local governments and organizations in implementing and sustaining effectives systems and practices that best meet the needs of children, youth, and their families involved in public systems. The incumbent will serve as a key liaison between administrators, faculty and staff within the School of Social Work (SSW), the University of Maryland Baltimore and across the partner institutions who are engaged in research, evaluation, workforce development, technical assistance, coaching, and training related to child and family well-being and the systems who serve them. The Institute Executive Director will have significant opportunities to collaboratively refine The Institute’s mission and initiatives through dialogue with the SSW leadership, affiliates, and stakeholders together with key faculty and leaders across many different departments and schools at the University of Maryland Baltimore along with scholars and partners around the State of Maryland. The Institute Executive Director will engage with students and faculty at the SSW, as well as leading external partners including practitioners, State of Maryland policymakers, community-based organizations, civil organizations, in Maryland and around the world.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values of the School of Social Work. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, paid holidays, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

· The Institute Executive Director will be a highly effective communicator and proven leader who has successfully managed research centers. Specific duties for the incumbent include but are not limited to research center management; strategic positioning and growth of The Institute; interacting closely with leaders on campus for strategic alignment and growth.

· The Institute Executive Director will work with researchers to expand external funding, collaborate with academic, government, industry partners, and private and public organizations to grow and sustain a robust research center and education portfolio, while developing initiatives and activities to enhance the visibility of The Institute and the School of Social Work. The Institute Executive Director will work to maintain and cultivate strategic partnerships with stakeholders, collaborate with external partners, and represent the Institute at conferences to expand reach and influence.

Direct Reports:

The Institute Executive Director is expected to work closely with the Dean of the School of Social Work, Principal Investigators from contracts and grants, and the SSW’s Business and Research Infrastructure. This position involves the exercise of discretion and judgment, with the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance that affect the Institute. The Institute Executive Director will supervise the Business Operations Director, and other key research and program personnel at the Institute.

Additional Duties:

· Provides strategic leadership and vision to a diverse team of faculty and staff involved in review, approval, negotiation and administration of research, educational, and public service proposals, grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, sub awards.

· Creates and maintains relationships with other SSW/UMB units, state, and Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall Institute mission.

Qualifications :

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in a data or social science-related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Ph.D. preferred.

Experience: Ten (10) years spent progressively building a background in administrative and financial operations preferably in applied research (qualitative, quantitative, evaluation), advocacy and/or community engagement, nonprofit programming.

Supervisory Experience: Five (5) years of experience at a management/leadership level.

Other: No substitution of experience for minimum education requirement.

Financial disclosure reporting required by State of Maryland Ethics Committee.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

· Prior experience serving as an Executive Director for a research center is preferred.

· Desirable candidates will be widely known and respected within the State of Maryland government agencies and the academic community. An excellent reputation and an extensive established network in relevant research and policy communities.

· Substantial successful management and leadership experience; a track record of innovation, program leadership, fundraising, and program building

· Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution.

· Academic background and recognized expertise in related areas of child welfare research

· Experience with grant management activities, including grant writing experience.

· Strong understanding and commitment to higher education, faculty, staff, and student issues.

· The ability to work with dynamic and diverse groups/populations.

· Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies

· Demonstrated expertise in building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.

· Outstanding verbal and written communication skills


· Advocacy

· Research

· Program Development and Evaluation

· Organization and Strategic Planning

· Policy Leadership

Hiring Range: $178,000 - $197,500 per year (Commensurate with education and experience)

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.


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