About UT Martin The University of Tennessee at Martin provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs to West Tennessee and beyond. From the founding in 1900 of Hall-Moody Institute, through the establishment in 1927 of UT Junior College, to today's status as a comprehensive public university, UT Martin is committed to preparing students for success in the global economy.
The main campus is located in Northwest Tennessee about 125 miles northeast of Memphis, 150 miles northwest of Nashville and 60 miles north of Jackson. Educational Outreach teaching centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer, and Somerville, and dual-enrollment course offerings in Tennessee high schools, bring UT Martin academic programs to people across West Tennessee. UT Martin is home to UTM Online, online programs for both undergraduate and graduate education.
UT Martin's investment in its faculty and instructional technology is helping to ensure that the university's graduates are prepared to meet the challenges in an international economy. The state-of-the-art Instructional Technology Center, located in the Paul Meek Library, brings instructional technology capacity to all university faculty members.
Outside the classroom, UT Martin students have multiple opportunities for involvement in the university community. More than 100 organizations are available for students to join including academic clubs, honor societies, service groups, student government, fraternities and sororities, and special student associations. The Office of Campus Recreation offers many on- and off-campus recreational opportunities, while the university's Department of Visual and Theatre Arts offers ongoing cultural events to the region.
Research, Outreach, and Economic Development at UT Martin In late Fall 2018, the university embarked on a new initiative to streamline communications and processes pertaining to Research, Outreach, and Economic Development. The establishment of the Office of Research, Outreach and Economic Development provided an opportunity to focus the efforts of different offices within the university to promote regional development and increase internal funding and income generation opportunities.
The mission of the Office of Research, Outreach, and Economic Development is to forge new frontiers of discovery through research and innovation by promoting a culture of creativity and enhancing economic development partnerships throughout the region and state.
The Opportunity The Executive Director provides visionary leadership in promotion of the university's role in the areas of research, outreach, and economic development. As a direct report to the Chancellor, the position is responsible for oversight and compliance of sponsored programs; promotion and coordination of outreach activities and partnerships, including regional economic development initiatives, non-degree and children's programs, and support of state and regional advocacy relations in conjunction with the UT System's Office of Government Relations and Advocacy.
The Executive Director will champion a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will possesses a deep commitment to these values and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the University. The Executive Director is also expected to contribute in measurable ways to the systemwide mission and fully embrace the systemwide Be One UT Values.
Primary Responsibilities The Executive Director provides innovative and adaptable leadership for the university's research, outreach, and economic development enterprise; is responsible for oversight of the unit including, promoting services to external and internal constituents; working collaboratively with regional and university partners; and coordinating implementation of the university's outreach plan in support of advocacy initiatives and program development. Other duties and responsibilities: * Supports the institutional mission through the creation and advancement of the university's research, outreach, and economic development goals and objectives. * Oversees staff in the Offices of Research and Sponsored Programs; Outreach; and Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (REED) Center. * Manages federal, state, system, and university compliance and reporting requirements and provides institutional leadership to ensure that all programs comply with the standards of the sponsoring agencies. * Champions the provision of high-quality teaching, research, and scholarly activities within the campus and its regional Centers. The post holder will work in partnership with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation on system-wide opportunities, as well as facilitates the identification and procurement of new sources of revenue to support new and existing programs for the campus and region. * Maintains/accountable for the effective governance and leadership of the research program including, adherence to academic, research, and relevant policy related principles. * Demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and advocates for students by coordinating programs to address their academic and experiential learning needs, including high impact practices such as undergraduate research, internships, service learning, and international study. * Oversees the day-to-day management production of proposal submissions, assuring on-time delivery of all documents and the compliance/administration of awards. * Provides regular reporting to stakeholders on grant proposal status and results as well as analysis and feedback on management opportunities. * Contributes to the economic vitality of the region by collaborating with regional economic development boards to enhance prosperity and stimulate long-range plans. * Initiates responses to stakeholder requests, proposals and partnership opportunities. * Cultivates and maintains key relationships with community partners by reporting and presenting to community groups and serving on various committees and boards. * Serves as an ambassador for the university and exhibits the professionalism and advanced communication skills necessary to successfully represent the university at all levels. * Advances the economic development and advocacy efforts of the university through community relations and outreach activities across the region. * Coordinates compliance oversight of shared campus research & innovation facilities. * Communicates with Business and Industry leadership to identify training needs (degree and non-degree). * Coordinates with the deans, directors and department chairs on decisions/procedures with various camps, meetings, and workshops managed by the Office of Outreach. * Informs and reports to the chancellor on matters relating to the outreach and economic development functions pertaining to the university. * Serves as a liaison working to advance state and federal relations consistent with UT System goals and objectives. * Embraces a data-driven decision-making organization and ensures that the data necessary for strategic planning and decision-making are available as needed.
Internal Number: 220947
The primary purpose of the University of Tennessee at Martin is to provide a quality undergraduate education in a traditional collegiate atmosphere characterized at all levels by close collaboration among students, faculty and staff. In addition, the university is dedicated to meeting lifelong educational needs by providing graduate programs, distance-learning opportunities and other creative endeavors. Furthermore, the university is committed to advancing the regional and global community through scholarly activities, research and public service.
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