Director of the Center for Higher Education

Posting Details

Applications will be accepted until midnight (Eastern Time Zone) on the 'Posting End Date' shown below.

Position Information

Job Title Director of the Center for Higher Education
Applications Accepted From Public: Open to the public
Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, complete online application and upload required documents including cover letter documenting qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae/resume, and list of at least three professional references including at least one prior or current supervisor. List of references should include name and current contact information including addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must state their current visa and residency status.

Position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by January 31, 2018. Anticipated start date is August 14, 2018.

Questions should be directed to: Dr. Lijing Yang, Assistant Professor and Search Committee Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Email:

This position is eligible for the following benefits: Level 1 - Medical/Rx, Vision, Dental, Ortho; Winter Break Closure; Holidays Paid; Basic/Supp/Dep Life; Educ. Benefits; Sick Leave; Vacation; Retirement
Posting Number 20161341S
Job Description

The Center for Higher Education (CHE) seeks a highly qualified leader and scholar for the position of Director. The Center is located within the Department of Counseling and Higher Education in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University (OHIO). The Center conducts and facilitates research and policy analysis center focused on higher education issues in Ohio, the Appalachian region, and the nation at large. The Center is seeking a director who will lead research and secure grant procurement and execute sponsored research funding opportunities. The successful candidate will work directly with the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program as a full-time administrator.

The goals for the Center for Higher Education include securing grant funding and conducting research and policy analysis devoted to topics (e.g., policy, faculty issues, governance) relevant to higher education at national, state, Appalachian region or local levels. The Center also develops collaborative relationships and partnerships that enhances its capacity to meet challenges facing higher education in Southeastern Ohio and the Appalachian region. Further, the Center will provide faculty and students in the master’s and doctoral programs in HESA and in The Patton College of Education at large with opportunities for professional experience and research. The Center also engages them in activities that support the strategic priorities of Ohio University. Finally, the work and activities within the Center will make a valuable contribution to the social, economic, and cultural development goals of OHIO by pursuing initial and sustained scholarly and grants productivity.

The Center is involved in a myriad of activities which include contracted or externally funded research projects, independent research projects, consultation, and other service activities. For additional information about the Center for Higher Education, visit our website at

Responsibilities include:
(a) Grant Solicitation/Development/Administration: Identify opportunities to seek external grant funding for Center projects. Write proposals seeking grant funds for Center research projects;
(b) Research: In collaboration with HESA faculty, other Patton College faculty, and other OHIO faculty and researchers, develop, coordinate, and conduct substantial and meaningful research projects related to the Center’s goals. Publish and present findings for both Center­sponsored and externally-sponsored outlets and events;
© Communication: Using a variety of media, communicate to a broad audience, both inside and outside of OHIO, relevant research and research-related activities of faculty and graduate students in the Higher Education / HESA programs.
(d) Supervision: Oversee all phases of the research process and training activities. Ensure all research activities complying with the institutional policy and federal regulations governing human subjects research. Supervise graduate assistant(s) and oversee other personnel affiliated with funded projects, such as grant managers and editors.
(e) Service: Under the supervision of the Department Chair, as a liaison with the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and in partnership with the HESA faculty, provide project management support for externally funded research projects. Participate in service and training at program, department, college and university levels.

Minimum Qualifications

Required qualifications include:
• A master’s degree from an accredited university in higher education or a relevant field.
• Documented experience with leading and facilitating grant application, developing budget, and maintaining funding.
• Demonstrated record of successfully secured grants.
• Experience with leading and facilitating grant application, developing budget, and maintaining funding.
• A working knowledge of the processes required to obtain external funding and pre and post award processes for maintaining grant funding.
• Strong evidence of the ability to delineate and maintain a focused research agenda.
• Strong evidence of the ability to coordinate faculty, staff, and graduate students and lead the research team to produce cutting-edge research.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Graduate-level training in statistics and research methodology and practical experience in a variety of statistical and non-statistical methods

Preferred Qualifications

Strong preference will be given to applicants who hold an earned doctorate from an accredited university in higher education or a relevant field.

Department Counseling and Higher Education
Pay Rate

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Open Date 12/01/2017
Posting Close Date

Position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by January 31, 2018.

Job Category Administrative - Exempt-Salaried
Months 12
Planning Unit Patton College of Education
Work Schedule

M-F, 8-5; some fluctuations may occur to accommodate faculty or student schedules when proposing research agendas

Campus Athens
Expected hours worked per week 40
Expected duration of assignment Continuous
Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position. Dr. Lijing Yang,
Diversity Statement

Ohio University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is a member of the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Job Information

Employment Type Full-Time Regular
Job Family/Subfamily Academic and Program Management-Research and Program Management
Career Track & Level IC 2
Pay Grade CA&P|17|

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  2. Cover Letter
  3. References
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