Director, School of Public and International Affairs

VIrginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia
Mar 05, 2019
Apr 09, 2019
Executive, Director
Education, Other
Full Time

Director, School of Public and International Affairs

Posting Number: TR0190020

Department Number: 015400

Position Number: OF0579

Position Summary:

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech ( invites applications for the position of School Director with an anticipated start date of July 2019. The successful candidate will provide leadership to SPIA faculty, staff and students; represent the School within the college and throughout the university; implement the University's Beyond Boundaries Vision. The school director will work with faculty, alumni and other stakeholders to enhance the School's current programs while expanding their interdisciplinary foci and commitment and international scope and impact; engage in fundraising, and enhance alumni relations; further advance scholarship, collaboration, and creative synergies among SPIA programs, faculty, staff, and students; be responsible for effective and equitable administrative and fiscal management of the School within an incentive-based framework; and engage in some teaching and advising. The Director of SPIA is a member of the Dean's executive leadership team, which consists of Deans and directors within the College.

The School of Public and International Affairs offers programs in multiple locations in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with 38 faculty and 8 full-time staff located primarily on Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg and in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Director can be based in the National Capital Region (NCR), or Blacksburg. Wherever located, he or she will interact regularly with faculty, staff and students located in Blacksburg, the NCR and Richmond. One of four schools within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, SPIA is comprised of three academic units: Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), Government and International Affairs (GIA), and Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP). The units offer Master's and Ph.D. degrees in the Blacksburg and NCR locations, along with additional Graduate certificates and other program offerings. CPAP also offers the M.P.A. degree in Richmond. SPIA offers undergraduate majors in Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) and Smart and Sustainable Cities (SSC) on the Blacksburg campus.

Required Qualifications:

Persons seeking this position must have a Ph.D. and credentials that enable appointment as a tenured full professor within the School. The candidate should have achieved national and/or international recognition and have a track-record of proven success in scholarship, leadership and administration

Preferred Qualifications:

Desirable attributes include experience in fund-raising; leading interdisciplinary programs; excellent communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; commitment to collaborative capacity-building and transparent management; and appreciation of the dual nature of the applied/professional and academic/scholarly missions of SPIA's programs. Salary will be commensurate with applicant credentials and the responsibilities of the post.

Employment Conditions: Must have a conviction check

Applicants must submit all documents online at (paper documents will not be accepted) reference posting # TR0190020.

Complete applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Complete contact information for at least three references
  • Statement outlining your vision for the future of the School
  • Statement of your research and scholarship

Questions concerning the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, University Distinguished Professor Karen A. Roberto, Director, Virginia Tech Institute for Society Culture and Environment; phone 540-231-7657; email:

Correspondence concerning electronic applications should be directed to Ingrid Skenderian, HR Specialist at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; phone 540-231-8387; email

Application review will begin April 2, 2019 and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process or needing this material in an alternate format should notify the Chair of the Search Committee or the Virginia Tech Relay Service, 1-800-828-1120.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services with any questions.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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