Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Sep 17, 2021
Mar 25, 2022
Full Time
Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement The George Mason University, Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, invites applications for a Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity. We are home to one of the country's most diverse student populations-the most diverse in the Commonwealth of Virginia-and pride ourselves on being one of the few institutions that has equally high graduation rates for students of all backgrounds. Having a diverse faculty and staff is an important strategic focus for Mason and we strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academically and culturally inclusive environment. About the Department: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development at George Mason University strives to provide an intentional and integrated approach to supporting faculty in their scholarly and professional growth. Our mission is to promote faculty excellence, equity, and well-being by providing innovative career advancement and recognition, and implementing research-based policies, practices, and resources for Mason faculty of all career stages, roles, and appointment types. Contributing to an inclusive, thriving faculty community at Mason is central to our mission. About the Position:As part of a set of institutional commitments to strengthening a work environment that supports faculty growth, satisfaction, and excellence, George Mason University's Office of Faculty Affairs and Development invites applications for our position of Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement. The Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement will be responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing a range of programs that support the professional development of individual faculty and academic leaders, as well as contributing to the implementation of institution-wide initiatives and administrative policies related to faculty. This is a full-time (12-month) administrative faculty position with full benefits. The position will report to the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development, who reports directly to the Provost. The Director will collaborate with faculty and administrators, including the Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellbeing, on the creation and delivery of new programs and will have frequent opportunities to interact with colleagues across campus. The Director will serve as one of the primary sources of faculty support within the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development; thus, they must be adept at interacting with faculty across different fields of study/disciplines and knowledgeable about the challenges that they face, in particular with regard to the faculty lifecycle and tenure/promotion for all faculty ranks and appointment types. Responsibilities:Work with the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development to coordinate and assess programs that support faculty advancement across career stages (e.g., onboarding, mentoring, promotion/ tenure/ reappointment) and appointment types (e.g., term, tenure-line), with a focus on continuous improvement; Work with campus partners (e.g., Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning) to enhance professional development opportunities for full-time and adjunct faculty; Collaborate with the Director for Faculty Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellbeing in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development to support programming related to faculty equity and inclusion; Work in partnership with the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development in the assessment of faculty and leadership development needs and oversee the design, implementation, and assessment of comprehensive programming (e.g., workshops, seminars, mentoring, conferences); Facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations across the university to strategically advance institutional capacity related to faculty development and career advancement; Actively contribute to initiatives, such as our Mason COACHE Faculty Engagement Initiative, within Faculty Affairs and Development;Promote a culture of lifelong learning through leading efforts to build community and wellbeing for faculty members at Mason. Required Qualifications:Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree;Demonstrated experience and success working with faculty on various initiatives related to professional development; A record of teaching, mentoring, and/or scholarly excellence as a faculty member;Demonstrated understanding of current research and best practice related to faculty development, career advancement, and trends in higher education;Clearly articulated knowledge of and ability to implement current professional approaches around the development, implementation, and assessment of programming for faculty across various career stages and appointment types;Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, including the ability to maintain collaborative and confidential relationships; Ability to develop cross-campus relationships that allow for connecting faculty members to appropriate resources that will support their overall success at Mason;Demonstrated success working effectively with inclusive practices with faculty from diverse groups; Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated success with project management. Preferred Qualifications:We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, creative, ethical, and committed to inclusive excellence;Successful candidates must be able to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in order to thrive in our busy, diverse, and collaborative environment; Candidates with previous experience working as a member of a leadership team, with a strong commitment to and experience promoting faculty success, and with an openness to exploring new ideas for strengthening faculty members' professional and leadership development will be particularly competitive.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete the online application and attach a cover letter, current CV, statement of your professional development and leadership philosophy (as Other doc.), and a list of at least three professional references with contact information. Review of applications will begin 9/17/2021.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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