The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of only two doctoral-granting institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. UWM is Wisconsin’s premier urban research institution and teaches a more diverse student body than any other UW-System school. As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism.
Founded over 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, the themes of quality education, excellence in research, and community service guide all University activities. On a budget of $667 million, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.
UWM’s dual mission includes research and access in service of the goal of meeting the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged. UWM is a central catalyst and partner in the Milwaukee 7, a regional collaboration focused on enhancing the economic well-being of the City of Milwaukee and the seven counties that comprise Wisconsin’s southeast region. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2017 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Times Higher Education lists UWM among the world’s 600 best universities.
UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBT+ campus constituents. In 2016, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States. UWM was the first university in the nation to implement an inclusive housing policy.
UWM has built bridges and nurtured partnerships with nonprofits and service providers across southeastern Wisconsin for more than 30 years. The White House and Carnegie Foundation recognized UWM in 2015 for this work with two major commendations, a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and a community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. On average, UWM students volunteer 60,000 hours per year, and UWM faculty, staff, and students partner with more than 4,000 schools, businesses, community groups, and other organizations.
STUDENTS. As a doctoral research university, whose mission spans research and access, UWM enrolls a diverse mosaic of students. Fall 2016 enrollment was 26,037: 21,398 undergraduates and 4,639 graduate students. The University also enrolls about 1,600 international students. UWM is the second largest graduate degree-granting institution in the state, with over 3,000 master’s students and more than 1,400 doctoral candidates per year. Many of these students earn prestigious awards from institutions such as the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Big Ten Consortium for Institutional Cooperation. Alumni include leaders in higher education, government, and research institutions as well as elite private corporations and tribal services and industries.
UWM’s students are drivers of Wisconsin’s economy with 80% remaining in Wisconsin after graduation. UWM honors diversity both in terms of the student population and the experiences offered to students. Students of color comprise about 24% of the overall enrollment making UWM the most diverse campus in the UW System. UWM provides a number of enriching academic and research opportunities and internships for high achieving students at all levels such as UR@UWM, Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows, the McNair Program, and Honors programming.
The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FCW) is the nation’s first integrated, higher education, multi-institutional program centered on serving the freshwater economy. It is designed to unleash the collective assets of the UW System and place them into an elite, one-of-a-kind program of training and research, while launching a talent development program in which students fully engage a diverse, multidisciplinary course of study across UW campuses.
Built upon the broad expertise, world-class facilities, research acumen, and commitment to undergraduate and graduate student training across all 13 campuses, the FCW will solidify Wisconsin’s competitive advantages represented by our expanding water economy, our unparalleled water wealth and geography, and the diversity of intellectual strengths within our system of public universities. FCW will lay the foundation for a new era of inter-campus, state agency, and private sector cooperation and partnership, trigger Wisconsin’s lead in water sector innovation, and advance a unique platform for linking economic and workforce development with higher education.
Housed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the FCW Executive Director reports to the Chancellor and Provost, with a dotted line to the Dean of the School of Freshwater Science and the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The Executive Director will provide leadership, vision, policy direction, and management oversight for the FCW. The Executive Director will be deeply involved in starting the collaboration and executing the FCW and its on-going operations, including facilitating participation by faculty and staff with expertise in related disciplines and leading coordination of efforts of 13 UW System campuses. The Executive Director must be a skilled collaborator who can work with executive leaders in industry, government, non-profit associations and academia. She or he will work closely with the Office of Sponsored Research and the Office of Development to secure external funding to advance the FCW’s mission. The Executive Director will lead the FCW Leadership Team, which includes a Research Advisory Council and an Industry/Stakeholder Advisory Board, as well as a Faculty Steering Committee made up of representatives from all 13 UW System campuses.
• Provide leadership, policy direction and management oversight for the FCW. • Support the overall strategic goals of the FCW through strategic decision making in conjunction with the Research Advisory Council, Industry/Stakeholder Advisory Board and Faculty Steering Committee • Work with faculty and administrators at all 13 UW System campuses to build and maintain coordinated academic programming for FCW, including working with programs to guide curriculum design, overcoming administrative obstacles to successful collaboration, and ensuring a wide diversity of programming and opportunities to meet the needs of FCW students and stakeholders. • Successfully collaborate with leadership of FWC partners in industry, academia and government. • Successfully communicate with the UW System to facilitate and advance FWC research and academic programming. • Manage the FCW budget, strategically allocating resources in a fashion aligned with the vision, mission and goals of the FCW and in the case of grant or philanthropic support, complies with grantor or donor intent. • Collaborate with the Offices of Development at each campus to raise philanthropic support to advance the FCW’s mission. • Collaborate with Offices of Sponsored Programs/Research at each campus, as well as faculty researchers across the UW System, to help secure multi-campus research support to advance the FCW’s mission. • Oversee the development of processes, policies and procedures for the distribution of research awards, scholarships, and internship opportunities. • Facilitate faculty participation and cooperation among related academic organizations, centers and institutes. • Become knowledgeable about and be able to explain and represent UWM and the UW System’s mission, guiding values and strategic directions, as well as affiliated programs at all 13 UW System campuses. • Provide leadership, supervision and oversight to between 2 and 8 staff and students employed by the FCW, contingent upon available funding for such positions. Provide reports and assessments of all FCW related activities to the Chancellor, Provost, and Deans of the School of Freshwater Sciences and the College of Engineering and Applied Science; prepare summaries of key FCW related activities suitable for campus/public viewing; provide required reports to governmental funders. • Other duties as assigned by the Chancellor or Provost.
The Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, J. Val Klump, Ph.D., welcomes all inquiries. Alfred Gomez may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 229-4896 and he will forward your inquiries to Dr. Klump.
Applications must include a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references (none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search and not without candidate permission). The letter should summarize your professional qualifications and the accomplishments that reflect the skills, background, and experience to be successful in this key position. Successful applicants will provide specific examples of past work experience as it relates to the position responsibilities and qualifications. These materials must be uploaded through UWM’s Applicant Information Management System (AIMS) at: http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/29297.
The review of applications will begin on Monday September 30, 2019. Please note that applications received after Sunday, September 29, 2019, may not receive consideration.
• Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience • Demonstrated success in program management including carrying out the coordinated organization, direction and implementation of multiple projects and activities to achieve defined deliverables and outcomes. • Demonstrated budgetary and financial acumen including spreadsheets, annual budgets, income statements and related financial capabilities. • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with advisory boards and/or governance bodies. • Bachelor’s Degree.
• PhD or Master’s Degree in a discipline related to the water sector or 5 years of equivalent government, industry or academic leadership experience. • Five or more years of progressively responsible leadership and administrative experience • Demonstrated experience in the water industry or a related industry. • Experience that demonstrates successful, visionary leadership of an organization with many partners, internal and external. The individual’s leadership style should be collaborative, ethical, team-oriented, and reflect a priority for diversity. • Demonstrated understanding of the operations of a top public research university and experience working in a university setting or closely with university officials. • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to serve in an outward facing role, as a spokesperson, to lead meetings with an engaging style and presentation. • Demonstrated experience in a multi-institutional center or institute. • Expertise or working knowledge of freshwater issues, research challenges and funding sources at the national level, e.g. by federal agencies. • Experience overseeing a research and development function. • Experience managing staff and/or students with demonstrated sensitivity and commitment to diversity and inclusion in working with both internal and external stakeholders. • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.