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Director, Institute for LGBT Studies

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Posting Number: req8343

Department: Institute for LGBT Studies

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Research, Innovation & Impact announces the search for the next Director of the Institute for LGBTQ+ Studies (iLGBTQS), one of the premier university-wide research institutes and centers at the University of Arizona (UArizona). Applications will be reviewed immediately on a rolling basis.

The mission of the Institute is to promote LGBTQ+ research, creative work, and scholarship; curricula; and educational programming. It is charged to be the intellectual home and driver for interdisciplinary scholarship and engagement in LGBTQ+ studies by advancing cross-cutting inquiry, increasing external support (sponsored and philanthropic) that enables growth of scholarship and engagement activities, develop internal and external partnerships, as well as delivering measurable public impact through educational experiences and outreach programs.

We are the only interdisciplinary university-based LGBTQ+ institute in the southwest, and the only institute in the country addressing LGBTQ+ border issues through scholarship, inquiry, programming, and community engagement. For more information about the Institute's ongoing and emerging initiatives, see

We seek a visionary leader who can build on our past successes, continue to foster LGBTQ+ scholarship within and across the disciplines, and whose work as a Director will make a meaningful and important contribution to LGBTQ+ Studies. A proven track record of administration, leadership, collaboration, scholarly and public programming, supervision, and fund development (sponsored and philanthropic) skills that can further the growth and success of the Institute is preferred.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The Director will:

  • foster interdisciplinary scholarship innovations, clusters,
    and collaborations in and beyond each of the Institute's major
    research/scholarship initiatives;
  • grow research/scholarship initiatives to reflect the
    scholarly interests of affiliates;
  • foster engagement with communities locally, nationally, and
    transnationally through scholarship, cutting-edge programming, and
  • work to cultivate innovative interdisciplinary projects with
    other Institutes on and beyond the UArizona campus and their faculty and
    graduate students;
  • work together with the Institute Program Coordinator,
    the Graduate Research Associates, and with development personnel well
    versed in LGBTQ+ scholarship to secure revenue through sponsored grants
    and cultivated donations;
  • represent the Institute internally and externally and
    ensure the continued growth and success of the Institute as a campus-wide
    research institute committed to an emphasis on humanistic inquiry;
  • Support and develop
    LGBTQ+ curriculum and programs across campus;
  • manage personnel, budgets, and other resources
  • demonstrate strong evidence of managerial and leadership
    abilities, the capacity to articulate and implement a vision for the
  • evidence of a strong appreciation for diversity and for the
    land-grant mission.

As Director of iLGBTQS, the
successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • leading efforts and designing specific Institute activities
    that bring together researchers across campus in large scale,
    interdisciplinary collaborations that result in increased external
    proposals that address the key issues in the scope of the Institute;
  • generating increased external funding support
    (sponsored and philanthropic) to grow research, scholarship, and
    engagement to provide substantive public benefit;
  • connecting interdisciplinary research and scholarship
    to external partnerships and communities, resulting in agreements with
    NGO's, governments, and other non-federal entities, in Arizona, nationally
    and globally, as appropriate to the Institute;
  • delivering public impact that provides value and
    enhances the visibility of the university and the Institute.

The Director is expected to execute these responsibilities in a
manner that coordinates and utilizes RII resources and programs (e.g., Research
Development Services, Strategic Business Initiatives, Global Research
Alliances, RII philanthropic development personnel, University Research
Communications, Research Analytics and the RII Business Center), as well as
with those in the Institute's affiliated colleges. The Director oversees
and manages all Institute operations including research/scholarship and
engagement programs and relationships both within and outside the university,
including cultivating and stewarding close relationships with affiliated units,
sponsors, donors, and community partners. The Director is assigned the
authority, responsibility, and the accountability to make the Institute
programmatically and financially successful under the auspices of RII.
The Director is expected to work closely with RII leadership in setting goals
and targets, and evaluating outcomes, and to regularly report on Institute
activities, finances, metrics, and outcomes to the Senior Vice President for

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse faculty,
    across multiple disciplines, that fosters common goals within iLGBTQS and
    the broader university community;
  • Proven administrative ability, including budget and
    financial management, strategic planning, and personnel management;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to
    diverse audiences;

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicant must be
    eligible for tenure or continuing status at the University of Arizona;
  • Experience and proven record of sponsored research in LGBTQ+ studies;
  • Terminal degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated
    experience in successful fund-raising (sponsored and/or cultivated
  • Demonstrated
    experience with commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated
    experience in successful fund-raising (sponsored and/or cultivated

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous leadership experience related to interdisciplinary research within a higher education institution.
  • Experience in academic and/or research center leadership.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 20

Job FTE: 0.5

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Russ Toomey

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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