Vacancy Announcement

Founding Executive Director, Education Innovation Institute
The University of Northern Colorado seeks nominations and applications for the founding Executive Director of the Education Innovation Institute. The Education Innovation Institute was created in 2009 by the Colorado General Assembly to leverage new and existing applied research in order to solve practical problems in education reform and to advocate for education innovation. The Institute operates under the auspices of the University of Northern Colorado, with a twelve-decade tradition of shaping educational change. The Institute is not, however, to be a traditional, passive clearinghouse of research, but rather to serve as an action-oriented proponent for reform operating with a world-class view and a culture of evidence. The University believes this position represents a remarkable opportunity to help shape the future of education for Colorado and the nation.

The University is seeking an energetic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Institute, who will be responsible for directing the development of the Education Innovation Institute’s organizational, resource development, fiscal and programmatic strategies. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Develop and promote Institute agenda for innovation in education
  • Build alliances with government, education and other external entities
  • Engage in external resource development through fund-raising, grant writing and projects for hire
  • Identify, recruit and coordinate the work of research fellows from within and external to the University.

The ideal candidate will combine demonstrated leadership and a strong vision for education reform with a successful track record of commitment in carrying out projects on a large scale. Preference will be given to candidates presenting evidence of:

  • Ability to facilitate the transformation of research results into action through practice and policy
  • Ability to formulate and inform the development of research-based, data-driven public policy without a particular ideological point of view
  • Ability to facilitate research collaboration among University and external scholars
  • Ability to engage in significant external resource development
  • Ability to build alliances via interpersonal skills and effective relationship development
  • Collaborative strengths necessary to work with a variety of stakeholders.

Applicants should have experience at a director level or above, in progressively responsible work in education, public service, nonprofit, government and/or business settings as would justify consideration for appointment. Successful candidates will possess academic credentials consistent with the multiple tasks and expectations of the position. While strong academic credentials are desired, comparable preparation that manifestly will lead to the Institute’s success will be considered.

As a signal of the importance of the Institute, the Executive Director will report to the President of the University.

How to Apply:
Submit cover letter and resume to Review of the applications will begin October 30. The preferred start date for the position is no later than February 1, 2011.

For further information, please contact either Dr. Robert C. Dickeson, UNC President Emeritus, at or Dr. Robbyn Wacker, UNC Assistant Vice President for Research,