Director - AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment

Drexel University in Pennsylvania

Deadline March 22, 2014
Date Posted January 22, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Drexel is ranked one of the best national universities in the category of Best National Universities in "America's Best Colleges" for 2012 by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year and in the top 100 for the fourth straight time. Drexel also ranked sixth among national universities in the U.S. News list of "Up-and-Comers," those schools most often cited by university administrators nationwide as making "the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities."

With more than 8,200 employees and over 23,500 students, Drexel is the fifth largest private-sector employer in Philadelphia and has a vibrant community of students, faculty and professional staff, and encourages the richness diversity brings to the workplace. Like its students, Drexel's employees are known for being passionate, entrepreneurial and innovative.

Job Overview:

The University recently formed the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE), focusing state-of-the-art academic research and learning in an area of significant national and international importance - that of securing a sustainable energy future for individuals the world over.

Recognized as a priority by Drexel's President John Fry and Provost Mark Greenberg, the IExE seeks to advance energy systems, technologies, and policies that shape and inform the development of an energy future that meets the needs of both current and future generations. IExE outcomes will provide the citizens of Greater Philadelphia and beyond with information relevant to the ongoing development of a variety of energy sources, seeking to address global society's growing energy needs while simultaneously respecting the environment.

In this senior academic position, the Director will have the opportunity to shape the strategic agenda for the IExE activities.

The Director must have the ability to represent Drexel effectively in regional, national and international settings, to engage a range of stakeholders and constituents, and to generate financial resources to strengthen the activities and relevance of the IExE.


*PhD in related field or discipline; an advanced degree with extensive industry related experience highly preferred;

 *Exceptional track record of innovative and visionary leadership on energy and environmental matters;

*Distinguished contributions to thought leadership, scholarship and/or research at the national and/or international level;

*Commitment to excellence, a record of collaborative multidisciplinary program development and partnerships; previous program management and budget administration experience required;

*Dedication to cultivating leadership in others demonstrated through ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values.

Essential Functions:

*Provide strategic leadership to guide the strategic agenda and set long-term goals for the IExE;

*Engage a range of stakeholders and constituencies to generate financial resources to strengthen the activities and relevance of the IExE; *Develop the facilities that will house the faculty, staff and students participating in the IExE activities;

*Oversee planning and budgeting of assigned budgetary resources to ensure fiscal responsibility;

*Represent Drexel effectively in regional, national and international settings to raise the profile of the IExE;

*Foster and maintain excellent relationships and networks in energy and the environment, as well as developing new relationships as needed, and manage relationships with collaborative research partners affiliated with the IExE;

*Create a supportive work environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship that enables faculty and staff to reach their full potential.

Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation."

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is proactively committed to diversity and inclusion in all of its policies, practices and services. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the varied diversity and excellence of the academic community, and all of its complements.

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