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Director, Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Job no: 520140
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Executive/Management/Director, Research/Scientific/Grants
Department:Knight Campus

Department: Knight Campus
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
FTE: 1.0

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Department Summary
The University of Oregon is proud to introduce the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact—a game-changing initiative specifically designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generation of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary
The Director is responsible for a broad set of assignments related to the Knight Campus, which regularly requires the ability to exercise independent judgment and fiduciary responsibility. The Director must possess comprehensive knowledge of the university, its mission, its programs and personnel, and the complex issues that accompany advancing the university's research mission as well as that of the university.

The Director is a member of the President's senior staff with a primary appointment in the Knight Campus and with secondary appointments in other University units as appropriate to the Director's scientific interests. The Director reports directly to the President. The Director routinely interacts with the highest levels of university leadership, including members of the Board of Trustees, members of the faculty Senate, and all administrative and academic leadership positions.

The Director develops and implements scientific vision to attract funding, talent and institutional support to the Knight Campus. The Director administers and leverages resources to create a distinctive profile for the Knight Campus within the national and international scientific community.

The Director is the lead administrator for the campus facilities. The Director will be the hiring authority for the unit. Once completed the campus will house some 30 tenure related faculty and approximately 300 staff and research faculty.

The Director routinely interacts with external partners and government officials. In this role, the Director directly collaborates with central offices such as Communications, Research and Innovation, and Advancement.

Minimum Requirements
• PhD required.
• Demonstrated research portfolio consisting of sponsored awards, and peer reviewed publications/juried exhibits or similar as befits the academic area expertise of the candidate.
• Academic leadership experience in an organization, school, institute or department of significant complexity and nationally recognized research excellence.
• Experience in coordinating and leading interdisciplinary research efforts.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated strong verbal and written communications skills.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated skill in effectively working with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, manage projects and initiatives, and solve problems.
• Demonstrated experience working with sensitive and confidential material and topics.

Preferred Qualifications
• Research focus in the life or physical sciences.
• Demonstrated philanthropic success in support of higher education, research or non-profit related to life/physical science, intervention science, medical research.
• Experience with large government agencies and foundations supportive of R&D in the life and/or physical sciences.
• Experience in private sector R&D efforts.
• Significant and successful management experience building or rebuilding a new unit or initiative in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
• National/International reputation as a visionary scientific leader with a prestigious record of achievement in the field of study as evidenced by an outstanding publication record, successful funding portfolio and other appropriate external indicators.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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