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Executive Director of The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health

Job no: 529791
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Child Development, Education, Executive/Management/Director, Research/Scientific/Grants, Social Science, Psychology
Department:Ballmer Institute

Department: Office of the Provost
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-EXEC-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

To ensure consideration, apply by September 10, 2022. Review of applications will be ongoing; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

The University of Oregon has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/8660. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon (UO) is proud to introduce the Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health – a transformational institute and a new model of delivering critical services to tackle children’s behavioral and mental health. The Ballmer Institute, based in Portland, Oregon, is establishing a new national model for behavioral and mental health care by uniting the UO’s top-ranked research programs in education and psychology, Oregon public schools and families, and community support groups in the creation and delivery of prevention programs that can be part of the daily lives of children and adolescents. By building close relationships with preK-12 schools, the Ballmer Institute will be creating a living-learning laboratory where research-based discoveries are rapidly translated into interventions and programs in schools and other public health settings. The Institute will serve all youth while prioritizing the needs of children, adolescents, and families who have been persistently and/or historically underserved. The UO will propose a new undergraduate degree program as well as a graduate certificate program for professionals already in the field. Together, these workforce additions will increase the capacity to deliver promotion, prevention, and intervention efforts to serve children within schools and other public health organizations. These first academic programs will launch the institute’s educational mission, which could expand under the leadership of the Executive Director in coming years. Additionally, the Ballmer Institute faculty and Executive Director will manage clinical and research programs aimed at supporting children’s behavioral health, and will interface with faculty, students, and administrators at UO’s Eugene campus.

Position Summary

The Executive Director of the Ballmer Institute is the chief academic and administrative leader of the Institute. The Executive Director must possess comprehensive knowledge of the university setting and the complex issues that accompany advancing the university’s academic and research mission. Additionally, the Executive Director must have extensive understanding of the provision of behavioral health services for children in school, community, and public health settings.

The Executive Director has a primary appointment in the Ballmer Institute with secondary appointments in other University units as appropriate to the Executive Director’s scientific or professional interests. The Executive Director reports directly to the provost and senior vice president. The Executive Director will routinely and directly interact with the highest levels of university leadership including the Board of Trustees, all administrative and academic leadership positions, the University Senate, and highly placed external leaders and University constituents, including credentialing bodies, policy makers, preK-12 school administrators, and public health organizations.

The Executive Director must lead faculty from across campus, working in concert with diverse community stakeholders and preK-12 and public health leaders, to create a field of forward-looking curricular offerings and clinical services that promote and support children’s behavioral health across both undergraduate and graduate training programs.

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

The Executive Director is responsible for a broad set of academic, administrative, and research functions that require the ability to exercise independent judgment. The position will be responsible for hiring and overseeing the Institute’s faculty and administrative staff.

Minimum Requirements

• PhD, doctoral degree, or other terminal degree in a field related to the Ballmer Institute.
• Leadership experience in an organization, school, institute, clinic, center or department of significant complexity.
• Experience leading research and interventions related to behavioral health.
• Experience with research, clinical, and instructional practices that consider the diverse backgrounds of the populations being served.
• Experience working collaboratively in community settings to develop and implement interventions.
• Experience working in schools, communities, and/or public health systems.
• Record of scholarship commensurate with that of a tenured full professor.

Professional Competencies

• A commitment to diversity and equity, and the ability to work with a range of staff and constituents with varying backgrounds.
• Ability to prioritize multiple competing and changing priorities, requests, tasks, and deadlines.
• Ability to generate and operationalize a strategic action plan.
• Ability to manage demands and stresses of a high-profile organization.
• Highly effective and professional communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with individuals from varying backgrounds.
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professional conduct.

Preferred Qualifications

• National/International reputation as a visionary leader and researcher with a prestigious record of achievement in the field of child behavioral health as evidenced by an outstanding publication record, successful funding portfolio, and other appropriate external indicators.
• Experience in coordinating and leading large-scale interdisciplinary research and/or clinical efforts.
• Demonstrated philanthropic success in support of higher education, research or non-profit related to behavioral health.
• Experience with large government agencies and foundations in the field of children’s behavioral health.
• Significant and successful management experience building or rebuilding a new unit or initiative in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

FLSA Exempt: Yes


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

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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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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