Executive Director - University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute

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Department Overview

The University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute (UCCI) translates research into practice by conducting research on correctional interventions, developing evidence-informed and evidence-based tools, and providing training and technical assistance to professionals working with justice-involved populations. UCCI is housed in the School of Criminal Justice in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati (UC).

Job Overview

UCCI is seeking an Executive Director to provide strategic and functional oversight to UCCI to ensure effective operations and fulfillment of the Institute’s mission. The Executive Director will work on UC’s Victory Parkway campus with a team of staff, students, and contractors to support a variety of correctional agencies worldwide in their efforts to implement data-driven strategies in rehabilitation. The Executive Director will direct the organization toward innovation, inclusion, and impact to accelerate the UCCI’s ability to conduct applied research in corrections and translate research into practical applications through the development of new products and services, training and technical assistance, and program evaluation. The Executive Director will share a passion for creating meaningful change in the justice system and the lives of justice-involved individuals through effective correctional intervention.

The Executive Director is a hybrid position, based in Cincinnati. Hybrid remote work arrangements are subject to change in accordance with university policies.

Essential Functions

  • Report to the Director of the School of Criminal Justice to ensure mission, goal, and strategy alignment both internally (i.e., in the university) and externally.
  • Direct a broad range of activities and functions to ensure effective operations and the achievement of organization objectives.
  • Lead strategic planning and direct execution.
  • Work with the organization’s business manager to formulate the budget and monitor expenditures in accordance with university rules and federal and state regulations.
  • Create and maintain robust partnerships with diverse populations in communities, justice systems, behavioral health systems, and schools.
  • Provide direct and/or indirect supervision to staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) and provide oversight on grants, contracts, and research and training and technical assistance projects.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Required Experience

Seven (7) years of management experience that must include three (3) years of supervision.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • PhD in Criminal Justice or a related discipline in the social or behavioral sciences.
  • Ten (10) years of management experience that must include at least seven (7) years of supervision.
  • Fifteen years (15) of experience working with corrections professionals, academics, and technical assistance providers to research, develop, implement, and evaluate practices in the field of corrections.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

Please apply at jobs.uc.edu; Requisition ID# 81044. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complimentary and affordable benefit options to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary of up to $125,000, depending on the candidate’s experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on-campus activities and services.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application, you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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