Master of Public Policy & Administration Director Jobs in Fort Collins, CO at Colorado State University

Title: Master of Public Policy & Administration Director

Company: Colorado State University

Location: Fort Collins, CO

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Fort Collins, CO

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The MPPA is a professional degree program housed in the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office that provides the academic knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in public service. The MPPA Program has three specializations: public policy, public management, and international policy and management. More information can be found on the website here: https://www.libarts.colostate.edu/students/graduate-programs/master-of-public-policy-and-administration/. The College of Liberal Arts is a
community of arts, humanities, and social science scholars who study the cultural, social, environmental, and historical context in which we live, and examine what it means to be human.

Colorado State University is Colorado’s first and only Land Grant University with an enrollment of about 30,000, is a public, land-grant institution classified as RI (highest research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The university is located in Fort Collins, a dynamic community of 150,000 located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Northern Colorado is known for its natural beauty, economic vitality, and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities. The CSU main campus sits at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains, one hour north of metro Denver. It offers excellent access to transportation, outdoor interests, and over 300 days of sunshine.

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The Masters of Public Policy and Administration program within the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University invites applications for an Associate or Full Professor in Public Policy and/or Public Administration to begin July 2023. This Director position will lead a new graduate degree program launched in the Fall 2020, the Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) and be a part of an exciting new interdisciplinary endeavor in the College.

The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment and also includes a negotiable summer salary. The College values both strong teaching and research. Teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise as well as the Program’s needs. The standard teaching load for our faculty is 2-2, but the MPPA director will receive course release(s) for administrative time. The successful candidate will provide service to the degree program, college, university, and our community.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

PhD in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related field;
Evidence of excellent teaching and advising effectiveness;
Primary teaching and scholarly emphasis in public policy and/or public administration;
Evidence of a clear and ongoing research agenda that has led to a tenurable publication record in professionally visible peer-reviewed journals and other outlets.

Preferred Job Qualifications

A demonstrated commitment to public service values;
Experience in applied research and graduate student mentorship/advising;
A record of extramural funding commensurate with experience;
Evidence of teaching effectiveness and the ability to teach at the graduate level to professional MPPA students;
Primary research and teaching interests in Public Policy and/or Public Administration;
Teaching and research interests that complement existing college and departmental interests;
The ability to enhance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion reflecting the College and School’s institutional values;
Prior experience as an MPA/MPPA director or associate director, as well as any other prior administrative experience;
Working knowledge of NASPAA accreditation procedure and standards.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, submit a cover letter that addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a CV, a statement on your research philosophy, a statement on your experience with or commitment to diversity and inclusion, a statement on your leadership philosophy (uploaded in the ‘Other’ document slot), and the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted immediately upon submission of an application to submit letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded by Monday, October 17th for full consideration.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The
Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160,
(970) 491-1715,
[email protected]

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
[email protected]

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
[email protected]

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact

Kyle Saunders – [email protected]

Essential Duties

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Successful candidates will be expected to offer graduate courses in public policy and administration. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s interests and expertise as well as College needs. The normal teaching load is 2-2. Faculty members are expected to advise and mentor graduate students.

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Engage in ongoing professional activity, engaged scholarship appropriate to the discipline of candidate’s area of expertise.

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Appropriate university service is expected as is service to the public policy profession and outreach on a regional/national scale.

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Oversee maintenance of the graduate program. Budget, admissions, program representative/liaison.

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