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  • The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC), one of the premier communication programs in the country, seeks an exceptional, visionary and accomplished leader in media, journalism and communications who will build on a solid foundation to take the College to the next level of excellence.

    The Opportunity

    As the College’s chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean reports to the University Provost. The position demands a dynamic, forward-looking, collaborative and collegial leader strongly committed to innovation in the teaching/learning process (both on campus and online), world-class experiential opportunities for students, the highest standards for scholarly research and service, a diverse, inclusive and collaborative culture and environment, principles of shared governance and the welfare of the students, faculty and staff.

    Very few communication programs have the breadth and depth of UFCJC, with undergraduate and graduate programs, four undergraduate majors, a focus on both research and professional skills development and extensive immersion opportunities that make the College an exemplar of experiential learning.

    At the forefront of this preeminent program is UFCJC’s commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable and diverse environment at for students, staff and faculty, recognizing that diversity and inclusion is an important contribution to the industries of journalism and communication and the global marketplace.

    Responsibilities of the next Dean include, but are not limited to:

    • Providing strategic and visionary leadership across the diverse set of professional, social science, and communication science programs represented in the College
    • Engaging faculty, staff, students, and other constituents in discussions concerning the mission, values, and future of the College
    • Managing the budget of the College, allocating resources, and identifying resources that will help maintain and further develop excellent programs
    • Overseeing the College’s multiple media properties, which include the PBS, NPR and ESPN affiliates for North Central Florida
    • Working with the UF Foundation to develop relationships and solicit funds with current and prospective donors, including alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations
    • Fostering a collegial atmosphere within the College and a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity
    • Encouraging collaboration among the four departments within the College, 16 colleges across the UF campus, and with outside academic and professional institutions
    • Supporting student participation in experiential learning and internships that enhance the learning experience
    • Promoting the College’s unique curricular and co‐curricular opportunities
    • Supporting recruitment efforts that help the College and University meet its enrollment goals
    • Supporting efforts to ensure students are exposed to top employers at competitive starting salaries
    • Enhancing the College’s commitment to internationalization of faculty, students, curriculum, and the student experience
    • Improving professional and industry relations and elevating the College’s brand
    • Working effectively with the University’s senior leadership team and being an advocate for both the College and the overall good of the institution.

    Qualifications Requirements

    The successful candidate should possess the following skills and qualifications:

    • Significant experience leading, managing, and mentoring employees in a medium to large organization in academia or industry.
    • A leadership style that is collegial, supportive, transparent and embraces shared governance
    • Demonstrated experience effectively managing resources and identifying new resources that will help advance the mission of the College
    • An entrepreneurial mindset and an openness to new ideas, approaches and risk-taking
    • Demonstrated commitment to issues related to diversity, inclusion, social justice, and internationalization
    • A commitment to advancing interdisciplinary collaboration and the ability to promote and support the wide range of disciplines within the College
    • Current knowledge of emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities in the fields of communication in a rapidly changing media world
    • Experience working with external stakeholders, which may include alumni, donors, industry, government, and community partners
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Master’s degree in an appropriate area and six years of experience, or a bachelor’s degree and eight years of experience (required)

    Preferred qualifications include:

    •  A terminal degree in a discipline appropriate to the College or commensurate industry experience
    • A track record of enhancing student success and learning outcomes or a track record of strong mentorship and professional development with junior employees.
    • Demonstrated experience developing experiential learning and internship opportunities for students.

    Appointment and Salary

    The position is a 5-year appointment and is available on or after January 2020. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The University of Florida offers a generous benefits package that includes health, life, and dental insurance as well as vacation, sick leave and personal days.

    Procedure for Candidacy

    Candidates may apply at https://apply.interfolio.com/76088 and should provide a letter of application summarizing qualifications, a complete curriculum vitae, and names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least five references.

    Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

    This position is open until filled. Initial review of applications will begin July 2020.

    Questions related to the application process may be directed to Ashley Jacobs at ashleynjacobs@ufl.edu

    If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US.

    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

    The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection upon request.