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Posted: Thursday, June 10th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Executive Director Ethics Center
DEADLINE: Saturday, July 31st, 2021
LOCATION: The University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Executive Director Ethics Center 

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past  and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact  through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity,  invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight  straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100  public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000  and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High  Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently  acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country. 

About the Department 

Trust forms the basis of a thriving community. Because we inherently trust people we believe to be  ethical, the University of Cincinnati is embarking on the creation of a nascent Ethics Center to be a  trusted resource for ethical expertise and leadership in the Greater Cincinnati community. This  Center, which further supports UC’s Next Lives Here initiatives, will be known for providing tools,  facilitating inclusive conversations, and conducting scholarship that promotes ethics as a  foundational principle. Through collaboration with individuals, non-profit organizations, educational  institutions, and business partners, the Ethics Center will promote an inclusive, just, equitable, and  livable community. 

The purpose of the Center is to enhance awareness, promote civil discourse and justice, and  provide tools that facilitate integrity and support ethical decision-making to create healthier  communities through partnerships at UC and within the surrounding community. Our mission is to  bring together community members, students, staff, and scholars to foster dialogue, solve problems,  and advance knowledge. We believe that moral inquiry–about right and wrong, justice and injustice,  character and integrity—should not be confined to the classroom. 

Job Overview 

The Executive Director role is integral to the development, growth, and success of the Ethics Center  and creating the tools to facilitate truly inclusive conversations. This position is vital to the success of  the Ethics Center and will help create a uniquely inclusive center by promoting ethics, trust, and  building bridges in our community. 

A resume and cover letter are required for this position. Please ensure they are attached prior to  submitting your application.

Develop and lead an inclusive Ethics Center encompassing the University of Cincinnati and the  broader community. 

Essential Functions 

  • Collaborate with the Ethics Center Steering Committee and key stakeholders internally and  externally to formulate, implement, and keep a current strategic plan for the Ethics Center.  Develop and manage the on-campus and online presence of the Ethics Center as well as  tools and resources of use to the community including external partners. 
  • Facilitate conversations related to current institutional, local, national, and international  events. Arrange and/or sponsor ethics-centric programing which appeals to constituencies  both at UC and in the broader community. 
  • Partner with key stakeholders to facilitate and promote collaboration, scholarship, and  research that enhances ethical standards, constructive conversation, and trust. Collaborate  with academic units to develop and expand ethics-centric teaching, scholarship, and  research. Provide advice and counsel to the university and partners. Serve as a university  liaison for the community, business community, and potential funders. 
  • Develop methods and standards that support continuous improvement Implement and  oversee policies, practices, and training. 
  • Develop budgets, and secure external funding. Submit annual reports documenting the  progress and future of the Ethics Center. 
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e.,  hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.). Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at  any time. 

Required Education 

Master’s Degree 

Required Experience 

  • At least seven (7) years of experience in work related to ethics, community engagement, and  administration. 
  • At least five (5) years of experience in management of personnel and budgets and the  development of external partnerships, and public speaking. 

Additional Qualifications Considered 

  • Relevant educational background. 
  • A terminal degree and an academic record. 
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing, leadership, collaboration, fundraising, public private partnerships, and communication. 
  • Communication skills, verbal and written, for very diverse stakeholders 
  • Ability to comprehend disparate perspectives, mediate conflict, and facilitate difficult  conversations 
  • Capable of managing budgets and fundraising 
  • Proficient computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and graphics
  • Strong, innovative problem solving and team-building skills 
  • Ability to synthesize and distill complex information 

Physical Requirements/Work Environment 

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.  Opportunities 
  • An attractive compensation package, including base salary and excellent benefits (e.g.,  retirement, medical/dental, tuition remission). 
  • An outstanding professional opportunity to work with highly talented and committed  colleagues and contribute to the growth of a world-class organization and fulfillment of the  overall mission of the institution. 
  • Growth potential within the university. 

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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