Deputy Director of Alabama Transportation Institute

The University of Alabama

United States

October 10, 2021


Posting Details Requisition Number: 0813199

Number of Open Positions: 1 Position Title: Professor Other Title Information: Deputy Director of Alabama Transportation Institute Organization: 701101 - VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH Position Summary:

The Deputy Director of the Alabama Transportation Institute will support the Executive Director in the overall leadership of the Institute and will serve as a substitute when the Executive Director is unavailable. The Deputy Director will serve as the Research Director of the Institute and will be responsible for the leadership of the Institute's research portfolio. The Deputy Director will also serve as a key member of the Alabama Transportation Institute Leadership Team and will support the Executive Director in providing strategic direction for the organization. The successful candidate will have an appointment as a Tenured Professor in an appropriate academic department at The University of Alabama whose portfolio is compatible with the mission of the Institute. The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative position.

About the Alabama Transportation Institute

The Alabama Transportation Institute (https:// transportation-institute/) serves as a planning, research and policy resource to advance a 21st century transportation system. It brings together a nationally recognized team of research and development professionals seeking innovative solutions to the challenges of building and maintaining a transportation system that provides safety and mobility for Alabama's citizens, while providing efficient freight movement, stimulating economic growth and conserving energy resources. Better roads and bridges lead to better jobs for Alabamians throughout our state.

This interdisciplinary Institute enables Alabama to lead the way on emerging issues like developing creative solutions for financing the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, advancing transportation safety research, and evaluating the impact that a quality transportation system will have on Alabama's economic future. The Institute serves as an independent resource that develops unbiased information for use by local, state and national leaders in developing transportation policy. The result is more informed decision-making that leads to innovative, data-driven, cost-effective solutions. All of the best minds, under one umbrella with a common purpose, will find better solutions for the future.

ATI is a foundation of UA's Strategic Plan to “Increase the University's productivity and innovation in research, scholarship, and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.”

ATI embraces the University's strategic objectives by:

• Leveraging the University's strengths to create new opportunities for supporting various transportation-related research and policy matters; • Investing in infrastructure that promotes a thriving transportation and transportation policy enterprise; • Cultivating, supporting, sponsoring, and conducting research that enriches the University's transportation research.

ATI is an umbrella organization, consisting of a set of core facilities and research centers and institutes. Current affiliated centers and laboratories include the Transportation Policy Research Center, Center for Advanced Public Safety, Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Center for Business and Economic Research, Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, and the University Transportation Center for Alabama, as well as others. In addition, ATI serves as an incubator for the development of new centers.

Faculty from multiple UA departments and colleges are affiliated with ATI including Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics; Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; as well as faculty in the Culverhouse College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, among others.

ATI fosters collaboration across the University, as well as with other academic institutions, industry, state and federal governmental agencies, and private foundations.

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The ATI Deputy Director has following responsibilities:

• Assist the Executive Director with strategic leadership of ATI • Serve as substitute for the Executive Director in situations where the Executive director is unavailable • Serve as a member of the ATI Senior Leadership Team • Facilitate funded research, supporting and coordinating high-volume, large- scale research activities among ATI centers, ATI affiliated faculty, and external collaborators • Design and lead the strategic direction for the entire ATI research portfolio • Run ATI programs to provide seed funding and other forms of support to UA researchers • Promote ATI affiliated research within the state of Alabama and develop a national/international presence for ATI • Provide input and material for the research component of the ATI website and coordinate media exposure of research with the Information Director • Maintain an appropriate level of internal communication with UA faculty and staff within the transportation enterprise • Mentor new researchers, fostering collaboration and providing support for professional development opportunities • Build, maintain and assess an infrastructure to support faculty and center engagement with ATI and with transportation • Facilitate ATI Council of Center Directors meetings and supervise relationships with ATI affiliated centers • Supervise the TPRC Center Director, ATI permanent research staff and the ATI Research Operations Director

Required Qualifications of the Deputy Director:

• Strong academic record and eligibility for the rank of Full Professor in an appropriate academic department at The University of Alabama • A PhD from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline that is part of the transportation mission of the Institute • Extensive research experience working in an academic, industrial or government research setting • At least 10 years of experience leading successful cross-disciplinary research teams, as evidenced nationally and, preferably, internationally • Evidence of a firm understanding of the full range of disciplines represented by ATI, including the breadth of critical contemporary issues in transportation research • Strong evidence of being a trusted and effective colleague; must be able to work well with a variety of individuals from education, industry, economic development, and government • History of successful and effective staff management and professional development efforts, including excellent verbal and written communication skills and public speaking skills • Proven capacity to successfully train and develop early-career researchers • Acute understanding of the priorities, operation, and strategies of securing externally-funded grants and contracts to support research

Preferred Qualifications of the Deputy Director

In addition to meeting the required qualifications, the preferred candidate will have one or more of the following:

• Extensive research experience at a research-intensive university or research-intensive governmental agency • Successful and sustained record of achieving high levels of research-based funding as a Principal Investigator • Existing externally funded research in areas of science represented by ATI and the desire to maintain funding while serving in the Deputy Director position • Experience developing and leading successful partnerships at other academic institutions, industry, state and federal governmental agencies, and foundations • A record of pursuing and supporting technology transfer and licensing, and economic development activities

Additional Position Information:

The planned start date is Nov 1, 2021 but is negotiable. Only applicants currently legally eligible to work in the United States will be considered. This is an open, national and rolling search. Review of applications will begin immediately as they are received. Candidates meeting all of the required qualifications may be contacted immediately for inquiry and an interview. It is possible that a preferred candidate may be selected as other applications are still being received. Therefore, the most serious and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. To receive the fullest and timely consideration, applications should be submitted prior to Oct 10, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled. Applications submitted after Oct 10, 2021 will be reviewed and considered as long as the position remains unfilled. Application materials should include: 1) a full and updated resume, 2) cover letter summarizing the interest in the position and how the minimum qualifications and any preferred qualifications are met, and 3) a list of four references with full contact information. However, references will only be contacted after written consent of the candidate.

UA EEO Statement

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Search Initiation Date: 09/10/2021 Expected Starting Date: 11/01/2021 Special Instructions to Applicants: College/School/Division: Research Post To Ihe Yes

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