Human Resources

Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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Department: Mechanical Engrg-Engrg Mechanics
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Academic Administrator, Engineering

*Internal Posting Only*

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.

Job Description Summary

The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the department and is responsible for the department's administration, hiring, promotion and budget as well as being the leader in continuously improving the culture of inclusion and excellence in teaching and research. The Chair serves as the primary liaison between the department and the College as well as with the rest of the University and external constituents, and is expected to foster collaborations both internal and external to the university that advance the department's mission.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Serve as the chief administrative officer of the department with the responsibility for all aspects of the educational, research, and service activities within the department.
• Provide strong leadership for excellence in teaching, research, and service while promoting a culture of safety, inclusion and continuous improvement.
• Effectively engage the department and other stakeholders in executing the department's vision, mission and strategic plan, ensuring alignment of the department's vision, plan, and goals with those of the College and University.
• Engage and collaborate with the College of Engineering’s leadership council to help execute the strategic plan of the College.
• Seek to partner and collaborate with other academic units and research centers on campus to create new strategic opportunities, initiatives, and/or synergisms that will enhance the reputation of the College and University
• Manage the department's finances responsibly and strategically to achieve short and long-term goals.
• Recruit, develop, and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty, support faculty in research and educational endeavors; and guide the mentorship of junior faculty.
• Increase the recruitment and retention of a diverse population of students and staff.
• Supervise department faculty and staff; conduct progress reviews of nontenured faculty and make recommendations on reappointment, tenure and promotion cases; conduct performance review of all department faculty and staff.
• Increase funding for the department and College through individual and collaborative efforts and by leveraging existing resources.
• Engage in generating resources through fundraising
• Establish relationships with alumni, academic, industry, and government groups to promote the goals of the department in academics and research and their funding.
• Contribute to College and University advancement activities by reaching out to prospective donors, leading stewardship activities for current donors, and, as appropriate, leveraging department resources in support of growth of total resources available to support the department and College.
• Serve as department spokesperson and advocate within the university and with external constituents; actively promote the success of the department's students, faculty, and staff.
• Oversee and ensure quality of ABET and university assessment activities.
• Provide leadership for activities to improve the quality of the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs.
• Proactively promote and conduct activities that engage students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and demographics to cultivate and sustain an inclusive environment.
• Identify safety-related knowledge, skills, abilities, and training needed for positions within the department and opportunities for continuous learning and improvement of safety.
• Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• An earned Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated leadership experience in an academic, government, or industrial setting.
• Scholarly products and activities appropriate for a tenured appointment at Michigan Tech.
• Demonstrated experience successfully working with diverse individuals.
• Experience in working with engineering programs at the university level.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Demonstrated supervisory, budgetary, and resource allocation accomplishments in an academic, government or industrial setting.
• Experience in supervising professional staff.
• Experience in fostering a flexible and inclusive work environment.
• Experience in generating resources through fundraising.
• Experience in strategic planning.
• Experience working in and with industry.
• Experience in Mechanical Engineering curriculum development.
• Success in leading strategic and tactical plan development.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and to effectively recognize and resolve conflicts and mediate disputes.
• Demonstrated commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming working environment.
• Demonstrated ability to promote a culture of safety.
• Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and ability to manage budgets.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated leadership ability and personnel management skills.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries.
• Demonstrated leadership with national and/or international professional organizations.
• Evidence of leadership in developing innovative and distinctive education and research programs.
• Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and retain talented and diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

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Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)

1

FLSA Status

Exempt

Appointment Term

11 months

Shift

1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

 

Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding

No

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Candidates will submit a cover letter; a detailed curriculum vitae; a statement of your thoughts on the future direction of mechanical engineering research and education; a statement addressing commitment to creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a document that lists the names and contact information for four professional references (to be contacted only by permission of the applicant).

Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair (gmodegar@mtu.edu). The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received prior to November 15, 2020.

Additional Information

Our undergraduate program is currently 8th in enrollment in the U.S. We have been in the top 27 in BSME degrees awarded for the past 36 consecutive years. Our graduate program is ranked 58th nationally among the 181 (top 32%) doctoral granting Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S. by the 2020 U.S. News: America’s Best Graduate Schools (ranked in 2019). Our department is 5th in MSME enrollment, 16th in MSME degrees awarded, 26th in PhD enrollment, and 21st in PhD degrees awarded in the U.S. The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks Mechanical Engineering in Research Expenditures at Michigan Tech 16th in the latest rankings with $19.359 Million among all Mechanical Engineering Departments in the U.S.

The University is located in Houghton, in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior, with great opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is a part of a small culturally rich community, offering an outstanding quality of life and consistently listed as one of the best small towns in the country.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Tech does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format should contact Human Resources at mtyjobs@mtu.edu or 906/487-2280.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM,

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview and we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community https://www.mtu.edulprovost/programs/partner-engagement.


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