University of Wisconsin-Stout – Executive Director, Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute

Position Title: Executive Director, Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute

Organization: University of Wisconsin-Stout

Location: Menomonie, WI

Application Due Date: Open Until Filled

Position Description:

The SVRI Executive Director is responsible to the Dean of the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHHS) to provide leadership, facilitation and coordination for a nationally recognized institute with multiple units to promote service, research and training excellence for the benefit of students, consumers, and rehabilitation professionals.


Minimum / Required
1. Doctoral Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counseling, Disability Studies or a related field (Consideration will be given to candidates who are ABD, although doctorate must be completed within one year of the contract start date)
2. Seven (7) years of experience that includes a combination of the following: working with diverse populations including individuals with disabilities research and service in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, and/or disability studies business management, marketing, revenue generation, and financial management
3. A record of publicly and/or privately funded research projects
Knowledge of and involvement in national rehabilitation issues, activities and initiatives
4. Ability to facilitate and promote relationships/partnerships with internal/external stakeholders
5. Demonstrated leadership in personnel management and development of staff skills

Highly Desired
1. A record of scholarly research
2. History of successful dissemination of other scholarly activities
3. Holds CRC certification or is CRC eligible

1. Provide high-performing organizational leadership in developing and implementing strategic plans, business and personnel management, and staff development.
2. Develop strategies to meet the vision and mission of SVRI and University of Wisconsin-Stout.
3. Establish and promote strong relationships with appointed officials at the state and national level to further support the interests, mission, vision, and values of SVRI and UW-Stout.
4. Serve as an ambassador for SVRI and the University fostering positive relationships between SVRI and local, regional, national and international rehabilitation organizations, consumer/advocacy groups, accrediting organizations and other bodies.
5. Facilitate effective partnerships between SVRI and the Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling to enhance the educational experiences of students.
6. Develop and promote interdependent relationships between SVRI, academic departments across campus, and UW-Stout outreach entities to support the University’s commitment to provide lifelong educational opportunities for internal and external customers.
7. Represent the interests of SVRI at the Dean’s Council, with other CEHHHS and University committees/councils, and with the various administrative levels on campus.
Promote open communication, positive relationships, and cooperative programming across SVRI’s operations.
Business Management
1. Develop annual goals and objectives for SVRI in concert with management team to facilitate expansion and coordination of Institute activities.
2. Supervise SVRI unit managers and conduct annual performance reviews with each manager in accordance with UW-Stout policy and procedures.
3. Identify and develop sources of General Purpose Revenue (GPR) and non-GPR funding to support the continued development of SVRI service, research, knowledge mobilization and teaching activities.
4. Supervise all GPR and non-GPR accounts administered by SVRI to ensure compliance with all UW-Stout state and federal policies and procedures.
5. Develop and coordinate marketing strategies to increase utilization of SVRI’s activities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and to strengthen the Institute’s role within the rehabilitation community.
6. Develop the annual GPR budget with the Dean and College budget office to ensure university support for broad-base operations and provide benefits to college/campus research, service, and instructional mission.

Research and Practice
1. Promote, support and reward innovative research.
2. Foster and reward service and teaching activities of SVRI faculty/staff.
3. Develop and implement emerging, promising and evidence-based practice.

1. Work with the CEHHHS Dean and SVRI management team to provide relevant training and professional development opportunities for staff.
2. Host guests and other external audiences to the campus, community and SVRI.
3. Represent SVRI on various internal and external workgroups, committees and boards.
4. Promote and support a culture of respect, civility, collegiality and citizenship.
5. Model professional standards of behavior with students and colleagues.
6. Demonstrate ongoing responsibility for self-education.
7. Other duties as assigned, specifically related to developing business opportunities at the local, state, national and international levels.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system–it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.
Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

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As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, employment will be contingent upon a criminal background check and authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:
1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and highly desired qualifications
2. Curriculum Vita
3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
4. Unofficial copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts required at time of hire)

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by Thursday, May 31, 2018. Screening of applications will begin June 1st and may continue until the position is filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Debra Homa, Ph.D.
Phone: 715-232-1113

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Julie Harmon
Phone: 715-232-2125

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