Executive Director, Applied Physics Laboratory – University of Washington

Seattle, Washington
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 31, 2017
Req.# 142772
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Executive Director – Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial leader for the position of Executive Director, Applied Physics Laboratory. The UW is the nation’s leading public university in obtaining research funding and is regularly ranked among the top 15 universities worldwide. The UW is committed to providing and promoting an inclusive and diverse community, and has just released a new Diversity Blueprint to guide its actions. The Applied Physics Laboratory at the UW (APL-UW) is characterized by its world-class reputation, and strong academic and collaborative integration into the UW. The APL-UW is designated by the Department of Defense (DoD) as a US Navy University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), and pursues both applied and basic research (DoD and non-DoD sponsored) through competitive grants, proposals, and contract research primarily to government (national and state) and industry sources.

With a current annual research budget around $70M, the APL-UW is an international leader in marine- and acoustic-related, science and engineering research, with focus groups in Acoustics, Air-Sea Interactions and Remote Sensing, Electronic and Photonic Systems, Environmental and Informational Systems, Industrial and Medical Ultrasound, Ocean Engineering, Ocean Physics, and Polar Science. The APL-UW employs over 200 people, including independent Principal Investigators (approximately half of the organization, many with academic affiliations to other UW units), technical staff, postdoctoral scholars, students, and administrative personnel.

Through collaborative pooling of high-quality technical expertise, in-house engineering, and prototype manufacturing resources, the APL-UW is uniquely positioned to address complex and large-scale marine-related engineering projects, engage in remote and extensive field operations, and effectively transfer advanced technology to industry and government sectors. Although the APL-UW’s primary focus is research along with its spin-offs and applications, its personnel also directly support the academic mission of the UW by mentoring and sponsoring students, teaching courses, providing research expertise complementary to academic units, and sharing science and engaging with the public and K-12 education efforts.

The Executive Director of the APL-UW must oversee and manage these extensive and diverse resources, providing vision, leadership, strategic planning, and practical support to the multifaceted research directions and strategies of the APL-UW. The Executive Director requires experience and understanding of the grant/proposal-driven research environment, reflecting both large institutional- and individual PI-led research. Acting as the primary ambassador for the APL-UW, the Director should have the ability to enhance relationships with DoD (especially the US Navy) and other funding sources including other government agencies and industry, and develop and enrich synergies between the APL-UW and the wider UW campus. The Executive Director also serves as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the APL-UW, providing senior leadership to APL-UW’s security team on all matters related to the safeguarding of classified material, systems, and information.

For this position, the UW seeks proven excellence in management of sizeable institutions and related skills such as communication, commitment to innovation, and development of career advancement pathways for employees. The successful candidate should have a track record, vision, and strategy for fostering diversity, equality and inclusivity. Demonstrated experience of effective leadership and a record of achievement and commitment to scholarship and service are essential. A doctoral degree in an engineering or science discipline is also required.

For questions about this position please contact the search committee chair, Bruce Nelson, at bnelson@uw.edu. Please contact the Disability Services Office at dso@uw.edu, 206-543-6450 to request disability accommodations for the application and/or interview process. The UW is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

US citizenship is required to apply. The finalist will be subject to government security investigations and must possess or be eligible to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Special Compartmented Information and Special Access Program materials and programs.

Applications should be submitted to the UW Hires website referencing Req.# 142772. The application must include 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) a statement of your vision for leading the APL-UW, including research, education, and diversity strategies. Confidential review of complete applications will begin on March 31, 2017. The anticipated position start date is October 1, 2017.