Director of the Biotechnology Program

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Job posting number: #7067165

Posted: June 23, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About James Madison University
We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are
Established in 1908, James Madison University is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs to more than 20,000 students. JMU is regarded as one of the finest regional universities in the nation and has been continuously cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. Known for its livability, diversity, local food, arts and natural surroundings, this Virginia Main Street community is a great place to live and work.

General Information
James Madison University invites applications for a full-time director for its Biotechnology Program in Academic Year 20-21. The primary duty of the Biotechnology Director is to enable the faculty in biotechnology to excel as scholars and mentors/teachers, and to create an environment where biotechnology majors can gain the skills and experience needed to have productive careers in biotechnology.

The Biotechnology Program offers a B.S. degree in Biotechnology with a current enrollment of over 100 majors. In order to prepare the students for a career in biotechnology, faculty from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Engineering, and the School of Integrated Sciences collaborate to provide an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines strong scientific foundations with applied experiential learning. A state-funded public-private partnership with Blue Ridge Community College and Merck provides new avenues for program expansion aligned with workforce development needs in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Biotechnology Program serves a diverse population of students and faculty in an environment where people of all backgrounds can reach their full potential. Additionally, JMU is seeking candidates who are committed toward continuing to build an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. The director of the program will have a full time (12 month) academic contract with appointment at academic rank based on prior experience. Applicants should expect the appointment to begin September 1, 2020, or soon thereafter as negotiated.

Employment is contingent upon budget provisions and availability.

Duties and Responsibilities
• The higher education environment including evidence of interest in undergraduate STEM education and research with undergraduates.
• Academic programming, career and workforce development, and/or P3 (public-private partnership) initiatives.
• Program and/or curricular development in a higher education setting.
• Workforce program development, networking, and building partnerships/alliances with industrial partners in the biotechnology/industrial sectors.
• Modern biotechnology R&D such as novel drug discovery and development, metabolomics/genomics, biologics, translational science, or genomic medicine.

• Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in a relevant area such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, engineering, or a related field.
• Professional experience in industrial biomanufacturing, agricultural biotechnology, biomedical engineering, pharmaceutical science, or other relevant industrial sectors.
• A demonstrated ability to work with different constituencies and build consensus to achieve a common goal.
• A commitment to creating an inclusive environment that promotes and supports a diverse group of faculty and students in the biotechnology program.

Criminal Background Check and E-Verify Notice
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

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