Colorado State University Director, Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging - Internal Search in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Director, Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging - Internal Search

Posting Number 201800041F

Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Type Faculty

Work Hours/Week 40

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant teaching and research universities with a total enrollment of over 32,000 students. The University consistently has been ranked as a top tier institution by U. S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges and Universities” and named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as one of the top public universities in terms of educational quality and affordability. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the campus is located in Fort Collins, a city of approximately 150,000, 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins provides a unique blend of big city advantages and small town friendliness, making it an attractive and great place to live. CSU consists of eight colleges and more than 50 academic departments with the mission to provide a balanced program of teaching, research, extension, and public service. Multiple research centers, including seven university level centers, exist to coalesce interdisciplinary efforts in such areas as water, energy, OneHealth, large data, and others. Owing to a significant philanthropic gift, CSU is launching the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging. This gift has established a dedicated 7000 SF center housed within the CSU Health and Medical Center. The designated space provides a tangible opportunity for flexible, dedicated research, educational, and outreach activities. Faculty from multiple colleges have been collaboratively involved in developing a University wide “Aging Research” footprint over the past year, founded on multidisciplinary research expertise, intersections between basic and applied work, and connections with industry, community, and funding partners. Areas of strength among participants include the biology and diseases of aging; health promotion in aging; cognitive aging, dementias and neurodegenerative diseases; and select psychological, social and behavioral aspects of aging. As part of that effort, CSU recently invested in a new cluster hire in aging research. This effort builds on the current strengths of over 50 faculty (15 hired within the last 3-4 years) and will add several other positions in aging research, including the center director. As the cornerstone of these efforts, we seek a visionary leader who is committed to collaboration, networking and team building in an interdisciplinary environment, and who is committed to leading the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging to national and international prominence.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes

% Research 25%

% Teaching 0%

% Service 75%

% Administration 0%

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/09/2018

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date 08/16/2018

Position End Date

Position Summary

The Director of the Center for Healthy Aging is a senior, part-time, 9-month position with a summer appointment. Percent of effort is negotiable but is expected to be at least .50FTE. The Director will have a faculty appointment in their home college and department, and must hold the academic rank of advanced Associate or full Professor in the candidate’s field. This newly created position has a significant administrative component and will be responsible for developing the nascent center at CSU into a nationally and internationally recognized entity. This will include developing strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations both on and off-campus; developing internal and external advisory boards; coordinating activities across campus and community; taking responsibility for representing the University through networking and professional collaboration with external constituents, industry stakeholders, schools and organizations; and developing resources for programmatic growth and sustainability. The ideal candidate will have a strong research program in aging research. The candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills and must be an effective communicator who is able to convey the vision for the Center to multiple audiences. Candidates should demonstrate strategic thinking skills, organizational savvy, and should be visionary, creative, and inspirational. Effective group communication skills, and capacity to assimilate organizational vision, mission, values and goals are highly desirable traits and instrumental for the success of the Center. Experience in and evidence of leadership in the context of interdisciplinary research teams are highly desirable. We seek to identify a solution-oriented decision maker able to lead others effectively toward common goals.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

• A PhD, DVM, or other advanced degree(s)
• Credentials and track record commensurate with academic rank of advanced Associate or full Professor in the candidate’s field. • An established record in research related to healthy aging. • Evidence of significant contribution to successful interdisciplinary scientific initiatives and/or entrepreneurial activities. • Evidence of scholarly accomplishments such as refereed publications, technical reports, books, and grantsmanship. • Experience with strategic planning and long-range project coordination. • Demonstrated excellent written communication ability. • Highly motivated individual with demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects in an organized and efficient manner. • Must be a current CSU employee.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Demonstrated success with fundraising or entrepreneurial revenue generation, including experience in identifying and securing funds from diverse sources such as foundations, private and corporate donors. • Experience working closely and independently with administrators of institutions and/or leaders of science programs, organizations or initiatives on a local national and/or international scale. • Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills to successfully work with diverse groups. • Strong organizational and project management skills within and across institutions as demonstrated by work experience. • Experience with establishing and adhering to policies and procedures.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, however for full consideration please apply by Monday, 4/9/2018.

Complete applications must include:

  1. A 1-3 page cover letter outlining how your professional background and experience match the required and preferred qualifications for the position. Include how your particular individual strengths will help advance aging research at Colorado State University.

  2. A CV/resume including current contact information.

  3. A vision statement on scientific, training, outreach, and entrepreneurial opportunities that defines a framework for discovery and impact, focusing on opportunities relevant to CSU.

  4. 3-5 professional references that include name, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Lise Youngblade, Ph.D.,, (970) 491-3581

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Center leadership and administration


• Define the scope of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging as a tangible, well-articulated, visionary center consistent with the values and mission of a comprehensive, research-intensive, land-grant institution.

• Ensure ongoing financial viability and sustainability of the Center.

• Build and promote the Center as a credible, comprehensive source of unbiased, science-based information on healthy aging.

• Facilitate the securing of external funding including research, program project, center, and training grants.

• Serve as a prominent, informed voice representing the Center and constituent groups in leading policy expertise in public forums, media interviews, publications, testimony, speaking engagements and other appropriate venues.

• Identify and pursue innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for CSU to lead, connect and participate in aging agendas and policy.

• Represent the Center with external stakeholders, administration, campus-wide committees and greater community connections when appropriate and others as needed.

• Facilitate discussion and collaborations among CSU faculty, external stakeholders, researchers and students of various disciplines regarding healthy aging.

• Create written and oral products that synthesize experiential and scientific knowledge about important aspects of aging.

• Coordinate/develop training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

• Strategize on and participate in fundraising and assist in preparing development plans for new projects and initiatives.

• Participate in administrative staff and interdepartmental meetings.

• Ensure ongoing continuous improvement, creativity, and innovation in all aspects of the Center.

• Mentor and support faculty associated with the Center.

• Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 75%

Job Duty Category Research


• Maintain strong research program in aging research.

• Participate in, consult with, and support as senior leader, team and interdisciplinary research projects consonant with the candidate’s own research program.

Percentage Of Time 25%

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 5

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Are you a current CSU employee?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

  • Statement of Research Philosophy

Optional Documents