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Executive Director, Ethics Center (EXPIRED)

Ethics Center, University of Cincinnati

Job category Administration (non-academic) / Tenured, continuing or permanent
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number 66602
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Start date Fall 2021
Job description

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

About the Department

Trust forms the basis of a thriving community. Because we inherently trust people we believe to be ethical, the University of Cincinnati is embarking on the creation of a nascent Ethics Center to be a trusted resource for ethical expertise and leadership in the Greater Cincinnati community. This Center, which further supports UC’s Next Lives Here initiatives, will be known for providing tools, facilitating inclusive conversations, and conducting scholarship that promotes ethics as a foundational principle. Through collaboration with individuals, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and business partners, the Ethics Center will promote an inclusive, just, equitable, and livable community. 

The purpose of the Center is to enhance awareness, promote civil discourse and justice, and provide tools that facilitate integrity and support ethical decision-making to create healthier communities through partnerships at UC and within the surrounding community. Our mission is to bring together community members, students, staff, and scholars to foster dialogue, solve problems, and advance knowledge. We believe that moral inquiry--about right and wrong, justice and injustice, character and integrity—should not be confined to the classroom.

Job Overview

The Executive Director role is integral to the development, growth, and success of the Ethics Center and creating the tools to facilitate truly inclusive conversations. This position is vital to the success of the Ethics Center and will help create a uniquely inclusive center by promoting ethics, trust, and building bridges in our community.

A resume and cover letter are required for this position. Please ensure they are attached prior to submitting your application.

Develop and lead an inclusive Ethics Center encompassing the University of Cincinnati and the broader community.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with the Ethics Center Steering Committee and key stakeholders internally and externally to formulate, implement, and keep a current strategic plan for the Ethics Center. Develop and manage the on-campus and online presence of the Ethics Center as well as tools and resources of use to the community including external partners.
  • Facilitate conversations related to current institutional, local, national, and international events. Arrange and/or sponsor ethics-centric programing which appeals to constituencies both at UC and in the broader community.
  • Partner with key stakeholders to facilitate and promote collaboration, scholarship, and research that enhances ethical standards, constructive conversation, and trust. Collaborate with academic units to develop and expand ethics-centric teaching, scholarship, and research. Provide advice and counsel to the university and partners. Serve as a university liaison for the community, business community, and potential funders.
  • Develop methods and standards that support continuous improvement   Implement and oversee policies, practices, and training.
  • Develop budgets, and secure external funding.  Submit annual reports documenting the progress and future of the Ethics Center.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Master’s Degree

Required Experience

  • At least seven (7) years of experience in work related to ethics, community engagement, and administration.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in management of personnel and budgets and the development of external partnerships, and public speaking.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Relevant educational background.
  • A terminal degree and an academic record.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing, leadership, collaboration, fundraising, public-private partnerships, and communication.
  • Communication skills, verbal and written, for very diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to comprehend disparate perspectives, mediate conflict, and facilitate difficult conversations
  • Capable of managing budgets and fundraising
  • Proficient computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and graphics
  • Strong, innovative problem solving and team-building skills
  • Ability to synthesize and distill complex information

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


  • An attractive compensation package, including base salary and excellent benefits (e.g., retirement, medical/dental, tuition remission).
  • An outstanding professional opportunity to work with highly talented and committed colleagues and contribute to the growth of a world-class organization and fulfillment of the overall mission of the institution.
  • Growth potential within the university.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

REQ: 66602 


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Deadline for full consideration: July 12, 2021, 12:00am EST

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Hard deadline August 8, 2021, 11:59pm EST
Contact name Jane Strasser
Contact email
Contact phone 513.558.5034
Time created June 8, 2021, 7:35pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 8, 2021, 11:59pm EST
Expired on August 10, 2021, 12:46am EST
Last updated September 10, 2021, 3:00pm UTC
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