Director, Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA)

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Grants Administration, Business Operations / Services

The University of Denver seeks applications and nominations for the Director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA). KIHA is a unique research institute focused on aging that is housed within the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Position Summary

The Director will be charged with guiding the growth and development of KIHA research, education, and community engagement. We seek a dynamic and collaborative Director to work with university administration, academic units, institutional partners, and community stakeholders to build a comprehensive strategy for growth and financial sustainability of KIHA. Our new Director will be an effective communicator who is passionate about healthy aging and who will honor KIHAs existing vision, mission and strategic objectives while looking for new growth opportunities through research grants, contracts, foundation and corporation partnerships, community engagement and philanthropy.

The Director will be expected to establish a new strategic vision for the Knoebel Institute--in partnership with the current stakeholders--that incorporates KIHAs current research strengths while growing collaborations across campus and with the community. The Director will be responsible for managing and supporting the research operations of KIHA through financial oversight, facility management, hiring and evaluation of KIHA staff, fundraising and outreach. The Director of KIHA will report directly to the Senior Associate Dean of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Essential Functions

  • Guide growth and development of KIHA research, education, and community engagement
  • Manage and support the research operations of KIHA
  • Financial oversight of research, gifts, operational, internal, and other funds
  • Facility management, including space planning and equipment
  • Fundraising and outreach
  • Strategy development
  • Hiring, supervising, and evaluation of KIHA staff
  • Collaboration within DU, outside Aging organizations and the community.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of aging research or advocacy
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising
  • Financial operations management
  • Demonstrated commitment, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in a relevant field, such as science, engineering, health, or business.
  • 6-8 years of general work experience.
  • 5-8 years of leadership experience in higher education, government, or a nonprofit or for-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse communities.
  • Grant writing experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field, such as science, engineering, health, or business administration.
  • Record of visionary leadership in health, longevity, gerontology, or aging.
  • Knowledge of intergenerational programs, neurodegeneration, geroscience, workforce development, technology & aging, aging & wellbeing, and/or financial security.
  • 5 years of work experience working collaboratively and entrepreneurially in an interdisciplinary higher education environment.
  • Proven success in grant writing.
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, university administrators, and community partners.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Hybrid (in-person/remote) schedule may be possible with supervisor approval.    

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on May 5, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The best consideration date for this position has been extended to June 12, 2022. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 13.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $100,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter 
2. A diversity statement (no more than two pages) describing your philosophy, methods, and experiences in diversity, equity, and inclusion 

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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