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TURI Director & Research Professor

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Toxic Use Reduction Institute
Salary: salary commensurate with experience
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General Summary of Position:

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), a world-renowned research, practice, and education institute located at UMass Lowell, is looking for a Director and experienced researcher to provide strategic, organizational, and fiscal leadership to the Institute. The successful candidate will split their time between Institute Director responsibilities and research and scholarship activities. Research leadership and grant funding are an important component of this position. Applicants will be considered for Research Professor status as part of the interview process. The TURI Director is expected to support half of their salary through external funding.

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute's main responsibility is to implement the Commonwealth’s Toxics Use Reduction Act. The Institute assists companies, environmental health and safety professionals, communities, and governments in Massachusetts and beyond in their toxics use reduction, pollution prevention, and safer chemistry efforts through education and training, research, grants, laboratory services, and information and technical support for companies and communities.

TURI Director: The TURI Director provides strategic, organizational, and fiscal leadership for the Institute in collaboration with designated TURI Affiliated Faculty and TURI staff managers. Responsibilities include strategic and organizational planning, oversight of staff, ensuring stable funding for the Institute over time, representing the Institute within the University and externally to policymakers, business, and the public, and engaging with TURA partner agencies.

Research Professor: The TURI director will pursue scholarly activity that advances knowledge in a field directly related to TURI’s mission and will serve as a Research Professor in the Department of Public Health. Appropriate fields include toxics use reduction/pollution prevention, safer chemicals and materials, occupational health, environmental health or other related fields.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Earned doctoral degree in environmental science or policy, environmental health, engineering, occupational health, business sustainability, or a related scientific or technical discipline
  • Minimum 10 years' research and practical experience in fields related to pollution prevention, safer chemistry, process engineering,  occupational/environmental health or related area
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in pollution prevention or toxics use reduction
  • Demonstrated program or organizational leadership experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse stakeholder communities, including industry, non-profit, academic, and government
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity/inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in leading an experienced, passionate staff and diverse projects
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop strategy for a research and practice organization
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental policies
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in oral and written form with people with a wide range of technical understanding
  • Demonstrated entrepreneur who can identify new strategic opportunities, raise funding, and execute new programmatic directions
  • Demonstrated ability to connect research to practice settings in industry
  • Demonstrated ability to raise research funding

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. The cover letter should summarize your experience in relation to the position qualifications. In addition, please share your initial perspectives on strategies to increase research funding for TURI and a statement of your relevant research interests and experience in your cover letter.  Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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