Executive Director of the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Associate Dean for Translational Research

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North Carolina State University

Executive Director of the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and Associate Dean for Translational Research


Posting Number: PG191936EP

Internal Recruitment: No

Anticipated Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience

Work Schedule: Varies

Job Location: Raleigh, NC

Department: College of Education, William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation


About the Department


About the NC State College of Education

As one of the nation’s top-ranked public colleges of education, NC State’s College of Education leads the way in North Carolina in preparing extraordinary educators, conducting transformational research, and engaging communities where they are to improve the educational outcomes of all learners and advance the greater good.


The college’s faculty are widely recognized thought leaders who use their research to transform the practice of teaching, learning, and leading. They have particular strengths in improving technology-enhanced learning and teaching; fostering community-based learning and PK-16 partnerships; increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education; and innovating leadership and workforce development, educational policy, and evaluation. About two-thirds of the faculty are grant active. They are engaged in over 100 active projects totaling more than $64 million with a three-year average of $26 million in grants awarded, making them the most productive in terms of research activity compared with other colleges of education in North Carolina and among the Top 5% in the nation. In FY22, the college’s research expenditures exceeded $14 million.


The college has over 1,900 students studying across five graduate certificates, seven undergraduate majors, two undergraduate minors, 13 master’s degrees, three Ph.D., and two Ed.D. programs housed in three academic departments: Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education; and Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, with approximately 130 tenure-track and professional-track faculty, 110 support and professional staff, and about 160 graduate and teaching assistants. The College of Education is also home to the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.


The college has over 17,000 living alumni, with over 5,000 working in public schools in North Carolina. Those who are teachers rate the highest in effectiveness on surveys of school employers in North Carolina.


About the Friday Institute


Our work focuses on helping K-12 schools become future-oriented organizations that build upon their traditional strengths to better serve the students of today and tomorrow.


As part of the College of Education, we Think and Do by inviting and challenging others to innovate with us. Informed by cutting-edge research and in collaboration with partners in education, government and private industries, we empower educators and their students to be forward-thinking learners and leaders. In this manner, we contribute to the social and economic well being of North Carolina and help our schools meet the challenges of preparing students for the global workforce.


Our work is consistent with both the research and land-grant outreach mission of NC State University and its College of Education. We are located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, where university, corporate and government organizations partner with faculty and students in a highly innovative environment.


We are proud to be named in honor of William Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina system, and his wife, Ida, who were passionate advocates and leaders in education for over 50 years.


About Our Commitment to DEI


NC State University and the College of Education are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Our community values diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. As a public university — a university of the people — it’s essential to welcome and support everyone in our community. That’s why a commitment to a stronger and more inclusive institutional culture is enshrined in the NC State’s strategic plan (https://strategicplan.ncsu.edu/current-plan) and we expect everyone in the Wolfpack community to champion this work and to give of their time, effort and talent to support it.

Essential Job Duties

The primary role of this position is to provide executive leadership and management for the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. As executive director, this position is responsible for the operation and success of the institute. The executive director sets the vision for the institute to help ensure its success, works to develop and manage the institute’s budget plan and operations, and oversees all aspects of organizational development and work of the institute.


As the Associate Dean for Translational Research in the College of Education, the position is also part of the College of Education Dean’s Cabinet and Leadership Team. This position supports the development and maintenance of collaborations between faculty in the College of Education and researchers and staff at the Friday Institute. Working with faculty and education researchers, the role of the Associate Dean is to connect the expertise of faculty in the college with the agile and translational work that takes place in the Friday Institute and vice-versa, supporting the connection of institute researchers with college faculty. The successful candidate will provide strategies and practices to expand and sustain the current success and operation of the Friday Institute and engage it as an integral part of the College of Education.


The Executive Director and Associate Dean is expected to have a positive public presence and to bring together education researchers, practitioners, and key stakeholders to collaborate on innovative solutions to educational grand challenges in North Carolina and beyond. The position provides an extraordinary opportunity for a forward-focused leader, with a creative and ambitious vision for educational improvement in a diverse society, to contribute to state and national innovation and translational research, connecting research, practice, and policy.


The Executive Director and Associate Dean will be expected to facilitate thought leadership, research and evaluation of innovative initiatives, and cross-sector collaboration among education, government, and private sectors to empower K-12 educators and their students to succeed in a rapidly changing world, contributing to North Carolina’s social and economic well-being. The Executive Director and Associate Dean will be expected to serve as an influential voice on education and diversity, equity and inclusion, and strengthen the state and national recognition of the Friday Institute as the go-to place for educational innovations and translational research, particularly in support of K-12 teaching and learning.


Executive Director


• Lead all operations for the Friday Institute, assuring its success and financial viability.

• Collaborate with the Friday Institute directors to seek out new partnerships and funding opportunities consistent with the mission and vision of the Friday Institute.

• Ascertain that the work of the Friday Institute remains focused on its mission and vision.

• Maintain a productive and collaborative work environment and support the overall organizational development of FI teams.

• Work with the Friday Institute National Advisory Board to leverage their expertise and connections to strengthen and grow the work of the FI.

• Lead annual reporting of all institute activities and periodic self-studies of institute effectiveness


Associate Dean


• Develop and maintain collaborations between faculty in the College of Education and researchers and staff at the Friday Institute.

• Provide guidance for faculty in the College of Education who are interested in translational research or other areas of interest that directly connect to the work and impact of the Friday Institute.

• Provide active leadership as a member of the College of Education Dean’s Cabinet and Leadership Team.


Supervisory Responsibilities


• Supervise the Friday Institute human resource, business, and operation teams to assure smooth support of projects and events.

• Provide mentoring, guidance, and evaluation of Friday Institute directors.


Committees/Councils/Associated Roles


• Friday Institute Equity, Innovation, and Funding Committees

• Friday Institute Advisory Board

• College of Education Dean’s Cabinet

• College of Education Leadership Team


Other Responsibilities

Perform other related duties as assigned.




Minimum Education and Experience


• Doctoral Degree in a field related to the work of the institute or equivalent experience.

• Experience managing educational organizations or large groups that are primarily grant-funded.

• Experience working in or with K-12 public schools and educational organizations


Other Required Qualifications


• Demonstrated leadership experience and commitment to innovation

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

• Successful experience leading grant-funded educational initiatives

• Strong record of externally funded and sponsored projects

• Demonstrated collaborative work and capacity to engage a variety of stakeholders

• Commitment to and evidence of successful mentoring

• Strong oral and written communication skills

• A resume that qualifies the candidate for a secondary faculty appointment at the rank of Professor in one of the three departments in the College of Education.


Preferred Qualifications

• National reputation for advancing educational improvement as well as a track record of scholarly distinction, administrative success, and effective collaboration.

• Successful experience leading or operating within an educational research institute or interdisciplinary center

• Genuine commitment to the land-grant mission of NC State, the College of Education and the Friday Institute

• Deep understanding of the educational research, teaching, and the policy horizon.


Required License(s) or Certification(s)



Valid NC Driver's License required: No

Commercial Driver's License required: No


Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

Job Open Date: 07/28/2022

Anticipated Close Date: Open until filled.


Special Instructions to Applicants


Confidential review of applications will begin in September 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.


General inquiries and nominations can be sent directly to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Gail Jones at mgjones3@ncsu.edu or to NC State Executive Search Services: Frank Barragan, at (919) 515-4365 or fbbarrag@ncsu.edu or Justin Lang, at (919) 513-1963 or jdlang2@ ncsu.edu.


Position Details


Position Number: 00062954

Position Type: SAAO Tier II

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week) 1.00 FTE

Appointment: 12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather: Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events: Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No

Department ID: 130101 - College Of Education




NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.


NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


About NC State


At NC State, we create prosperity for North Carolina and the nation. We value diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels across disciplines.

NC State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering, and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business, and natural resources management. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities, and the social sciences. And we’re home to one of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine.


Our more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing.They pursue original research and start new companies.They forge connections with top employers and serve communities local and global.Through it all, they enjoy an outstanding return on investment.

Whether it’s Princeton Review ranking NC State among the nation’s best values for universities, Money magazine naming it the No. 1 best college for your money in North Carolina, or U.S. News & World Report ranked NC State among the top 10 best values in public higher education, the university has many reasons to be proud.


Each year, NC State adds $6.5 billion to the statewide economy, equivalent to creating more than 90,000 new jobs. That represents a significant return on investment for the citizens of North Carolina in the form of research advances, innovative technologies, successful companies, skilled graduates, and new jobs waiting for them.


Our 9,600 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they forge powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits, and academia to remake our world for the better. We expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time, and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all.


About Raleigh and North Carolina


North Carolina’s rapid growth makes the state a diversity leader and top spot for young professionals and families. Raleigh reflects statewide growth as a city on the rise:


● No. 2 among the best places to live in the U.S. (U.S News & World Report, 2021)

● No. 5 among the best-performing economies in the U.S. (Milken Institute, 2021)

● One of America’s top 10 recession-resistant cities (Smartasset, 2020)

● Among the top 10 “Best Cities to Move to Right Now” (Curbed, 2020)


With Durham and Chapel Hill, the capital city anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The region’s top companies — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — rank among the country’s best employers. NC State also maintains strong agricultural partnerships with Bayer, BASF and Syngenta, companies that lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

Celebrating its 134th year in 2021, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day our career ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning,

discovery, and engagement available to people across the state,

throughout the nation, and around the world

Review of Applicants Begins: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
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