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Executive Director Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan (U-M) seeks to appoint an internationally renowned neuroscientist and academic leader to serve as the Executive Director for the newly named Michigan Neuroscience Institute (MNI). This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a distinguished institute as it charts a course for its future. With the creative dexterity offered by its interdisciplinary curriculum and the academic rigor and breadth of opportunity provided by a world-class university, MNI is well positioned to address the most pressing questions in neuroscience at the foundational, translational, and clinical levels, while also educating future leaders in the field.

U-M has longstanding strengths in the neurosciences and internationally recognized research programs in key areas of the field. Significant opportunities have recently accelerated efforts to invest in, coalesce, and unite the neuroscience community across the University. In 2020, the Regents approved changing the name and expanding the scope of the previous iteration of the institute, then known as the Molecular and Behavioral Neurosciences Institute (MBNI), to become the Michigan Neuroscience Institute. U-M now seeks new leadership to catalyze increased collaboration among neuroscientists and neuroscience-related programs across campus. U-M aims to leverage the well-established neuroscience foundation and other campus-wide research strengths by establishing the newly configured MNI with both a physical home and a virtual reach across the university. Working in this dynamic environment, the Executive Director will find passionate, committed colleagues, proud of the institute’s history and eager to advance its mission.

As the leader of the MNI, the Executive Director will develop, implement, and effectively communicate a vision for the institute that promotes and encourages robust collaborations across the university. As an advocate for the MNI, the Executive Director will enthusiastically broadcast the institute’s compelling story to further generate wide-ranging philanthropic support for the institute’s growth and expansion.

The Executive Director will bring a demonstrated record of multidisciplinary team-building experience and a collaborative, inspirational, and engaging leadership style. Experience such as launching and sustaining multidisciplinary programs, building sustainable infrastructure, exercising sound fiscal management, and fostering positive organizational cultures are necessary to the Executive Director’s success, as well as a keen ability to, and interest in, working across traditional boundaries.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence below.

Pat Hastie is leading this search with Jane McInerney. 

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

The University of Michigan as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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