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Director, Office of Child Development (OCD)

Employer: University of Pittsburgh - School of Education - Office of Child Development
Job Category: Faculty
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Director, Office of Child Development (OCD) at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education seeks its next Director of the Office of Child Development, a university-community engagement center. Now in its 30th year, OCD stimulates and supports interdisciplinary faculty collaborations with community partners to benefit the health, education, and welfare of children and families. The Office of Child Development receives annual funding of approximately $8,000,000 from local, state, and federal government agencies and from private foundations.

A national model, the Office of Child Development conducts high quality training, technical assistance, applied research, and evaluation projects to improve the lives of children and families regionally as well as internationally. To lead such initiatives in research, praxis, policy, and community engagement, the OCD Director position requires:

  • A creative and strategic visionary who can lead OCD as a university-community engagement center critical to the University’s larger community engagement strategy and commitment
  • An individual whose academic and community engagement credentials will enable them to facilitate partnerships with researchers, community professionals, and policy-makers on applied research projects and community-based initiatives
  • An intentional leader who can guide OCD’s overall operations and align the Center with the strategic goals of the School of Education
  • A skilled communicator who can develop and sustain successful relationships across academic and community contexts
  • An enthusiastic innovator who with others can generate revenue from local and national research and community funders
  • A strong executive with the ability to oversee OCD’s administration, personnel, and fiscal operations to sustain an infrastructure supporting effective work and a positive workplace climate.

Supporting the Director, the Center’s diverse staff of 50 and its graduate students conduct, facilitate, and partner with more than 24 projects annually. Projects fall into four specific areas: Children, Parents, and Families; Early Childhood; School Age and Youth; and International Child Welfare. Additionally, the Center has five staffing divisions: Applied Research and Evaluation; Service Demonstrations; Early Childhood Partnerships; Communications; and Administrative Operations. These project areas and staffing divisions support the Center’s vision: to facilitate through mutually-beneficial partnerships with its constituencies new knowledge, services, and policies to improve the lives of children and families.

The successful candidate will be appointed to a faculty position in the School of Education (with possible opportunities for joint faculty appointments in other units, such as the Department of Psychology and the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and/or Social Work, depending on the candidate’s background and research interests) or to a position as a senior administrator in the School of Education.

Additional requirements include:

  • an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline
  • demonstration of prior leadership successes commensurate with leading a multimillion dollar academic center
  • documented history of scholarly and professional productivity, including successful experience leading multidisciplinary applied research programs
  • demonstrated knowledge of practice and policy issues at a local and national level
  • a successful record of securing private and government funding to support applied research and/or practice programs for children and families.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified.  Interested candidates should submit the following items to  In addition, the system will prompt for three letters of recommendation.

  • a letter of interest
  • a curriculum vitae

For questions about the application process, contact Megan Brennan at 412-648-1780 or  For inquiries, please contact Professor Mary Margaret Kerr, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related Research I institution located in the heart of the city of Pittsburgh. The university has consistently placed in the top 25 research universities in the United States. Similarly, the School of Education is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 25 schools of education. Please visit our website ( to learn more about our school, department, and programs. The city of Pittsburgh has been named by Forbes magazine as America’s most livable city and by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 20 best destinations in the world. The city boasts numerous universities, museums, parks, and cultural offerings; extensive public transportation and bicycle lanes; affordable housing; and proximity to state parks and outdoor activities.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.


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