How do I frame my exit from a state university under duress in applying for new jobs ?
I am pre-tenure in the United States, and I find myself needing to change jobs because conditions at my University re: COVID have gotten to the point where they threaten my safety, and that of my family. I will not go into detail about this. The situation become so negative that my chair has approached me to offer their support for either my staying, or support through writing me letters of recommendation to leave.
I am in a strong position academically, and tenure is all but guaranteed in two years (including one year added for covid). I am currently writing for multiple positions.
How do I frame my reasons for applying for new jobs, which is entirely related to the behavior of my state, less so to my university, and not in the least to my department, which has worked hard to protect and help?
As a small additional question I wonder if I even want the letter from my chair, as it may invite questions?