[unav_all] UNAVCO Directorship - applicants sought

Meghan Miller meghan at unavco.org
Wed Sep 7 06:18:05 MDT 2011


I am writing to let you know of senior management opening at UNAVCO.   Please consider whether you or one of your colleagues might be interested in the new directorship for Geodetic Infrastructure.  To apply, go to www.unavco.org and look for "what's hot."

Best regards,

Meghan Miller
President, UNAVCO

UNAVCO Program Director – Geodetic Infrastructure

 Position Announcement


UNAVCO invites applications and nominations for the senior staff position of Director, Geodetic Infrastructure Program. We seek a leader with the vision to sustain and enhance the geodesy support mission of UNAVCO, a university consortium and NSF geodesy facility supporting geoscience research and education. UNAVCO enjoys national recognition for excellence.   This position represents a reconfiguration of work among UNAVCO’s technical programs. The work portfolio for this position includes:

·       Setting direction aligned with science community planning and proposals, with a particular focus on sustaining and enhancing the Plate Boundary Observatory and COCONet, as well as recent GPS and meteorology enhancements to Africa Array. Currently supported geodetic observations include campaign, continuous, and high-rate, low-latency GPS; terrestrial laser scanning; strain and borehole seismic data; meteorological observations; and geodetic imaging (SAR and LiDAR) acquired from a variety of platforms.  

·  As a member of the senior management team, develops multi-year plans and budget projections.  Independently and in collaboration, writes competitive and successful proposals, manages awards to meet science community needs. This position directly supports UNAVCO’s focus on emerging international partnerships and projects.
·       Supervises project managers and engineering staff in the development and operation of geodetic observing networks and systems to support of community science goals, securing resources for and providing services to support the program on behalf of the science community.

·       Interacts with program sponsors at the National Science Foundation, NASA, USGS, and other agencies as appropriate to program goals.  This position requires oversight of program planning, staff, projects, and activities supported by NSF-EAR, OPP, and AGS, and NASA

– Responsibilities

This senior staff position in Geodetic Infrastructure defines program direction consonant with UNAVCO’s strategic plan, and leads the program on behalf of the science community.  The director contributes to new initiatives as well as supporting existing experiments and networks.  The Director assures the effectiveness and efficiency of project and program management, and sustains relationships with sponsors.  The position requires frequent and sometimes extended travel.

– Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in geosciences, or equivalent skills; expert spoken and written communication skills; and the ability to manage diverse staff and hybrid funding sources in a collaborative working environment.   

– Term of appointment

UNAVCO is offering this position either for continuing appointment as a UNAVCO regular staff member or as a term faculty reassignment through a university.

– UNAVCO Information

UNAVCO is a member-governed university consortium, an organization that is uniquely positioned to advance and support geodesy community science goals. In addition to 98 US academic members, UNAVCO supports another 70 organizations at home and abroad as associate members that share UNAVCO’s mission and benefit from its programs and services. Prior to incorporation in 2001 and establishment as an independent non-profit facility in 2003, UNAVCO existed under different organizational umbrellas for nearly two decades as the University Navstar Consortium, then primarily serving geophysicists and geodesists who study tectonic deformation using high-precision GPS technology. Over the last decade, UNAVCO’s scope has expanded significantly, serving new science communities – including those who focus on the deformation of ice, the Earth’s response to ground water, sea level, and other aspects of the hydrosphere, and renewed interest in imaging the structure of the atmosphere. At the same time, the toolbox available to the science community and supported by UNAVCO has expanded to include many new geodetic tools: advancing GPS towards mm-level global GPS geodesy and to streaming high-rate observations; borehole strain meters and seismometers, expanded geodetic imaging using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging ) for Airborne Laser Swath Mapping, InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar), and Terrestrial Laser Scanning, web services and cyberinfrastructure. At the same time, GPS is finding applications in a frequency range that used to be the sole provenance of seismology, as GPS moves from one solution per day to one solution per second, with high precision. These changes are part of a conscious strategy to meet the future needs of the science community. 

This position is based at UNAVCO’s Head Office in Boulder, Colorado, one of the finest living environments in the West. 

– Nominations

Nominations should include the nominee’s name, position, address, email, and telephone number, and be submitted to the President’s Office at UNAVCO.

– Application Procedure

Please include a letter of application, vita, statement of geoscience education and outreach interests and experience, and names and contact information (phone, fax, e-mail and mailing address) of at least three professional references. Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, or consult UNAVCO’s web page: www.unavco.org. To apply, go to www.unavco.org.

– Screening date

Screening of applicants who meet required qualifications will begin October 11, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

UNAVCO is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity organization, with a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans, and persons of disability. Requests by persons of disability for accommodation during the application and/or interview process should be directed to Human Resources. Phone: (303) 381-7515.

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