NCAR Associate Director - Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)
Where You Will Work
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR's mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related Earth and Geospace systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally; and to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.
The NCAR Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) conducts directed research aligned with the NCAR mission. In particular, RAL strives to be a world-class leader in performing collaborative end-to-end research, development, and technology transfer.
What You Will Do
Reporting to the NCAR Director, the Associate Director for RAL is responsible for the overall scientific and strategic mission, productivity, and excellence of the Laboratory. This includes RAL’s vision and mission and the leadership and management of the implementation of long- and short-term planning that supports the RAL and NCAR mission. The Director is responsible for the effective management and administration of the Laboratory, including program advocacy in a number of forums including government agencies, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) member and non-member institutions and the scientific community at large.
As a member of the NCAR Executive Committee, the director shares in NCAR management deliberations and decisions, and provides advice on matters such as scientific goals, initiatives and standards, budgets, priorities, policies, and programs. Responsibilities of this position include:
NCAR Leadership and Management Team
- Serves on the NCAR Executive Committee and promotes science opportunities by fostering interdisciplinary programs and stimulating and facilitating coordinated science between NCAR laboratories and within the research community.
- Promotes new programs and major sources of funding in collaboration with universities and other institutions. Channels national and international community inputs into the NCAR planning process.
- Formulates institutional programs, practices and priorities, ensuring the integrity of NCAR science and the organization's role in the science community; prioritizes scientific initiatives within NCAR.
- Facilitates inter-laboratory science, engineering, tool sharing, and development. Optimizes development and acquisition of shared resources.
- Represents the NCAR science program within NSF and other agencies, the university community and the national and international community.
- May serve as Acting NCAR Director when the Director is absent.
Research Applications Laboratory Leadership
- Develops RAL strategic plans, ensures implementation to maximize scientific opportunities, and financial and human resources. Initiates and implements large-scale activities.
- Represents RAL science programs within NSF and other agencies, the university community, the national and international community, and internal and external constituents through public presentations and forums, written communication and interpersonal relationships.
- Leads budget and program planning for RAL, including establishing budget priorities. Presents laboratory budget proposals to the NCAR Director and allocates laboratory budgets in consultation with the NCAR Director.
- Oversees and ensures the equity of the appointments, promotions, performance reviews and salary determination of laboratory staff, ensuring workforce diversity and excellence.
- Willingness and ability to travel and/or successfully conduct program development on behalf of the laboratory in the U.S. and overseas.
What You Need (Minimum requirements)
- Experience managing a complex research organization, including planning and leading diverse scientific programs.
- Sound technical and programmatic judgment, skill in strategic planning and implementation, budget development, and human resource planning to achieve broad goals and objectives.
- High-level understanding of how weather and climate impacts issues of real importance to society. Meaningful participation in the scientific direction and evaluation of scientific research.
- Proven visionary and inspirational leadership experience motivating others to achieve excellence individually and as a team.
- Experience directing, developing, and evaluating a staff of widely varying backgrounds and experience.
- Experience advocating support for an organization’s scientific agenda including obtaining and coordinating major research grants and contracts.
- Advanced skill in written and oral communication, with the ability to excel in interpersonal communication.
PhD in a science discipline relevant to the mission of the laboratory and at least ten years’ experience managing complex science programs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
International recognition as a scientific leader in one or more areas of Laboratory research and/or related areas, as demonstrated by a current research record of considerable depth and breadth on topics relevant to the Laboratory strategic mission, research and goals.
Notes to Applicants
Please provide a cover letter detailing how your experience fulfills the job requirements.
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