Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado
Jul 10, 2018
Aug 09, 2018
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The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  Since NCAR's founding in 1960, UCAR, a nonprofit consortium of 117 North American academic institutions, has managed NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation.

Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, NCAR is devoted to research, education, and service in the atmospheric and related Earth system 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.

Reporting to the President of UCAR, the Director is the management executive and scientific leader of NCAR. The Director is responsible for the scientific vision, direction, productivity, innovation capacity, and overall excellence of NCAR research, facilities, and programs, including the formulation and implementation of strategic plans, budgets, and priorities of the national center. The Director fosters interaction and collaboration between NCAR and UCAR staff and programs. In addition, the Director represents NCAR in a number of forums, including with government agencies, UCAR member and non-member institutions, and the scientific community at large. A major responsibility of the Director of NCAR is, in collaboration with UCAR, to build and maintain strategic partnerships with NSF and other key funding agencies, and with the 117 academic members of UCAR.

The new Director will hold a Ph.D. in a science discipline relevant to the NCAR mission and at least 10 years of experience leading and managing complex science programs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. International recognition as a scientific leader in one or more areas of NCAR research and/or related areas, as demonstrated by a current research record of considerable depth and breadth on topics relevant to the NCAR strategic mission, research, and goals is highly desired. The new Director will have demonstrated successful leadership and administration of complex research, facility, and personnel activities; success working with a broad range of constituencies; breadth of interest, vision, and judgment; advanced communication, organizational, and change management skills; and a strong commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 24, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and a completed diversity statement, per the instructions in the profile. The names and contact information of five references should be submitted at the same time. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to UCAR consultants Suzanne Teer and Robert Luke at A comprehensive Leadership Profile can be found at:

UCAR is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at UCAR. We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.