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Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

Alexandria, Alabama (US)
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Jul 10, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Geochemistry, Hydrology, Interdisciplinary/Other, Mineral and Rock Physics
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The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). The position provides an unparalleled opportunity to lead the Division in supporting research to advance fundamental knowledge in earth sciences and to share in the management responsibility of the Directorate for Geoscience to advance NSF’s mission.

The Division Director for EAR leads a team of professional and administrative staff in managing a broad portfolio of investments in research and education addressing the frontiers of knowledge that advance the Nation’s prosperity, health, and infrastructure. EAR supports research to advance understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth, the life it supports, and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials. The results of this research will create a better understanding of the Earth's changing environments, and the natural distribution of its mineral, water, biota, and energy resources and provide methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides.

The Division Director plays a key role in positioning and advocating for program activities within the context of NSF’s strategic plan, and in managing resources effectively to advance ongoing efforts and nurture emerging opportunities. The Division Director works proactively across NSF and in partnership with other federal and state agencies, industry, private foundations, and the academic community. The position offers a challenging and demanding opportunity to effect change and provide intellectual leadership.

The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research administration as well as leadership responsibility in academe, industry, or government. In addition to having a strong record of research and education accomplishments within their technical communities, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial, and administrative management. They must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and act as a mentor to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of their colleagues at all levels.

A description of the EAR is provided on the webpage.  Inquiries regarding the division can be directed to the Canvassing Committee Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Mackwell, (703) 292-4799,

The position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are described in the vacancy announcement (GEO-EXEC-2022-0002) at  USAJOBS - Job Announcement. Applicants may also obtain the announcement by contacting David Smith at 703-292-2141 or Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-5090. Applications must be submitted by the closing date listed on the announcement.


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