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NCAR Associate Director - Climate & Global Dynamics (CGD)

NCAR Associate Director - Climate & Global Dynamics (CGD)

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National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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.

NCAR’s Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) conducts directed research that discovers the key processes in each component of the Earth’s climate system and the interactions among them, represents this understanding in models and thereby provides a basis for prediction of climate; and applies this understanding and these models to scientific problems of societal relevance. CGD fulfills the mission through a strong record of achievement in scientific research, community modeling and data set development.


Boulder, Colorado, United States


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
26 January 2018

29 November 2017

Job description

What You Will Do ******Reporting to the NCAR Director, the Associate Director for CGD is responsible for the overall scientific and strategic mission, productivity, and excellence of the Laboratory. This includes CGD’s vision and mission and the leadership and management of the implementation of long and short-term planning that supports the CGD and NCAR mission. The Director is responsible for the effective management and administration of the Laboratory.

The Director fosters interaction and collaboration between NCAR, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) staff and programs. In addition, the Director is responsible for program advocacy in a number of forums including government agencies, 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 providing 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
Promotes science opportunities by fostering interdisciplinary programs and stimulating and facilitating coordinated science between 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.
As member of the NCAR Executive Committee, 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 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.

CGD Laboratory Leadership
Leads the Laboratory in its mission to conduct directed research that contributes to improved understanding and prediction of the Earth’s climate system
Develops Laboratory strategic plans and ensures implementation to maximize scientific opportunities and financial and human resources. Initiates and implements large-scale activities.
Represents laboratory 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 the Laboratory, 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. Ensures workforce diversity and excellence.

What You Need (Minimum requirements)
Experience managing a complex research organization, including planning and leading diverse scientific programs.
Skill in strategic planning and implementation, budget development and deployment, 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.
Proven visionary and inspirational leadership experience motivating others to achieve excellence individually and as a team.
Demonstrated leadership, science and business skills associated with the development of applied scientific programs.
Experience directing, developing, and evaluating a staff of widely varying backgrounds and experience.
Experience advocating for internal and external support for an organization’s scientific agenda including obtaining and coordinating major research grants and contracts.
Proven ability to perceive complex problems in broad scope, to infuse ideas, and to participate meaningfully in the scientific direction and evaluation of scientific research.
Advanced skill in written and oral communication, with the ability to excel in interpersonal communication.
Proven ability to make sound technical and programmatic judgments and deal effectively with uncertainty, risk and conflict.