[ES_JOBS_NET] Joint Numerical Testbed (JNT) Program Director, NCAR, Boulder, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Fri Dec 12 12:10:41 MST 2014
*Joint Numerical Testbed (JNT) Program Director
*PLEASE NOTE*: This is a full-time replacement position. Initial
consideration will be given to applications received prior to
Friday, January 2, 2015. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed
on an as-needed basis.
NCAR - Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)
Joint Numerical Testbed (JNT) Program
Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR's relocation policy
If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.)
to fill this position.
Basic Function of Job: The JNT Program Director provides leadership
and direct management oversight for the scientific and technical
activities within the Joint Numerical Testbed Program and is
responsible for coordinating and leveraging those activities across
the laboratory. In a matrix organization like RAL, this is a
complex activity as each Director is responsible for supervision and
career development in his/her functional chain of command, as well
as for the success of projects that pull staff from other RAL Programs.
The Program Director works to develop new funding opportunities, and
serves as an expert resource on, and advocate for, the use of
cutting-edge science and engineering methods and techniques for a
variety of applications. The Director represents the laboratory in
interactions with the public and private sectors and with the
research community with regard to testing and evaluating numerical
techniques that span a broad spectrum of numerical models
interconnected within the Earth/Sun System, post-processed model
algorithms and special verification tools developed for this community.
When appropriate, the Program Director will represent UCAR/NCAR in
responding to requests for scientific and technical information or
assistance from Federal and State policy makers, particularly NOAA,
DOD, NASA and NSF, and the international weather and climate
community, particularly the World Meteorological Organization. The
RAL Program Director serves as a member of the RAL Executive
Committee, other management committees and represents the laboratory
on the UCAR Management Committee and NCAR Directors' Committee. He
or she has significant authority with regard to approving proposals,
travel, and purchases and subcontracts up to the $150,000 level.
The JNT Program Director provides guidance and oversight to the
scientific and technical activities conducted within the Joint
Numerical Testbed Program, including the Developmental Testbed
Center (DTC), a data assimilation team, a tropical cyclone modeling
team, a forecast evaluation and applied statistics team and other
teams focused on specialized aspects of numerical weather prediction
and climate and seasonal prediction, testing, and applications. The
JNT Program Director coordinates and leverages those activities
across the laboratory.
The JNT Program Director is responsible, as a member of the
laboratory's Executive Committee, for the overall productivity,
creativity, and excellence of the laboratory. The JNT Program
Director formulates and executes the RAL Strategic Plan, as well as
more tactical, short-range plans, and contributes to the preparation
and presentation of NCAR-wide reports such as the Annual Budget
Review and NCAR Annual Report.
Works to develop new funding opportunities, and serves as an expert
resource on, and advocate for, the use of cutting-edge science and
engineering methods and techniques for a variety of applications.
The Director represents the laboratory in interactions with the
public and private sectors and with the research community with
regard to testing and evaluating numerical techniques that span a
broad spectrum of numerical models interconnected within the
Earth/Sun System, post-processed model algorithms and special
verification tools developed for this community.
Promotes effective recruitment practices in support of
organizational diversity initiatives and affirmative action goals
and enhances the quality of the scientific and technical program
through effective management practices which foster an environment
of teamwork and excellence. The JNT Program Director leads the
annual performance appraisal process for all laboratory staff in
coordination with other Program Directors and coordinates and
leverages staffing assignments across the laboratory.
Plans and manages budgets and other resources within the JNT Program
and coordinates and leverages fiscal and human resources across the
laboratory. Additionally he/she coordinates with the DTC National
Director to set strategic directions, plan DTC activities, secure
funding, and implement and oversee DTC activities. The JNT Program
Director plans and conducts strategic program development activities
aimed at providing new funding sources to support the goals of the
Develops and conducts interactions and collaborations with other
NCAR /UCP laboratories, divisions and programs with special
emphasis on NESL/MMM, NESL/HAO and UCP/COMET to manage joint
programs. The Program Director represents RAL to external entities
including government agencies (DOD, NOAA, NASA, NSF, DOE, DHS, and
State Department), UCAR member institutions, and the scientific
community at large.
The JNT Program Director ensures consistent and appropriate
application of UCAR policies and procedures.
Education and Experience:
* Ph.D. or equivalent in science, mathematics or engineering
including expertise in atmospheric science, numerical weather
prediction, and statistics; and
* at least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the
conduct and/or management of scientific or technical programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
* Expert skill in testing and evaluating numerical forecast
techniques with a strong record of peer-reviewed publications
reflecting these skills.
* Advanced knowledge of numerical weather prediction and data
assimilations methods and techniques.
* Expert skill in scientific and technical advocacy to effectively
and persuasively promote goals and strategies for the
advancement of RAL programs with NCAR, UCAR, funding agencies
and the general community.
* Expert skill in developing and leading programs in which both
science and engineering play significant roles.
* Advanced leadership skills in directing and developing a staff
of widely-varying backgrounds and experience.
* Demonstrated skills in budget and resource development and
* Skill in identifying problems or potential problems, and in
recommending, promoting and implementing effective and creative
* Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
* Willingness to travel frequently.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
*equal opportunity employer*
evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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