[ES_JOBS_NET] Executive Director/Professor , Payne Institute for Earth Resources, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Sep 30 12:09:04 MDT 2015


College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering
Division of Economics and Business
Payne Institute for Earth Resources
Executive Director/Professor

Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for the newly 
created position of Executive Director, Payne Institute for Earth 
Resources, including appointment as Professor in the Division of 
Economics and Business.

Located in Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of 
Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder, Mines has enrollment of over 5,000 
students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering 
and applied science. Mines is a global leader in research and the 
advancement of technology. Research programs span many areas that focus 
on the School’s mission in promoting stewardship of the earth, 
advancements in energy and sustaining the environment. For more 
information visit us at: www.mines.edu.

The Payne Institute for Earth Resources is an interdisciplinary research 
center with a mission to inform and shape sound public policy as it 
relates to earth resources, energy, and the environment. The Institute 
promotes a policy making process informed by rigorous quantitative 
analysis based on sound economic and scientific principles. Our 
community of scholars comes from across the Mines community, as well as 
across other major research institutions. We support their research by 
leveraging Mines funding for maximum impact, helping projects compete 
for outside funding and connecting ideas to action by engaging 
policy-makers. In this way, we support researchers from multiple 
disciplines as they join forces to study issues related to earth 
resources, energy, and the environment.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director will be responsible for overall 
leadership of the Institute, including leading, conducting and 
communicating scholarship to inform public policy. The Executive 
Director will coordinate the efforts of a research team currently 
consisting of 5-6 researchers, be a major spokesperson for the 
organization, lead fund development efforts, communicate with CSM 
administration, and otherwise administer the organization.

Specific responsibilities include:
 Developing a strategic vision for the future of the Institute as an 
organization and as a catalyst for policy research and analysis, and – 
in conjunction with the university administration – developing and 
implementing a plan for realizing that vision.
 Planning, overseeing, and participating in the research activities of 
the Institute and writing policy briefs and other reports based on that 
research. The Executive Director will play a lead role in informing and 
shaping sound public policy on earth resources, energy, and the 
 Contributing to the Colorado School of Mines’ academic environment 
from both a scholarship and educational perspective. The Director will 
serve to integrate the Institute’s policy research and analysis into the 
university environment in a manner that furthers the research and 
educational objectives of the university.
 Playing a visible and connected role as a leader in earth resources 
policy, including representing the Institute before policymakers, 
stakeholders, the public, and the news media, as well as seeking out, 
establishing, and maintaining strong collaborations with other 
stakeholder organizations, both domestically and internationally.
 Overseeing all communications activities of the Institute, working 
with in-house communications staff or consultants as appropriate.
 Overseeing the fiscal health of the organization, including actively 
leading revenue-raising and fund development activities, including but 
not limited to grant-writing and maintaining relationships with funders, 
in accord with an overall fund development plan.

 Education: Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in economics or 
related field, a record of scholarship, and the national and 
international reputation commensurate with appointment to full Professor 
in the Division of Economics and Business.
 Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the 
ability to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a 
range of audiences in writing, through public speaking, and to the 
media. Strong background in economic policy issues, particularly as they 
relate to earth resources, energy, and the environment.
 Experience: Substantial amounts of professional experience in public 
policy analysis; demonstrated capacity to work with policymakers, 
advocates, the news media, and constituent groups to think strategically 
about opportunities to influence public policy in a nonpartisan manner 
is preferred.
 Leadership Qualities: Commitment to promoting a policy making process 
informed by rigorous quantitative analysis based on sound economic and 
scientific principles; a strategic thinker with strong leadership 
skills; creative and entrepreneurial spirit; commitment to excellence; 
understanding and valuing of diversity; and strong administrative 
skills. Mines is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and 
educator that recognizes that diversity is crucial to its pursuit of 
excellence in learning and research.

Mines is committed to developing student, faculty, and staff populations 
with differing perspectives, backgrounds, talents, and needs and to 
creating a richer mix of ideas, energizing and enlightening debates, 
deeper commitments, and a host of educational, research, and service 
outcomes. As such, Mines values candidates who have experience working 
in settings with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Minorities, 
women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged 
to apply.

Compensation: Salary and benefits will be commensurate with 
qualifications and experience. Mines also provides an attractive 
benefits package including fully paid health insurance, dependent 
tuition benefits, parental leave policies and dependent care assistance 
through a flexible spending plan.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 
names and contact information for at least 3 professional references, 
and copies of relevant publications to: Colorado School of Mines, Human 
Resources Office, Search 16-091090, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 
80401, Fax: (303) 384-2025.

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