[ES_JOBS_NET] Deputy to the Chief Scientist, National Geographic, DC

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Wed Jul 25 15:59:14 MDT 2018


Job Description Summary
The Deputy to the Chief Scientist is a senior level position that provides direct support to the Executive Vice President of Science and Exploration to ensure that the National Geographic Society achieves its strategic objectives at the organizational level.

Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has been pushing boundaries to explore and document our world. The stories, insights, and imagery our explorers bring back from the field educate us, inspire us, and change the world. The Science and Exploration team oversees the National Geographic Society's grantmaking efforts; develops and manages major operating programs; directs and builds the capacity of our network of grantees; and is responsible for the development and execution of National Geographic Labs. The Science and Exploration team is composed of a number of departments, including: Grants Program, Explorer Programs, Operating Programs, National Geographic Labs and International.

The Deputy will work closely with the senior team to lead the annual planning process, assist with annual budgets, ensure that partners and thought leaders are engaged appropriately, support and develop communication systems, coordinate meetings, and lead strategic initiatives and special projects determined by the EVP, Science and Exploration, as critical to the Society's long-term success.
Job Description
*        Serve as critical thought-partner to the EVP Science & Exploration. Demonstrate consistent quality of reporting, communications, and systems, and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve organizational goals. Provide leadership in the development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, supporting staff and cultivating a culture of empowerment and accountability. (50%)
*        Work with the senior team to lead the annual planning processes to ensure alignment with strategic priorities. Clearly define and communicate clear outcomes and timelines of organizational planning process, ensuring alignment across the organization during these planning processes. Monitor progress and help the Science and Exploration team drive toward the Society's impact goals. (30%)
*        Work with the Finance team and the Science and Exploration senior team to develop annual budgets, aggregating data, offering a critical eye regarding different assumptions, and delivering a Science and Exploration budget based on input from each team leader. (10%)
*        Seed, initiate, and manage special projects for the Science and Exploration team. (10%)
Minimum Education Required
Bachelor's degree.
Minimum Years and Type of Experience
7+ years of related experience. Scientific credentials preferred.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Highly developed oral and written communications skills and ability to work with groups at all levels; budget management and planning experience; international knowledge and experience working with NGOs and government organizations.  Extremely effective in working with teams and building consensus across a broad range of groups.  Must be an excellent communicator.  Experienced at managing projects on time and on budget.
Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs.

National Geographic's headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options. National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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