[ES_JOBS_NET] SOARS Program Director, UCAR, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Wed Mar 7 19:57:08 MST 2018


SOARS Program Director
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SOARS Program Director

This is a full-time position. This position will be posted until April 3, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received.  Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.  UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work
The SOARS program, based at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, has been increasing the diversity of the atmospheric and related sciences for 22 years. This flagship program is designed to support students from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in the geosciences to enter and succeed in graduate school and STEM careers. The multi-year program is based on genuine research experiences, comprehensive mentoring, a supportive community, and life-long engagement. Undergraduate and graduate "protégés" spend up to four summers conducting research at NCAR, NOAA and our partner laboratories, guided by a team of up to five types of mentors, and are supported through the school year with conference travel, last-dollar tuition scholarships, writing support and career and personal coaching. Alumni of the program are offered ongoing mentoring throughout their careers and are engaged in many different ways, including through the inaugural SOARS Satellite Program, a new initiative to extend the reach of SOARS by creating SOARS-based programs in departments where alumni are now faculty.

What You Will Do
Lead and manage the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program and affiliated efforts. The SOARS director contributes actively to the national diversity and inclusion conversation through publications, conference presentations and committee work.

Program Leadership and Management
·        Directs the SOARS program, including all aspects of operation of the program. Responsible for strategic planning and overseeing evaluation of SOARS.
oDevelops program goals and strategies to reach them. Monitors progress toward goals.
oGuides and shapes the new SOARS satellites, interfacing the needs of each with the primary program in Boulder.
oDirects staff and contractors, ensuring their work benefits protégés and mentors.

·        Responsible for hands-on, year-round mentoring of up to 26 current SOARS protégés and the ongoing support and engagement of the alumni (now numbering close to 200). Mentoring will be in person in Boulder, during national conferences and via phone, email and social media.
oAdvises and counsels protégés
oHandles complex and controversial issues.
oAttends conferences, including annual meetings of the AGU, AMS, SACNAS in support of protégés, recruiting, and contributing to the national conversation on diversity and inclusion.

·        Runs an 11-week summer internship program in Boulder, building on relationships across NCAR, NOAA and our partnering universities to match students with research projects aligned to their interests, offering professional development activities and building a supportive community comprised of protégés, scientists, engineers, educators and staff.
oInitiates activities and plans for internal and external collaborations.
oPlans and implements recruitment, selection and training for student programs.
oMatches students with mentors and provides training for mentoring teams.
oIdentifies, train and supports mentors across multiple institutions; in any given summer, there are typically 50-70 mentors involved in the program
oEnsures professional development activities relevant to the career progression of the proteges are planned and carried out

·        The SOARS director oversees a team comprising an administrator; science educator responsible for teaching scientific communications, preparing publications, and providing writing support; a software engineer responsible for teaching a scientific data and computing workshop, and a student assistant.
oManages, trains and supervises staff, directly and as part of matrix project-based projects.
oOversees the planning, preparation and teaching of the scientific communication workshops, programming and scientific data workshops, and professional development activities.
oMaintains an inclusive and supportive workplace and community committed to the mission of developing a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce.

·        SOARS is part of the UCAR Center for Science Education, a UCAR Community Programs (UCP) division of UCAR, and works closely with NCAR office of Education and Outreach, and with the UCAR office of Diversity and Inclusion.
oRepresents SOARS to UCAR and NCAR management, and the UCAR Center for Science Education
oPartners with NCAR leadership to build pipeline for talented SOARS alumni into the ASP programs and employment at NCAR.
oParticipates in internal and external meetings, representing program interests and initiatives with discretion.

·        Manages a budget of approximately $1M/year and works with SciEd/UCP leadership to ensure ongoing funding for the program.
oParticipates in long range strategic planning
oEnsures stable funding for the SOARS program
·        Serves as PI of the primary SOARS grant, with responsibility for report writing, and working with NSF and Co-Is
·        May serve as a PI or collaborator on other grants that are complementary to the efforts of SOARS, including those that support SOARS protégés and those that contribute to diversity, atmospheric science and geoscience workforce development.
·        Prepares externally-funded proposals, including writing, editing and compilation of proposal documents.
·        Identifies and engages appropriate opportunities and partners.
·        Serves as liaison between principal investigators, agency contract contacts, and UCAR administrative units, including meeting grant reporting requirements.
·        Oversees the development of proposal budgets, award management and monitoring of program budgets.

Communication and Research
·        Contributes to the national conversation regarding diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, and may serve on panels, task forces and as an advisor to UCAR and our member universities.
·        Authors papers, in collaboration with others or as sole author, documenting advances in pedagogy, learning science, atmospheric and related science education or workforce/diversity related issues.
·        Shares the experience gained from SOARS with faculty running REU programs across the geosciences, and may partner with new and existing programs in a mentoring or resource-sharing capacity.
·        Stays abreast of research on formal and informal science education and learning
·        Works with internal UCAR/NCAR partners to advance atmospheric and related science education
·        Provides reports to the SOARS Steering Committee and SOARS PIs and implements their recommendations.
·        Oversees and participates in writing and production of communication in a variety of media such as annual reports, protégé abstract volumes, newsletters, online and recruiting materials.

What You Need
·        Master's degree in a physical science, education or diversity-related field. At least 3 years documented experience in diversity-focused initiatives or running an undergraduate research internship, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
·        Proven track record of having led diversity or education focused programs.
·        Published papers on education or diversity topics.
·        Experience in serving as a principal investigator on grants.
·        Experience in supervising staff and students.
·        Excellent track record of sensitivity towards diversity and inclusion efforts.
·        Knowledge of existing and emerging national issues related to geoscience and atmospheric science workforce.
·        Skill in counseling and mentoring concepts, practices and applications.
·        Skill in planning, implementation and evaluation of projects, including proposal preparation.
·        The ability to manage, prioritize and implement elements of multi-faceted programs, including overseeing staff and budgets.
·        Demonstrated ability to solve problems and work independently.
·        Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills for diverse audiences.
·        Ability to lead an environment focused on innovation and team-oriented, inclusive practices.
·        Availability to travel approximately five times a year, and work some evenings and weekends in support of the students.

Desired Skills
·        Experience with atmospheric science or geoscience research and a good understanding of the atmospheric science community in the U.S.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.
Job Location
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Position Type
Appointment Type
Regular, Full-Time (R1)

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