The Prairie Research Institute (Institute) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applicants for Executive Director to provide leadership ensuring the Institute’s position as a premier natural and cultural research and service organization. The Institute is the umbrella organization for the state’s five scientific surveys, including the: Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey , the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. The Executive Director Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research.
The Prairie Research Institute executes coordinated research agendas across the disciplines of the five surveys which are responsive to current and emerging societal needs around the world with strong foci in the Midwest and State of Illinois. More than 1,000 scientists and staff work in 75 locations around Illinois, pursing projects that include: a federally funded Energy Frontier Research Center to study carbon dioxide storage; major archaeological work for the construction of the new Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis; water supply planning; development of technologies and service programs to support greener industry; floodplain mapping; understanding and managing Asian Carp and other invasive species; among many others. FY14 expenditures (including externally funded research expenditures) totaled nearly $78 million. Learn more at www.prairie.illinois.edu.
Urbana-Champaign is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities. More about the Champaign-Urbana micro-urban lifestyle can be found here: http://welcometochampaignurbana.com/the-cu-community/micro-urban/
The Executive Director will
- Provide leadership, direction and overall administration for the development, coordination and implementation of scientific research and service programs, activities and professional services undertaken and provided by the state surveys, and centers and initiatives of the Institute.
- Encourage, foster and develop collaborative research, service, outreach efforts and relationships with the University of Illinois administration, community and its stakeholders and with external constituents within the State.
- Supervise and lead Survey/Center Directors and PRI management and staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high level performance at both the individual and organizational level.
- Encourage and lead a strong commitment to diversity through establishing retention and recruiting priorities.
- Foster a culture of open communication and promote awareness of and education about safety and safe working methods.
- Ensure the Institute gathers, disseminates, and archives accurate, objective and relevant scientific information for government, business and the public related to the environmental quality, economic prosperity and public safety with a focus on the natural history, water, geological, cultural and atmospheric resources and in the development and implementation of sustainable technologies.
- Ensure the Institute’s statutory responsibilities to provide scientific advice to State of Illinois and municipal agencies and businesses are met.
- Encourage and promote the research enterprise including proposal writing, research innovation, teaching and education; identify and secure state, federal, and private sources of funding.
- Facilitate Institute, survey and center development efforts.
- Organize and convene the Prairie Research Institute Advisory Board.
PhD or equivalent in a science, engineering, or other field relevant to the mission and goals of the Institute.
Significant administrative experience in bringing science to bear on public policy decisions; experience managing a scientific survey or organization of comparable scope and complexity; familiarity with academic research environments; experience in forming and maintaining relationships with state, federal, and relevant non-governmental organizations and citizens; and an established record of obtaining sponsored funding from state and, federal agencies and the private sector and actively facilitating research endeavors.
This is position appointed on a 12-month service basis. A tenure option is available for candidates with an academic track record appropriate for a tenured full professor at the University, or commensurately significant other qualifications.
The starting date is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applications received by April 15, 2015 shall receive full consideration. To apply, please visit: https:jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) Letter of interest and qualifications (not to exceed three pages); 2) CV, 3) Names and contact information for five professional references.
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