Carl Vinson Institute of Government - University of Georgia

Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Planning and Environmental Services Unit Manager
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia invites applications for a Public Service Faculty position for manager of the Planning and Environmental Services unit.  The Institute serves state and local governments in Georgia, nationally, and internationally with a broad range of research, training, and support programs. This position provides leadership to the Planning and Environmental Services Unit which is part of the Governmental Services and Research Division of the Institute. This position will be available March 1, 2015 and carries rank in the public service faculty career ladder of the University.
The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience doing applied research and addressing environmental challenges at the state and/or local government level. The successful candidate should have experience in working on policy issues with state policy-makers and local government officials. Candidates are preferred who have extensive experience in one or more of the following areas: environmental policy, environmental science, energy, water resources, planning, growth management or related field.  A master’s degree is required.  A terminal degree is preferred. 
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing are essential.  As the manager will spend considerable time working directly with state and local officials, both elected, appointed, and staff, it is critical that they have the desire, ability and experience to interact in a very positive and supportive manner with these important clients of the Institute. This position is responsible for managing the finances and personnel for all contracts and agreements in the unit. Experience in securing funding and managing contracts and grants is preferred.  Letters of recommendation and information provided in the application submission for the position should show evidence of such experience.
This position works closely with the Governor’s Office, the General Assembly, and state agencies to produce research that helps guide decisions concerning management and protection of natural resources and the environment.  This position will guide the technical assistance provided to state agencies, local governments, and other stakeholders on planning and environmental topics. The successful candidate will contribute to the Institute’s research and service goals through policy research for the state legislature, state agencies, and local governments; preparation of publications addressing environmental issues; consultation with federal, state, local agencies, and non-governmental organizations; participation in environmental management training programs for government officials; and seeking external support of these activities through grants and contracts. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the portfolio of projects in the unit as well as be the principal investigator on projects.
The position requires supervision of faculty and professional staff and coordination of projects in areas such as water policy and management, air quality, energy policy, land use and growth management, planning and zoning, historical preservation, planning and design, solid and hazardous waste management, and protection of ecosystems services.
Compensation will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Candidates will be considered for the position until it is filled but are assured of being considered if all materials are received by January 15, 2015.  Application materials should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and three letters of reference.  Email submissions with attachments are preferred.  Please send to:
 In lieu of email submission, written application materials may be directed to: 
            Search Committee, GSR Planning and Environmental Services Unit  
            Carl Vinson Institute of Government
            The University of Georgia
            201 N. Milledge Avenue
            Athens, GA  30602
Candidates selected for an interview will be required to consent to a background investigation.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.