Houston Advanced Research Center Houston, TX, USA
Nov 06, 2019Full time
HARC seeks a Program Director- Climate Risk in Urban & Coastal Systems Department: Research Operations Reports to: President GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB The Program Director, Climate Risk in Urban and Coastal Systems, is responsible for developing this new program area, leading programmatic business development activities, managing research teams, and performing basic or applied research and policy research support in support of HARC’s mission. Work will involve a high degree of expertise, creative insight, and technical skill in assessing climate risk for urban and/or coastal systems and the ability to work with experts in other related disciplines. Work may involve the development of new practices, technology and methodologies and will include directing the operation of a research program by performing the following duties. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following. Major Duties Shape the content of HARC’s mission-driven research, fundraising, and grantsmanship efforts, meeting both longer-term strategic goals and shorter-term commitments to funders and partners. Develop and manage a programmatic team; creating and supporting a high-performance, collaborative and inclusive working environment where staff can realize professional growth and success. Lead a team to plan and model climate risks, effects of regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Lead a team to connect high-resolution climate data and projections to regional issues, environmental stressors and critical infrastructure (e.g. ports, industry, and transportation). Plan, direct and perform complex research and investigations pertaining to climate risk, resilience, and adaptation in coastal cities with a focus on the intersections with environmental stressors and community well-being. Successfully develop and secure funding for program initiatives from philanthropic, government, and private-sector sources. Develop and maintain relationships with potential funding organizations, partners and media entities to promote efforts. Effectively communicate identified needs, plans and results to the private sector, policy-makers, environmental organizations, and the public. Other duties may be assigned. Proposal and Business Development Take a leadership role in HARC’s mission-oriented, programmatic development. Identify and develop new funding sources and funder relationships. Write white papers and proposals for submission to funding sources. Project Management Plan and execute or manage research or technology development; manage project teams, budgets, and timely completion of project deliverables. Develop collaborations with external partners and serve as a research leader in the Greater Houston region. Responsible for the management of one or more project teams. Internal Collaboration Initiate and promote teamwork, shared learning and integrated approaches to sustainability. Develop multi-disciplinary projects and teams in partnership with other HARC supervisors. Supervise the activities of other personnel and serve as an in-house mentor. Advise executive management. External Outreach and Engagement Operate a well-established professional network with the ability to communicate and develop interpersonal relationships in stakeholder communities. Represent HARC to external political and community leaders/staff, media contacts, partners and public audiences at conferences, meetings, and written materials. Make contributions to discipline through scientific literature and conference presentations; maintain broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles, theories, and practices in a scientific discipline. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and Experience Ph.D. in atmospheric/oceanic/climate science, engineering, geography, geosciences or a related field with a minimum of 12 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary research teams and developing funded research initiatives; or an M.S. in above disciplines with a minimum of 16 years’ experience. Experience with a mix of the private and public sector, project-based environments including project development, university research, consulting, or professional services is preferred. Program Management Abilities The ideal candidate will have a strong creative and entrepreneurial spirit and a proven ability to find new and impactful approaches, navigate obstacles, and influence others' thinking to achieve impact beyond one’s own activities. Must be able to design workflows, procedures, track progress, report progress, and discern results. Must be able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Must be able to successfully identify alternatives and implement change when deemed appropriate. Must be able to assess the program team’s strengths/weaknesses/opportunities and take appropriate action. Must be able to influence outside organizations that are working on similar programs, motivate subcontractors and ensure that they meet deadlines and accomplish the appropriate tasks. Also, they must be able to influence industry, regulators, policymakers, others. The successful candidate should be considered a respected authority in their field. The ideal candidate will effectively balance team and individual responsibilities; work well in a collaborative environment as well as independently. Maintains confidentiality. Meets commitments on time and within budget. Able to develop strong business relationships. Data Analysis and Computing Abilities Experience in data analytics, visualization, statistics, modeling, and other advanced computer science techniques is a plus. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Communication and Writing Strong communication skills with demonstrated experience developing technical reports, peer-review publications, and proposals. Ability to communicate complex technical findings in a succinct and easy-to-understand manner using captivating language meant to engage the public. Must have demonstrable skills in problem-solving and critical thinking. Supervisory Abilities Collegial, mission-driven team leader with well-developed interpersonal skills and experience managing teams of 5 or more through periods of change. Directly supervises employees based on program needs. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees. Delegates work assignments and give authority to work independently. Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities. Develops subordinates' skills and encourages professional growth. Outreach and Engagement Abilities Strong outreach and fundraising capabilities; speaking and writing to business and donor audiences; demonstrated capability to present ideas to companies and funders. Accomplished public speaker. Ability to read, analyze, interpret and synthesize scientific and technical reports, financial reports, and legal documents. Able to handle media inquiries and engage non-technical audiences. Must have excellent verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Writes clearly and informatively. Work Environment Desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, creative environment, and ability to move across and work on several projects at once. Some travel may be involved based on project activity but no more than 20% of the time. Directors have an opportunity for flexible work locations based on project needs. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and email software as well as project-specific software. Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !