Director IWRRI: Idaho Water Resources Research Institute

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Moscow, TENNESSEE
Job Type: FullTime

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Director IWRRI: Idaho Water Resources Research Institute
Location Moscow
Division/College University Research (Div)
Department ORED VP
Employee Category Faculty
Classification Group Title Dept Head/Chair/Director
Tenure Tracking Tenured
Rank Negotiable (must be justified)
Interim/Term Appointment No
Multi-Year Contract (Non-Tenure Track) Not Applicable
Position Type Permanent
Pay Range 170,000.00
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Internal Posting?
Position Summary

Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) is being re-imagined to become a nationally recognized research institute focused on integrated water-based human and biophysical systems. The IWRRI mission is to: a) lead the University of Idaho’s water-systems faculty to collaborate across Colleges in research to reconcile water ecosystems, technology and society, to provide high impact research on the pathway to sustainable economies, quality of life, and resilient ecosystems, b) lead IWRRI outreach and engagement programs and activities in developing solutions to Idaho’s, the region’s, the nation’s and the world’s water challenges through interdisciplinary research, outreach and information transfer, and c) build on the University of Idaho’s quality and reputation in water-systems research. Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and holding tenured faculty rank, the IWRRI Director provides leadership by promoting, organizing and coordinating interdisciplinary efforts in water-systems research and water-systems education, by interacting with the Vice President for Research, deans, department chairs, program directors and faculty across the University to promote interdisciplinary water-systems programs. The IWRRI Director will coordinate with the Director of the Water Resources graduate program to ensure integrations between funded research and graduate student participation in team-based interdisciplinary research.


Job Duty Function IWRRI Leadership
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Take the leadership role of an Institute designed to facilitate, expand and coordinate the University of Idaho’s water-systems research programs and faculty through:
• Serving as a focal point for the identification, initiation, facilitation, support and coordination of the development of extramurally funded interdisciplinary water-systems related collaborative research programs and faculty across the University of Idaho.
• Leading the Institute’s Initiatives, including: (1) collaboration with regional Native American Tribes on development of proposals related to the nexus between First Foods, water and energy and building graduate level water resource education opportunities for Native American students; (2) collaborate with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies on research at the water-energy-technology interface; (3) development of resources to support IWRRI’s Lake Social-Ecological Systems (LaSES) laboratory.
• Leading faculty and stakeholders in the development and implementation of new Initiatives.
• Serving in a mentoring capacity for new water-systems research faculty hires at the University of Idaho.
• Engaging with college leadership to create development and mentoring plans for faculty engaged in collaborative water-systems research and scholarly activity.
• Developing resource allocation plans in collaboration with other University of Idaho administrative units on an on-going basis to ensure that water-systems collaborative research and scholarly activities are adequately advanced and supported.
• Engaging in the process of setting state, regional and national priorities related to water-systems research investments and activities.
• Leading and/or participating in development of extramural funding to support IWRRI and the delivery of its mission.
• Coordinating the preparation and disseminations of reports and interdisciplinary publications resulting from funding provided by or coordinated through the Institute.
• Collaborating with the University of Idaho Water Resources graduate program leadership and faculty to assure integration between collaborative water-systems research and graduate student opportunities.

Job Duty Function IWRRI Outreach
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Provide leadership for IWRRI outreach and engagement programs and activities by:
• Coordinating and facilitating the development and delivery of an effective water-systems outreach program throughout the State of Idaho.
• Generating political and financial support for the Institute and water-systems research and serve as a key Idaho contact for regional and national water-systems research programs.
• Interfacing with water-systems stakeholders, agencies, and governments throughout the state of Idaho and the region (including Tribal agencies and governments), and coordinate sources of support associated with water-systems research needs.
• Working effectively with the consortium of water resources research institutes nationally, and to coordinate water resources agendas, proposals, and funding within the region.
• Building the capacity of the University of Idaho to provide scientific research, modeling and outreach related to major ground and linked surface water-systems in Idaho and the region.
• Developing the education function of IWRRI through programs and activities aimed at linking graduate water resources students with K-12 education.
• Coordinating the dissemination of reports and transfer of knowledge from research resulting from funding provided by or coordinated through the Institute.
• Coordinating information transfer, outreach and communication for water-system stakeholders, agencies, and governments external to the University of Idaho.
• Providing an interface between water-systems research at the University and stakeholders, agencies, and governments throughout the state of Idaho and coordinate sources of support associated with water-systems research needs.

Job Duty Function IWRRI Administration
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Manage IWRRI operations by:
• Providing budget and grant management support to water-systems faculty and programs associated the Institute.
• Administering the USGS 104B Water Resources Research Program for the State of Idaho.
• Developing and maintaining business and fiscal control systems to ensure the efficient operation of the Institute.

Job Duty Function Other Duties as Assigned
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned by Vice President for Research and Economic Development


Minimum Qualifications

• An earned doctorate (or equivalent terminal degree) in a relevant discipline from an accredited university.
• Eligible to meet the criteria for rank of tenured associate or full research professorship at the University of Idaho.
• Nationally/internationally recognized research focus and accomplishments relevant to the IWRRI mission.
• Experience leading or participating in multi-institutional interdisciplinary teams focused on water resource issues, challenges, or opportunities.
• Commitment to team-based research.
• Stated willingness to travel regionally and nationally on a frequent basis.
• This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

• Proven research leadership capabilities demonstrated by success at a research/teaching university or other research organization.
• Demonstrated excellence in research and experience in collaborative research programs associated with water resources-systems.
• Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address the challenges associated with a broad range of water-system challenges.
• Demonstrated commitment to the land-grant philosophy.
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and service.
• Outstanding communication skills and demonstrated experience interacting successfully with faculty and staff, national laboratories, governmental entities, businesses, research sponsors, and the public.
• Demonstrated commitment to affirmative action and diversity, and a high level of professional credibility and personal integrity.
• Demonstrated experience in program initiation, development, budgeting and personnel management.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Posting Information

Posting Number F000556P
Posting Date 03/17/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

On-going review of applications begins on May 1, 2017

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

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