Position to direct a research center on arid lands

Jim Coleman jcoleman at dri.edu
Mon Nov 29 16:52:10 EST 1999

Below is an ad for a new position we created at the Desert Research
Institute (DRI). We just reogranized under our new President in order to
create two new interdisciplinary research centers.  One of these will be
CALEM: Center for Arid Lands Environmental Management (below). The other
will be WES: Watershed Environmental Sustainability.(I've been having
trouble formatting this in an email message, so please excuse any
with the format)

Feel free to give me a call if you want to discuss this position. I
would, of course, keep any conversations I have with you about this
position or potential candidates confidential.

Jim Coleman (775) 673-7322
Interim VP for Research

CALEM: Center for Arid Lands Environmental Management


The Desert Research Institute (DRI) focuses on environmental research
and is an independent research institution of the University and
Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN). DRI has strategically set
out on a course to develop new interdisciplinary environmental science
centers in order to meet the current and future challenges of solving
complex environmental problems.

We seek a dynamic leader to develop one of these new Centers ­ CALEM:
Center for Arid Lands Environmental Management. This Center will focus
on integrating biological, geological, hydrological, atmospheric,
economic, and social sciences in novel ways to solve complex
environmental management issues in dry lands, primarily in the U.S.
desert southwest. The Director will report directly to the President and
will lead DRI faculty from all three of DRI's divisions (Atmospheric
Sciences; Earth and Ecosystem Sciences; and Hydrological Sciences) to:
(1) define the goals and vision of this new Center; (2) develop a
strategic science plan to reach that vision, and (3) implement the plan
in order to build a thriving research program. The Director will set
fiscal priorities and have fiscal responsibility for the Center. The
Director will work with DRI's executive staff to develop hiring
priorities for the Center. The Director will serve as a faculty mentor
and collaborator; facilitate cooperation in teaching and research with
related departments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas; and interact directly with current and potential
sponsors. The successful candidate will be a member of DRI's Executive
Staff and will therefore be involved in setting institutional



* Advanced graduate degree in a scientific field (Ph.D. highly
preferred), and demonstrated understanding of environmental issues in
dry lands;

* Experience in managing and developing environmental research or
environmental management programs focused in dry lands. The candidate
must also demonstrate a knowledge of environmental issues facing dry
lands, and different environmental management disciplines or approaches
(e.g., conservation biology, adaptive management) being used to address

* Evidence of scientific leadership, such as a record of noteworthy,
peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals or
strong and effective administrative experience in national-level
scientific research or environmental management organizations;

* Demonstrated success in managing and guiding large research-oriented
programs, with a strong understanding of the soft-money research

* Experience in participating, managing or organizing multidisciplinary
research teams and an appreciation of interdisciplinary approaches;

* Management approach that fosters high staff morale and supports an
environment conducive to both applied and basic research;

* Demonstrably strong interpersonal, collaborative, and written and oral
communication skills.


* Experience with environmental research or environmental management on
federal lands, particularly those managed by Department of Defense and
Department of Energy;

* Ability to build research and educational programs in collaboration
with other UCCN campuses;

* Detailed knowledge of potential research sponsors in arid lands
environmental science;

* Creativity in identifying research issues and pursuing research
avenues that will enhance the growth of CALEM and DRI's academic
prestige as well as financial standing;

* Aptitude for complex problem solving and strategic planning.


Salary is competitive, negotiable, and commensurate with qualifications.

DRI offers an excellent fringe benefits package.


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2000, and continue until
the position is filled. Submit your vitae, a letter describing your
qualifications, and contact information for five references to: Human
Resources, Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, NV 89512.
Please reference Position #10-009 when applying. To learn more about
this position, please contact Dr. Jim Coleman (Search Chair), Interim
Vice President for Research and Business Development, (775) 673-7322;
jcoleman at dri.edu. We invite you to visit us at: www.dri.edu.

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