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Office of The Vice President for Research
Institutes of Energy and the Environment


Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seeks to hire an entrepreneurial leader to serve as the inaugural Director for the Penn State Water Faculty Consortium. The Consortium is a faculty led initiative to develop a vibrant University water research, outreach, extension and education community, and foster the success of faculty working on water topics. As an ex officio member of the faculty-elected Water Council, the Director will operationalize strategies developed through the Water Council for engaging faculty working in water science, policy research, education or outreach throughout the University system. The Director will assist in identifying priority areas of focus and, in collaboration with College administration, help facilitate and organize searches for co-funded tenure line faculty positions. The Director will enable and facilitate the development of inter-disciplinary and convergent research teams of investigators internal and external to Penn State, including identifying emerging topic areas and funding opportunities, and programming meetings and seminars of relevant faculty. The Director will help manage the progress of a Water Council committee developing an inter-disciplinary graduate degree program in water. Work with Penn State’s existing outreach and water outreach efforts to identify gaps and needs and coordinate existing resources or request new resources to meet these needs as appropriate. Qualifications for this job include excellent communications skills, an advanced degree in a field related to water, and ideally 6 or more years of experience working on water-related topics. The degree could include an MS, Ph.D., MBA, JD or other related degree. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to and ability to successfully advocate for diversity and the values of inclusion. This position is offered for a three-year fixed term, subject to renewal. This position will report to the IEE Director. Applications should submit a statement of interest, CV and names of three references.


Review of applications will begin April 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled, with the expectation that this position would start in the spring of 2019.

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