Director, Conrad Blucher Institute

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Director, Conrad Blucher Institute

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Science & Engineering - Dean

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Corpus Christi, Texas

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  • The Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) Director will lead the institute, averaging approximately 70 faculty, staff and student employees while maintaining a unique organizational culture. The director's expertise will lead research teams in securing extramural finding and establish and maintain strong ties with the profession, the research community and funding agencies at the state, national and international levels. The individual in this position will oversee the transition of CBI into a university-level institute under the Division of Research and Innovation.

  • Serve in leadership role for the institute. Promote and articulate mission to staff, stakeholders, agencies, faculty and the community.
  • Work with the advisory board to develop and implement strategic planning initiatives consistent with the university mission.
  • Lead the Institute's fundraising efforts, ensuring that the organization has sufficient resources to maintain and grow strong research programs.
  • Create and implement a fundraising plan with the university's Division of Institutional Advancement and the advisory board.
  • Identify, cultivate, and build relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies by attending meetings both on and off campus as a representative of the Institute.
  • Work closely with the College of Science and Engineering, including the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, to support BS in Geographic Information Science (GISC), an MS in Geospatial Systems Engineering (GSSE) and a PhD in Geospatial Computer Science (GSCS). Integrate students from other TAMU-CC academic programs into CBI research.
  • Oversee and facilitate staff grant and contract activities, project operations and ensure timely delivery of products.
  • Develop grant and contract proposals and reports.
  • Be the chief spokesperson for the Institute. Work with the university and college staff to increase the visibility of institute activities and accomplishments by developing and maintaining relationships with public media, funding organizations, and community leaders.
  • Engage in community outreach activities such as serving as a guest speaker to service clubs/organizations in the community.
  • Expand the Institute's capabilities and programs by building and managing scientific and support staff.
  • Encourage faculty research associations with the Institute. Increase opportunities for student engagement and support in research and service programs.
  • Oversee the financial management of the Institute, including preparation and management of annual budgets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a geospatial science field including Geospatial Computing, Surveying, Geomatics, Geodesy, Computer Science, or closely related discipline.
  • Ten (10) years of experience.
  • Record of original, extramurally funded research with a publication record in archival journals.
  • Ability to attract, support and retain a diverse and inclusive staff, and communicate effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring colleagues and students at graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Demonstrated experience/success in cultivating relationships with industry professionals locally and nationally, and with state legislatures and relevant professional associations.
  • Experience with commercial geospatial systems technologies and a background in research laboratories, corporations or government/non-profit sectors in relevant fields.

  • Application deadline: 15 January 2021
  • The Following documents are required:
    • Cover letter
    • Vision statement
    • CV/Resume
    • URL
    • Statement on diversity and inclusion
    • List of references

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Posted: 11/18/2020
Application Due: 11/18/2032
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