Chief Operating Officer, Carbon Mapper Project

Tucson, AZ
Feb 24, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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AZ Inst for Resilience

Department Website Link:


To Be Determined



Position Highlights:

The Arizona Institutes for Resilience invites applicants for the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Carbon Mapper non-profit organization and accompanying satellite program. Carbon Mapper is a non-profit organization with a public-good mission to detect, pinpoint, quantify and make visible 80% of the world's methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) point source emissions to help accelerate climate mitigation efforts globally at the scale of individual facilities. The Carbon Mapper public-private partnership includes Planet Labs, Inc., the California Air Resources Board, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Carbon Mapper program staff are University of Arizona employees capable of supporting significant development activities in California. The COO will establish and oversee the Carbon Mapper program office team.
The COO will establish and oversee operations of the Carbon Mapper program office. Phase 1 is a 3 year activity involving technology transfer, development and launch of two satellites equipped with advanced visible-infrared imaging spectrometers, mission operations and data product delivery to demonstrate viability. This will lay the foundation for Phase 2, in which an operational constellation of 15+ satellites will provide ongoing, daily real-time monitoring of priority regions, sustained by commercial data subscriptions from Planet. In Phase 1 the COO is responsible for managing major system contracts with Planet and JPL as well as overall program budget and schedule. For all phases the COO will manage Carbon Mapper staff members tasked with the development and long-term stewardship of a global open data portal for methane and CO2 along with a research program, user support, communications, and advocacy efforts. Additionally, the COO will coordinate with a parallel airborne science program that infuses methane and CO2 data products and algorithms into the Carbon Mapper data system.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

·Administer the program budget, program reserve, schedule, contracts, and research grants
·Hire, direct, and mentor 12+ science, engineering, and administrative team members
·Manage the design, development, and long-term stewardship of a global open data portal for methane and CO2 along with a research program, user support, communications and advocacy efforts
·Work with the Planet Mission Director to co-develop and implement key processes including configuration control, program reviews, milestone tracking and risk management
·Prepare periodic progress reports for and liaise with Carbon Mapper sponsors and Board of Directors
·Develop and maintain program metrics, reports and documentation
·Support fund-raising, outreach and communication efforts

· Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in physics, engineering or mathematics and a minimum of 11 years of related work experience, including 7 yearsof managerial experience; OR, a Master’s degree in physics, engineering or mathematics and a minimum of 9 years of related work experience, including 7 years of managerial experience; OR, a PhD in physics, engineering or mathematics and a minimum of 7 yearsof related work experience, including 7 years of managerial experience.
  • Requires technical experience in physics, engineering or mathematics and experience in leading multiple teams, projects, programs,and/or functions.
  • Due to ITAR/EAR restrictions the successful candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or hold permanent resident status.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience delivering optical systems (design, assembly, and/or test)
· Experience with visible-infrared spectroscopy and atmospheric science
· Experience with laboratory or field research and/or administering research programs
· Experience developing and managing science data processing systems and data portals
· Experience working with environmental decision support stakeholders and policy-makers in the public and private sectors
· MBA or equivalent training
· Experience with leadership, collaboration, team-building expertise for multi-institution partnership
· Experience in working with commercial, government, university and sponsor partners
· Experience creating or familiarity with human resources and financial management
· At least 15 years' experience managing satellite programs (or technical programs of comparable complexity), data processing systems and multi-disciplinary teams
· Master's or PhD preferred.
· Preferably in large complex institutions or organizations, or equivalent combination of education and work



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Family:

Research Program Admin

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Riley Duren [email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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