Assoc Research Professional - Associate Director for Analysis and Communication - 513310

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Apply nowJob no: 513310
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Research/Scientific

Pay Grade/Pay Range: Non Classified - Grade NA

Department/Organization: 750502 - Global Water Security Center

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm

Job Summary: The Associate Research Professional should show a high level of achievement and impact as appropriate for the position’s duties. Oversees research projects and assumes responsibility for the day-to-day activity supporting the project. Contributes significantly to the planning and design of research and creative projects. May assist in both short-term and long-term planning and project goals, as well as in research and creative proposals and dissemination of project findings. This is only a representation of possible duties and is not an all-inclusive listing.

Additional Department Summary: The Global Water Security Center (GWSC) will be an applied research/operational center commissioned with assisting local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as potentially support multi-national companies (MNC’s), to enhance their knowledge of water by understanding how to protect vulnerable water systems with acceptable water quality, mitigate impacts of water-related hazards such as floods, droughts and water-borne pollution, safeguard access to water functions/services, ecosystem preservation, and manage water resources in an integrated and equitable manner. GWSC will analyze data and produce water/environmental security products that will provide decision makers with the most reliable information, ground-breaking research, applied scientific techniques, and best practices so that the hydrologic cycle and its potential impacts can be put in a context for appropriate action and response by state, regional, national, and global entities. Our stakeholders will include: Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA, State Department, FEMA, Red Cross, USAID, private companies (e.g., Coca Cola, Unilver) and academic stakeholders.

The Assistant Director for Analysis and Communication (ADAC) will lead a diverse, multi-discipline team of analysts and communication experts to provide water/environmental security data, knowledge and information. ADAC will lead the team that will provide situational awareness products for institutions to understand how water affects livelihoods, health, economy and ecosystems. Additionally, the ADAC will lead a department providing consequence management analysis and communication of environmental (in)security with regards to the water, food, energy, and health nexus by understanding the complex economic value of water and demographic dynamics. Essential to this position is for applicant to demonstrate expert skill in leading a team effort, planning and executing complex, multi-faceted projects, coordinating activities and evaluating the acceptability of analytical methodology. Additionally, applicant must effectively inspire, motivate and persuade others towards goal accomplishment and have demonstrated leadership ability and skill to coach, mentor, and challenge subordinates and co-workers.

Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree and eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in a senior water/environmental analyst management role. Final candidate may be required to obtain security clearance.

Skills and Knowledge: Expert knowledge of meteorological, hydrological, climate, environmental security and disaster risk reduction with an ability to effectively resolve highly complex, difficult, and controversial problems and issues. Knowledge of food, health, and energy subjects to allow successful analysis of water’s nexus in order to support GWSC’s desire to meet environmental security requirements. Devises strategies to efficiently incorporate these elements and guide the analysis and communications to meet customer needs. Maintains full awareness of DoD, Intelligence Community, government, academic, and commercial research and development activities applicable to the GWSC mission and designs appropriate products to communicate water/environmental security issues. Coordinates work efforts with representatives of federal agencies to include DoD, NOAA, NASA, FAA, and other specified department-level agencies involving exchange of technical and/or scientific information. Furthermore, these efforts should also include representatives of industry, government agencies, multi-national companies, and academic institutions.

Strong leadership ability and effective written and oral communications skills and comfort with presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, businesses, and government officials. Strong customer relations and communication skills for constructing and disseminating strategic vision and implementation plans. Ability to establish work standards/expectations and clear direction to meet goals and objectives of ongoing work for direct reports. Ability to provide guidance, motivate, and engage direct reports through effective communication and leadership. Ability to assign work and to establish work rules and acceptable levels of quality and quantity of work. Ability to review work and evaluate performance and develop required job competencies of direct reports.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an applicable Technical, Scientific, or Engineering discipline. Eight to ten (8-10) years of progressively responsible experience in a senior water/environmental analyst management role, which includes five to seven (5-7) years of experience in a supervisory capacity.

Knowledge of GIS and GIS Systems. Experience with content processing for social media, web, emails, presentations, and printed materials. Experience in tracking and responding to media requests, stakeholder questions and inquiries with a strong understanding of advocacy and political communications. U.S. citizen capable of receiving a security clearance.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

Advertised: 09 Jun 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 15 Jun 2021 Central Daylight Time

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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 6/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time