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Executive Director, International Program Office, World Data System

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Executive Director, International Program Office, World Data System 

Full-time, Exempt, Market Range 15  - Grant-Funded

Executive Director (ED) leads the International Programme Office (IPO) of the World Data System (WDS) situated at Oak Ridge Institute @ University of Tennessee ([email protected]) University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) . WDS is an Interdisciplinary Body of the International Science Council (ISC). The IPO serves 128 international member organizations. The ED reports to the Principle Investigator (PI) of the sponsored project and maintains effective cooperation on administrative and technical matters with the major stakeholders, such as, [email protected] UT-ORII, ORNL, and UT.

The ED will be a full-time employee of the University of Tennessee and shall direct all activities of the IPO. The ED will oversee staff members of the IPO, manage the operations and budget of the IPO, identify potential funding opportunities, and actively seek and secure additional external funding.

Job Functions/Responsibilities:

The ED will facilitate the development, implementation, and coordination of WDS and its projects in collaboration with the PI of the sponsored project and the WDS-SC. The ED is responsible for carrying out the WDS strategy as defined by the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC), WDS management includes ensuring regular WDS-SC telecons and meetings (see item 3) and annual members forums, ensuring smooth workflows, serving on the CoreTrustSeal board, and engagement with WDS member repositories. Joint projects with partners will include establishing international education and workforce development program elements, designing and co-leading the program for the biennial International Data Week, conducting benchmark studies of the infrastructures and tools used by WDS repositories to inform best practices and guidelines (in coordination with the Director of the WDS International Technology Office), and creating and managing the Global Research Identifier Database. Responsibility includes budget oversight and compliance with UT rules and regulations. The ED will supervise the Office staff to support these activities.

The ED will represent WDS internationally as an expert delegate to the scientific data management and policy community to promote WDS activities and programs, recruit new WDS members, secure supplemental funding for WDS operations and projects, build Communities of Excellence for scientific data services, and establish partnerships with, and collaboration among, relevant international and national programs, such as entities of the United Nations system, the Belmont Forum, and the Group on Earth Observations, as well as the international policy community, funding agencies, Bredesen Center, NIST, ORNL data centers and user facilities, and other US federal agencies.

ED prepares and organizes telecons and semi-annual face-to-face or virtual meetings of the WDS-SC, directs the agenda and plans annual meetings of the WDS-SC, and prepares yearly reports to the WDS-SC and [email protected] UT-ORII on the status and health of the WDS-IPO. ED will also liaise with WDS members and coordinate activities across the international member organizations. The ED will supervise the Office staff to support these activities. - Grant-Funded

Master's Degree

Five years scientific data management experience
Several years of direct experience working in an international research organization and in an interdisciplinary setting.

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Ctr For Info Studies
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Nov 8, 2021, 10:35:59 AM


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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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