LSST INC. (LSSTC) SOLICITS APPLICATIONS FOR THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER POSITION OF THE LSSTC
The LSSTC seeks an Executive Officer for the corporation with the aim of filling this position by June 2014. LSSTC is a non-profit 501(c)3 Arizona corporation with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. Incorporated in 2003, the LSSTC’s primary purpose is to advance research and education by collaborating in the construction and operation of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST,) an astronomical observatory to survey the entire sky and produce widely accessible imaging data and data products.
The mission of the corporation is to enable a profound new understanding of the dynamic Universe and Cosmology by:
• Partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the LSST Project Office in the construction of the LSST telescope, camera and data management system, and
• Engaging international partners in the operation of the LSST facility and its data access centers, and
• Enabling the full science exploitation of the unique LSST data set through coordination and preparation of the member institutions, the broader physics and astronomy community and our international partners.
LSSTC and AURA, Inc. (AURA) have an established agreement to support the LSST Project Office as an independent center within AURA for the purposes of directing and managing the construction of the LSST and subsequently its operations.
The 8.4-meter LSST will survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every week with its three- billion pixel digital camera, probing the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and opening a movie- like window on objects that change or move rapidly: exploding supernovae, potentially hazardous near - Earth asteroids, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects.
The Executive Officer (EO) serves as chief executive of LSSTC and, in partnership with the LSSTC Board and the LSST Director, is responsible for implementing the LSSTC programs established by the Board. Together, the Board, the LSST Director and the EO assure LSSTC's relevance to the scientific community, the accomplishment of LSSTC's mission and vision, and the accountability of LSSTC to its diverse constituents. The EO serves as the main point of contact for LSSTC with its institutional members and foreign affiliates.
Candidates for Executive Officer should have at least five years demonstrated experience in a senior management position in a major scientific enterprise. Candidates should also have demonstrated organizational and fund raising experience, preferably in an interdisciplinary environment. As Executive Officer, this individual demonstrates critical competencies in four broad categories: commitment to results, business savvy, leading change, and motivating. This is a 50% FTE position with some irregular work hours and travel required.
LSSTC is inviting applications for this position and is also soliciting nominations from the community-at-large. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All applications received by April 1, 2014 will be given full consideration. All applications will be held in confidence. Applications must include: a curriculum vitae, information on relevant experience and accomplishments, the candidate’s vision for the evolution of the LSSTC, and the names of three professional references.
LSSTC actively supports efforts to broaden participation in all activities. Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.