Arecibo Deputy Director

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Industry
Institution/Company: 
Arecibo Observatory
Department Name: 
Florida Space Institute
Street Line 1: 
12354 Research Parkway
City: 
Orlando
State/Province: 
FL
Zip/Postal: 
32826
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Deputy Director, Arecibo Observatory

 

Located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the Deputy Director will lead the science strategy for the facility and have management responsibility over the on-site science team. This position is responsible for administratively managing staff work, evaluating performance and providing guidance and direction. The candidate will work directly with the scientists in developing performance plans and metrics aligned with short and long term objectives of the facility. Responsible for managing team budget, hiring and reporting requirements.

 

Responsible for drafting and executing the science strategy for the facility in conjunction with the site director, the principal scientists and the on-site staff and external advisors. Provides recommendations to the director on strategic equipment and resources (including site upgrades) that will enhance scientific value.

 

Responsible for the management of the science team at the Arecibo Observatory, including providing leadership and direction to all on site science personnel. Mentors, trains and hires top scientists around the world; and establishes the team's organizational cadence.

 

Completes the performance management and merit process for the on-site staff. Develops and tracks scientific goals, results, and metrics which includes publications, observations and external collaborations, among others. Identifies and manages performance-to-plan metrics for all areas of responsibility.

 

Leads the development and implementation of the site procedures to ensure proper workflow of daily tasks.

 

Strives to develop an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion and integration across the science organizations.

 

Identifies and develops research partnerships with other organizations. Leads proposal development across cross-functional teams.

 

Supports the site director in all tasks required for the success of the operation.

 

All applications must be submitted through https://jobs.ucf.edu/en-us/job/499255/deputy-director-arecibo-observatory.

 

About Arecibo Observatory:

 

The Arecibo Observatory, located near the town of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is a world-class observational facility allowing for cutting-edge space research and education. The observatory hosts one of the world’s largest and most powerful single-dish radio/radar telescopes, and gathers information about planets, moons, asteroids and comets. The Arecibo Observatory is currently operated and managed by University of Central Florida in partnership with Sistema Ana G. Mendez Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) and Yang Enterprises, Inc under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). To learn more about the Arecibo Observatory, visit www.naic.edu/ao/.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience, with at least 2+ years of leadership experience.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

The preferred candidate is expected to have a strong scientific background, with significant management experience. 

 

A PhD. in Engineering, Astronomy, Space Physics, Atmospheric Science, Radio Science or related field.

 

5 years of experience leading research teams in academic or aerospace industries.

 

Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record.

 

Experience developing and managing proposals and budgets.

 

Program/Project Management experience.

 

Excellent communication skills, organization, and personal initiative and the ability to work well with clients, Observatory staff and visitors.

 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

 

Available to travel up to 20% of the time.

 

Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

 

If you are selected as the final candidate for an employment opportunity here at UCF, both your position and salary will be significantly based upon the information that you have provided in your application for employment. We urge you to please take the time to complete the application in its entirety.

 

All applications must be submitted through https://jobs.ucf.edu/en-us/job/499255/deputy-director-arecibo-observatory.

 

 

 

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
Negotiable
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Francisco Cordova
Title: 
Arecibo Director
Institution/Company: 
Arecibo Observatory
Department Name: 
University of Central Florida
Street Line 1: 
University of Central Florida
Street Line 2: 
12354 Research Parkway
City: 
Orlando
State/Province: 
Fl
Zip/Postal Code: 
32826
Country: 
United States of America
Phone: 
4078236351
Email: 
jennifer.mckay@ucf.edu
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Jennifer McKay
Subject: 
Arecibo Deputy Director
Email: 
jennifer.mckay@ucf.edu