Associate Director of Science and Data

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Associate Director of Science and Data
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 201700992AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $75,000-80,000, commensurate with experience
Desired Start Date 05/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/16/2018
Description of Work Unit

The Science and Data Division of the Colorado State Forest Service provides administration and oversight of science and data delivery that directly contributes to the agency’s mission of “the stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations”.

The Science and Data Division is one of five administrative divisions that work to carry out the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Science and Data functions as a Senior Level Manager reporting directly to the Director/State Forester of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and will serve as Acting Director, in the absence of the Director when needed. As a member of the CSFS Leadership Team, the Associate Director of Science and Data shares the responsibility for all services performed by the CSFS and will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction and long term objectives and goals for the CSFS. The Associate Director will also serve as a member of the Executive Budget Committee, where they will be responsible for analyzing financial resources to ensure CSFS program objectives are met.

The Associate Director will provide leadership, program oversight, coordination and administration of statewide science and data programs, policies, and procedures in the following areas: Geospatial Data Management, Forest Inventory and Analysis, Forest Insect and Disease Monitoring, Warner College Liaison activities, and Science Delivery. The staff that they oversee are responsible for programmatic budgets ranging from $200,000 to 1.5 million, totaling over 2.5 million and spanning multiple years of funding. They are responsible for coordinating with the Director and other Associate Directors to ensure agency staff is keeping current with emerging science and technology. Additionally, they are responsible for planning the work to be assigned and accomplished by staff, and establishes production or quality standards for the staff’s work.

Required Job Qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in forestry, natural resources, geography, or related biological or physical sciences will be considered.
• Five years of progressive experience in the administration of forestry and natural resource-related programs.
• Four years of experience in direct management of staff with demonstrated ability to manage personnel, budgets, daily operations, and/or specialized projects.
• Successful applicants must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Post graduate, training and/or education in forestry, natural resources, geography, or related biological or physical sciences is highly desired.
• Experience with local, regional, and national interests, concerns, issues, and goals related to forestry and natural resources management.
• Experience with field level natural resource and land management operations sufficient to advise staff from many natural resource disciplines.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with diverse groups and individuals including technical experts, managers and resource staff at all levels of the agency to advise on and promote program goals and objectives.
• Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with individuals both within and outside an organization to facilitate accomplishment of program goals.
• Experience with group facilitation and problem solving techniques to plan and conduct workshops, meetings, and training for resource and technical professionals.
• Experience with Science Delivery.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
• Experience with organizing staff and resources to carry out division responsibilities through integrated work planning and scheduling.
• Knowledge of training and employee development principles and practices to ensure a well-trained and qualified workforce agency wide.
• Experience with direct supervision of permanent employees, setting and evaluating performance standards, and ensuring professional development
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively in teams, advancing outcomes with internal staff, external partners, and cooperators.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and at a high level of proficiency.

Diversity Statement

Applicants are expected to possess demonstrated knowledge of and relevant ability with culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category CSFS Leadership
Duty/Responsibility

• Serve as a member of the CSFS Leadership Team that provides vision and direction to the Director of the CSFS in order to develop short and long term strategic plans, objectives and goals.
• Serve as a member of the CSFS Executive Budget Committee; review analysis of financial resources to ensure CSFS program objectives are met. The Associate Director must be able to consider solutions for competing resources; using best practices to achieve success with limited resources. They will also participate in CSFS annual work planning across all program areas.
• Develop CSFS policy and practices to ensure consistency in program delivery.
• Consult on personnel actions: hiring prioritization, compensation analysis, performance reviews. Provide guidance and direction on CSFS staffing needs and direction.
• Regularly represent the CSFS at external meetings with partners and cooperators.
• Provide high-level guidance and coordination to the CSFS Management Team, as needed, to facilitate a coordinated effort between the Leadership Team and Management Team members.

Percentage Of Time 50%
Job Duty Category Program Administration
Duty/Responsibility

• Provide leadership, oversight, coordination and administration of statewide science and data programs, policies, and procedures and advises agency Leadership on current emerging issues in Geospatial Data Management, Forest Inventory and Analysis, Forest Insect and Disease Monitoring, Warner College Liaison activities, and Science Delivery program areas. The position will work collaboratively with CSFS customers and partners to meet these program delivery needs. This position will also require strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and excellent communication abilities.
• Oversee staff who are responsible for programmatic budgets ranging from $200,000 to 1.5 million, totaling over 2.5 million and spanning multiple years of funding.
• Coordinate with the CSFS Director and other Associate Directors to ensure agency staff is keeping current with emerging science and technology. Facilitates training opportunities as needed to bring this knowledge to CSFS staff.

Percentage Of Time 25%
Job Duty Category Supervision
Duty/Responsibility

• Plan the work to be accomplished by staff, assigns work to employees, and establishes production or quality standards for the staff’s work, including but not limited to:
- Approve personnel documents and timekeeping.
- Establish and communicate guidelines and performance requirements to employees.
- Conduct formal performance reviews.
- Mentor direct reports and other division staff in the development and review of programs in association with evaluating employee performance.
- Identify and provide for the developmental and training needs of employees.
- Assures full compliance with safety policies and procedures.

Percentage Of Time 25%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, applicants should submit all application materials by 11:59 pm (MT) on January 16, 2018 for full consideration. A complete application will consist of a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts and 3 to 5 professional references. Please address how you meet both the required and desired qualifications in your cover letter. Please allow at least three weeks for us to review your application materials and determine those candidates we plan to invite to interview. If you are not selected for an interview, we will send you notification when the process is complete. Should you be invited to an in-person interview, the Colorado State Forest Service will cover all reasonable travel expenses per candidate. At the time of on-campus interviews, application materials of finalist candidates will be made available to Forest Service and other relevant constituents. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - Successful applicants must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. , Travel, Special Requirements/Other - Irregular work hours and periodic long days, evening and weekend service, occasional off-site and field project program review, and periodic overnight travel; This position will need to be able to address a broad range of issues that have a short time fra
Search Contact For questions about this position or the application process, please contact Sarah Badding at csfs_jobs@mail.colostate.edu or 970-491-7293.
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 5

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents