Southern Ocean Observing System Seeks Executive Officer
Executive Officer – Southern Ocean Observing System (Click for full job description)
1. POSITION SUMMARY
The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) is an international program to collect sustained observations from the Southern Ocean. The SOOS mission is to establish a multidisciplinary observing system to deliver the sustained observations of the Southern Ocean needed to address key challenges including climate change, sea level rise, and the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems.
IMAS seek to appoint an Executive Officer to lead the International Project Office (IPO) based at the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) on the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania. The Executive Officer will assist the Scientific Steering Group (SSG) of SOOS to design, implement and maintain a sustained observing system in the Southern Ocean. The Executive Officer will act as a focal point and advocate for SOOS, monitor and report on implementation of SOOS, co-ordinate contributions to SOOS and interaction with related national and international programs, seek funds and take responsibility of the budget of the IPO and maintain the project website.
The successful candidate will have a strong track record in scientific coordination, as well as familiarity and preferably some experience in research areas relevant to SOOS, as well as experience of coordination of international science projects. Some international travel will be expected. The position will be available for five (5) years.
Faculty/Division: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
Campus Location: Hobart
Position Title: Executive Officer SOOS
Classification: Higher Education Officer – Level 8
Date: Nov 2010
2.1. Immediate Supervisor
Director, Integrated Marine Observing System.
2.2. Direct reports to this position
3. PRIMARY TASKS
3.1 Under the direction of the external Chair of the Science Steering Group (SSG), take a leadership role in facilitating the implementation of SOOS through its partner nations and institutions
3.2 Create and maintain external relationships with National Antarctic programs, Marine research agencies and other bodies with active Southern ocean research programs
3.3 Act as the Secretariat for the SSG and SOOS in general. Develop and maintain regular contacts with all partners, including the development and maintenance of a SOOS website and quarterly newsletters
3.4 Identify and articulate gaps in SOOS’ scientific program and propose solutions to fill these. Liaise with international partner institutions and their SOOS lead scientists to ensure that the requirements of the SSG are met.
3.5 Be responsible for:
3.5.1 Maintaining the budget of the International Project Office. Develop draft budgets for out-years for approval by the SSG.
3.5.2 Initiate and maintain communication, outreach activities of SOOS.
3.5.3 Develop a policy for SOOS advocacy in international and national forums. Implement that policy after approval by the SSG.
3.5.4 Monitoring and reporting on progress in all areas of implementation of SOOS to the SSG and partner stakeholders.
3.5.5 Initiate and undertake periodic analyses of SOOS’ achievements for the SSG and for national and international forums.
4 LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY
4.1 The appointee will act with a degree of autonomy, under the supervision of the Science Steering Group for SOOS and the Director of IMOS.
5 POSITION RELATIONSHIPS
The Executive Officer SOOS must relate in an effective way with:
• Director, IMOS
• Executive Director, IMAS
• The Chair and members of the Science Steering Group of SOOS
6 SELECTION CRITERIA
6.1 Postgraduate qualifications or equivalent experience in a field of science relevant to ocean observing systems
6.2 Demonstrated ability to understand and articulate the scientific case for ocean observations
6.3 Experience in a major scientific program, in either a research leadership or administrative role.
6.4 Demonstrated leadership and advocacy skills
6.5 Highly developed written and oral communication skills
6.6 Demonstrated ability to work independently and to take initiative.
6.7 Ability to work effectively with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures
6.8 Demonstrated ability to manage budgets
6.9 Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of communication strategies for science programs
6.10 A PhD in a relevant area of marine science
6.11 Experience with the Southern Ocean research
6.12 Experience with web site design and maintenance
6.13 Experience with data management
6.14 Experience working with large international research programs.