Position Announcement: UNAVCO Program Director - Education and Outreach

published Feb 7, 2012 3:17pm

UNAVCO invites applications and nominations for the senior staff position of Director, Education and Community Engagement (ECE). We seek a visionary leader to sustain and enhance the geoscience education and engagement mission of UNAVCO, a university consortium and national NSF geodesy facility supporting geoscience research and education. UNAVCO ECE enjoys national recognition for excellence. The program portfolio includes:

  • short courses and workshops for research and education,
  • strategic support to scientists in developing broader impact statements for grant proposals
  • in-residence programs for geodesy science community members and educators,
  • professional development in geosciences for K-12 faculty, and
  • Summer undergraduate internships for diversity and workforce development.

The successful candidate will lead the UNAVCO community in promoting understanding of geosciences, fostering collaboration between scientific and educational communities, and increasing the number and diversity of students who will become the next generation of geoscientists, while serving on the UNAVCO Senior Management team.


The senior staff member in Education andCommunity Engagement defines program direction consonant with UNAVCO's strategic plan, and leads the program on behalf of the science community. The director leads program staff in education and science community outreach, works with UNAVCO community governance, while securing resources for and providing services to support the program on behalf of the UNAVCO science community. The director develops methods of using geodesy to enhance students' knowledge of the earth, and programs that bring new people into the Earth sciences, particularly from groups that are underrepresented in these fields today.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in geosciences, science education, or a closely related field; expert spoken and written communication skills; and the ability to manage diverse staff and hybrid funding sources in a highly collaborative and fast-paced working environment.

UNAVCO Information

UNAVCO is a university -governed consortium that is uniquely positioned to advance and support the geodetic community's scientific goals. UNAVCO has more than 100 US academic members and more than 70 domestic and foreign associate members that share UNAVCO's mission and benefit from its programs and services. Before incorporation in 2001, UNAVCO existed for nearly two decades as the University Navstar Consortium, primarily serving geophysicists and geodesists who study tectonic deformation using high-precision GPS technology. Over the past decade, UNAVCO's scope has expanded significantly, serving new science communities – including those who focus on the deformation of ice sheets and glaciers, Earth's response to ground water, sea level, and other aspects of the hydrosphere, and imaging the structure of the atmosphere. Methods available to the science community and supported by UNAVCO have expanded to include many new geodetic tools: mm-level global GPS geodesy and streaming high rate GPS observations; borehole strain meters and seismometers, and geodetic imaging using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging ) for Airborne Laser Swath Mapping, InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar), and Terrestrial Laser Scanning. UNAVCO is also active in developing web services and cyberinfrastructure. GPS is finding new applications in a frequency range of ground deformation that used to be the sole provenance of seismology, by moving from one solution per day to one solution per second, with high precision. UNAVCO's role in these areas is part of a strategy to meet the future needs of the science community.

UNAVCO offers this position either for continuing appointment as a regular UNAVCO staff member or for a term assignment (full- or part-time) for a university faculty member. This position is based at UNAVCO's Main Office in Boulder, Colorado, one of the finest living environments in the West.


Nominations should include the nominee's name, position, address, email, and telephone number, and be submitted to meghan@unavco.org.


A complete application includes a letter of application, vita, statement of geoscience education and community engagement interests and experience, and names and contact for three or more professional references.

To apply:

View the position description and register your candidacy by uploading your application materials at https://unavcocareers.silkroad.com/.

Questions should be directed to Human Resources.

Screening date

Screening of applicants meeting the required qualifications will begin March 5, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

UNAVCO is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity organization, with a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans, and persons of disability. Persons of disability may request accommodation during the application and/or interview process through Human Resources. Phone: (303) 381-7515.