The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking a dynamic individual to drive the implementation of our strategic initiatives that address key pressing environmental problems. The Vice President for Strategic Initiatives (VPSI) will play a pivotal role in identifying partners and funding opportunities around these initiatives. The VPSI will work with the President and Unit Directors to coordinate researchers, partner organizations and other institutions to build effective teams and pursue diverse funding sources to sustain these efforts beyond a single award or project. The VPSI is a member of the UMCES executive leadership team and will be responsible for the institutional advancement team. Responsibilities include coordinating traditional institutional advancement activities with a primary focus on team science initiatives with foundations, NGO’s, inter-governmental bodies, and the private sector. The VPSI must have the communication skills, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to inspire teams, as well as gain the respect of a broad constituency.
Candidates must have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates will have experience in securing or managing funding for multi-investigator science initiatives with at least five years of leadership experience. The successful candidate should also possess the following qualifications:
• strong passion and appreciation for the mission, vision, and values of UMCES and have demonstrated skills in articulating that passion clearly and persuasively; • capacity to develop and manage a portfolio of prospects to identify, assess, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporations, inter-governmental bodies, private foundations, and individuals; • ability to work with researchers to communicate to funding entities and donors the essence of scientific topics and proposed research projects; • experience with team science initiatives and knowledge of potential opportunities; • proven track record in enhancing financial support through fundraising efforts, particularly through the prospecting and development of large proposals; • excellent leadership and creative team building skills with the responsibility of coordinating interdisciplinary professionals from different institutions or units; and • ability to build and manage a modest staff in support of the priorities of the office of VPSI.
Additional Salary Information: The position is a full-time administrative appointment reporting directly to the President. Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please use the UMCES job portal (https://umces.peopleadmin.com/) and submit a cover letter, resume and contact information of three references.
Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2019 and the position will be open until filled.
UMCES is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. UMCES is committed to attaining a diverse workforce that is representative of the community. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
About University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
UMCES is a graduate university for environmental research and education. UMCES is one of twelve institutions within the University System of Maryland (USM) and since its inception almost 100 years ago has harnessed the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. UMCES conducts research from headwaters to oceans, frequently in collaboration with sister institutions within USM and other national or international institutions. UMCES is an independent institution with the responsibility of supporting the State of Maryland’s efforts on the recovery of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, responses to climate change, land use change, fisheries exploitation, biodiversity loss, and other global change processes, and to inform policies related to other natural resource and environmental management issues in the region.
UMCES faculty members have national and international reputations and are engaged in research across the US and the world. These faculty are organized within six units across Maryland, which include the Appalachian Laboratory in western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in southern Maryland, the Horn Point Laboratory on the... Eastern Shore, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, the Maryland Sea Grant College located in College Park, and the Integration and Application Network in Annapolis.