Applied Environmental Research Center Assistant Director

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Classification:Administrative Management 3
Grade:Grade 82
Work type:Staff Part-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Administrative/Personnel

Position Summary:

The Associate Director of the Applied Environmental Research Center (AERC) and the Center for Strategic Partnership and Research (CSPR) will lead a self-funded unit of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Business Enterprise Institute (BEI). The AERC mission is to support a range of environmental, natural, and cultural resources research and resource management needs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The CSPR mission is to support a range of environmental, natural, and cultural resource needs for other Federal and State agencies.


20Fiscal and Program Management Associate Director is responsible for providing day-to-day management of the AERC/CSPR centers. Associate Director will provide effective fiscal and administrative oversight as well as program management for this self-supporting business unit. Associate Director is expected to work collegially and in direct contact with the BEI executive director, BEI Chief Fiscal and Administrative Officer, AERC Director, and AERC/CSPR team and other BEI fiscal, administrative or unit members to ensure all policies and practices are kept consistent between business units. Associate Director is expected to work in close collaboration with ASRC/CSPR project managers, fiscal technicians and other administrative staff to ensure fiscal/administrative needs are addressed. • Serve as primary point of contact for all fiscal and administrative matters. Lead the team in ensuring transactions are transparent with other team members due to lean team model. • Develop each July an annual budget for the AERC/CSPR program(s). Actively engage with the fiscal team to provide guidance and update to budgets as the year progresses. • Ensure all program files are efficiently maintained and provide all necessary documentation to illustrate work completed for a client and maintain compliance with internal policies and other external reporting and policy requirements. • Ensure all invoicing and payments for costs associated with project delivery achieved. • Ensure all faculty job forms, employment letters and overload documentation is completed. • Ensure all travel and procurement policies, procedures and protocols are completed. • Seek out and obtain additional sources of funds other than contracts to support the programs altruistic goals and sustainability. Annually develop funding goal with the BEI executive director. • Ensure at least quarterly a compilation of activities for the BEI executive director. Prepare year-end annual report for the BEI and/or UA/UAA leadership.Essential
35Task Order Research and Response Conduct background research, on current and potential task orders and clients. Develop information and materials to clearly articulate the reasons for contracting with UA. • Work with AERC/CSPR staff and university faculty, staff and students to explore opportunities. • Recruit new research principal investigators and other talent. Including ensuring that hiring pools are enacted for project delivery. Negotiate contracts, hire, provide direction, evaluate, retain or dismiss UA faculty, staff, and students and/or contractors as appropriate. • Develop or ensure development (in a timely manner) of all scopes of work (SOW’s), budgets and budget justifications as well as proposal packets for review and submission by the UAA Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).Essential
40Task Order Delivery and Project Management Direct the development and delivery of task orders and contracts to support the AERC/CSPR missions. Provide technical expertise and talent development in the selection and acquisition of task orders. • Serve as primary point of contact for all task order/contract delivery. • Manage UA faculty, staff, and students and/or contractors providing delivery services. • Manage project resources including budget realignments and that budgets are expended in accordance with achieving contract delivery on time and on budget. • Prepare or oversee preparation of any changes to scopes, budget amendments, etc. • Ensure compilation and submittal of all progress and final reports. • Oversee all logistical arrangements including identifying and expediter support if necessary. • Participate and perform all overarching principal investigator roles as appropriate.Essential
5Other Duties as assigned and as needed for the mission and strategic goals of AERC/CSPR, BEI, UAA, and the University of Alaska.Essential

The UAA BEI mission is to develop and diversify the economy of Alaska. Our vision is to position the University of Alaska as the “go to” business and industry partner, able to address business needs across all spectrums of business size and scope. The UAA BEI links economic development programs across the UA system and supports businesses and entrepreneurial capacities across Alaska. BEI provides a platform for high-level consultancy between industries, the business community and the University of Alaska.

The AERC was established in January of 2014 and then CSPR was established in 2015. AERC/CSPR serve as a broker to undertake and manage environmental research projects funded by federal or state agencies utilizing a cooperative agreement and/or contracts that MUST run through a University. AERC’s core team is strategically lean and recognized for its professionalism, reliability, and excellent customer service. A key component of the AERC/CSPR management approach is that core staff are actively engaged in research and scientific outreach, enabling our team to provide the most current and topical insights as project managers. This team routinely engages a talent pool of faculty, staff, and private sector firms associated with the entire University of Alaska system. Further, in keeping with the education, research, and training mission of the University, AERC/CSPR aims to provide paid, applied learning opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and recent graduates. Our distinctive management design provides critical professional networking opportunities for students and faculty, and applied work experience within and outside the usual academic environment through collaborations with AERC/CSPR clients and allied organizations. These experiences prepare University of Alaska students to be more qualified and therefore highly competitive as they enter the workforce.

The UAA BEI is seeking a proven leader and problem solver to serve as the AERC/CSPR Associate Director. Collaborating agencies include, but are not limited to the: US Army Corps of Engineers; US Air Force, US Army, and many other units of the Department of Defense; other federal agencies; Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Hawaii Department of Forestry and Wildlife, and other state agencies. The director will work closely with UA faculty, faculty from other University systems, and at times private industry representatives to ensure the work of the AERC/CSPR is not only leveraging appropriate talent, but fostering effective and innovative partnerships. A wide degree of entrepreneurial thinking, creativity and latitude is expected of the position.

Position is funded for a half year; first six months is for part-time (75%) but has the potential to grow into a full time position depending on availability of funding and the success of the candidate. 


The ideal candidate will have 5 or more years of experience as a tenured faculty member working within an institute of higher learning. If non-tenured, applicants will need to provide evidence of fully understanding the policies and procedures associated with conducting research within an institute of higher education. In addition to an interdisciplinary and applied research track record applicants are expected to be entrepreneurially minded, extremely well organized, energetic, outgoing, affable, creative, and a self-starter. This individual should have the demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a large and changing team of faculty, business managers, students and collaborating professionals. This position may require the working of nights and/or weekends as well as traveling across and outside Alaska.
• Demonstrated experience in the field of environmental research or related fields in order to make decisions regarding land use and resource management
• Demonstrated experience with applying environmental data to the management of natural and culture resources (i.e. assemble, edit, summarize, analyze, interpret and apply data).
• Demonstrated experience or knowledge of natural resource data collection, information management, cultural resource data collection, planning and decision making, environmental education, pollution prevention, and environmental compliance and restoration.
Good judgment, tact, and discretion in dealing with sensitive and occasional confidential information.
• Ability to work under time pressures, multiple simultaneous demands, and multiple constituencies.
• Results driven and target oriented.
• Familiarity with working within institutions of higher learning.
• Excellent written communications required, including intermediate to advanced computer skills, utilizing Microsoft Office programs, e.g., MS Office, PowerPoint, and Internet applications.


Minimal Qualifications
• Prior experience working within an institution of higher learning. Track record of developing proposals/budgets, filing internal processing paperwork, and delivering on work products within an institute of higher education.
• Demonstrated experience with complex project management, budget management, personnel supervision, and human resource functions.
• Proven experience developing and delivering own research projects as well as coordinating the work of peers and partners.
• Experience working and communicating with a wide range of professionals.
• Experience with manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
• Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals, original science papers or original research efforts that were self-directed.

Preferred Qualifications
• Proven ability to leverage applied scientific concepts and technical innovations for address of contractual not grant related research.
• Experience translating complex technical and scientific issues to a broad range of audiences and across platforms.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and develop partnerships with a wide range of individuals that do not have a direct reporting relationship, including staff, partner organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
• Proven experience as a project leader, program manager and complex project lead.
• Experience with social sciences, particularly as it relates to the interrelationship between natural resource conservation and community health (social, economic and/or political).
• Experience and/or publication history in one or more of the following areas: nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, engineering or climate change adaptation.
• Demonstrated success in proposal writing and interacting with public and private agencies.
• Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental and wildlife regulations, policies and practices that may impact project performance and delivery.


Minimally a Master’s Degree in science related field or engineering and 5+ years of applied environmental or engineering experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. in ecology, biology, natural resources, engineering or social sciences preferred, along with 3 years of tenure track emphasis.

This is a part-time, Grade 82, minimum $34.45 hourly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on November 22, 2019.   To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 11/21/2019.  Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UA.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

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