Numerical Testbed (JNT) Program Director
NOTE: This is a full-time replacement position.
Initial consideration will be given to applications received
prior to Friday, January 2, 2015. Thereafter, applications will
be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
NCAR – Research Applications Laboratory (RAL)
Joint Numerical Testbed (JNT) Program
Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation
If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g.,
H1B, etc.) to fill this position.
Basic Function of Job: The JNT Program Director provides
leadership and direct management oversight for the scientific
and technical activities within the Joint Numerical Testbed
Program and is responsible for coordinating and leveraging those
activities across the laboratory. In a matrix organization like
RAL, this is a complex activity as each Director is responsible
for supervision and career development in his/her functional
chain of command, as well as for the success of projects that
pull staff from other RAL Programs.
The Program Director works to develop new funding
opportunities, and serves as an expert resource on, and advocate
for, the use of cutting-edge science and engineering methods and
techniques for a variety of applications. The Director
represents the laboratory in interactions with the public and
private sectors and with the research community with regard to
testing and evaluating numerical techniques that span a broad
spectrum of numerical models interconnected within the Earth/Sun
System, post-processed model algorithms and special verification
tools developed for this community.
When appropriate, the Program Director will represent
UCAR/NCAR in responding to requests for scientific and technical
information or assistance from Federal and State policy makers,
particularly NOAA, DOD, NASA and NSF, and the international
weather and climate community, particularly the World
Meteorological Organization. The RAL Program Director serves as
a member of the RAL Executive Committee, other management
committees and represents the laboratory on the UCAR Management
Committee and NCAR Directors’ Committee. He or she has
significant authority with regard to approving proposals,
travel, and purchases and subcontracts up to the $150,000 level.
The JNT Program Director provides guidance and oversight
to the scientific and technical activities conducted within the
Joint Numerical Testbed Program, including the Developmental
Testbed Center (DTC), a data assimilation team, a tropical
cyclone modeling team, a forecast evaluation and applied
statistics team and other teams focused on specialized aspects
of numerical weather prediction and climate and seasonal
prediction, testing, and applications. The JNT Program Director
coordinates and leverages those activities across the
The JNT Program Director is responsible, as a member of
the laboratory’s Executive Committee, for the overall
productivity, creativity, and excellence of the laboratory. The
JNT Program Director formulates and executes the RAL Strategic
Plan, as well as more tactical, short-range plans, and
contributes to the preparation and presentation of NCAR-wide
reports such as the Annual Budget Review and NCAR Annual Report.
Works to develop new funding opportunities, and serves as
an expert resource on, and advocate for, the use of cutting-edge
science and engineering methods and techniques for a variety of
applications. The Director represents the laboratory in
interactions with the public and private sectors and with the
research community with regard to testing and evaluating
numerical techniques that span a broad spectrum of numerical
models interconnected within the Earth/Sun System,
post-processed model algorithms and special verification tools
developed for this community.
Promotes effective recruitment practices in support of
organizational diversity initiatives and affirmative action
goals and enhances the quality of the scientific and technical
program through effective management practices which foster an
environment of teamwork and excellence. The JNT Program Director
leads the annual performance appraisal process for all
laboratory staff in coordination with other Program Directors
and coordinates and leverages staffing assignments across the
Plans and manages budgets and other resources within the
JNT Program and coordinates and leverages fiscal and human
resources across the laboratory. Additionally he/she
coordinates with the DTC National Director to set strategic
directions, plan DTC activities, secure funding, and implement
and oversee DTC activities. The JNT Program Director plans and
conducts strategic program development activities aimed at
providing new funding sources to support the goals of the
Develops and conducts interactions and collaborations
with other NCAR /UCP laboratories, divisions and programs with
special emphasis on NESL/MMM, NESL/HAO and UCP/COMET to manage
joint programs. The Program Director represents RAL to external
entities including government agencies (DOD, NOAA, NASA, NSF,
DOE, DHS, and State Department), UCAR member institutions, and
the scientific community at large.
The JNT Program Director ensures consistent and
appropriate application of UCAR policies and procedures.
Education and Experience:
Ph.D. or equivalent in science,
mathematics or engineering including expertise in atmospheric
science, numerical weather prediction, and statistics; and
at least 15 years of
progressively responsible experience in the conduct and/or
management of scientific or technical programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Expert skill in testing and
evaluating numerical forecast techniques with a strong record
of peer-reviewed publications reflecting these skills.
Advanced knowledge of numerical
weather prediction and data assimilations methods and
Expert skill in scientific and
technical advocacy to effectively and persuasively promote
goals and strategies for the advancement of RAL programs with
NCAR, UCAR, funding agencies and the general community.
Expert skill in developing and
leading programs in which both science and engineering play
Advanced leadership skills in
directing and developing a staff of widely-varying backgrounds
Demonstrated skills in budget
and resource development and management.
Skill in identifying problems or
potential problems, and in recommending, promoting and
implementing effective and creative solutions.
Excellent written and oral
Willingness to travel
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
(UCAR) is an equal opportunity employer. We
evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital
status, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability,
or veteran status.
Boulder, Colorado, United