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EPSCoR Project Director

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Position Information

Position Title EPSCoR Project Director
Location Moscow
Division/College University Research (Div)
Department University Research - EPSCoR
Employee Category Faculty
Classification Group Title Dept Head/Chair/Director
Tenure Tracking Negotiate Tenure Track
Rank Negotiable (must be justified)
Interim/Term Appointment No
Multi-Year Contract (Non-Tenure Track) Not Applicable
Position Type Permanent
Pay Range Commensurate with market & relevant experience
Type of Appointment Academic Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Internal Posting?
Position Summary

Idaho EPSCoR represents a federal-state partnership to enhance the science and engineering research, education, and technology capabilities of states that traditionally have received smaller amounts of federal R&D funds. Through EPSCoR, participating states are building a high-quality, academic research base that is serving as a backbone of scientific and technological (S&T) enterprise consistent with S&T strategic plans priorities.

Idaho EPSCoR is led by the EPSCoR Committee with diverse professional backgrounds from both the public and private sectors and from all regions of the state. The EPSCoR Committee reports to the State Board of Education. The Idaho EPSCoR office and the State of Idaho EPSCoR Project Director are located at the University of Idaho, within the Office of Research and Economic Development, which serves as the NSF EPSCoR fiscal agent. Partner Idaho universities are Boise State University and Idaho State University.

The project director plays a vitally important role on behalf of the EPSCoR Committee to plan and implement EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement programs in Idaho. The project director reports to the Idaho EPSCoR Committee, and will maintain close contact with the chair. This position requires leadership in engaging multiple research-intensive institutions and a diverse array of undergraduate institutions. Regular travel (statewide, regional, and national) is required. This position is 50% directorship and 50% academic appointment in a college at the University of Idaho. Summer contract can be negotiated on an annual basis if it is determined by either the academic unit or EPSCoR that works needs exist. A stipend will be provided in addition to the appropriate market salary for the directorship of EPSCoR.

NSF EPSCoR goals are to: a) provide strategic programs and opportunities for EPSCoR participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness; and b) to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.

NSF EPSCoR objectives are: a) to catalyze key research themes and related activities within and among EPSCoR jurisdictions that empower knowledge generation, dissemination and application; b) to activate effective jurisdictional and regional collaborations among academic, government and private sector stakeholders that advance scientific research, promote innovation and provide multiple societal benefits; c) to broaden participation in science and engineering by institutions, organizations and people within and among EPSCoR jurisdictions; d) to use EPSCoR for development, implementation and evaluation of future programmatic experiments that motivate positive change and progression.


Job Duty Function Faculty Responsibilities
Job Duties/Responsibilities

As negotiated with department chair and dean

Job Duty Function University Service & Leadership
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities will include implementation of the directives of the committee and the daily direction of all Idaho EPSCoR program activities. More specifically, the project director will act as an agent of the Idaho EPSCoR Committee to:

• Serve as secretary to the Committee, and work as a liaison with the Committee
• Develop, implement, and oversee comprehensive and integrated research strategies and programs for Idaho NSF EPSCoR in alignment with State Science and Technology Plans.
• Develop and prepare competitive grant applications
• Promote excellence in science and engineering research and education in Idaho;
• Enhance the visibility of Idaho research and education through participation in national EPSCoR activities and an informative public awareness portfolio to promote EPSCoR and basic science and engineering in Idaho;
• Provide mentoring, encouragement, and support for scientists and engineers, and seek to promote an environment conducive to high productivity and research competitiveness;
• Monitor and assess the status and progress of Idaho EPSCoR organization, programs and NSF EPSCoR projects;
• Prepare progress reports to satisfy NSF and state requirements;
• Coordinate the meetings of the Idaho EPSCoR Committee and other technical advisory committees serving the needs of NSF EPSCoR programs in Idaho;
• Make recommendations to the committee concerning changes in the Research Infrastructure Improvement plan and mid?course corrections;
• Oversee the daily operations of the Idaho EPSCoR Office, including staff recruitment, hiring, termination, supervision, and professional development of staff whose duty is to implement EPSCoR Committee decisions.
• Provide post-award administration to ensure fiscal responsibility for all project expenditures, including sub-award oversight,
• Perform such other duties as prescribed by the committee and shall be an ex-officio member of all sub-committees.


Minimum Qualifications

• Applicant must possess a doctorate (or terminal degree in the discipline) and be eligible to meet the criteria for rank of associate or full research professorship at the University of Idaho in an appropriate academic unit. Tenure negotiation will be based on appropriate college and department criteria.
• A successful research track record (grants and professional publications) in science or engineering,
• Experience in broad-scale research management and academic administration, with demonstrated proficiency with grants and contracts administration, budgetary oversight, federal submissions policies, and human resource management,
• A successful record of dealing effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and various segments of academic institutions, government, industry, and the public
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Extensive knowledge of federal granting agencies, particularly NSF, and a strong track record in support of the EPSCoR mission.
• Demonstrated commitment to creativity, research excellence, and collaboration
• Experience managing and leading an EPSCoR (or similar-scale, multi-million dollar) program is advantageous.
• A working knowledge of federal regulations and guidelines to ensure regulatory compliance
• Eligible to meet the criteria for rank of full research professorship at the University of Idaho.
• Possession of a doctoral degree

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Posting Information

Posting Number F000629P
Posting Date 11/01/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Preferential review of applicants will begin on February 5, 2018.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Qualification
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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