Friday, December 13, 2013

Job opening: State Geologist of Idaho

 Director / State Geologist
Idaho Geological Survey
The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) is a non‐regulatory agency for the collection, interpretation,
and dissemination of geologic and mineral data for Idaho. The agency has served the state since
1919. The Idaho Geological Survey is staffed by 9 state‐funded FTEs and 15‐20 externally
funded temporary and part‐time employees. Approximately 50% of the Survey’s funding comes
from a state of Idaho line item appropriation, and the remainder primarily from grants and
contracts. The Survey is administered as a special program at the University of Idaho with the
main office at the Moscow campus and satellite offices in Boise and Pocatello. An Advisory
Board comprised of geoscience professionals, industry leaders and state agency representatives
aids the Survey’s research‐based programs.

Role and Responsibilities
The Director of the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) serves as chief operating officer and lead
scientist for the Survey, responsible for furthering the role of the Survey across the State in
accordance with the statutes that established it and govern its activities. The Director is
responsible for fostering distinguished records of scholarship and service in the Survey’s three
locations; providing sound administrative and fiscal leadership; engaging with other state
agencies, geologic surveys and the public at large and represent the Survey through
professional affiliations such as the Association of American State Geologists. The Director is
expected to collaborate with other State Geologists in the formation of national policies and
programs regarding earth sciences and related issues, and is responsible for promoting and
sustaining relationships between the Survey and the University community and its
stakeholders; overseeing the allocation and use of resources and facilities assigned to the
Survey; and securing extramural funds for the advancement of Survey programs and resources.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The
appointment will be full‐time, twelve month, research faculty position without tenure, and is
expected to begin no later than July 1, 2014.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Eligible to meet the criteria for professorship at the University of Idaho in Geological
  • Demonstrated excellence in research and experience in collaborative research programs
    associated with the geosciences.
  • Proven leadership demonstrated by success in significant administrative positions at a
    research/teaching university or in an equivalent leadership position in geoscience oriented
  • Adept at managing employees, conducting administrative tasks, and collaborating with
    Survey staff, external agencies, academia and industry.
  • Outstanding communication skills and demonstrated experience to interact successfully
    with faculty and staff, business, community and legislative leaders.
    Preferred Qualifications
    Demonstrated commitment to the mission of a geological survey, and to excellence in research,
    outreach, and service.
  • Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address the challenges facing economic,
    science and energy issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to affirmative action and diversity, and a high level of
    professional credibility and personal integrity.
  • Proven ability in planning, program development, personnel management, team building,
    budget development, and working with professional organizations and industries.
  • Meet qualifications to be a registered professional geologist in the State of Idaho.
  • Experience working at or with a state geological survey or equivalent.

**Applicants who are selected as possible finalists for the position must be able to pass a
criminal background check**

Application Process and Search Timeline
To apply, applicants must complete the online application available at the University of Idaho’s
Human Resources site: (‐resources).

References will be contacted after finalists are notified of their applicant status.

Review of applications will begin after January 8, 2014. The position will remain open, and
applications will be accepted, until a suitable candidate is appointed. The committee
anticipates interviewing final candidates in February 2014.

Questions regarding the position, search process, or candidate nominations may be directed to
the search committee chair, Vice President Jack McIver, or the search
coordinator, Lodi Price,, 208‐885‐6689.

To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action Employer.

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