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Organization: The University of Southern Mississippi
Title: Director, Gulf Coast Geospatial Center
Location: Long Beach, MS

Posted: 2021-05-24
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Job Summary
The position manages and directs all functions of the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center (GCGC). Develops long-range plans and policies based on knowledge of geospatial science, economic and business trends, industry market structure, emerging technology, University and Congressional objectives, and needs of the public. The GCGC is located in Long Beach, Mississippi on the Gulf Park Campus.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Directs the day-to-day operations, planning and workflow for GCGC. Plans, develops and administers methods, strategies and procedures for meeting program objectives; directs and oversees the daily activities of GCGC staff members.

Secures external funding for GCGC programs and is responsible for the implementation and execution of research strategies which may involve, but is not limited to, participation in the complete life cycle of research projects, reviewing and approving grant proposals that require and/or leverage GCGC resources and authoring papers in referred journals and technical reports.

Collaborates internally with USM research units and externally with state, federal and private partners to enhance cooperative research efforts. As part of the coastal research leadership team, participates in events involving state and regional groups (legislators, political leaders, agencies, contractors, non-governmental organizations, etc.) to advance USMís research and educational missions.

Prepares and monitors the annual budget and ensures that expenditures are within budget allocation.

Manages contracts and agreements for GCGC services.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Doctoral degree (or enrolled in doctoral program with satisfactory progress towards degree completion) from an accredited college or university and a minimum of eight years of experience in geospatial research and applications or similar occupation. One year of experience in organization and/or facility administration. Demonstrated success in securing external grant funds. Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis. Valid Drivers License is required.

Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university in geography, geodesy, geomatics, mathematics, engineering, or closely related field. Five years of experience directing or assisting in the direction of scientific activities in an academic or research center setting. Valid Drivers License is required.

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