[Coral-List] Position Announcement: Director, Florida Institute of Oceanography

Jim Hendee jim.hendee at noaa.gov
Fri Apr 2 05:30:32 EDT 2010

(I'm passing this new position along...but I would like to herewith 
extend congratulations to Dr. John Ogden for his glorious career in 
service to Florida coastal oceanography and the Florida Keys National 
Marine Sanctuary, especially through administration of the SEAKEYS 
Network!  Way to go, John!)

Position Announcement: Director, Florida Institute of Oceanography

The University of South Florida (USF) invites applications and 
nominations for the position of Director of the Florida Institute of 
Oceanography (FIO). The ideal director will provide the vision to lead 
coastal oceanographic research in Florida to the forefront of the 
national and international stage. USF is especially interested in 
candidates who demonstrate strategic leadership that is visionary, 
innovative and entrepreneurial. The mission of the FIO is to (1) provide 
a diverse and collaborative statewide forum addressing problems of 
concern in coastal oceanographic research and education; (2) leverage 
and integrate existing physical and intellectual resources within the 
SUS and throughout Florida; (3) anticipate and plan for future 
infrastructure needs; (4) facilitate, promote and support collaborative 
ocean-related research and education statewide; and (5) develop and 
strengthen networks that enable timely identification of oceanographic 
research opportunities and distribution of research results and other 
information to the general public, natural resource management agencies 
and local, state and national policymakers.

Originally formed in 1967, the FIO (www.marine.usf.edu/fio) is one of 
only three institutes approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2009 
as a state-wide Academic Infrastructure Support Organization (AISO). USF 
serves as the host university. The FIO operates under a Memorandum of 
Understanding with 21 institutions and agencies engaged in marine 
research, education and resources management, including all 11 public 
universities in Florida. The FIO Director is informed by an Advisory 
Council and Executive Committee of the membership and reports to the BOG 
through the USF Provost.

The FIO serves its constituents with shared-use facilities including two 
oceanographic ships, the newly acquired and refurbished RV Weatherbird 
II (115 ft.) and the RV Bellows (71 ft.) and works in cooperation with 
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to operate the 
Keys Marine Laboratory (www.keysmarinelab.org). Additionally, the FIO 
administers inter-institutional grants and contracts, serves as a 
neutral gathering place for discussion and action on major marine and 
oceanographic issues, and assists with outreach to the public and to 
state and federal agencies and organizations. With the cooperation of 
its Advisory Council, the FIO organizes and submits proposals to 
federal, state and private funding organizations for inter-institutional 
research and education projects and shared-use facilities support.
In line with the service mission of the FIO, the Director will be 
expected to work to provide opportunities for the member institutions 
and their faculties, to maintain close contact with the member 
institutions through regular visits and to take advantage of 
opportunities to serve on state and federal commissions, committees and 
panels relevant to the FIO mission.
Minimum qualifications: For consideration, candidates must possess a 
doctoral degree in a discipline related to oceanography or marine 
science and at least five years of administrative experience that 
includes facilities operations, program-building, and fund-raising. In 
addition, candidates must demonstrate a vision for oceanographic 
research, unquestionable integrity, and a high level of energy.

Preferred qualifications: The successful candidate will be a recognized 
leader, both nationally and internationally; will have demonstrated 
broad and diverse experience to recognize coming trends in oceanography; 
will demonstrate success in budget planning, financial management, and 
supervision of personnel; and will possess effective organizational and 
communications skills.

This is a 12-month full-time administrative appointment. A faculty 
appointment may be considered for an appointee with appropriate academic 
credentials and accomplishments. The anticipated appointment date is 
August 1, 2010. The salary will be internationally competitive with 
excellent fringe benefits. The University of South Florida values campus 
diversity and encourages members of historically underrepresented groups 
to apply.

Applicants should apply through the University's online application 
system, which may be accessed at www.usf.edu/jobs. Applicants are asked 
to submit a letter communicating interest in the position, the extent to 
which they meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, and a 
preliminary vision statement; a curriculum vitae; and the names, 
addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails of five professional references. 
References will not be contacted until the advanced stages of screening, 
and candidates will receive prior notification. Applications will be 
accepted until the position is filled. To ensure fullest consideration, 
complete applications should be submitted no later than May 8, 2010.

Nominations may be communicated via email to* dworoner at usf.edu*. For 
additional information regarding this position or the search process, 
please contact* Ms. Desiree Woroner at dworoner at usf.edu* or 727-553-1632.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top public 
research universities and one of only 25 public research universities 
nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as 
community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of 
Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and 
grants in FY 2008/2009. The University offers 232 degree programs at the 
undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the 
doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an 
annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 
students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, 
Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic 

The University of South Florida is an equal opportunity, affirmative 
action, equal access institution. For disability accommodations contact 
Ms. Desiree Woroner at dworoner at usf.edu at least five working days in 
advance of need.

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