LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio
JOB DESCRIPTION. The Associate Director is responsible for project management and community outreach at the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) to help ensure that CSS achieves its goals of trans-disciplinary education, research, and outreach. This will involve: (a) assisting project leaders with associate director responsibilities; (b) presenting the work of CSS to the public at large; (c) communicating the objectives of CSS to LSU faculty and students in order to foster collaborations within the studio; and (d) assisting LSU faculty engaged in research initially funded by CSS in obtaining additional funds to support that research.
We are looking for highly motivated people who have some experience in their fields but very much want to engage in a broader multidisciplinary space focused on the issues facing coastal Louisiana.
The Coastal Sustainability Studio is a rapidly growing program where scientists, engineers, and designers come together to intensively study and respond to issues of settlement, coastal restoration, flood protection, and the economy in Coastal Louisiana. CSS was conceived as a design laboratory to develop strategies that reduce risk to social, economic, and natural resources. The results provide a sound basis for major policy decisions for adaptation to change through more sustainable land-use planning, protection, and education. Primarily made up of faculty, research fellows, and graduate students, the
studio is an energetic and growing presence on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
More information on CSS at http://www.css.lsu.edu
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES. (1) Management: Take primary responsibility for project management and for a variety of projects coming through the studio. These projects range from small internally funded faculty and graduate student research, to large external contracts with state agencies, to significant grant funded research projects. Associate Director will be primarily responsible for budgets, staffing needs, contracts, and major deadlines for all projects. (2) Development: Identify opportunities for participants in research projects funded by the CSS to discuss their research with outside organizations and work with LSU faculty and outside entities to identify research projects the CSS may fund. (3) Develop Funding Opportunities: Work with the office of Research and Economic Development to help faculty secure follow up funding or matching grants for work done through the CSS. This will involve working with the studio coordinator to prepare applications for grants and contracts and maintaining accounting information related to outside funding of research projects that also receive funding from the CSS. (4) Public Outreach: Represent the CSS at conferences and meetings with public and private sector entities that are concerned with issues around coastal Louisiana. Perform education and outreach functions both inside and outside the university for the CSS. In cooperation with relevant partners at LSU, assist with organizing conferences, seminars, and our lecture series. (5) Reporting: In conjunction with the Studio Coordinator, and Director of the CSS, prepare an annual report for the Executive Committee, sponsors, and external board detailing the studio’s activities for the year.
QUALIFICATIONS. Required. Bachelor’s degree and five years related experience. Proven ability to write and communicate verbally to convey technical material from science, social science, and design research to a non-specialist audience. Knowledge of and a willingness to learn the university sponsored program proposal and accounting system. Desired. Master’s degree and ten years of related experience. Experience in institutes or similar programs related to higher education.
INSTRUCTIONS. Online applications only. Quicklink: lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57417
Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae, a statement of interests and goals, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, and documentation of significant work (Other Document 1 – ten pages max). For digital, film, or animation content, please provide a web address where work can be viewed. A copy of your transcript(s) may be
attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is March 12, 2014, or until a candidate is selected. BENEFITS: LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; annual and sick leave; 14 paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more.
THE LSU SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/EQUAL ACCESS EMPLOYER