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Director of Water Center

Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, Tennessee
Closing date
15 Apr 2024

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Environmental Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

Director of Water Center

Position Number: 021090

Department: Water Center

Job Purpose

The Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources (the Water Center) at Tennessee Tech University is seeking an outstanding scholar-leader to fill its Director position. The Director will provide leadership for the Center's research, education, and outreach activities; direct and expand Center laboratory services; and manage the Center staff and budget. The Director will be expected to work with core faculty members to increase extramurally funded research. In addition to leading the center, the Director is encouraged to carry on their own research, independently or collaboratively. It is expected that the Director will have achieved the equivalent of the rank of Full Professor, and will have the potential to be hired with tenure in an academic department suited to the expertise of the Director.

The Water Center was established in 1984 as a response to regional and national concern about environmental and water-resource related issues. Since its inception, the Center has continuously received base funding from the State of Tennessee, which is leveraged by Center researchers to address regional, national and global issues related to water resources. Collaborations have involved faculty and students across campus in various colleges and schools with work related to watershed management, hydrology, water quality, emerging contaminants, aquatic ecology, fisheries, biodiversity, and water and wastewater treatment. The Center also houses a large, permanently staffed state-certified environmental water quality lab that provides both commercial revenue and research support. More information about the Center's mission and vision, as well as current research projects can be found at

Essential Functions

• Provide leadership to expand the Center’s research programs and laboratory services, and to guide its strategic planning and direction

• Perform administrative duties related to the Center’s research and development projects, manage the budget, and supervise and evaluate the performance of Center staff

• Work in collaboration with faculty members, students, other Centers, University Departments, and the Office of Research and Economic Development in developing and securing externally funded projects

• Develop, implement, and sustain the Center’s strategic alliances and partnerships with relevant research organizations, universities, and governmental agencies

• Lead an externally funded research program within their research expertise

• Facilitate and maintain the Center’s internal and external advisory boards

• Represent the Center and Tennessee Tech University to the public, key stakeholders, academic and industry partners, and state and federal entities.

Minimum Qualifications

· The Applicant must have an earned doctorate degree from an accredited institution in engineering, environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, geosciences, or a related STEM field.

· Strong track record of externally funded research and of scholarship as measured by high quality peer-reviewed journal publications.

Preferred Qualifications

· Leadership and collaborative research experience in working with faculty from various disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

· Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators of the University and external constituents.

Work Hours: Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Additional hours if/when needed.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits Information

The University offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen (13) University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

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