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LUMCON Executive Director Application Process

LUMCON Executive Director Application Process

January 5, 2016

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) invites nominations and letters of interest for the position of Executive Director to lead the marine-science-focused educational and research consortium.

Under the direction of the LUMCON Executive Board and in consultation with the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Executive Director provides leadership, fiscal management, strategic resource management, performance measurement, operational oversight as well as collaborative integration of research and educational activities in coastal and marine sciences for all LUMCON member institutions.

The LUMCON Executive Director will play a critical role in leading the implementation of the 2016-2020 Master Plan as well as the Strategic Business Plan , which outline the research, education, and policy initiatives of the Marine Center. The successful candidate will be expected to prepare an annual budget and oversee the financial operations of LUMCON, prioritize resource allocation consistent with the Master Plan and the Strategic Business Plan, provide management and direction to resident staff and faculty within the Marine Center, and facilitate collaborative interactions and engagement of faculty and trainees at member institutions to develop LUMCON as a university consortium. Currently LUMCON has an annual operating budget of $11.8 Million, $7.3 Million of which is generated from grants and contracts, and 78 full-time employees including 5 Ph.D. level researchers and 3 Post-Doctoral Research Associates.

The Executive Director will also establish an Asset Management Plan to maintain and enhance the 26,000 square-foot W.J. DeFelice Marine Center as a world-class facility that meets the educational and research needs of Consortium members. In addition, the Executive Director will provide research and scholarly guidance, as necessary, establishing the Consortium as a national leader in marine and coastal sciences.

Formed in 1979 as an educational partnership designed to increase awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana's coastal and marine environments, LUMCON conducts research and education directly relevant to Louisiana's needs in marine science and coastal resources. Now having grown to a 22-institution consortium of public and private institutions of higher education, LUMCON is recognized locally, statewide, nationally and internationally as a center of excellence in marine science and education. Reporting to the Board of Regents, LUMCON is unique among Louisiana’s higher education institutions and provides services and facilities not available elsewhere in the state. The DeFelice Marine Center includes laboratory seawater systems, a specialized marine science library, and facilities in which visitors can experience the nature of Louisiana wetlands. LUMCON also supports a fleet of research vessels and small boats and an Environmental Monitoring Program with observing systems in inshore coastal waters, the Mississippi River and the nearshore coastal ocean.

LUMCON's faculty and staff are actively engaged in research that supports better understanding of sustainable coastal resources and the transfer of scientific knowledge to policy makers. LUMCON researchers and their collaborators from within and outside of Louisiana conduct research within the coastal zone of Louisiana, its nearshore coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico. The major objectives of LUMCON and its affiliate The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) are to stimulate and enhance understanding of Louisiana's coastal regions through independent and cooperative research and education programs. The results are widely disseminated through the science community, to resource managers and decision makers, as well as to the public at large.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspiring and innovative leader to build on the traditional strengths of LUMCON and to help the consortium take its place among the leading Marine Research Laboratories in the nation. The successful candidate must exhibit a commitment to broad multidisciplinary research related to coastal sciences and engineering.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong academic credentials in a relevant discipline with the ability to translate scientific information into policy recommendations.
  • Proven leadership including excellent communication and relationship-building skills.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of organizational management and fiscal policies with strong evidence of managing university research units.
  • Experience and success in securing external funding from government agencies, corporations and foundations and/or individuals.
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative skills and acumen in identifying new revenue opportunities and an ability to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of others.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, abundant imagination, a high level of energy, a can-do attitude, a willingness to learn, and a good sense of humor are essential qualities.
  • Strong management experience with a broad working knowledge of state and federal operations.
  • Previous involvement with research and education activities, preferably in coastal or marine science
  • Willingness to travel extensively throughout Louisiana to establish and maintain linkages with administrators, faculty and researchers across all member Universities
Nominations and Letters of Interest received by February 15, 2016 will be given full consideration. The letter of interest should specifically address the applicant’s background in
relationship to qualifications described; a current resume (or curriculum vitae); and the names of five professional references with each reference’s position, office or home address, e-mail address and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. The new Executive Director will be expected to assume the position on or about July 1, 2016.

Inquiries, nominations, or letters of interest should be sent electronically to: lumconsearch@la.gov.