The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research is seeking to appoint an Executive Director who has the vision and demonstrable track record and leadership/management skills to help deliver SCAR’s success and shape the implementation of SCAR’s Strategic Plan. The Executive Director is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the SCAR Secretariat. The post will support the implementation of the SCAR Strategic Plan, take responsibility for day-to-day management of the SCAR Secretariat, administer the organisation’s finances and service the SCAR Executive Committee and Delegates with duties as assigned by them. The post will play a leading role in the development of SCAR through its key activities of facilitation of science and the provision of evidence-based advice in, from and about the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.
Applicants are welcome from any area of research or research leadership/management currently represented in the Antarctic and/or Southern Ocean. Applicants will have a PhD degree in a scientific discipline relevant to research in the Antarctic or the Southern Ocean; an established track record as a leader/manager of international scientific activities; extensive experience in international scientific research and collaboration; excellent communication and organizational skills; a high level of computer literacy and proficiency in English; a thorough understanding of the institutional management skills required both in small office and in international policy settings; and a thorough understanding of the requirements of staff leadership, management and development. The post holder will demonstrate that they are already on a trajectory as a leader of science organisations and therefore have the clear potential to further SCAR’s vision. Previous experience in establishing and directing an international science organisation would be a major asset, as well as success in international fund-raising. Applicants will be required to undertake significant overseas travel and must be able to do so.
The SCAR Secretariat is based at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK. The successful candidate is expected to assume the post as soon as possible after the interview (to be held in January 2018). The closing date for applications is 29 November 2017.