Executive Director of Yerkes Future Foundation

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Current state: Approved
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Yerkes Future Foundation
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 31 2020
Web Link: https://koyapartners.com/search/yff-executive-director/

Our team at Koya Leadership Partners is leading the search for the first Executive Director of Yerkes Future Foundation. At Koya, we partner with clients to identify and recruit mission-driven senior leaders.

About Yerkes Future Foundation & Yerkes Observatory

Yerkes Observatory, the birthplace of modern astrophysics, is a majestic, iconic building with a rich history of science discovery and education on the shores of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Yerkes Observatory was established in 1897 and for its first 120+ years was funded and operated by the University of Chicago. In 2018, the University transferred ownership to the Yerkes Future Foundation.

The mission of the Yerkes Future Foundation (“YFF”) is to preserve and protect Yerkes Observatory, celebrate its history and continue to foster its goals of research, education and astronomical observation. In this next chapter, the goal of YFF is to create breakthrough programs and experiences that advance its mission and vision in powerful new ways resulting in new access to astronomy and science education. Yerkes Observatory also seeks to establish itself as a year-round, world-renowned destination by offering unique ways to engage with the historically significant buildings and grounds, history and STEM learning. It is important to note that first and foremost, YFF seeks to be a place of scientific research that re-captures the underlying academic foundations upon which the Observatory was originally conceived.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director provides full oversight of all aspects of the organization, including strategy, fundraising, finance, administration, marketing, community engagement, operations and property management, education programs, tours, rental activities, as well as the organizational structure and personnel to maintain the facility. Additionally, the ED will be responsible for interpreting the 48 acres of Olmsted designed grounds for programming, events and public use.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and visionary leader to partner with an ambitious Board of Directors and build an organization from the ground-up. This includes the hiring of staff, the development of ambitious research and educational programs, and fundraising to support these initiatives.

Leaders with experience leading a nonprofit organization or related for-profit entity are appealing. Proven fundraising experience is highly desired. A concentration in some area of science, including but not limited to astronomy, is not a requirement but will be beneficial. Experience in facilities management will be helpful but is not required.

Potential candidates are encouraged to express interest here. We welcome recommendations of potential candidates via this email or [email protected]. Feel free to thoughtfully share this opportunity in your networks.

Please note: If you are interested in connecting for a conversation, but now is not a good time, please feel free to respond with “follow up later,” and we will follow up in a few weeks.

Director/Department Head, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory/Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona

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Current state: Approved
Department: Planetary Sciences
City: Tucson
State/Province: Arizona
Country: USA
Institution: University of Arizona
Application Due Date: Monday, January 20 2020
Web Link: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/director-department-head

Since its founding in 1960, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) at the University of Arizona (UArizona) has been at the forefront of planetary science and solar systems research. LPL currently leads some of NASA’s highest-profile missions and instruments and is continuously seeking future opportunities. LPL is engaged in a broad range of research that includes theoretical, experimental, and observational investigations of our solar system, as well as exoplanets and their origins. LPL integrates spacecraft missions and cutting-edge analytical facilities into its research portfolio, and its teaching and graduate program produces scholars who become leaders in the field. More information about LPL and the Department of Planetary Sciences is available from https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/.

LPL is searching for a new Director/Department Head. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in planetary science research, strong leadership and management skills, teaching experience, and a commitment to diversity. The Director is expected to lead LPL in developing and executing a clear vision during a period of expansion. The LPL Director works with local and external stakeholders such as NASA and NSF to maintain and grow an enriching environment conducive to excellence in planetary science research, education, and exploration. For full position description and to apply online, please see https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/director-department-head.

Department Chair – College of Science Physics & Astronomy

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Current state: Approved
Department: Physics and Astronomy
City: San Antonio
State/Province: Texas
Country: USA
Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Application Due Date: Friday, November 16 2018
Web Link: https://jobs.utsa.edu/postings/10633

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at
San Antonio (UTSA) is seeking a dynamic Chair that can lead the department
to preeminence in an extraordinarily diverse University that is focused on a
significant expansion of its research mission. This is an exemplary opportunity
for a leader to strengthen partnerships with premier research institutions in San
Antonio such as the Southwest Research Institute, Air Force Research Laboratory,
UT Health San Antonio, and others. Areas of research excellence within the
department include astrophysics, biophysics, computational physics, condensed
matter, materials science, nanotechnology, and space and planetary science.
Several interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities are ongoing
with Environmental Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and the College of
Engineering among others. The Department has a joint Ph.D. degree with the
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) allowing its faculty and Ph.D. students
access to over $400M of research projects that include leadership roles in
NASA?s space physics and planetary missions. UT San Antonio?s future will
focus on student success and building one of the nation?s most diverse research
intensive universities. The Department Chair will play a critical role in linking
the Department to this growth and success. UT San Antonio also benefits from
being in a major metropolitan area that retains the attributes of smaller
neighborhoods, excellent schools, and an extremely welcoming environment.

Required qualifications: a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy or related area of
physical science or engineering; an active research program with a distinguished
publication record and a strong international reputation. Preferred qualifications:
commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels including Ph.D.; leadership
and administrative experience; and an active, high-profile research program in
an area of physics and/or astronomy. Responsibilities include a commitment to
the development and growth of the Physics and Astronomy program, as well as
teaching, supervising student research at all levels, and maintaining an externally
funded research program. Descriptions of current departmental research efforts
can be found at http://www.utsa.edu/physics/.

UTSA, the third largest academic institution of the University of Texas
System, has an enrollment of nearly 31,000 students. Ph.D. students have
access to world-class facilities at UTSA and SwRI that includes advanced
microscopy, spectroscopy, optical and particle instrument calibration and
MEMS laboratories. Screening of completed applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Director of the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics

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Current state: Approved and Notify DPS Secretary
Department: University of Texas Institute for Geophysics
City: Austin
State/Province: Texas
Country: United States
Contact Person: Gail Christeson
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Caputo
Application Due Date: Tuesday, January 15 2019
Web Link: https://apply.interfolio.com/56029

The Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG), one of the three principal units in the Jackson School of Geosciences, seeks applications for the position of Director, which may include a concurrent faculty appointment in the Department of Geological Sciences (qualifications for faculty position must be commensurate with rank). UTIG is a world leader in expeditionary-scale geophysical research, numerical modeling and computational-enabled discovery, conducting research in four broad themes: climate; energy; marine geosciences, seismology and tectonophysics; and polar and planetary geophysics. It has a staff of about 75 research scientists and support staff. Both graduate and undergraduate students play important roles in the UTIG research mission. The science vision of the Institute is described in more detail at http://ig.utexas.edu/utig-science-vision-plan/.

An accomplished leader is sought to provide strategic vision and outstanding operational management, to foster high-quality research programs, and to guide the UTIG community to the next level of accomplishment and impact.  The UTIG Director will maintain and strengthen the culture of collaboration and innovation in the Jackson School of Geosciences, expand the reputation of the institute, promote diversity within the institute and demonstrate commitment to a high-quality student experience.

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field (e.g., geology, geophysics, oceanography, planetary sciences, etc.), and will have experience in the administration of complex organizations and research programs, a demonstrated record of high-quality research and publications, and excellence in people management and communication skills. Involvement in international and/or large federal programs, and leadership in academic and professional activities is desired.

An applicant should submit a letter of interest, a vision statement (including your perspectives on how to advance both scholarly excellence and diversity in the workplace at UTIG), CV, and list of four references (with titles and email addresses) electronically to https://apply.interfolio.com/56029. Additionally a resume must be submitted at the UT Austin Jobs website: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180920010382. Questions should be directed to Dr. Gail Christeson or Dr. Sean Gulick, co-chairs, UTIG Director Search Committee at [email protected] and [email protected]. References will only be contacted with permission of the candidates.

Review of applications will commence on Jan. 15, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The desired target date for the new director to assume duties is Sept. 1, 2019.

NASA Deputy Chief Scientist

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Current state: Approved
Department: Headquarters
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: USA
Contact Person: James L. Green
Institution: NASA
Application Due Date: Wednesday, September 05 2018
Web Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507003600

NASA is now advertising for the Deputy Chief Scientist
in the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). The OCS represents all of
the scientific endeavors in the agency, ensuring they are aligned with
and fulfill the administration’s science objectives. The OCS advises
the NASA Administrator and other senior officials on agency science
programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related Investments.
To find a detailed description of this position and additional
information on qualifications and application procedures, please click
on the USAjobs link below:


The vitality of our science programs begins with the best people
working at NASA Headquarters, so please take a moment to think about
the future of the field and your role in making great things happen
for the science community. I encourage you to apply to these fabulous

NASA Planetary Science Division Director

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Current state: Approved
Department: Headquarters
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: USA
Contact Person: James L. Green
Institution: NASA
Application Due Date: Friday, September 21 2018
Web Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509092900

NASA is now advertising for the Director of the Planetary Science
Division in the Science Mission Directorate. The Director is
responsible for overseeing the science content and execution of
planetary program missions and activities. To find a detailed
description of this position and additional information on
qualifications and application procedures, please click on the USAjobs
link below:


The vitality of our science programs begins with the best people
working at NASA Headquarters, so please take a moment to think about
the future of the field and your role in making great things happen
for the science community. I encourage you to apply to these fabulous

Department Head

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Current state: Approved
Department: Physics and Space Sciences
City: Melbourne
State/Province: Florida
Country: USA
Contact Person: Dan Batcheldor
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Florida Institute of Technology
Application Due Date: Monday, January 05 2015
Web Link: http://cos.fit.edu/pss/position-pss800.php

The College of Science at Florida Institute of Technology invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences. The appointment will be at the full professor level. We seek candidates who are world leaders in any of the fields currently researched by the Department. These include astrobiology, atmospheric physics, stellar and extragalactic astrophysics, high-energy physics, particle physics, planetary science, and space physics. We are especially interested in candidates with an international reputation for lightning physics. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and expanding our well funded research programs and productive research environment, our high quality teaching and learning environment, and our undergraduate and graduate enrollments through strong leadership and team building. The successful candidate will also organize and execute the 5- and 10-year strategic plans of the department, college and university, administer the research and teaching needs of students, research staff and faculty, oversee assessment of programs, and undertake any additional administrative duties that may be required by the Dean of the College of Science, especially those designed to enhance the national and international reputation of the department.

Florida Tech is located on the east coast of central Florida, just south of the Kennedy Space Center. Information about the department and its current research activities can be found at http://cos.fit.edu/pss/. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Daniel Batcheldor, PSS Interim Department Head, or College of Science Dean Hamid Rassoul. To apply, email [email protected] with the subject “Position # PSS800”. In a single PDF, provide a cover letter, CV, statement of research experience, statement of teaching experience, statement addressing your vision for the department, and the names and contact information for at least five references. Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2015; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Florida Tech is an equal opportunity employer.

SSI Executive Director

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Current state: Approved
City: Boulder
State/Province: Colorado
Country: USA
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: SSI
Application Due Date: Friday, January 31 2014
Web Link: http://www.spacescience.org

Start date: September 2014


Application period: October 2013 through January 2014


Further information: http://www.spacescience.org


The Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO, is seeking a dynamic, forward-looking individual to lead the organization as Executive Director.  Qualified candidates will have a

strong reputation within a scientific field relevant to the institute (e.g., planetary science, astrophysics, space physics, or Earth science) and will possess excellent leadership,

managerial, interpersonal, and administrative skills.  The Executive Director will be expected to maintain his/her own independent research program to help support a dedicated portion

(ideally, 25-50%) of time/salary.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. and approximately ten years of experience in project management.  


Applications should include a cover letter, CV, description of current research/education interests, and contact information for three references.  Inquiries and applications should

be sent to [email protected].


SSI is a non-profit, public-benefit 501(c)3 corporation and operates as an Equal Opportunity employer.  This job description is general in nature and should not be interpreted as a

comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications of the position. More information about SSI can be found at www.spacescience.org