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Nationwide search to fill position of Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

June 15, 2022

Dear Colleague Letter: Nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). The position provides an unparalleled opportunity to lead the Division in supporting research to advance fundamental knowledge in earth sciences and to share in the management responsibility of the Directorate for Geoscience to advance NSF’s mission.

The Division Director for EAR leads a team of professional and administrative staff in managing a broad portfolio of investments in research and education addressing the frontiers of knowledge that advance the Nation’s prosperity, health, and infrastructure. EAR supports research to advance understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth, the life it supports, and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials. The results of this research will create a better understanding of the Earth's changing environments, and the natural distribution of its mineral, water, biota, and energy resources and provide methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides.

The Division Director plays a key role in positioning and advocating for program activities within the context of NSF’s strategic plan, and in managing resources effectively to advance ongoing efforts and nurture emerging opportunities. The Division Director works proactively across NSF and in partnership with other federal and state agencies, industry, private foundations, and the academic community. The position offers a challenging and demanding opportunity to effect change and provide intellectual leadership.

The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research administration as well as leadership responsibility in academe, industry, or government. In addition to having a strong record of research and education accomplishments within their technical communities, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial, and administrative management. They must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and act as a mentor to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of their colleagues at all levels.

The position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are described in the vacancy announcement (GEO-EXEC-2022-0002) at   

A description of the EAR is provided on the webpage. Inquiries regarding the division can be directed to the Canvassing Committee Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Mackwell, (703) 292-4799,

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) of the closing date of the posted vacancy announcement.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2022 budget of $8.8 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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