Director, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Posting Number: 20110583
Job Title: Director, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Grade: C52 $61,894 - $99,030
Classification: Management Staff
FLSA: Exempt
Rate of Pay: $61,894 / Commersurate with experience
Type of Position: Full-Time
Organizational Unit: NGRREC-Administration
Position Reports To Executive Director, NGRREC

Purpose of Position:

This position will work directly as part of the NGRREC leadership team at the program and campus levels to design, develop, implement, administer, manage, supervise and revise programs and operations of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). The Director NGRREC will be responsible for various high-level administrative management functions for the organization, and will be responsible for the strategic direction of the non-research programs of NGRREC (Environmental Education and Conservation) as well the research support operations team. Additionally, the Director will provide technical expertise and work outputs related to water quality and big data products.

Key Measurable Expectations:

The following are duties or KMEs that are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.

  • Communicate intent/expectations of NGRREC leadership team (NGRREC Executive Director, Lewis and Clark Community College president, NGRREC Senior Scientist, Dean Health, Science, Math & Industrial Technology and Director) to NGRREC staff in regard to program development, administration, management, implementation and promotion. 
  • Lead in development of new NGRREC programs and revision of current programs including strategic direction for programs, staffing and budgets in cooperation with the Executive Director and leadership team.
  • Develop grant proposals and pursue funding from various sources.
  • Assist the NGRREC leadership team in implementing, managing, coordinating and providing oversight of NGRREC programs.
  • Develop, submit, and oversee NGRREC program budget in cooperation with the Executive Director and leadership team, using comprehensive knowledge of overall NGRREC financial picture (including state appropriation, Walton Family Foundation grant and other grant budgets to strategically implement annual spending plan and allocation)
  • Develop program-wide operational, facility use, and fleet management policies alongside ensuring adherence to College policies and procedures.
  • Serve as primary liaison between NGRREC leadership team and environmental education program, conservation program, and research support program.
  • Supervise NGRREC research support team leads including Research Coordinator/Assistant Scientist and Field Station Manager
  • Supervise program leads including Director of Environmental Education and Conservation Programs Manager
  • Serve as primary liaison between NGRREC Leadership Team and L&C campus support functions (HR, finance, campus operations, etc); work with L&C campus support functions to manage operations, budgets and policies.
  • Communicate NGRREC programs and strategic direction as defined by NGRREC Leadership Team and NGRREC constituents to NGRREC staff; University of Illinois; Lewis and Clark; federal, state, and local partners; NGOs; and interested public.
  • Represent NGRREC in local, regional and national meetings and to constituents.
  • Serve as NGRREC’s representative appointed by Illinois Governor to Mississippi River Coordinating Council; interact with various elected and non-elected officials at all levels of government. 
  • As required by various programs and grants, serve as Mississippi River-wide water quality monitoring and water quality data subject matter expert
  • Be familiar with the state of the art in water quality data analysis, and perform various big data analysis techniques including trend modeling.
  • Guide strategic direction for keystone projects and provide scientific and technical expertise, especially around multi-state water quality issues.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in natural resources or related field
  • Minimum of seven years of administrative, management and operations experience
  • Program budget and finance planning experience
  • Program development experience
  • Organizational management and work activities across departments, between organizations and federal/state agencies
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with diverse skills required
  • Balancing and managing multiple deadlines
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to work with external stakeholders as well as faculty and staff
  • Requires strategic thinking and creative management of multiple deadlines while operating in a dynamic and diverse academic environment
  • High level of independence and ability to use discretionary judgment in representing the organization are essential

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work with high level governmental agency representatives
  • Representing organization(s) in local, national and international colleague to colleague interactions
  • Development of strategic plan(s)

Environmental Demands

  • Significant regional and national travel

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Some Evenings , Some Weekends
Open Date: 10/06/2021
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Valid Driver’s License

EEO Statement:

Lewis and Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, L&C will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.



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