AUI President


The Trustees of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) invite inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest for the position of President. As the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, the next AUI President will be a distinguished, collaborative and entrepreneurial science leader who can promote the Corporation, increase its financial independence and advance the four foundations of its mission to support research, manage complex scientific facilities and programs, prepare the next generation of investigators and technical experts and further scientific discovery.

A non-profit corporation that has managed major federally supported national research facilities at the forefront of science for more than 50 years, AUI (www.aui.edu) operates the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the Long Baseline Observatory (LBO), and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It also partners with the NSF on behalf of North America in the international consortium that manages and operates the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. NRAO’s facilities include the Very Large Array in New Mexico; LBO facilities include the Very Long Baseline Array with stations at ten U.S. locations; and the GBO facilities include the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.

The AUI Presidency is a compelling leadership position for a determined individual to have a global impact upon how science is advanced, multifaceted research facilities developed, technologies created, data services shared, and science education promoted. The next AUI President will inherit an ambitious research and development enterprise that is administratively nimble and financially solid. NSF recently approved a 10-year, $862 million cooperative agreement with AUI to manage NRAO, and AUI is committed to broadening the scope of its activities by undertaking the management and operation of other major national and international facilities and programs for scientific research and education in areas where it is highly qualified. AUI will continue to focus on assuring adequate funding for the important work that NRAO, GBO, and LBO conduct in radio astronomy while also expanding AUI’s business portfolio into other areas that impact science and technology.

Reporting to a distinguished and international Board of Trustees, the President has overall responsibility for the management and operation of AUI and serves as the principal spokesperson and advocate to engage external constituencies and partners to invest in AUI and its mission. She or he also promotes collaborations and represents the interests of AUI regionally, nationally and internationally.

Candidates for President should have a record of accomplishment and recognized stature in science, technology or engineering, a demonstrated ability and experience in senior-level management of scientific research enterprises and a familiarity with organizations that fund research nationally and internationally. The AUI Trustees seek innovative leaders who possess a record of advancing scientific and technological initiatives, research and education. He or she should have a track record of successful leadership of a sophisticated research organization and possess both the interpersonal and managerial skills necessary to build and operate an effective enterprise. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is preferred. The President will have a strong commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion and will have demonstrated the highest level of integrity and ethical standards.

The new President will have the opportunity to guide and oversee ongoing and new initiatives at observatories and elsewhere with a team based at AUI Headquarters in Washington, DC. Starting date and salary are negotiable and will be based upon qualifications and experience. Additional information about AUI and a full position description is available through the Leadership Profile PDF attached below.

Nominations and expressions of interest, including a CV and cover letter describing professional background and qualifications, can be sent in confidence to AUI-President@wittkieffer.com. Questions can also be directed to the above email address or by telephone (630-575-6154) to the Witt/Kieffer search consultants assisting AUI: Brian Bloomfield and Jane Courson. The position will remain open until filled, but for fullest consideration materials should be received by May 1, 2017. The recruitment will be conducted in confidence until the new AUI President is announced.

PDF icon AUI President Leadership Profile

AUI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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