SCAR Executive Director
Job Description and Person Specification
|Service Area:||SCAR Secretariat|
|Reference No.:||SCAR 2017/1611ED|
|Band:||Executive Director (£57,764 up to £73,015)|
|Reporting to:||The SCAR President and Executive Committee, and ultimately to the SCAR Delegates|
|Responsible for:||Implementation of the SCAR Strategic Plan and Management of the SCAR Secretariat|
Summary of post
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. The post holder 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. 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.
- Support the President, Executive Committee and Delegates with the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
- Make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Meetings of Delegates about changes to strategy if required.
- Support the President, Executive Committee and Delegates with the development of new strategic plans.
- Advise SCAR Groups during the development of new Science Research Programs.
Science facilitation and coordination
- Work with SCAR groups to achieve appropriate scientific and organizational goals in line with SCAR’s Vision.
- Improve current and develop new effective links between SCAR and other relevant international research activities with a polar interest.
- Ensure and grow effective communication among SCAR groups, Members and Delegates.
- Improve communication between SCAR and other international science or science-based organisations, including ICSU.
- Service meetings of SCAR groups as directed by the Directors.
Provision of advice to international organisations
- Maintain strong links with Antarctic Treaty System bodies and the international policy community.
- Represent SCAR at meetings of these bodies as directed by the Directors.
- Enhance communication between SCAR and international policy bodies including those of the Antarctic Treaty System and the United Nations.
- Provide support to SCAR’s advisory group in the lead up to and during Antarctic Treaty and CCAMLR meetings.
- Manage the SCAR Secretariat efficiently and effectively, delegating tasks as appropriate.
- Act as line manager for matters relating to the employment of Secretariat staff and ensure the work is allocated fairly, according to skills and capacity.
- Take overall responsibility for the organisation and deployment of resources within the Secratariat as approved by the Delegates.
- Prepare budgets and administer SCAR’s finances, including the provision of quarterly financial reports to the Directors and SCAR Group Chief Officers.
- Attend and service meetings of the Directors and meetings of the Delegates.
- Poll National Committees regarding attendance of their members at scheduled Science Meetings and at the Meetings of Delegates.
- Assist with raising additional funding for SCAR’s activities.
- Implement Secretariat duties as reasonably requested by the Directors or by the Meeting of Delegates.
- Undertake extensive international and domestic travel to service SCAR duties. Air travel for SCAR is by default in economy class. Single periods away can be for 1-6 weeks, and multiple such periods can be required in any single year.
Person Specification (Key Criteria)
- Possess a PhD degree in a scientific discipline relevant to research in the Antarctic or the Southern Ocean.
- Have an established track record as a leader/manager of international scientific activities.
- Possess extensive experience in international scientific research and collaboration.
- Have a thorough understanding of the institutional management skills required both in small office and in international policy settings.
- Possess a thorough understanding of the requirements of staff leadership, management and development.
- Have excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Possess a high level of computer literacy.
- Have considerable proficiency in written and spoken English.
- Be capable of and prepared to undertake extensive international and domestic travel.
- Previous experience in establishing and directing an international science organisation would be a major asset, as well as success in international fund-raising.
- A comprehensive curriculum vitae including the names and full contact details of at least three referees.
- A covering letter explicitly addressing each of the key criteria.
- A one to two page statement of the candidate’s vision for the role.
- Proof of eligibility to work in the UK or a statement indicating that application for a work visa will be made.