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Director of the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources

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Position Description: 

The Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources (known as the  Water Center) at Tennessee Tech University is conducting a search for its Director position. The  candidate sought will provide long-term vision and leadership for the Center’s research mission,  oversee scholarly, educational and outreach activities, direct Center laboratory services, and manage the Center staff and budget. The Director will also be responsible for establishing a  sustained research plan and associated roadmap for the Water Center. This is a 12-month salaried  position (not dependent on external funds) with no instructional/teaching expectations. The  selected candidate will be expected to work in close collaboration with the Center research area leads, associated faculty, and staff to expand existing collaborations, create new  industry/federal/state/academic partnerships and grow the sponsored research program portfolio.  They will establish collaborations among the faculty to pursue sponsored and scholastic research  opportunities and develop and implement strategies to sustain and grow future Center research. 

The Water Center ( was established in 1984 as a response to  regional and national concern about environmental and water-resource related issues. Faculty and  students throughout campus work with the Water Center to address issues associated with  increasing public demands on water resources, watershed management, hydrology, water quality,  aquatic ecology, fisheries, biodiversity, and water and wastewater treatment. The Center also houses a state certified environmental water quality lab. 

The selected individual will report to the University’s Vice President of Research and Economic  Development.  

Essential Functions 

  • Provide leadership to maintain and strengthen the Center’s research program and laboratory  services, and to guide its strategic planning and direction 
  • Perform administrative duties related to the Center’s research and development projects,  manage the budget, and supervise and evaluate the performance of Center staff 
  • Assist or work in collaboration with faculty members, students, other Centers, University  Departments and University Office of Research in developing externally-funded projects 
  • Develop, implement, and sustain the Center’s strategic alliances and partnerships with relevant  research organizations, universities and governmental agencies 
  • Lead a productive externally funded research program within their research expertise
  • Facilitate and maintain the Center’s advisory board 
  • Represent the Center and Tennessee Tech University to the public, key stakeholders, academic  and industry partners, and state and federal entities.

Minimum Qualifications 

The Center Director will have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in civil and  environmental or chemical engineering, environmental sciences, biology or a related area. Five years of experience managing or leading a research program in academia or industry in aquatic  biology/ecology, hydrology, water quality, water/wastewater treatment and sustainability or other  water-related field is required. Recognized scholarly achievements as measured by high-impact  peer reviewed journal publications, and a proven track record of externally-funded research is also  required.  

Preferred Qualifications 

Proven ability to assemble successful research teams and commitment to working collaboratively  with people from different disciplines, including biology, engineering, chemistry and earth  sciences, and can advance the current Center research focus areas. Ability to direct and grow a  multifaceted water laboratory that serves the local and regional community, as well as University  faculty and students. Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with  students, faculty, staff, administrators of the University and external constituents. Participation and  leadership in professional societies. 

Instructions to Applicants 

Interested individuals will be required to apply online at and send a cover  letter, detailed curriculum vitae, statement of interest that describes the applicant’s vision for the  Water Center and addresses the required and preferred qualifications, statement of research, up to  three representative journal articles (co-)authored by the applicant, and names, addresses, phone  numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references. Any email inquiries and further questions about  the position should be sent to Dr. Tania Datta, Search Committee Chair at  

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