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Job Description and Person Specification

 
The Post

Service Area: SCAR Secretariat
Post: Executive Director
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.

 
Main Duties

Strategic

  1. Support the President, Executive Committee and Delegates with the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
  2. Make recommendations to the Executive Committee and Meetings of Delegates about changes to strategy if required.
  3. Support the President, Executive Committee and Delegates with the development of new strategic plans.
  4. Advise SCAR Groups during the development of new Science Research Programs.

Science facilitation and coordination

  1. Work with SCAR groups to achieve appropriate scientific and organizational goals in line with SCAR’s Vision.
  2. Improve current and develop new effective links between SCAR and other relevant international research activities with a polar interest.
  3. Ensure and grow effective communication among SCAR groups, Members and Delegates.
  4. Improve communication between SCAR and other international science or science-based organisations, including ICSU.
  5. Service meetings of SCAR groups as directed by the Directors.

Provision of advice to international organisations

  1. Maintain strong links with Antarctic Treaty System bodies and the international policy community.
  2. Represent SCAR at meetings of these bodies as directed by the Directors.
  3. Enhance communication between SCAR and international policy bodies including those of the Antarctic Treaty System and the United Nations.
  4. Provide support to SCAR’s advisory group in the lead up to and during Antarctic Treaty and CCAMLR meetings.

SCAR Secretariat

  1. Manage the SCAR Secretariat efficiently and effectively, delegating tasks as appropriate.
  2. 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.
  3. Take overall responsibility for the organisation and deployment of resources within the Secratariat as approved by the Delegates.
  4. Prepare budgets and administer SCAR’s finances, including the provision of quarterly financial reports to the Directors and SCAR Group Chief Officers.
  5. Attend and service meetings of the Directors and meetings of the Delegates.
  6. Poll National Committees regarding attendance of their members at scheduled Science Meetings and at the Meetings of Delegates.
  7. Assist with raising additional funding for SCAR’s activities.
  8. Implement Secretariat duties as reasonably requested by the Directors or by the Meeting of Delegates.
  9. 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)

  1. Possess a PhD degree in a scientific discipline relevant to research in the Antarctic or the Southern Ocean.
  2. Have an established track record as a leader/manager of international scientific activities.
  3. Possess extensive experience in international scientific research and collaboration.
  4. Have a thorough understanding of the institutional management skills required both in small office and in international policy settings.
  5. Possess a thorough understanding of the requirements of staff leadership, management and development.
  6. Have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  7. Possess a high level of computer literacy.
  8. Have considerable proficiency in written and spoken English.
  9. Be capable of and prepared to undertake extensive international and domestic travel.
  10. Previous experience in establishing and directing an international science organisation would be a major asset, as well as success in international fund-raising.


Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, by the closing date of 29 November 2017, the following documents in full, by e-mail, to the SCAR Secretariat, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  1. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including the names and full contact details of at least three referees.
  2. A covering letter explicitly addressing each of the key criteria.
  3. A one to two page statement of the candidate’s vision for the role.
  4. Proof of eligibility to work in the UK or a statement indicating that application for a work visa will be made.

 

A printable version of the Job Details (as set out in the advert), and the Job Description and Person Specification (as detailed above) is available to pdf download from the SCAR Library (189 KB) .