Geospatial Centre Director

Posted Date: Oct 6, 2021
Application Deadline: Nov 3, 2021

Status: Open

Competition No: A106146304

The University of Alberta and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) have developed a research partnership. This long-term initiative will position Alberta as a world-leader in the field of biodiversity monitoring and research. Designed to track and understand changes in biodiversity throughout Alberta, this initiative provides Albertans the ability to make informed decisions about the state of their environment in ways previously not possible. The Institute operates using a distributed delivery model involving the following partner organizations: University of Alberta, InnoTech Alberta, and the University of Calgary.

Reporting to the ABMI’s Executive Director, the Geospatial Centre Director is a member of the ABMI Management Team, and is responsible for planning, developing and overseeing the ABMI’s interests related to applications of geospatial (e.g., GIS and remote sensing) tools and technology for biodiversity monitoring. The Management Team sets the strategic direction for the ABMI and develops policy. The Geospatial Centre Director promotes the ABMI’s value, services and programs to stakeholders including Indigenous Peoples, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, industrial developers and ENGOs. This position also forges vital relationships with resource managers that support the ABMI’s goals to enhance natural resource management and reporting across the province. In particular, the Geospatial Centre Director is responsible for raising awareness of the Institute's brand and activities within the remote sensing community while ensuring that the ABMI's core principles of scientific credibility, relevance, and legitimacy are maintained.

The Geospatial Centre Director also supports the ABMI’s interests by contributing content to ABMI publications. These activities will support ABMI’s mandate to deliver credible information on the status of human footprint, vegetation, and biodiversity in Alberta and enhance the service we provide to our stakeholders.

The key responsibilities of the Geospatial Centre Director include, but are not limited to:

1. Strategic Vision

Activities include:

  • Working with the ABMI’s Executive Office, Science Centre, Information Centre, Monitoring Centre, Processing Centre, and Application Centre to develop and implement a strategic plan.
  • Developing and executing the ABMI’s geospatial monitoring strategy to ensure the ABMI is well positioned to take a leadership role in the provision of monitoring needs for Alberta to support land use and management decisions for the ABMI’s stakeholders and partners.
  • Identifying new geospatial and remote sensing opportunities and challenges, and recommending the best strategies and tactics to address them.
  • Keeping abreast of geospatial and remote sensing literature, and technological trends and advances. 
  • Supporting and facilitating the use of geospatial and remote sensing tools and technologies in initiatives such as land-use planning, cumulative effects management, land and water  stewardship, climate change adaptation, regional biodiversity management and ecosystem services assessment.
  • Working with the ABMI Management Team and key partners to identify geospatial data and information needs and strategies to resource these needs.
  • Demonstrating the use of geospatial and remote sensing products for supporting land and natural resource policy and planning across Alberta.

2. Stakeholder Engagement/Networking

Activities include:

  • Coordinating the development and integration of ABMI’s geospatial and remote sensing products with key stakeholders and partners.
  • Acting as the ABMI’s principle contact with the national and international geospatial and remote sensing research community.

3. Communication/Reporting

Activities include:

  • Raising awareness of ABMI’s geospatial and remote sensing programs and services and the value the ABMI provides to key stakeholders and in support of decision making for land and natural resources planning and management.
  • Writing content and publishing peer-reviewed publications and reports.
  • Writing and editing project proposals as required.
  • Developing and managing the ABMI Geospatial Centre.
  • Consolidating and managing the ABMI’s capacity related to footprint mapping, vegetation and land surface mapping coupled with required ground truthing, GIS and other geospatial data acquisition, quality control, quality assessment, and management.
  • Recruiting, evaluating, and developing staff in the Geospatial Centre.
  • Providing leadership, supervision and performance management for direct reports.
  • Leading, developing and monitoring the Geospatial Centre portion of the overall ABMI budget.
  • Monitoring expenses versus budget on a monthly basis and coordinating intervention in cases of significant deviations.
  • Serving as a key member of the ABMI’s Science Committee.
  • Supporting the ABMI’s geospatial and remote sensing data acquisition and management, including signing and endorsing data sharing and data confidentiality agreements.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Post-secondary in Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing, Ph.D. in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or a related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage technical and research teams
  • Strong planning ability and demonstrated strategic thinking
  • Team oriented with excellent relationship-building skills
  • Long-term career interest in promoting sustainable resource management
  • Proficient with geospatial and remote sensing technology and GIS software
  • Keen interest in finding solutions for sustainable natural resource management and related public policies
  • Self-motivated to stay aware about current events and advances related to sustainable land and natural resource use and management
  • Commitment to ABMI’s values, vision and mission

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of one year, with possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $74,084 to $101,888.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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