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AIR invites applications for a Director for Transdisciplinary Training (Academic Program Manager III) to develop and deliver training programs focused on transdisciplinary research, boundary spanning practice, research program management, and the integration of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) principles into such work. In addition, the Director for Transdisciplinary Training will implement AIR’s strategic plan for DEIJ.

AIR is poised to accelerate and amplify the breadth of campus expertise toward the co-design and co-production of solutions for resilient environments and societies. The Director for Transdisciplinary Training will work closely with the AIR community to develop curricula that holistically integrates with current research and training activities and will develop programs that serve as a resource for researchers across the UA campus.

AIR’s DEIJ committee has developed strategic priorities to embed inclusive, anti-racist practices and policies into all aspects of operations, including internal AIR culture and administration, AIR’s role in the university community, and AIR’s role in the broader community. The Director for Transdisciplinary Training will work with the DEIJ committee to implement actions to address strategic priorities. They will be attuned with current practices in DEIJ work and will develop resources that align with and promote the AIR DEIJ strategic plan.

Through its research, education, and community engagement, AIR promotes inter- and transdisciplinary activities that engage varied knowledge systems and societal sectors to develop equitable solutions for societal and environmental resilience. We seek candidates with experience in transdisciplinary research and training competencies and in applying DEIJ principles. The ideal candidate possesses a strong spirit of innovation, collaboration, and vision for transdisciplinary training and DEIJ programming related to environmental and societal resilience. The candidate will be a creative problem solver with a passion for fostering systemic change and building inclusive workplaces.

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The Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) at the University of Arizona invites applicants for the Director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill (Research Program Administration Manager III), a facility located on the west side of Tucson with programs administered by AIR. This full time position will direct and develop all aspects of new and ongoing research, education, and community engagement activities at the Desert Laboratory.

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill is a unique, 120-year-old research facility that is a National Historic Landmark located on Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre reserve and Archeological District, that holds prominent cultural and sacred significance to the Tohono O’odham Nation and other Indigenous groups. This complex and sensitive cultural and ecological site attracts researchers focused on desert ecology, the relationship between human and environmental health, and research at the intersection of the humanities and natural and social sciences. Tumamoc Hill is also a popular public recreation site offering a wide variety of education and public outreach opportunities and requires careful management to ensure protection of its significant cultural and natural resources.

AIR is an inter- and transdisciplinary institute that engages partners from varied knowledge systems and societal sectors to address complex challenges related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, water scarcity, natural climate solutions, thriving ecosystems, renewable and sustainable energy, and healthy built environments and communities.

The Director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill will report to the Director of AIR, liaise with other AIR program leads and University units, and supervise the activities of the Desert Laboratory's research, education, operations, and community engagement activities and staff.

We seek an experienced and collaborative leader and manager who recognizes the diverse research, educational, and community engagement opportunities that promote all the Desert Laboratory offers; has a strong spirit of building academic and community partnerships across widely disparate disciplines and sectors; promotes a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; and supports and empowers staff, students, and their professional aspirations.

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