Ranked as one of the fastest growing small cities in the U.S. in three of the past five years by the U.S. Census Bureau, San Marcos, TX combines small-town charm with an energetic lifestyle. Located between Austin and San Antonio along the I-35 corridor and on the edge of the famous Texas Hill Country, San Marcos offers its 60,000+ residents the best of everything.
With a student population of over 38,000, Texas State University is designated a Carnegie R2 and Hispanic-Serving Institution. Founded in 1899 and currently the 16th largest public institution in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment, the university enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 66 countries. It is one of the top 14 producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation. Ideally situated on almost 600 acres, Texas State is in the midst of the largest construction program in its history, experiencing an exciting period of growth with approximately $659 million in new construction, renovation, and expansion. Beyond San Marcos, the university has a campus in Round Rock, TX dedicated to the health professions and academic programs for adult learners and graduate students.
Texas State University is seeking applications for the position of Center Director for the internationally- recognized Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (Center) is one of six university-level centers that report to the Chief Research Officer and is dedicated to inspiring research, innovation, education, and natural resource leadership that ensures clean, abundant water for the environment and all humanity. The Center brings together departments and research centers to both engage in scholarly inquiry and provide practical science-based opportunities across Texas and around the world for students, faculty, and staff.
The Center’s headquarters are located at Spring Lake, where hundreds of artesian springs flow from the Edwards Aquifer creating the headwaters of the San Marcos River, which meanders through campus and the City of San Marcos. The Edwards Aquifer and this unique spring fed river system are home to eight endangered species and a rich cultural heritage dating back over 12,000 years.
The Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment will report to the Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and will be responsible for direct oversight and management of the Center. The Director serves as a primary liaison from the Center to the University, surrounding community, and the state of Texas. The Director will lead personnel and budget management, policy formation and implementation, and strategic planning to meet the goals and values of the university and The Meadows Center for Water and Environment.
Specific duties include:
A complete application will consist of an official Texas State University online application, resume, and cover letter. Interested candidates should demonstrate in their application packages how they meet the minimum required qualifications as listed below:• A doctorate in Geography, Environmental Sciences, Water Resources or related disciplines.• Strong leadership qualities.• Familiarity with natural resource issues, water institutions, surface and groundwater law, and policy on the national, state, and regional levels.• A record of expanding relationships and partnerships between centers/institutes and university academic units, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state/federal governmental entities.• Demonstrated success in operations, finance, and business management skills in a multidisciplinary center and/or research unit environment.• Evidence of successfully obtaining philanthropic funding and/or research grants.
In addition to the required qualifications, the preferred qualifications will be used to differentiate candidates that meet all the minimum required criteria: