The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes created by the Water
Resources Act of 1964, collectively forming the National Institutes for Water Resources. As a division under
Colorado State University’s (CSU) Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE), the Center aims to connect all
water expertise in Colorado’s higher education system with research and education needs of the state’s water
managers and users. The CoWC leads interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities to address
complex and evolving water-related challenges in Colorado and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration
among stakeholders, synthesizes objective water knowledge to inform decision-making, and inspires the next
generation of water leaders. The Center is headquartered at CSU’s Fort Collins, CO campus, with specialists
working throughout the state and partners across the country and world. The CoWC is currently developing a
Western Water Policy Institute to be headquartered at the Hydro Building at the CSU Spur campus in Denver,
CO (csuspur.org/hydro/). Visit the CoWC website to learn more about our work watercenter.colostate.edu.
CSU, a prestigious Carnegie Tier 1 Very High Research Activity (R1 status) University, was established in 1870
and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU enrolls
approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest
employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver
in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, CO.
The CoWC director is appointed by the President of CSU to serve as the chief executive, academic, and policy
officer of the Center, reporting directly to the Vice President for Engagement and Extension. The director
provides leadership and oversight of the Center’s portfolio of research, education, engagement, and service
activities, which is developed and implemented in collaboration with CSU faculty and staff affiliates, partner
higher education institutions across Colorado, and a variety of partner scholars, agencies, and organizations.
The director facilitates planning and continuous improvement of the Center’s activities, supported by a statutory
external advisory board and an internal faculty executive committee. The director also develops strategic,
staffing, and budget plans to implement an innovative and impactful water agenda that addresses state and
regional needs and is accountable for raising extramural resources through grants, contracts, gifts, and program
fees. In addition, the director is a critical public voice and recognized national expert on water scholarship and
policy issues, representing the Center at various water-related organizations, convenings, and policy
conversations. Finally, the director engages in extensive travel to fulfill the expectations of the position. The
director also serves as a key member of the Office of Engagement and Extension’s executive leadership team,
promoting impactful engaged scholarship to fulfill CSU’s land-grant mission. This position may be considered for
a concurrent continuing (non-tenured) or tenured faculty appointment if the individual possesses an outstanding
record of achievement that merits appointment as such within one of CSU’s academic units.
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Application process and additional information may be obtained at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/94311.