(IAAC) Fwd: AAVSO Searches for new Director

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-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 1:33 PM
Subject: AAVSO Searches for new Director

DIRECTOR of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
25 Birch St.
Cambridge MA 02138

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
(www.aavso.org), a not-for-profit corporation of about 1,300 members
with a mission of collecting and making available observations of
variable stars, seeks a full-time director based at its Cambridge,
Massachusetts, USA headquarters.

The AAVSO is an international nexus for variable star data and research.
The organization gathers data from observers all over the world,
coordinates ground-based observing support for space missions, provides
educational programs on astronomy and variable stars and has programs
and resources to assist amateur observers in making valuable
contributions to astronomy by observing variable stars and other

The director is the chief scientific officer of the organization and the
executive officer of the corporation. The director is responsible for
all scientific activities of the organization including the quality of
the data provided to professional astronomers and the long-term
integrity of the AAVSO data archives.  The director is also expected to
carry out and/or supervise an independent research program that is
closely tied to the overall activities of the organization.  The
director manages an office staff of eleven to achieve the goals of the
organization.  The director is responsible for organizational budgeting
and out-year planning for the needs of the organization.  Further, the
director is expected to secure outside funding from granting agencies to
continue and
expand the core functions of the society.

The qualifications for the position include: A Ph.D. in astronomy or a
closely related field, with experience working with variable stars
and/or astronomical database management; evidence of ability to manage
an organization of the size and nature of the AAVSO; and evidence of
ability to obtain grants from funding agencies or private foundations.
In addition, the applicant should show clear ability to work effectively
with a wide community of professional and amateur astronomers, including
technical and public lecturing as well as willingness to travel
internationally to meetings or on promotional tours.

The AAVSO Council appoints the director for a term of not more than five
years, renewable indefinitely on mutual satisfaction. Salary for the
position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Individuals interested in applying for this position are encouraged to
contact the search committee chair informally to learn more about the
organization and the position.

Candidate interviews will be held in August or September 2004.  The
starting date is flexible, but should begin as early as possible after
October 2004.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however,
applications received by July 15 are guaranteed a full review.

Please address all applications to: Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, Chair, AAVSO
Director Search Committee, 2717 Schooley Drive, Alexandria, VA 22306.

Applications should include the names and contact information of at
least three individuals who will serve as references for the candidate
and may be contacted by the committee.  A curriculum vitae including a
publication list and grant history should also be included.  Applicants
should include a statement of their vision for the organization's future
as well as a cover letter.

AAVSO is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage applications from
ALL qualified individuals. The AAVSO is located in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, and a few blocks from the Center for Astrophysics and
within easy commuting distance of a number of other universities and
scientific research organizations.


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