Vice President/Head of Mission - Chile
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.
Coquimbo, Coquimbo, CL
hace 2 días
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The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories.

AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research.

Under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation (NSF) AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C.

Rubin Observatory; and, under contracts with NASA, AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

This time, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is seeking a Vice President and Head of Mission for Chile.

The AURA Observatory in Chile (AURA-O) oversees activities performed in Chile under the legal authority of AURA.

The AURA-O Vice President and Head of Mission is responsible for planning, directing, and managing all official AURA Chilean interactions, including but not limited to Chilean government (national and local), juridical and political relationships.

The VP / Head of Mission works with the AURA programs, providing country expertise, developing operational proposals, and utilizing relationships in Chile to ensure the mission of AURA is achieved.

The VP / Head of Mission reports to the AURA President and has delegated authority from the President to represent the juridical entity in Chile.

The position is based in Santiago or La Serena, Chile, supported by offices in both locations, and with frequent travel within Chile and to the United States.

The Vice President and Head of Mission for Chile is designated by the NSF as Key Personnel and thus requires National Science Foundation approval of the selection prior to appointment.

Essential Functions :

Manages all official interactions with Chilean national and local authorities and with the U.S. Embassy in Santiago.

Manages relations with the University of Chile, and other Universities and Observatories in Chile.

Supports NSF-funded activities in Chile including official visits, organizes and facilitates NSF contacts, and analyzes Chilean legislation and regulations to determine potential impact on programs.

Supports programs being conducted in Chile by various elements of AURA including NOIRLab and Rubin Observatory. Maintains regular contact with the leadership of AURA Centers conducting business in Chile.

Oversees all AURA activities in Chile to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including labor, safety, mining, land ownership and international status of the organization, and with the spirit of AURA’s juridical status.

Is responsible for safety, environmental compliance, and long-term site protection from potentially adverse local development.

Jointly oversees interactions between U.S. regulations and Chilean obligations.

Manages Chilean labor relations including contract negotiations and other interactions with the Chilean staff Union.

Is responsible for the adoption of social responsibility programs of AURA in Chile.

Supports AURA and its programs with analysis and interpretation of the cultural and legal environment.

Oversees long-range planning, development, stewardship, and use of AURA-owned property and assets.

Maintains regular reporting to provide information on progress and concerns to the AURA President, AURA Vice Presidents and Chief of Staff.

Leads and manages the AURA-O offices in Santiago and La Serena.

Other Functions :

Other duties as assigned.

All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else.

This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.

Responsible for ensuring compliance with government award terms and conditions assigned to this position or subordinates of this position as defined in the Vela Award Management system.

Required Education / Experience / Skills / Abilities :

Professional degree in Science, Business, Public Administration, or related fields.

Fluency (spoken and written) in both English and Spanish is required.

Five or more years of experience in senior positions including personnel and team management.

Strong interest in science with the ability to communicate technical topics to non-scientists.

Leadership experience involving national and local authorities.

Excellent leadership skills.

Diplomatic and negotiation skills with diverse groups.

Physical Requirements :

There are basic physical requirements that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position is required to pass medical examination post offer and potentially at specified intervals while employed, if medically necessary.

  • The work is mostly carried out in an office environment, long periods of sitting and computer usage may be required. Additionally, occasional work at high elevation summit sites may be required;
  • summit elevations range from 6,800 feet to 14,000 feet.

  • If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please submit the following documentation (PDF Files) : a Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
  • information on skills, experience and accomplishments as they relate to the position; a Personal Statement on diversity and inclusion;
  • and the names of three professional references. The position will remain open until filled.. Please name any attachments with the following format : LastnameDocname.

    Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to employment

    AURA, as a leader organization in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce.

    Learn more athttp : / / / diversity.asp

    COVID-19 POLICY UPDATE : AURAhas implemented a mandatory vaccination policy that requires all employees to be vaccinated, including being up to date on boosters, unless qualified for an exemption based on medical or religious reasons.

    All new employees will be required to comply with this policy and will be required to present proof of full vaccination or submit a completed request (including supporting documents, if applicable) for an exemption at least five (5) business days prior to their start of employment.

    Individuals who fail to meet this deadline may have their employment start date delayed.

    This is a requirement for all employees working onsite or from home (telework or hybrid remote work schedule). Currently the vaccination requirement does not apply to any future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.

    As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations.

    As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity / gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and / or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

    The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting.

    Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

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    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

    However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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