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Plans are moving forward for the construction of a Clean Energy Research and Development Facility at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA.  In the spring of 2008, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission awarded the Higher Education Center $8 million for capital construction of the R&D Center (more information about the facility included in the position narrative).
 
The Energy Task Force Committee, chaired by Kevin Crutchfield, met today, and during the meeting there was discussion as to whether the job had been adequately advertised in publications that interested and experienced individuals might view the application.  The application says the deadline for applying is March 31 however, the deadline has been extended to April 15, or until the best qualified candidate is found.  It was suggested that the job application be placed on the websites of Eastern Coal Council, Kentucky Coal Association, National Mining Association, Southern States Energy Board, Virginia Coal Association, and  West Virginia Coal Association.
 
Please find attached the position narrative for the director of the research facility.  Considerable knowledge of research procedures, analytical processes, economic development and the ability to assess the needs of the region are highly desired.  The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of strategic planning, resource allocation, and providing effective leadership.  Experience working with applied research, institutional effectiveness (securing grants and grant funding), and related educational training/development are also strongly desired.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with raising funds for operational budgets, new research projects and attaining new business ventures.
 
Please feel free to share with individuals you think might be in this position:
  • Proven experience in planning, budgeting, administrations, execution, and evaluation preferably with applied research programs;
  • Demonstrated success in securing sources of revenue for new initiatives with preference given to research programs;
  • Prior experience in strategic planning, resource allocation, and providing effective leadership.
  • Proven experience in building and sustaining a range of collaborative partnerships;
  • Proven  ability  to communicate effectively with policy makers at the national, state, and local levels;
  • Demonstrable personal effectiveness in setting standards, reaching solutions and completing tasks for multiple concurrent projects;
  • Successful experience in leading and supervising a complex organization;
  • Considerable knowledge of research procedures, analytical processes, economic development and the ability to assess the needs of the region are highly desired.
  • The ideal candidate will be familiar with raising funds for operational budgets, new research projects and attaining new business ventures.
  • Strong familiarity with the research and education enterprise of higher education.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin Crutchfield or Rachel Fowlkes, Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center at 276-619-4300.

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