Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
The Board of Directors of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) invites nominations and applications for the position of President. The new President will lead the international effort to fund, design, construct, and operate the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). Upon completion, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be the largest optical telescope in the world, and the first in a new class of “Extremely Large Telescopes” poised to usher in a new era of discovery.
The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization is an independent organization created by an international consortium of leading academic and research institutions with the mission of funding, engineering, constructing and operating the world's largest optical telescope. The initial partnership for the GMT was established in 2004, starting with the Carnegie Institution for Science, the University of Arizona, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution to build on the technological leaps in adaptive optics and mirror segment technology of the telescopes of the 1990s. The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, the University of Chicago, Australian National University, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Astronomy Australia Limited, and the São Paulo Research Foundation have also joined the project. The GMTO continues to seek national and international partner organizations to join in this historic endeavor.
GMTO's main business office is located in a 46,000 square foot space in Pasadena, California, approximately 16 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The Giant Magellan Telescope will be located in northern Chile at Las Campanas Observatory. The site is known for clear weather and dark skies and is insulated from the light pollution that poses a major obstacle to ground-based optical astronomical research. Upon completion, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be capable of achieving ten times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Reporting to the GMTO Board of Directors, the President will lead the effort to fund, design, construct, and operate the Giant Magellan Telescope. The President is responsible for setting the vision, ensuring effective leadership and management, working with the GMTO team and staff, and representing the GMT to the community, state, region, nation, and world. The President exercises overall leadership for the GMTO's resource development and fundraising initiatives and is responsible for ensuring the fiscal well-being of the organization. The President will be a primary point of contact between GMTO (as an organization) and each of the partner institutions.
To view the complete position profile, please visit: http://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/GMTO/President.pdf
Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the opportunity. A background in astronomy, physics, or astrophysics is not required; however, the best candidates will possess the natural ability to lead a team of world-class scientists, engineers, and managers and a clearly discernible passion for science.
- An earned doctorate or other terminal degree;
- Demonstrated experience developing and growing new revenue streams including private philanthropy, extramural grants from federal agencies, governmental and private sector contracts, and foundation support;
- A proven history of executive level administrative experience and a record of sound fiscal, organizational and management practices;
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability and commitment to listening and problem solving;
- Experience developing an esprit-de-corps among staff coupled with the ability to create a culture that is proactive, transparent, and collaborative;
- The ability to delegate responsibility to senior subordinates allowing them to identify the ways and means to accomplish specific operational goals and objectives;
- Experience developing and executing a powerful, yet realistic vision for a complex organization and success in implementing a strategic plan to achieve that vision;
- The ability to serve as GMTO's principal spokesperson with well-developed diplomacy and political skills;
- A demonstrated ability to translate relationships with partners and new supporters into effective fundraising efforts on behalf of the GMTO.
The best candidates will have prior experience in an academic (or equivalent administrative) environment, preferably at a Tier-1 major research university as a Dean, Provost, Vice President for Research, or President or similar leadership role in the corporate, FFRDC (National Lab), and/or government arenas.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.
Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:
Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “GMTO- President” in the subject line
GMTO is an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.