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Associate Director, Polar Data Catalogue/Canadian Cryospheric Information

Associate Director, Polar Data Catalogue/Canadian Cryospheric Information

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
2650 - Geography
Job Status 
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range 
$74,976 - $93,720

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Manage the daily scientific, technical and employment operations of the Polar Data Catalogue/Canadian Cryospheric Information Network (PDC/CCIN). In consultation with the Director, assist in the ongoing strategic development of the PDC/CCIN, develop international partnerships for data management and exchange, expand and promote the ‘Brand’ of the PDC/CCIN, and obtain financial resources to ensure the viability of the PDC/CCIN.


This role is contingent on funding. 


Ensure efficient and effective daily operation of the PDC/CCIN

  • Assume responsibility for all aspects of the daily management of the PDC/CCIN network
  • Manage the robustness, reliability, security, and integrity of the PDC/CCIN computing infrastructure
  • Identify and implement new technologies in order to maintain industry standards and maximize the use of technological advancements
  • Advise the Executive Director of ongoing performance and projected PDC/CCIN requirements
  • Exercise signing authority on behalf of the Executive Director on any purchase or maintenance/repair expenditure
  • Supervise online application, database, and systems development tasks and special projects
  • Interview and select new staff within budgetary constraints to ensure the required expertise is available to complete contracted deliverables
  • Train, guide, and supervise staff to ensure completion of contracted deliverables

Manage the strategic development of the PDC/CCIN and obtain funding to ensure program stability

  • In consultation with the Executive Director, the Polar Data Management Committee, and all partners and stakeholders, plan and manage the evolution of the PDC/CCIN system in response to changing polar community needs for data and information archiving and access
  • Take the initiative to develop opportunities and be responsible for the ongoing expansion of the network facilities and services
  • Ensure that CCIN preserves its focus on polar users and their requirements through developing operational partnerships with similar organizations worldwide
  • Develop and implement data and metadata sharing and interoperability with international partners, using international standards of interoperability
  • Seek and acquire funding to develop new procedures and support structures for the polar community, and to ensure a stable, sustainable, and predictable growth strategy
  • Manage all reporting requirements to funding agencies and sponsors

Advocate for comprehensive polar data management in Canada and continue development of PDC/CCIN as the central polar data repository for the nation

  • Increase awareness of the PDC/CCIN in the science, policy development, and user communities and build the ‘Brand’ recognition and reputation of the PDC/CCINPresent technical papers and develop partnerships and networks through attendance at scientific conferences, local, national, and international meetings, and represent the CCIN in Canada and globally
  • Develop outreach and communication facilities for the users of the PDC/CCIN using current network standards and social media.
  • Assist in planning of and implement outreach and education activities


  • Master’s Degree with education or training related to environmental change and/or information management and communication required or equivalent education and experience. PhD would be an asset
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience supervising staff in the computer and communication technical arenas
  • 5+ years of managing computer networking strategy, writing successful funding proposals
  • 5+years of communicating with scientific and/or policy developers through professional meetings and/or conferences
  • Demonstrated experience with publication in scientific media would be an asset
  • Specialization in physical geography or polar climate related science would be beneficial
  • Effective organizational and personnel management skills
  • Effective communication skills in conference environments and small group environments
  • Knowledge of contract and grant project management procedures and responsibilities
  • Knowledge of financial reporting and analysis procedures
  • Knowledge of web communication and design principles
  • Knowledge of computer networking processes
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite
  • Extensive travel required, including international travel
  • Frequent evening/weekend work required