Utah State University

Director - San Rafael Energy Research Center

City Emery County
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/22/2021 1:51 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Utah State University (USU) and the Utah Office of Energy Development (OED) are seeking to hire a full-time, Director of the San Rafael Energy Research Center (Business Consultant Lead).  Application review will begin on November 1, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled.  Estimated start date is sometime in December 2021.


The person in this position will work with the Utah OED, USU, Emery County, and others to develop, oversee, and/or implement leadership for the management and execution of program activities at the Center. The Director will work collaboratively to establish research priorities and to help expand development programs. The Director will oversee the performance of multidisciplinary outcomes-focused research within the energy and mineral environment in areas identified as pivotal to the Center’s core goals. This position will create a Board of Directors to deliver the Center’s vision. Additionally, the Director will work with the Utah Office of Energy Development to identify opportunities for new advanced energy technology and energy innovation at the Center.


Strategic Funding and Relations

  • Develop strategies to boost external funding and promote commercialization of development activities.
  • Foster a culture and environment of innovative research excellence.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of the Center’s policy and strategy.
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to develop a long-term strategic plan.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for multi-disciplinary internal and external collaborations and the development of flagship projects.
  • Regularly consult with local city, county and state officials on the progress of the Center and how the Center is meeting the needs of Eastern Utah and the State of Utah.
  • Take a lead role in the strategic and operational aspects of the Center.
  • Represent the Center as delegated in appropriate research and other committees.

Research Program Oversight:

  • Assure the quality of research by supporting the development of research infrastructure.
  • Oversee the performance of multidisciplinary outcomes-focused research within the Center.
  • Support the expansion of the Center’s program by developing program opportunities to attract high-quality talent.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the Center’s key performance indicators including research revenue and publication targets, stakeholder satisfaction, and research impact.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of scientific published literature in relevant areas.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience in leading, motivating, and developing interdisciplinary teams to deliver complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and in changing environments.
  • Proven professional leadership qualities that include a capacity for executive administrative responsibilities and working as part of a leadership team, contributing to strategic planning, and implementing initiatives to deliver on objectives.
  • A high level of interpersonal skills that support communicating effectively with members of the academic, government, professional, and industry sectors, and the general community.
  • Experience with national and international research organizations and funding agencies.
  • Knowledge of the advanced energy and mineral sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team to: independently establish work priorities, set realistic goals, and meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of industry practices and standards in the energy and minerals space.
  • Experience in managing research programs, reporting, outcomes, quality improvement and standards/pathways.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in science, engineering, business, or related field plus two years of directly related experience, or Master's Degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Formal experience in management and leadership.
  • Experience working with nuclear material and/or experience working with hazardous materials.
  • Background in pilot plant design, development, and process scale-up.
  • Proven business development and grant writing skills.
  • Industrial safe practices expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree in science, engineering, or business.

Required Experience:

  • Evidence of sustained relationships with industry, government, and/or professional bodies and a proven track record of successfully navigating complex areas, especially advocacy and policy.
  • Exceptional consulting and relationship management skills, with the demonstrated ability to engage at senior levels.
  • Proven experience in fostering an environment that encourages strong partnerships and mutual trust between team, sub-teams, and leaders.
  • Ability to establish work priorities and set realistic goals, meet deadlines and organize a work environment ensuring efficient team participation.
  • Ability to develop clear plans and timelines, regularly communicate with stakeholders, and advance projects within budget and required standards. Management oversight that includes financial and budget responsibilities.
  • Personal attributes of integrity, initiative, sound judgment, and respect for confidentiality.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

USU is Utah’s Land Grant university. USU is in Logan, though this position will be located in Emery or Carbon County Utah.  The San Rafael Energy Research Center is located in Orangeville, Utah in beautiful eastern Utah.  The region offers a wealth of outdoor activities within minutes of the San Rafael Swell within a few hours’ drive of seven national parks.

The Utah OED is based in Salt Lake City.  It advances the Utah Governor’s energy vision, implements state energy policy and enhances Utah’s energy infrastructure, technology and workforce to provide more affordable, reliable and cleaner energy options for Utah households and businesses.  USU and OED are cooperating on this position.

The San Rafael Energy Research Center’s objective is to expand opportunities for advanced energy technology development and diversify the local economy. 

The Center’s vision will be accomplished by:

  1. Designing, demonstrating, and deploying innovative energy technologies,
  2. Implementing collaborative programs in partnership with government, university, and industry groups that will support advanced energy and mineral technologies,
  3. Performing laboratory, pilot scale, and field research,
  4. Engaging in scientific and policy analysis,
  5. Providing research and work opportunities for student engineers and scientists, and
  6. Offering opportunities to educate the public about advanced energy development.

Technology areas of interest to the Center include, but are not limited to:

  1. Molten salt/thorium power generation,
  2. Medical isotope production,
  3. Advanced combustion systems,
  4. Advanced uses of carbon,
  5. Clean hydrogen, and
  6. Small modular reactors. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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