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Four Corners Water Center Director

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 29, 2024

Job Details

Position Summary:

This position is classified as a Full-time Exempt Staff. Reporting to the Provost, the Director of the Four Corners Water Center provides a vision and leadership on campus, within the community, and within the region, while integrating FLC’s academic programs and resources into professional development opportunities for students and leveraging the College’s resources to aid community and regional water work. The Center’s grant- and donor-funded student internships, training programs, place-based research, and collaborations are central to the strategic plan’s focus on experiential learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and the development of new curricular pathways. The next Director will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of engaged faculty from all departments and colleges on campus, and to explore new forms of collaborative partnerships with the support of the Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Sponsored Research, and FLC Foundation.

Job Description:

Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD or master’s degree in a water-related field, such as Environmental Science, Sociology, Law, Policy, Geosciences, Biology/Ecology, Resources Management, Business Administration, Engineering, etc.
  • Five years of work experience in natural resources, science, engineering, law, or policy related to water.
  • Significant experience working and building relationships with Indigenous communities and tribes.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, pursue, and obtain grant funding for programmatic activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with college students and young professionals.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities and incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.
  • A commitment to developing productive relationships across a college campus and with communities beyond the college at all levels.
  • Effective communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Five years of experience in water resources, science, engineering, law, or policy in the Southwest and/or Four Corners Region.
  • 8 or more years of work experience in natural resources, science, engineering, law, or policy related to water.
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering inclusive hiring practices and collaborative and respectful working environments.
  • Three years of experience in leadership roles.
  • Existing relationships with Indigenous communities in the Southwest and the ability to build upon existing relationships with these communities.
  • A strong scholarly record.
  • A record of successful teaching and supervision of college students.
  • Experience with curriculum development, experiential learning, and professional development programs for early career professionals and college students.
Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Provost, the Director is responsible for:
  • Overseeing the mission and long-term vision for the Four Corners Water Center, including: management of the Center’s existing programs and grants; collaborating with faculty to develop the Center’s institutional plan for programming, collaboration, and growth; developing and working with a College and Community Advisory Boards to define long-range goals for the Center; and working with faculty and staff to execute critical water-focused projects. Existing programs include:
    • Annual meetings, conferences, outreach, and training opportunities hosted at FLC.
    • The Tribal Water Media Fellowship educational program
    • The Dolores River Adaptive Management research program
    • Tribal Water Leadership Fellows internship program
    • Development of a Water Studies Certificate
    • Advising for the RMS River Studies and Leadership Certificate
    • The Fall 1-credit Interdisciplinary Water Seminar course
    • Advising of the Registered Student Organization H2Org
    • Graduate school exploration events
    • Colorado Water Fellows program
  • Leading the Center in demonstrating an ongoing commitment to fostering a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty, and community and Indigenous partners.
  • Overseeing the Center’s fiscal responsibilities to the College and external funders in collaboration with the Budget and Advancement Office, including: approving annual budgets; approving research and projects grants; authorizing significant expenditures in accordance with policies and guidelines; and ensuring operations and programming initiatives are undertaken with available resources.
  • Working closely with the Advancement Office on stewardship of the Center’s major donors and to cultivate relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government funding agencies.
  • Serving as a lecturer for water courses in an affiliated academic department that matches the Director’s area of water expertise, not to exceed 4 credits per year.
  • Engaging in research related to their field of expertise and mentorship of students who are connected to Water Center activities.
  • Fostering program collaboration and support with student-serving Centers within Diversity Affairs and Student Engagement (such as the Environmental Center, Native American Center, Recreation Services, El Centro de Muchos Colores, Student Involvement Center, etc.)
  • Connecting with the local educational community, encouraging collaborations with regional elementary and secondary schools.
  • Connecting with the local and regional water professionals community and pursues opportunity for workforce development, trainings, and collaborations that align with the Center’s and the College’s strategic plans, particularly by creating opportunities for student engagement with these programs.
  • Convening faculty steering committee meetings once per semester, serving as a resource for academic departments regarding water center programs and activities.
  • Maintaining a visible presence in the local, state, and regional professional community, attending conferences and events multiple times a year.
  • Creating and conducting public lectures and events related to Water Center programming.
  • Writing, producing, and disseminating timely communications regarding water center programs and events and related issues.
  • Serving on/engaging with the Campus Sustainability Committee
  • Maintaining social media presence and updated website in conjunction with FLC web personnel.
  • Hiring and supervision of Work Study students as available.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential function.
  • Ability to work with moderate noise (i.e. office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to juggle a variety of administrative tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to manage a team of professionals with differing opinion, levels of training, and experience.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work and working with collection objects.
  • Light to moderate lifting is required.
  • For field-based research and education activities, the employee may have to traverse uneven surfaces in varying weather conditions carrying 20-30 pounds of equipment.

Travel to professional conferences and conventions, locally and out of state to visit donors, working groups, and tribal partners; and, to attend events and programs at other institutions.


The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $65,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package . The Provost has committed to funding this position for three years, continued funding will be secured by the successful candidate through grants and other revenue sources.

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position.

  • Re sume

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references .

Application materials received by May 26, 2024, will receive full consideration.

The position will remain open until filled.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


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