CIRES/NIDIS Regional Drought Information Systems Coordinator

University of Colorado

Boulder, CO

ID: 7060273
Posted: September 11, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are seeking a full-time Regional Drought Information Systems Coordinator to work as part of an interdisciplinary team as the coordinator for selected regional NIDIS drought early warning information systems. NIDIS is a federal interagency and interstate effort to establish a national drought early warning information system in the U.S.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team to advance NIDIS through a number of strategies:
Developing the leadership and networks to implement an integrated drought monitoring, forecasting, and planning and preparedness system at federal, state, and local levels.
Fostering and supporting a research environment focusing on risk assessment, planning, forecasting, monitoring, impact collection and analysis, and mitigation.
Contributing to a drought early warning information system to provide accurate, timely, and integrated information specific to regional needs and economic sectors.
Developing content and interactive components for the U.S. Drought Portal (, as part of the drought early warning information system.
Providing a framework for public awareness and education about droughts and high precipitation events that ameliorate or terminate droughts.
Who We Are
Who We Are
At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Physical Sciences Division
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Serve as a regional source of information for federal agency partners, tribes, states, municipalities, partner academic institutions, and other organizations on drought early warning, forecasting and outlooks, and mitigation and response planning.
Develop, sustain, and expand team of partners who support DEWS activities like the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs), state climatologists, Regional Climate Centers (RCCs), and other public and/or private partners at the federal, state, tribal, and local level.
Work closely with state climatologists, state and regional drought planners and emergency managers, and others to coordinate drought outlooks and forecast delivery; tribal, state, assessments.
Advance the integration of research on drought indicators and triggers, drought impacts, and the use of drought information, with adaptation and drought resilience efforts to manage water resources, reduce vulnerabilities, and mitigate impacts.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the NIDIS Working Groups to achieve the following and integrate the research and work of the Groups into the DEWS.
Coordinate, organize, and write strategic plans, and work with regional partners to implement activities within the strategic plan.
Develop mechanisms (e.g. decision support system tools and trainings) to integrate state/regional drought planning efforts with monitoring/forecasting activities at Federal, regional, and state agencies and universities.
Work with the NIDIS Communications Team to identify and create necessary web content about the regional drought early warning information systems for social media and the U.S. Drought Portal (
Assist in event-planning activities to convene regional and national NIDIS-sponsored workshops, DEWS meetings, outlook forums, trainings, webinars, and conferences, and document the findings through meeting summaries, project reports, and other follow-up documentation.
Coordinate with other NIDIS Program Office colleagues to share ideas, resources, and strategies to lead NIDIS and the cross-DEWS work in a more effective way.
Review, evaluate, and manage project statements of work for NIDIS-funded partners in the DEWS region.
Provide technical support for regional, state, or local drought scenario planning activities, such as drought tabletop exercises or drought simulations used to test drought plans and evaluate risk scenarios.
Collaborate in the development of evaluation metrics and assessments to measure the progress, success, and transferability of drought early warning information in the context of long-term planning, preparedness, and resilience efforts by Tribes, states, local governments, and economic sectors.
Frequent domestic travel required of this position.
Special projects as assigned.


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