The Director of the Millersville University Weather Information Center (MUWIC) is responsible for the direction and management of all aspects of daily operation of the MUWIC including twice daily weather updates; supervision and mentorship of students working in the MUWIC for the Campus Weather Service; outreach to the community; expert weather information service to the public, agencies and media outlets on behalf of the meteorology program, department, and university; and expert weather guidance for university decision support and hazards response.
The director of the MUWIC works closely and frequently as a member of a team that includes the department chair, meteorology faculty, and computer systems specialist. This position will also work closely with other department faculty to help promote their programs through development and maintenance of their web presence and through social media. The director of the MUWIC will produce an annual report summarizing the achievements and challenges of the WIC and this will be discussed as part of the annual evaluation process. This is a professional level position and as such, there is an expectation of a substantial level leadership in the development of goals and objectives for the WIC, and value add to the day-to-day operations.
Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is one of the 14 public universities of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Our pillars of distinction include exceptionally strong student-faculty relationships, numerous programs of distinction, a beautiful campus and vibrant location, and successful job placement for our students. Our students' success, both inside and outside of the classroom, is our highest priority, and we provide numerous opportunities to facilitate their academic, personal, and social growth and development. Almost 70 baccalaureate programs are available for our 6,600 students to find their path. Several of our programs are multidisciplinary in nature, combining science, technology, and art to create a more progressive degree. One thousand graduate students enroll in 21 master's and three doctoral programs. Our faculty are highly respected in their fields and dedicated to the success of students in the classroom, research labs, and in campus life. Over 66,000 alumni live in all 50 states and in 72 countries around the world. We seek individuals who embrace and value our EPPIIC values of exploration, public mission, professionalism, inclusion, integrity, and compassion.
Bachelor's degree in meteorology, atmospheric science(s), or related field.
2 years of recent experience working as a weather forecaster in the public or private sector.
Ability to supervise groups of undergraduate students in the weather forecast process.
Experience with meteorological data management.
Comfortable providing interviews to the media and disseminating information using social media outlets.
Comfortable speaking before groups of students, teachers, and parents, all from varied social, educational, and economic backgrounds.
Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work constructively with minimal supervision, make decisions, and have good judgment.
Ability to function in a high-energy, fast-paced, ever-changing environment while maintaining a professional appearance and demeanor.
Ability to work evenings and weekends during high peak times and special events.
Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Fluent in web design languages and platforms (e.g., html, cascade), or be willing to be trained to develop a high level of fluency.
Demonstrated strong organizational, communication, analytical, and excellent problem-solving skills.
Independent judgement, personal responsibility, and anticipatory thinking.
Comfort with dynamic, fast-paced work environments; a sense of urgency and attention to deadlines and details.
Ability to work with students of diverse cultures, racial and ethnic groups.
Ability to work independently and in coordination with others.
Successful completion of three background checks.
Master's degree in meteorology, atmospheric science(s), or related field.
Experience with state-of-the-art meteorological graphics systems, such as AWIPS II.
Experience working with federal and state grant programs.
College teaching experience at the general education in science level or higher.
Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
There is daily use of multi-monitor computers and occasional use of meteorological instrumentation, the latter of which is outside.
Ability to lift to 25 lbs. or less with or without assistance.
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse.
Once or twice per year, possibly more often if there are persistent problems with meteorological sensors on the roof, the director must climb a fixed ladder of about 15 feet onto the roof of the meteorology facility to be able to access the meteorological sensors. This is always done with another individual standing watch. When the operation is performed with caution it would be low risk.
On rare occasions the director may need to drive a university car or minivan.
Days Worked: Monday - Friday, may include weekends
Millersville University is a top-ranked university in the North, with more than 100programs, some of which are uniquely distinctive to the region and nation. We have a strong academic history guided by industry-leading professors. Our faculty members are recognized to be fiercely passionate about their students’ overall success. Our student body is rich in diversity and is known to be enthusiastically driven towards excellence while being socially conscious. Our beautiful 250-acre campus contains classic architecture, mixed with state-of-the-art, energy-saving structures and a historic pond with two resident swans. Access to extraordinary faculty, a historical campus setting and an extremely high job-placement rating are the reasons our alumni rate us as a smart life choice.