Regional Drought Information Systems Coordinator

University of Colorado-Boulder

Boulder, CO, US


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


  • Serve as a Program point of contact for federal agency partners, tribes, states, municipalities, partner academic institutions, and other organizations for regional drought early warning information, mitigation and response planning, drought and relevant climate outlooks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Work collaboratively with organizations and programs, such as the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs), which support NIDIS regional drought early warning systems.
  • Work closely with State Climatologists, state and regional drought planners and emergency managers, and others to coordinate drought outlooks and forecast delivery, Tribal, state, and local drought planning efforts, and expand participation in regional post-drought assessments
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Identify and create necessary web content about the regional drought early warning information systems for the U.S. Drought Portal (
  • Assist NIDIS Program staff in event-planning activities to convene regional and national NIDIS-sponsored workshops, outlook forums, trainings, webinars, and conferences.
  • Frequent domestic travel required of this position.
  • Coordinate, organize, and write strategic plans, meeting summary and project reports, and follow-up documentation.
  • Review, evaluate, and manage project statements of work.
  • Develop/sustain/expand team of partners who support DEWS activities. Work with regional partners to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • 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.  
  • Special projects as assigned.


  • The position is located in the NIDIS Program Office at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado


Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S./M.S in natural or water resource management, geography, public policy, economics, or environmental science
  • Mid to senior-level experience in developing and implementing state drought, water resources, or hazard mitigation plans, and participating in state drought task forces or other similar collaborations.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective and cooperative relationships with federal, state, local agencies and universities. Experience with Tribal partners is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills in a high paced environment.
  • Experience in developing and implementing comprehensive strategic plans.
  • Experience in engaging users and stakeholders across a variety of economic sectors and communicating drought and climate information
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse group of partners
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills; ability to present complex ideas concisely through written and verbal delivery for different audiences
  • Demonstrated strong and effective facilitation skills

Required Work Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years work experience in one or more of the following: water resources, natural resources, drought, hazard mitigation, climate extremes, public policy
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