Directorate Staff Roles

Name Job Title Team Job Duties Extension
Susan Chavez Executive Assistant NCAR Director’s Office
  • Executive administration support to the Director
  • Director’s calendar
  • Director’s Travel
  • All Director signature and approval requests
  • Confidential communications
  • Agenda Management for NCAR Executive Committee, NCAR Directors’ Committee and UCAR Board of Trustee’s Budget and Programs Committee
  • Backup to NCAR Deputy Director Executive Assistant
Tom Cordova Senior HR Partner NCAR Director’s Office
  • Partners with the NCAR Director to shape the future culture for the organization
  • Identifies, recommends and/or designs new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in the organization
  • Maintains compliance with federal and state regulations concerning employment
  • Provides advice and guidance on organizational structures and changes, managing implementation of agreed changes in partnership with NCAR management and HR SMEs
  • In support of NCAR, partners with the Talent Acquisition team, NCAR leadership and sponsors to understand staffing needs, recruiting strategies, retention risks, skills gaps
Tracey Baldwin Project Manager III NCAR Deputy Director Office
  • Defines, creates, coordinates and monitors integrated project plans utilizing appropriate project management methodologies
  • Builds, leads, and coaches project teams to complete project phases and deliverables. Leverages project metrics to monitor and evaluate progress and performance against the project plan. Facilitates all operational checkpoint activities throughout project lifecycles
  • Develops the overall project execution plan, with input from other project team members and the Directorate Senior Project Manager as required
  • Manages change control processes for approval of changes to project scope, schedule, cost, and requirements.  Has overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with these policies and procedures
Tricia O'Keefe Senior Partnership Business Development Lead NCAR Director’s Office
Valerie Koch Assistant Director of Compliance/Pre-award Administartor NCAR Director’s Office
  • Leads the proposal review and submission process for all NCAR proposals
  • Leads the establishment and management of the Proposal Center of Excellence
  • Develops, interprets and implements proposal procedures and guidelines. Lead efforts to streamline consistency across NCAR/UCP/UCAR
  • Serves as the entity lead for the development and design of the Kuali proposal and budget software system
  • Serves as primary liaison with UCAR Contracts and UCP Budget Office on preaward processes
  • Leads the proposal panel review process
  • Oversees the review and submission of NSF Special proposals and large center proposals
Veronica Burris Administrative Assistant II NCAR Director’s Office
  • Supports staff in areas of general administration and logistical support as needed, for example, taking meeting minutes, reviewing invoices, scheduling meetings, and other duties as assigned.
  • Edits/proofreads/formats administrative and/or specialized technical documents and edits non-technical portions for correct grammar, spelling and formatting such are spreadsheets, memos and presentations
  • Under the guidance of senior administration, carries out the onboarding process for new employees and visitors including, office setup, phone assignment, and coordination of other aspects of setup with IT and others in the process.
  • Stocks office supplies and ensures meeting rooms and common spaces are in order and ready for staff use.
  • Responsible for making, tracking, and reconciling routine purchases on company credit card and purchase orders. Develops an understanding of relevant purchasing policies and procedures and seeks guidance when requests are unfamiliar or complex.
  • Cross trains and strives to offer and seek help in balancing workload during busy periods.
  • Assists in property administration
  • Contributes to and updates the DO website content.
  • Responsible for overall travel function, which includes arrangements, both international and domestic. Works with traveler to ensure completion of requirement documentation, e.g., authorizations, vouchers, visas. Calculates per diem rates, and foreign currency. Ensures travel regulations are followed.
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