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The Appointments Review Group (ARG) is a committee of NCAR Senior Scientists and Research Engineers charged by the NCAR Director to advise the NCAR Director on the suitability of candidates for appointment to Scientist III, Research Engineer III, Senior Scientist, and Senior Research Engineer positions. The Ladder-Track scientist and research engineer Appointments Process at NCAR provides the institution with the intellectual leadership necessary to identify, direct, and contribute to solving the most important and challenging problems in atmospheric and related sciences.
The ARG is governed by the NCAR Senior Scientists and Senior Research Engineers and the following documents:
The ARG Charter outlines the role of the ARG within the NCAR Ladder-Track Appointments Process and the relationship between the ARG and the NCAR Director. The Charter also defines the process for adoption and amendment of the Charter.
The ARG Bylaws are the written rules of conduct and internal governance for the ARG including defining the roles and responsibilities of ARG officers, members, and committee members, election of officers, selection of members, quorums, voting, and the process for adoption and amendment of the Bylaws.
The ARG Standing Rules are specific rules and procedures by which the ARG conducts its activities. The process for adoption and amendment of the Standing Rules is given in the ARG Bylaws.
The ARG is empowered to:
Section 3. Appointment Criteria
Recommendations and decisions regarding NCAR Ladder-Track Appointments shall be based on the criteria stated in the NCAR Scientific and Research Engineering Appointments Policy.
The NCAR Director works with the ARG, NCAR Associate Directors, and the UCAR Board of Trustees to ensure a fair and equitable NCAR Ladder-Track appointment process consistent with UCAR/NCAR policies and the appointments criteria.
Section 2. The NCAR Director’s Role in the NCAR Ladder-Track Appointments Process
The NCAR Director, with input from the ARG, NCAR Management, and UCAR Human Resources, administers the NCAR Ladder-Track appointment process. This includes the following:
Initial adoption of this Charter requires a majority vote by a quorum of two-thirds (2/3) of Senior Scientists and Senior Research Engineers and the approval of the NCAR Director.
This Charter may be amended as follows:
The following definitions apply within this Charter:
ARG cycle – The one year sequence of ARG-related events that begins with the appointment of new members.
Laboratory or Observatory – The primary organizational unit of NCAR.
Ladder-Track – scientific and research staff with Scientist I, Scientist II, Scientist III, Senior Scientist, Research Engineer I, Research Engineer II, Research Engineer III and Senior Research Engineer appointments
Referee – An external person asked to provide an evaluation of the suitability of an ARG candidate for the nominated position.