Director of Salazar Center for North American Conservation
Description of Work Unit
Colorado State University established the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) in 2008 to develop a comprehensive program of sustainability research, education, and outreach. The School has made major strides since its founding. Under the direction of world-renowned ecologist, Dr. Diana Wall, the School has created a sustainability minor, introduced thousands of students to basic sustainability concepts, mentored a large cohort of young scientists, seeded a wide array of innovative interdisciplinary research projects, and enhanced understanding of sustainability in our local community. The School is home to three centers of excellence – Africa Center, Global Biodiversity Center, and Salazar Center for North American Conservation – as well as the international organization Future Earth. More than 100 affiliated faculty members make up a dynamic ecosystem of scholars pursuing solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that must be overcome to achieve sustainability.
The Salazar Center Director will engage the world’s leading experts in conservation, and the sciences relevant to conservation, in an ongoing process of trans-disciplinary dialogue, assessment, and problem solving. The Director will design and implement programs that join public and private-sector stakeholders, researchers, and students in the co-generation of knowledge and the co-design of new approaches and strategies for effective conservation in the face of significant and ongoing environmental and societal changes.
Required Job Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, law, or scientific discipline relevant to conservation
- Understanding of the issues and challenges associated with the development and implementation of successful conservation efforts in North America
- Understanding of global environmental change and sustainability issues, integrated systems thinking on socio-environmental interactions and sustainable solutions, and how these concepts relate to North American conservation challenges
- Experience interacting with policymakers
- 10+ years of experience in management or scientific leadership in a conservation organization, government agency, non-government organization, or research institution
- Strong organizational development skills
- Strong financial and human resources management skills
- Experience in building partnerships and working with stakeholders
- Experience and proven track record in fundraising and resource mobilization
- Excellent communications skills
- Fluency in English
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Advanced degree (i.e., Masters, PhD, or JD) and significant experience in public policy, law, or scientific discipline relevant to conservation
- Proven track record in the development and implementation of successful conservation policies and practices in North America
- Experience in overseeing and leading organizational development
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate agreement among diverse stakeholders and develop effective organizational partnerships
- Fluency or competency in Spanish
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Organizational Leadership and Management Duty/Responsibility
- Develop and implement a strategic plan for the Salazar center that establishes organizational goals, priorities, and milestones, and staffing and budget needs
- Recruit, hire, supervise, evaluate, and mentor staff
- Establish and manage Salazar center annual budgets (initial budget of 1.5 million) in accordance with applicable CSU rules and policies
- Define and implement research efforts as needed to achieve Salazar Center goals
- Develop programs and initiatives to involve CSU experts and faculty in Salazar Center activities
Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Fundraising and Advancement Duty/Responsibility
- Develop and implement a fundraising and development strategy and campaign for the Salazar Center that provides the funding necessary to support Salazar Center operations
- Integrate and coordinate Salazar Center fundraising activities with the CSU Advancement Office and the fundraising activities of CSU colleges and departments
- Build relationships with funding agencies, foundations, and private individuals who are interested or potentially interested in providing financial support for conservation initiatives
Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Engagement Duty/Responsibility
Build and maintain relationships with important non-governmental conservation organizations in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada
- Build and maintain relationships with important national, state, regional and local government conservation decision-makers and organizations
- Build and maintain relationships with private sector land owners and other interested stakeholders
- Forge new links between the conservation practice and relevant scientific disciplines, including global change, sustainability, and biodiversity science
- Organize events that convene key stakeholders to consider important and challenging issues in North American conservation
- Represents the Salazar Center at workshops, conferences and other events both within CSU and externally
Percentage Of Time 30
Special Instructions to Applicants
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three professional references. Candidates reaching later stages of consideration will have their references contacted requesting letters of recommendation.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact Peter Backlund Peter.Backlund@colostate.edu
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