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University of Wisconsin – Madison Graduate School
Madison, Wisconsin

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013


University of Wisconsin – Madison

Graduate School

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School is recruiting a senior faculty member for the position of director of the UW-Madison Arboretum.
Degree and area of specialization: 
Ph.D. in biological science, environmental science, conservation science or other related field. Candidate must be a tenured full or associate professor or tenure-eligible at the level of full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
The Arboretum Director reports to the Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School. S/he provides leadership to approximately 20 full and part-time staff members, and works closely with the Arboretum Research Director (a UW-Madison faculty member holding the Aldo Leopold Chair in Restoration Ecology), with the Arboretum Committee (an internal advisory committee), with the Board of the Friends of the Arboretum (a citizen support group) and with groups in the surrounding communities.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: 
The mission of the Arboretum is to conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic. Created as a field research and teaching laboratory for University faculty and students, the Arboretum has a long history of scholarship, including the use of fire in prairie management and the control of invasive species.
Candidates should show clear commitment to the fields of ecological restoration and conservation research, practice, and education, e.g. via a strong record of research scholarly publications and recognition in their field of interest. They should also have a record of effective leadership and skills in outreach. Candidates will be evaluated on various professional and personal characteristics relevant to this position, including: 
  • A commitment to the Arboretum's mission and to maintaining and extending that mission through interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and service; 
  • Experience that includes budget, personnel, public policy issues and successful program development (preference given to previous experience directing an academic research and outreach center); 
  • A demonstrated ability to obtain external financial support through mechanisms of a kind similar to those needed to enhance and strengthen Arboretum programs; 
  • Experience and skill in development and fundraising; 
  • An ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies including university administrators, state and federal government, business, non-profit agencies, community organizations, alumni and the general public; and 
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills, with an emphasis on teamwork and open communication (the University of Wisconsin-Madison has one of the strongest traditions of shared governance in the U.S. and a successful director must be able to work effectively within this context).
Principal duties: 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School is seeking an established leader who can cultivate and inspire a diverse community of colleagues, students, and partners to work together to advance the UW-Madison Arboretum's leadership in the fields of ecological restoration and conservation research, education, and practice. The Arboretum ( has an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million and is home to approximately 20 full and part-time staff members. The main 1,200-acre campus of the Arboretum features restored prairies, savannas, forests, wetlands, and several horticultural collections, supported by a Visitors Center and nearly 20 miles of trails. Additional outlying properties (513 acres) include high quality natural remnants of ecologically significant types. 
Principal duties include:
  • The director is responsible for overall direction and day-to-day management of the Arboretum and develops short and long-range policies to guide the Arboretum's programs and activities.
  • The director administers and facilitates Arboretum research and outreach programs and ensures that the highest quality faculty and staff members are recruited and retained at the Arboretum, to enhance the research, education, and outreach mission of the Arboretum. 
  • The director provides administrative scientific leadership in the fields of ecological restoration and conservation research, practice, and education. The director is responsible for fostering the positive working environment of creative research, service, training, and outreach at the Arboretum in order to achieve this goal.
  • The director establishes policy for training and outreach goals, identifies objectives (in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Professor/Director of Research) for short- and long-term research priorities, addresses the diverse funding needs of the Arboretum, and interacts with staff in the development and review of programs and personnel to ensure clearly defined progress in fulfillment of the Arboretum mission and university obligations.
  • The director develops and manages the Arboretum budget and works closely with the Friends of the Arboretum and the UW Foundation (the fund-raising agency of the university) to solicit donations, grants, and other extramural funds to support the Arboretum's mission.
  • The director maintains knowledge of significant developments in the fields of ecological restoration and conservation research in order to anticipate the directions of future research including funding trends.
  • The director serves as an Arboretum public representative, spokesperson, and advocate to advance the interests of the Arboretum to the university administration, other academic institutions, to community, and government leaders, and to the public.
  • A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
For the complete position description and information on how to apply, please go to:
Deadline to apply: Friday, November 8, 2013
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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