Careers in the Plant Sciences

Arboretum Director

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Madison, WI, USA

Position Title: Arboretum Director
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Application Deadline: Monday, March 04, 2024
Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Department/Division: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Madison, WI, USA
General Information: The University of Wisconsin-Madison, a leading research institution, is seeking a knowledgeable leader for the Arboretum within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR). Created as a field research and teaching laboratory for university faculty and students, the Arboretum has a long history of scholarship in the field of ecological restoration and management. The Director is expected to continue this tradition of research excellence.

The Arboretum Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research and works in collaboration with University and Community Advisory groups, including the Friends of the Arboretum, the Arboretum Board of Visitors, and the Arboretum Committee. The Director provides leadership to approximately 30 full and part-time staff members and is responsible for overall strategic direction that informs day to day management of the Arboretum.

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For the complete application information go to: Deadline to apply is March 4, 2024.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Qualifications/Requirements: Ph.D. (or near completion of PhD) in biological science, environmental science, conservation science, natural resource management, or other related field with a strong record of research and at least ten years of leadership experience in Environmental or Biological Research, or effective leadership of an organization similar to the UW-Madison Arboretum.

Commitment to the fields of ecology or conservation research, practice, and education documented by a strong record of research and scholarly publications.

An understanding of the importance of formal and informal environmental education and participatory science.

Inspirational leadership and organizational skills, with an emphasis on teamwork and open communication and the ability to work with a diversity of people and programs.

Demonstrated ability to oversee a diverse fundraising portfolio (grants, donations, and program revenue) in support of research, land care, or outreach activities.

Experience that includes budget, personnel, public policy issues, and successful program development (preference given to previous leadership experience in an academic research or outreach setting).

An ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies including university administrators, non-profit agencies, community organizations, alumni, advisory groups, neighbors, and the public.
Responsibilities: Provides overall scientific leadership, strategic planning, oversight of finances, and day-to-day management of all aspects of a formal university interdisciplinary research center/institute. Reports to Provost, Vice Chancellor, Dean, or other institutional leadership position.
25% Provides leadership and vision for a research environment that accommodates a diverse range of activities related to the mission of the center/institute
10% Creates a scientific climate that fosters creativity, collaboration, and productivity in research, and ensures the scientific success of the center/institute
10% Maintains knowledge of significant developments in scientific fields relevant to the research mission of the center/institute
10% Represents the center/institute in national and international domains
20% Identifies, develops, and directs all center/institute activities to maximize efficiencies and align operations with overall strategy and mission
10% Develops and audits the unit budget in accordance with established rules and regulations
15% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): For the complete application information go to: To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button and use the online UW Job Application system to submit the following: a cover letter highlighting your qualifications as they relate to the position and a current Curriculum Vitae (CV). Deadline to apply is March 4, 2024.
Compensation Range: Minimum $150,000 ANNUAL
Contact Name: Hannah Rickey,