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Director, Africa & Madagascar

Company: Botanical Society of America
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Missouri Botanical Garden - St. Louis, MO, United States Position Type: Permanent Position Application Review Begins: Friday, November 18, 2022 Application Deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2022 Institution: Missouri Botanical Garden Department/Division: Science & Conservation Field (e.g., systematics): City: St. Louis, MO, United States General Information: This position reports to the Senior Vice President, Science and Conservation, and is responsible for leading the definition, development, and implementation of the Garden's scientific, conservation, and restoration strategy among the applicable programs in in support of the Africa and Madagascar program and across multiple international locations. Responsible for leading the budget, staffing, operations, and strategic direction of the Africa and Madagascar program. Ensures that initiatives function proactively to support and achieve departmental and division-related objectives in support of the Garden's mission. Leads, develops and motivates an effective team. Helps to promote the Garden's role in science and conservation to internal and external audiences, and is instrumental in securing ongoing funding. The Director should be an established researcher in the fields of plant systematics, conservation, and/or restoration, as well as a demonstrated leader and manager with excellent administrative credentials. Qualifications/Requirements: -Documented scientific record with a minimum of ten+ years' experience and publication record.
-Minimum ten (10+) years relevant and increasingly responsible experience with a record of successful career growth leading to significant management responsibilities, leadership experience and a proven track record in strategic business planning preferably in a non-profit, research, or learning organization.
-Demonstrated abilities in successful grant proposal writing, fundraising, and negotiating and managing budgets.
-Budget development and management skills; advanced understanding of financial operating budget process.
-Seven to ten or more (7-10+) years' experience in staff management including conflict resolution and other related management experience.
-Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must feel comfortable interacting and working with other departments.
Strong presentation and public speaking skills.
-Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct, knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures and systems, maintains confidentiality.
-Must be able to manage multiple priorities, work under pressure, demonstrate and instill in staff members a high degree of professionalism, integrity, loyalty and service to the organization.
-Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays as needed.
-Ability to travel frequently (local, domestic and international).
-Demonstrated record of research excellence, with a worldwide network of collaborators.
-Experience in administration, including personnel management and budgeting.
-Experience setting up and running a successful program.
-Evidence of ability to manage multiple large-scale projects simultaneously.
-Demonstrated success in securing external funding, including competitive grants.
-Familiarity with current best practice and trends in botanical research.
-Established record of interdisciplinary collaboration, preferable involving conservation and/or restoration ecology.
-Experience in strategic planning for a research organization is highly desirable. Responsibilities: -In collaboration with the Senior Vice President, Science and Conservation, leads the vision, strategic development, and delivery of goals and objectives of the Africa & Madagascar Program in support of the Division of Science and Conservation, and Garden's global mission of plant science, conservation, and sustainability.
-Leads the strategic development, delivery, and assessment of the program's initiatives.
-Initiates, cultivates and sustains partnerships that enable long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between the program and other entities, including within the Garden as well as universities, botanical research institutions, communities, other scientific organizations, and the private sector.
-Carries out and coordinates efforts to identify funding sources and prepares and submits proposals to raise funds to support initiatives within the program and the division, including for the Director's independent research program.
-Provides leadership to, and directly manages, coaches and develops, the program's team of professionals.
-Establishes and maintains contact with professionals, community networks, professional organizations, and other institutions with interests similar to those of the program in an effort to promote strengthened collaboration.
-Appraises, evaluates, and reports the program's activities and results on a regular, systematic basis.
-Develops a sustainable operating budget, aligned with available resources.
-Identifies and facilitates opportunities for new initiatives and projects, in line with the overall strategy of the Division.
-Initiates, conducts and publishes significant independent research and prepares results for publication in books, peer reviewed journals, and other appropriate media.
-Maintains scientific research projects that involve students, staff, and external collaborators.
-Writes, reviews, and facilitates grant proposals, journal articles, institutional reports, and publicity materials.
-Works closely with the Director of the Herbarium to set growth and curation priorities for the Garden's collections.
-Collaborates with divisions across the Garden to promote the program and advance the Garden's mission of disseminating knowledge about plants.
-Participates in scientific meetings and delivers lectures to professional organizations and to the general public as appropriate.
-Leads and serves on scientific panels/committees as appropriate.
-Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within the department, as well as the division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors and employees.
Performs other duties as assigned. Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): All application materials must be received by December 31st, 2022, to guarantee consideration. However, both positions will remain open until filled.

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