Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Conservation Biology seeks to recruit an inspiring, innovative, energetic individual to serve as Executive Director.
About the Society for Conservation Biology
Founded in 1985, the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is the world’s leading professional society for conservation scientists and practitioners. SCB was established to focus on a unique and important issue - to advance the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity. As a global professional society, SCB is home to 4,000+ members in 140 countries, including researchers, educators, students, resource managers, government officials, and private conservation workers. SCB envisions a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Society for Conservation Biology is a truly global organization with a diverse portfolio of high-impact programs and activities. Sections, chapters, and working groups around the world allow members of the Society to engage in local, national, regional, and global activities that further SCB’s mission. The Society’s flagship publications – Conservation Biology and Conservation Letters – defined (and continue to define) the field of conservation science. Among the most important international forums for conservation scientists and practitioners, the Society’s global and regional conferences engage contemporary and next-generation conservation professionals in cutting-edge, policy-relevant conservation science. Similarly, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program seeks to develop future world leaders and conservation practitioners. Lastly, the SCB publications and meetings ensure that environmental policy deliberations are informed by the best available natural and social science.
For more information about the Society for Conservation Biology, please visit: www.conbio.org.
SCB serves a strategic role as a professional society, bridging and connecting a network of conservation scientists and practitioners. As such, the Executive Director will possess a passionate commitment to support SCB’s members in their work and application of science to critical biodiversity conservation. The Executive Director reports to SCB’s elected Board of Governors (BoG) and serves as a nonvoting ex-officio member of the BoG. The Executive Director liaises with all SCB section boards, committees, working groups and chapters to benefit SCB operations and development. The Executive Director manages SCB’s Executive Office, including a 12-person professional staff, various contractors, and an annual budget of $2.7 million. The Executive Office is based in Washington, D.C. The broad goals and responsibilities for the Executive Director include:
• Provide oversight and leadership in directing and administering the operations and programs of SCB.
• Provide oversight and support to ensure the successful coordination, organization and staging of the biennial International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) and regional SCB Section meetings.
• Provide oversight and support for the successful administration of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program.
• Coordinate with SCB staff and BoG on the development and implementation of SCB’s annual budget, and staffing plans.
• Oversee the operations of SCB’s current and future publications, including ongoing oversight of and coordination with editors and publishers.
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:
The Executive Director should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Compensation for the Executive Director includes a competitive salary and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to SCB/ED in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
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