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					               Society for Conservation Biology
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Job Announcement: Executive Director, Society for Conservation Biology

The Society for Conservation Biology, an international professional organization, is
seeking an Executive Director. The position serves the global membership of the
Society, oversees the operations of its publications (Conservation Biology, Conservation
magazine, and Conservation Letters), ensures the successful organization of the biennial
global meeting of the membership, supports SCB programs, and represents the mission
of SCB to diverse audiences.

The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the elected Board of
Governors, supports the activities of the committees of the Board, and manages the SCB
Executive office in Washington, D.C. and staff located elsewhere.

We seek outstanding candidates who understand the role of science in conservation,
have strong managerial and administrative experience, a track record in fundraising
and program development, and the ability to respond to the needs of a diverse and
global membership.

Applicants should submit electronically a cover letter along with a curriculum vitae and
names and addresses of three references, addressed to

John G. Robinson, Chair, SCB Executive Director Search Committee

to: EDSearch@conbio.org. Applications should be received by April 30, 2010.



                              See below for full job description...




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             Society for Conservation Biology • 1017 O Street NW • Washington, DC 20001-4229 USA
         Phone +1-202-234-4133 • Fax +1-703-995-4633 • info@conbio.org • www.conservationbiology.org
                                               JOB DESCRIPTION

Position:                Executive Director, Society for Conservation Biology

The Executive Director leads, manages, and coordinates the programs and operations of the Society for
Conservation Biology (SCB), an international organization of over 10,000 professionals dedicated to
advancing the science and practice of protecting biological diversity.

The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the elected Board of Governors, and
supports the activities of the committees of the Board. The Executive Director maintains the SCB
executive office in Washington, D.C., and oversees and manages its 15 professional staff and occasional
contractors.

Position Objectives

The objective of this position is to:
   1. Implement policies and directives of the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors
   2. Maintain and grow the membership of the Society.
   3. Serve the membership of the Society for Conservation Biology by meeting the needs of the
        growing membership, and supporting the work of its regional sections, chapters, and working
        groups
   4. Oversee the operations of SCB’s publications: Conservation Biology, Conservation magazine, and
        Conservation Letters.
   5. Ensure the successful organization and staging of the biennial global meeting of the SCB
        membership. Support meetings of the regional sections, chapters and working groups.
   6. Strengthen and support the SCB programs managed through the SCB executive office.
   7. Expand the resources available to support the programs and activities of SCB through
        fundraising and program development.
   8. Represent the mission of SCB to diverse audiences, including other scientific societies,
        conservation groups, and government agencies.

Principal Responsibilities:

Working with SCB’s Board of Governors (BOG), which is the elected body of the global membership
provide strategic direction, manage SCB finances, including relationships with SCB regional sections,
identify new projects and initiatives, and implement approved programs and priorities. Organize
meetings of the BOG, and report on activities of the Society. The Executive Director serves ex officio on all
SCB boards, councils and committees to monitor activities on behalf of the BOG.

Ensure that excellent services are provided to the SCB membership. Provide support to the work of
SCB’s regional sections, chapters, and working groups, by serving as primary point of contact for these
entities. Use technology, when appropriate, to advance SCB support systems.

Oversee the publication of SCB’s three journals, Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters, and
Conservation. This will require consultation of the editors, and the publishers. Coordinate access of the
membership to other publications, such as Biological Conservation and Pacific Conservation Biology. Ensure
that the website is an effective tool for communication within SCB, and represents the Society to outside
audiences.



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                Society for Conservation Biology • Phone +1-202-234-4133 • www.conservationbiology.org
Oversee the organization and staging of the global biennial meeting of the SCB membership. Provide
support as appropriate to meetings of the regional sections.

Supervise the activities of SCB’s Policy program. Ensure that SCB is involved in issues that are relevant
to its membership, and that policy opportunities are communicated to the SCB membership.

Manage the relationship with the David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Implement appropriate financial and administrative systems. Oversee finances and a budget of over $3
million. Manage a staff of 15, the majority of whom are located at the SCB executive office in
Washington, D.C., while some work remotely.

Lead fund raising and program development for the Society. Build and diversify the financial resources
available to support SCB programs and activities. Take major responsibility for grant proposal
preparation and writing. Manage reporting to foundations, corporations and private donors.

Build partnerships with private institutions, corporations, foundations, and service agencies to advance
the SCB mission.

Represent the mission of the Society for Conservation Biology at meetings and build partnerships with
other scientific organizations, conservation groups, and other bodies. Champion and defend the role of
science in both national and international policy arenas.



Qualifications
The candidate should have:
   • Working knowledge of conservation science globally, and have the ability to communicate with
       professional conservationists from around the world. A Ph.D. is preferred but not required.
   • Strong management, organizational and administrative experience.
   • Ability to coordinate and prioritize among many tasks and responsibilities.
   • Substantial track record in fundraising and program development.
   • Experience of management of scientific societies or non-profit organizations
   • Excellent interpersonal skills, and strong oral and written communication skills
   • Broad understanding of SCB’s mission and philosophies in the context of a global professional
       organization.
   • Demonstrated leadership abilities

Salary and Benefits
    • Starting salary commensurate with experience.
    • Benefits include health/dental/vision, vacation and sick leave.
    • SCB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity, and participates in a 401k retirement plan.




 




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