EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESERVE SYSTEM
Location: Oakland Job ID: 16566
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The University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) seeks a strong and innovative leader for the systemwide office of the Natural Reserve System of the University of California. The mission of the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Established by the Regents in 1965, the NRS is a unique assemblage of protected wildland sites throughout California. Its reserves encompass nearly all of the state's major ecosystems, preserved in as undisturbed a condition as possible to support University-level research and teaching programs. With 41 reserves, field stations, and research centers and responsibility for more than 750,000 acres, as well as providing research access to several million acres of protected public lands, the NRS is the largest university-operated system of natural reserves in the world.
Reporting to the Vice President, Research & Innovation (R&I), the Executive Director, NRS has overall responsibility for strategic leadership, oversight, administration, systemwide programming, and development of the Natural Reserve System. S/he provides this leadership in consultation with and as an ex-officio member of the President's Universitywide NRS Advisory Committee. The Executive Director supervises the systemwide NRS staff and supports the efforts of numerous faculty and staff through the multi-campus, 41-reserve system. S/he provides representation, oversight, and accountability for the system to NRS stakeholders, both internal and external to the University, and to the public. The Executive Director interacts with and forms cooperative agreements and partnerships with state and federal agencies (including California State Parks and National Park Service), land trusts, NGOs, and other natural resource-oriented agencies and organizations at state, national, and international levels that manage natural areas or otherwise share NRS objectives. This position is part of the Vice President's cabinet.
The University of California, Office of the President has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for an Executive Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System. David Bellshaw is leading this search with Emily Chiswick-Patterson. For additional information, please visit: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S7-903.
NRS Strategic Planning and Advancement: The Executive Director develops and communicates an actionable vision for the Natural Reserve System that is commensurate with the system mission and that addresses broad aspects including programmatic, educational, infrastructure and diversity ambitions.The Executive Director works with the Associate Director in articulating the vision through formulating and implementing Universitywide development, programmatic, and operational plans for the NRS in conjunction with the Universitywide NRS Advisory Committee. The Executive Director develops and coordinates fundraising campaigns, grant proposals, and state bond programs for systemwide initiatives. The Executive Director leads in raising the profile of the NRS in support of UC Reserves and NRS programs, and ensures high external recognition via vigorous communication on all NRS activities and outcomes.
Representation, Oversight, and Accountability: The Executive Director represents the University in its role as Trustee Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and as a guardian of the public trust with regard to the University's NRS Reserves. The Executive Director fulfills the University's responsibility to ensure that the NRS is governed in compliance with the University's legal and ethical requirements and assures accountability to NRS stakeholders and the public concerning the University's governance of the Natural Reserve System. The Executive Director represents the NRS in forming collaborative agreements with state and federal public agencies (including California State Parks and National Park Service), land trusts, NGOs, and other natural resource-oriented agencies and organizations managing natural areas or otherwise sharing NRS objectives. The Executive Director maintains familiarity with individual reserves including unique aspects, and compiles systemwide data on use, finances, productivity, and vital statistics of NRS reserves. The Executive Director synthesizes the activities of the system through published reports of research, teaching, and public service; acts as a clearinghouse of information regarding the NRS; and represents the NRS to its stakeholders and the public through a unified publications program and website. The Executive Director serves ex officio on the Universitywide NRS Advisory Committee, which assists and advises the President, when appropriate, in the operation and development of the NRS.
Reserve Management and Development: The Executive Director assists in developing Universitywide policies and procedures to ensure the sustained operation of NRS lands in accordance with accepted conservation land use principles and in alignment with the NRS strategic vision. The Executive Director initiates, facilitates, coordinates, and participates in the development of reserve infrastructure and other capital improvements on NRS reserves. The Executive Director coordinates the acquisition of new reserves in accordance with systemwide policies including financing and conducts periodic reserve reviews. The Executive Director reviews the viability of proposed land additions to the NRS in the context of Universitywide criteria; and in collaboration with the Director of Real Estate Services Group, negotiates acquisitions (gifts, grants, purchases, leases, cooperative agreements) with private landowners, government agencies, land trusts, NGOs, and other interested parties. The Executive Director supports and collaborates with NRS information management staff to develop and administer systemwide information technology systems in order to meet the ever-evolving instrumentation and data needs of the system.
Academic & Research Programs: The Executive Director works with the Director of Research and Education in developing and managing academic research and teaching programs on NRS reserves, placing particular emphasis on collaborative approaches that foster synergy among reserves, campuses, and other NRS partners. The Executive Director works to develop new collaborations for field science and nature reserve management that can be applied and adapted to the NRS, focusing on building partnerships for the NRS, including fund raising and grant writing to support new program(s). The Executive Director maintains existing and develops new professional collaborations in service of natural areas protection and management; and develops and coordinates research programs, including the preparation of grant proposals in furtherance of systemwide NRS goals. The Executive Director fosters new research initiatives to contribute significant state-of-the-art research that directly influences policies, and advances society and stewardship ideals to improve the lives of Californians and others.
Personnel and Budget Administration: The Executive Director currently directs a specialized unit of six direct reports and an operational budget of $2.5 million annually.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The Executive Director is responsible for leading initiatives that will foster an environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in all components of Reserve activity including but not limited to personnel management and hiring, budgeting, research, teaching and mentorship.
Working knowledge of policy, business management and the ability to connect and collaborate with funding agencies, government organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
Significant knowledge and current understanding of emerging issues and trends in natural resource management, ecosystem science, and environmental laws and policies.
Demonstrated organizational leadership and people management experience.
Outstanding leadership qualities, including a high degree of integrity, long-term vision, and commitment to the NRS mission, in upholding the University's role as a guardian of the public trust with respect to the Natural Reserve System.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in close collaboration with a team of professionals, fostering a positive, supportive, respectful, and collegial work environment.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with constituents from a variety of backgrounds and training (including faculty, administrators, state and federal governmental agencies, NGOs, land trusts, conservation organizations, foundations, private donors, external advisory board and the public).
Excellent oral and written communication, negotiation, and presentation skills to represent the NRS effectively to a wide variety of audiences, convey complex information, influence outcomes, and tactfully work with complex situations and ideas.
Experience with fundraising and other university development activities, including relevant foundations, working with oversight boards, University campus development offices and officers, state government funding opportunities, and a demonstrable record of accomplishment in fund development.
Demonstrated engagement and achievements with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Experience as a faculty member of a research university.
Ph.D. in the environmental, physical, biological or related sciences, with advanced knowledge of and experience in performing and managing field sciences and field research, or an equivalent level of education and relevant management experience.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
The University of California, Office of the President has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for an Executive Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System. David Bellshaw is leading this search with Emily Chiswick-Patterson. For additional information, please visit: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S7-903
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is June 1, 2021. The position will be open until filled.
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