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Director of University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, WA, USA

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The University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) invites applications for the position, Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG).  A PhD or foreign equivalent is required.  UWBG has an international reputation for horticulture, restoration ecology, urban forestry, sustainable urban systems, conservation and plant collections.  It manages 320 acres of collections and research areas, has a staff of over 40, and an annual budget of .7 million.  UWBG is a community asset and serves diverse user groups.  UWBG manages collections and programs at two sites: the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle, WA  98112).

We seek a prominent scientist with an active research program and teaching experience in plant biology or a related field, such as restoration ecology, conservation, or horticulture.  Administrative experience is required; experience in the administration of botanic gardens is preferred.  The Director must be a flexible leader with demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, communication, planning, and fiscal skills.  Abilities in facilities management, budget planning, and fund acquisition through grants and private gifts are needed. The Director will encourage the development of new initiatives and innovation, and will champion ongoing successes. All UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

Appointment is at the rank of tenured Full Professor (Job Class Code 0101) a full-time (100% FTE) 9-month position.  For the Director, two additional months of salary and 11 months of administrative supplement are provided.

The University of Washington is building a culturally diverse student body and workforce.  SEFS works to create a dedicated team of educators capable of enabling our students to explore and interpret the rich array of disciplines and perspectives that they will encounter.  We are seeking candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. 

To apply, submit a single PDF to with ‘UW Botanic Gardens Director’ in the email title.  The PDF must contain a brief cover letter summarizing interest, experience and qualifications; a full curriculum vitae; three 1-page statements of (1) research interests and plans, (2) teaching and outreach, (3) botanic garden leadership and administrative experience; and contact information for at least three professional references.  The letter should include a brief statement of how their teaching, research and outreach will demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through scholarship or by improving access to higher education and educational facilities for underrepresented individuals or groups.  Questions can be directed to UWBG Director Search Committee, c/o Ms. Carrie Cone, at (phone 206 685-2579).  Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Carrie Cone.  The committee will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2017; applications will be accepted until an appointment is made.  Anticipated start date is September 16, 2017. 

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see The University of Washington is recognized for supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.

Closing date: 1st March 2017


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