Executive Director
Cornell University
United States

Executive Director and Tenure-Track Professor, Lab of Ornithology

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

POSITION: Executive Director and Professor, tenure-track, 12-month position

Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director of the Laboratory of Ornithology

START DATE: July 1, 2021 or as negotiated

LOCATION: Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Lab), the world’s leading institute for the study and appreciation of birds, is seeking a new Executive Director (ED). The new ED will build on the Lab’s record of scientific innovation and inter-national engagement to address critical environmental challenges through the lens of birds. We seek a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader and esteemed scientist who is passionate about advancing both professional and public understanding of birds and their habitats. The new ED will embrace the special capacity of the Lab to use birds to inspire diverse audiences to appreciate and protect the natural world. As a systems thinker, inclusive relationship builder, and visionary leader, the new ED will build upon the Lab’s multidisciplinary foundation and global reputation to guide the Lab into the future.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications in late August and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 26, 2020. For qualifications, details, and information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/executive-director-and-tenure-track-professor-cornell-lab-of-ornithology-cornell-university

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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