Director of Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

  • Full-Time
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-08

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks applicants at the Green Bay campus for the Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity who reports to the Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity was established in 1999 and has a long history of success in providing student opportunities in biodiversity research and management; in managing 610 ha of diverse natural areas on six sites, including the 117 ha Cofrin Arboretum, within the northern WI region; in growing and curating two regionally significant natural history collections; and in fostering connections between UW-Green Bay faculty and local biodiversity stakeholders, including funding agencies, NGOs, and the general public. More information about the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity can be found at

This position includes the following responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and vision for the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity in coordination with the overall vision and strategic goals of the university.
  • Provide supervision for two faculty curators and several professional staff members (currently three full-time and two part-time assignments).
  • Oversee the management of five university owned natural areas and two scientific collections.
  • Manage a budget that includes funding from both university and private sources.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff in Natural and Applied Sciences on teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, including the use of the UW-Green Bay scientific collections and the natural areas as outdoor classrooms.
  • Manage and support efforts with faculty, staff, and community partners on research projects that involve the conservation and ecology of western Great Lakes flora and fauna and that provide experience and opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students annually (currently 20+ students per year).
  • Cultivate effective public relations and outreach efforts with faculty, staff, and community partners.
  • Work effectively with University Advancement on community engagement and fundraising activities.
  • Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development within the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology and Natural and Applied Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate in Biology or closely related field from an accredited institution at time of application
  • Earned or potential to earn tenured faculty status
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation of biodiversity
  • Demonstrated leadership/supervisory experience of faculty and/or staff
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting and grants management
  • Demonstrated research productivity and grant writing experience
  • Experience in working with and maintaining partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity

Prefered Qualifications

  • Interest in western Great Lakes flora and fauna
  • Experience in natural areas management
  • Experience with management of natural history collections
  • Experience mentoring students in research or professional activity
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in international education
  • Experience with strategic planning processes and implementation
  • Experience with community outreach, and public education

The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse campus community and practice civility in the workplace. The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The University invites applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions Of Appointment

Position is a full-time Limited appointment. In addition to and separate from the Director of Cofrin Center for Biodiversity appointment, if you receive the positive recommendations of the department and chancellor and approval of the Board of Regents, you will be granted a concurrent tenured faculty appointment in the appropriate department at UW-Green Bay. Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Benefit Details

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package to meet the diverse needs of its employees. This includes several health insurance options, with annual deductibles as low as $250/individual and $500/family. Our benefits package also includes dental, vision, several life insurance options, AD&D and Accident insurance and Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts. We participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), where employer contributions begin immediately and employees are fully vested after 5 years of service. The UW System also provides supplemental retirement savings programs including a 403(b) and Deferred Compensation.

In addition, employees receive several types of paid leave benefits, which are prorated for employees working less than 100%. This includes 9 legal holidays, 36 hours of personal holiday and between 96-130 hours of sick leave annually. Employees earn 13-27 days of vacation each year, depending on years of service and employment type.

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