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Chief Science Officer and Dean of the International Plant Science Center

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Chief Science Officer and Dean of the International Plant Science Center New York Botanical Garden New York, NY The Search The New York Botanical Garden (“NYBG”), one of the world’s great centers for plant and fungal research and conservation, seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as its next Chief Science Officer and Dean of the International Plant Science Center (“Chief Science Officer”). With a venerable history, and prestigious and extensive research program, this institution is a leading advocate for the plant kingdom and a leader in the study of plant diversity, endangered species, and habitats on a global scale. An institution builder, leader, and passionate communicator, the new Chief Science Officer will have the extraordinary opportunity to direct both a team of world-renowned scientists and the scientific and conservation work of NYBG.


NYBG pursues its mission through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center (“IPSC”), including its world-class herbarium and library collections; its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; and its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science. NYBG seeks a Chief Science Officer with intellectual weight and considerable research credibility in botany, life science, environmental science, or a related field, who sees opportunities across disciplines of science for introducing more applied research into the portfolio.


The Chief Science Officer will lead strategic positioning and planning for Science at NYBG and must be a fluent and enthusiastic interpreter of plant science to a broad audience. Specifically, the Chief Science Officer will provide research direction for NYBG that will contribute significantly to: advancing plant diversity science; exploring opportunities arising from the interaction of humans and plants; addressing the intersecting climate and biodiversity crises; and ensuring the IPSC is financially sustainable. This direction illustrates a broadening of the scientific goals of the Garden as it seeks to actively identify ways its science can play a more impactful role in developing solutions to environmental challenges and in promoting the value that plants contribute to human well-being. Inquiries, nominations, and/or applications should be directed in confidence to: Jackie Mildner, Partner Andrew Lee, Partner Alexandra Lolavar, Associate Isaacson, Miller.


The salary range for this position is $325,000-$375,000.


The New York Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Garden does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin and veteran or disability status. Underrepresented communities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Closing Date: Nov 13, 2023





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