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  • Director, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

    • Employer: The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
      Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/17/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Director - Forestry, Wildlife & Fish-Research - 20000000E8 

    Description: Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 46

    Director, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative – The Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Management Board of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) invites applicants for the position of Director of the NBCI. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing national leadership for the implementation of the 25-state National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative at UTIA. We especially seek to attract an individual with experience in administration and budget management of wildlife conservation agencies and/or conservation non-profit organizations. Experience in government conservation policy is preferred, especially at regional or national levels. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

    Duties include securing annual funding from state, federal and private sources to support national services and capabilities that enable states and their partners to improve bobwhite habitat conservation; maintain communication and relationships with NBCI members’ state agency executives for effective action for bobwhite and grassland habitat conservation; serve the NBCI Management Board, a national oversight body of state wildlife agency administrators, while reporting to the National Bobwhite Technical Committee’s (NBTC) Steering Committee; coordinate communication between the NBCI Management Board, NBTC Steering Committee and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA); coordinate with UTIA faculty, staff and administration to integrate the NBCI into University operations and manage NBCI’s business; supervise expert staff working at regional and national levels; represent NBCI at national, regional and state meetings.


     Required - A Master’s Degree or equivalent of education, training and experience in wildlife conservation, wildlife management, ecology or related field. A degree in business administration or management would be considered, in combination with extensive knowledge of conservation. Six years minimum experience, which includes conservation administration and policy responsibilities. Knowledge of business administration, management and budgeting; effective communication skills, including technical and popular writing, public speaking and interpersonal communications. Ability to build relationships and coordinate among numerous and diverse partners and stakeholders; secure, budget and manage funding from diverse public and private sources; produce effective progress reports on a deadline; travel overnight and out of state frequently. This position will be stationed at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville, Tennessee, or other official UT facility.

    Preferred – Knowledge of conservation agency, non-profit or business administration; fundamentals of avian wildlife ecology, biology and habitats – specifically northern bobwhites; fundraising, financial management, accounting and contracting. Sufficient knowledge and ability to think broadly, creatively and inclusively about opportunities, barriers and solutions to vast, complex problems.
    A review of applications will begin on April 17, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

    To Apply: Upload 1) a cover letter addressed to Don Hodges, Professor & Head, Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries; 2) a current resume or CV; and, 3) a list of three professional references with full contact information including telephone number, using the University of Tennessee’s online job portal: https://hr.utk.edu/staff-positions/.

    All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. 
    Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.  
    In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. 

    Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA
    (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of
    Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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