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  1. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. Around the world, people - from the general public to government decisionmakers – are painfully aware of how significantly humans are threatening and destroying nature and biodiversity. But as publicized as these themes are, regional changes in attitude and behavior toward these crises remain sporadic and slow. Conservation organizations, environmental agencies, and scientific institutions strive to mobilize decisionmakers toward sustainability, but their communication initiatives are often under-supported. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Center for Conservation Media is a full-scale media production and communication strategy group, specializing in ‘broadcast quality’ science-based content. Our explanatory media, documentary films, data visualizations, educational materials, and social media are designed to support scientific institutions, conservation practitioners, local communities, and organizations around the world to impact priority environmental issues that are integral to sustaining species, ecosystems, and human livelihoods. The Center is seeking a Managing Science Editor to collaborate with the Center director, project leaders, and staff story researcher to produce science-based storytelling and analysis media of the highest caliber. The Managing Science Editor supervises the topical and scientific research associated with projects that are designed to bring science to stakeholders, through productions that explain complex ecological concepts to regional decision-makers; amplify voices, through films that showcase the grassroots efforts of local communities to protect wildlife and natural systems; protect wilderness, through short-form documentaries that reveal the essence of natural landscapes; and inspire the next generation, through pieces that connect with youth and the leaders of tomorrow. Key Responsibilities: Serve as science editor on all department projects, holding responsibility for the factual accuracy and adherence to Standards & Practices. Conduct story research and gather relevant information from institutions, organizations, and individuals leading projects or initiatives dedicated to biodiversity conservation or advanced scientific study. Create story research briefs and grant proposals for individual projects and multi-year initiatives. Cultivate potential (external) collaborators and partner organizations and serve as primary contact with select individuals and organizations, contributing to the network of relationships required for the department’s work. Establish and maintain a safe, productive and respectful working environment that fosters a culture of inclusivity and teamwork. Core Qualifications: We are seeking a highly motivated person with a bachelor’s degree in the field of biological or conservation sciences, or science journalism/communication and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a professional capacity in one of the aforementioned fields, or equivalent combination. This person will have extensive experience in researching and synthesizing complex scientific information and communicating for a wide range of audiences. The person will have first-hand experience with contemporary uses of scientific information in explanatory media and storytelling and be able to interact with project leaders to shape effective media productions. The Managing Science Editor needs to be an agile, creative thinker who thrives off collaborative problem-solving while also serving as a supportive facilitator who can lead complex story research discussions into focused, actionable steps. Preferred qualifications: An advanced degree or professional accomplishments in biological or conservation science. Over 10 years professional experience in science journalism, communications. Extensive experience working in a science editor capacity or equivalent for a recognized national or international media platform. Extensive knowledge of bird species and landscape-scale conservation issues. Written and verbal fluency in Spanish. Working at Cornell: Cornell provides great benefits that include professional development, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 holidays (including end of year winter break) and superior retirement contributions. Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link: Benefits at Cornell. How to Apply: You must submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. Link to Cornell job posting for external applicants: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Tompkins-County/Managing-Science-Editor---Lab-of-Ornithology_WDR-00025820-2 When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (resume/CV and cover letter). You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website (https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/how-we-hire). If you are an internal employee, please log in to Workday. 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. 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. Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu. For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: 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.
  2. Please access this link for the full job description and information on how to apply: Birds-of-the-World-Program-Aide Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Cornell Lab) is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Cornell Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. The Lab is committed to fostering a healthy workplace that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The Lab welcomes staff who are still learning in their careers and who are motivated to take on new challenges. Birds of the World (BOW) is the Cornell Lab’s signature scientific publication and the largest, most comprehensive avian database in the world. It features 10,700+ scholarly accounts on bird species, 249 overviews of avian families, hundreds of thousands of multimedia assets, and dynamic bird distribution data from eBird, the world’s largest citizen science database. Based in the Biodiversity Studies and Higher Education program, The Birds of the World Program Aide plays a key role in providing and maintaining access to BOW to these stakeholders while supporting their use and enjoyment of this special resource. The Program Aide will work within a dynamic team including the Project Lead, Science Editors, Sales and Marketing Manager, and the Cornell Lab’s Business Services Center. The primary duties are: Support the BOW team in facilitating worldwide access to BOW to all stakeholder groups; includes onboarding new users, ensuring their access, enabling timely subscription payments, and providing exceptional user support. Support BOW staff in program coordination and implementation, and in our outreach and education initiatives; includes updating website and social media accounts, coordinating participant surveys, providing contract support, performing data entry and verification, and/or coordinating team travel and the logistics of workshops and conferences for staff and stakeholders. Required Qualifications Associate degree in marketing, communication, business, library sciences, or related disciplines, or 2 to 4 years of equivalent work experience in an academic library, scholarly publishing, or conservation environment or or equivalent combination Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with a broad range of people (both internal and external). Must be able to work independently. Flexible and open to change, focused and driven. Ability to work well with others while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment. Must have fine attention to detail and be comfortable managing data. Must have ability to work collaboratively to set priorities and manage projects effectively under clear timelines. Must have demonstrated ability for working collaboratively and inclusively. Proven ability to work in a team environment where cooperation between colleagues and flexibility to different styles and approaches is required. Demonstrated customer and stakeholder support skills, including a commitment to work constructively and respectfully with stakeholders worldwide representing highly diverse identities, backgrounds, nationalities, and cultures. Writes clearly and communicates well verbally, with a strongly positive approach. Facility with software such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, CRMs, eCommerce systems, customer support desks, Email Marketing software, or the willingness to learn. Pays fine attention to detail and is comfortable managing numbers and data. Responds favorably to performing routine tasks with a high degree of reliability, and similarly to one-time responsibilities as they arise. Preferred Qualifications BA/BS in marketing, communication, business, library sciences, or related disciplines, or 1-3 years equivalent work experience in an academic library, scholarly publishing, or conservation environment. Experience in working effectively within non-governmental organizations (NGOs), not-for-profit organizations, and/or academic stakeholder communities. Interest in birds, related areas of the life-sciences, and/or conservation, as aligned with what BOW offers to its stakeholders, and in concert with the broader mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Previous work experience with digital publications, subscription services, or e-commerce. Familiarity with basic accounting; multilingualism; basic graphic design experience; marketing; or bird education. This is a full time, continuous position. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position. 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.
  3. Please click here for the link to the official job posting and application website. The Cornell Lab’s Center for Conservation Media is a full-scale video production and communication strategy group, specializing in science and natural history editorial content (documentary films, data visualizations, educational materials, and general interest internet media) to support the educational and outreach components of the Lab’s mission, as well as the conservation outcomes of partner organizations. The Center is seeking to hire an Associate Producer (AP) to conduct all required editorial and logistical production preparation and field support associated with assigned projects under the direction of a lead producer. Responsibilities including but not limited to scouting locations and establishing talent relations, managing complex travel arrangements and contracts, drafting production budgets, hiring and coordinating crew prior to and during production, and managing day to day operations while on location. The AP will apply for and track all crew visas, equipment carnets, and associated location filming permissions, assuring accordance with location shooting laws and customs. They will also establish and maintain relationships with production rental houses and work with producers and crew to purchase and/or rent equipment required for productions. While in the field, the AP will organize, track, log and duplicate all media acquired during production, and perform field assisting duties supporting the Producer, DP, camera, and sound crews as necessary. The AP’s editorial responsibilities will include; conducting story research on issues related to assignments, as well as identify leading scientists, organizations or individuals to advise and include in production efforts. They will write proposals and disseminate science briefs for internal/external team members based on story research. When not preparing for fieldwork or on location, the AP may be assigned as needed to assist with other Conservation Media research or production responsibilities. Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in biology, communications, policy or related fields. Minimum two years of professional work experience in documentary, television, or wildlife filmmaking. Demonstrated understanding of the filmmaking/field production process from a technical and logistical standpoint. Experience coordinating and executing production logistics (budgets, schedules, project management), production travel planning (arranging flights, accommodations, transportation, visas etc.) for field or location filming. Demonstrable ability to manage complex tasks in a timely and effective manner. Experience liaising with scientists, students and other external stakeholders. Experience interpreting science publications and principles and summarizing concepts and communicating findings to inform media storytelling (e.g. documentary, educational, or public online communications). Ability to establish and maintain a safe, productive, respectful, inclusive and welcoming working environment. Able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, use judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature; balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a range of choices. Should be comfortable working in an environment where change in process, procedures, and priorities is the norm. Position requires a willingness to work long hours outdoors in challenging conditions—mountains, jungles, cold or hot climates, etc. Must be a recognized “team player”, willing to support and contribute to project efforts whenever necessary to ensure that the production team is able to deliver on intended goals. Individuals should have an ability to maintain professionalism and composure under difficult circumstances. Must be comfortable in field assignments living in close quarters on location for up to several weeks in spartan conditions with other field staff. Must maintain a valid passport and US driver’s license. Must be able to lift 50lbs in active, working environments. Preferred Qualifications: Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications. Advanced training or degree in ornithology, ecology, or other natural sciences with evidence of broad biological knowledge. Knowledge and awareness of conservation planning and policy work. Interest and expertise in birds and birding. A proven understanding of technical needs/demands associated with field assignments, and proficiency/familiarity with video editing software and post-production workflow. Professional experience in a capacity that regularly incorporates communicating science for the purposes of conservation and/or science education. Fluency in Spanish. Working Conditions: Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts more than 50 lbs Visual: Acute concentration/eye-hand coordination Hazards: Limited exposure University Job Title: Multimedia Editor Level: E Pay Rate Type: Salary Company: Contract College Contact Name: Jillian Ray Number of Openings: 1 Current Employees: If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell. Online Submission Guidelines: Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu. For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: 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.
  4. 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 national/international engagement to address critical environmental challenges through the lens of birds. The Lab is seeking 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. Candidates will possess exceptional leadership qualities, management experience, and a significant track record of fundraising. The ability to relate and build relationships with a broad array of constituents will be key. Ph.D. in a relevant field, including but not limited to biology and/or conservation of birds and experience and qualifications commensurate with a tenured, full professorship at Cornell University are required. For the full leadership profile and application instructions, please visit: AGBSearch.com The search committee will begin reviewing applications in late August and will continue until the position is filled. AGB Search welcomes nominations and applications. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by August 26, 2020, and include: a letter of interest that directly responds to the “Leadership Opportunities for the Next Executive Director” in the search profile ; curriculum vitae; statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and five professional references, with email addresses and telephone numbers. Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to: CornellOrnithology@agbsearch.com. 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.
  5. Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Cornell Lab of Ornithology College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Ithaca, NY The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than 20 concurrent postdocs within the Rose Postdoctoral Program and interact with many other scholars across a wide range of disciplines. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship awards support individuals pursuing cutting-edge scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction among Lab programs and Cornell scholars. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab’s mission “to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds” is potentially appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Cornell Lab and our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), and Conservation Media. Activities involving research and/or outreach spanning several of these areas are particularly encouraged, and some postdoctoral scholars are co-mentored. Projects that foster links among people and units from across Cornell University and beyond are likewise welcome. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the most relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the independent research of individuals who can bring new ideas, approaches, and connections to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and expertise in science, education, and communication. Each Rose Postdoctoral opportunity spans up to 24 months via two consecutive year-long appointments at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work. The individuals will be appointed as Postdoctoral Associate, and will provide a competitive salary, Cornell health and other benefits, and funds to help support the Postdoc's research and other professional needs. Start dates are usually flexible within the year following the application. Interested applicants should explore these Annual Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition web site (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) for more information about the overall program and about the Rose Fellow selection process. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, two-page research proposal, pdfs of up to three representative publications, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell but may apply during the final year of their Ph.D. program. Applications for the multiple positions available in 2019 will be accepted until September 8, 2019. The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (ijl2@cornell.edu), Fuller Professor of Ornithology and Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab. Edward W. Rose, known by family and friends as “Rusty,” joined the Lab’s Administrative Board in 1993 and served as its Chairman from 2004 to 2014. Rusty was a brilliant man who inspired everyone at the Lab, not only through his infectious laugh but even more by asking tough questions, expecting excellence, and seeking global impact. Rusty had a deep conservation ethos which he exemplified both in his own actions and through his support of the Cornell Lab and kindred institutions. He was among the Lab’s most enthusiastic promoters of early career scientists, and he always relished learning about their discoveries and accomplishments. Rusty passed away in January 2016, but his legacy endures in many contexts, including the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Program which brings together the Lab’s entire postdoctoral community. Through the generosity of Rusty and his wife Deedie, together with that of fellow board members Larry and Nancy Fuller, Russ and Carol Faucett, and Imogene Powers Johnson, the Lab shall award multiple Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships annually. 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. Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. 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. Application Materials Required: Submit the following items online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169 to complete your application: Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae 2 page Research Proposal pdfs of up to 3 representative publications Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  6. This is one of two similar positions currently open at the Lab. This one is based in New York City; the other is based in Ithaca, NY. Complete information for this position is available here: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/New-York-City-Other/Leadership-Giving-Officer---Lab-of-Ornithology_WDR-00017619-1 The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), with twelve world-class, mission-driven programs directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and public citizens around the world to conduct scientific enterprises and conservation action. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond. Based in the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development’s New York City office, reporting to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and with a dotted line to the Northeast Corridor Executive Director of Development , the Leadership Giving Officer (LGO) is a front-line fundraising professional responsible for developing relationships with about 250 households who have potential interest in the Lab’s programs and priorities. Foster philanthropic connections — engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding leadership- and major-gifts level prospects and donors. The primary focus of this role is the discovery and engagement of potential leadership- and major-gift-level donors cultivated mainly from the Lab’s broad, nationwide membership base of nearly 100,000 people. Research, develop, and implement appropriate solicitation strategies for prospects while proactively advancing the mission of the Lab, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell. This includes cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding current use, annual fund gifts between $10,000 to $100,000, and multi-year commitments up to $250,000. Collaborate with Lab Program Directors and Lab staff, AA&D, and regional staff and colleagues in areas across the division, including membership/annual giving, gift planning, donor relations and major/principal gifts, as well as board members and other Lab volunteers. The Leadership Gift Officer must be a professional and persuasive representative of the Cornell Lab and the University. As such, they must maintain an in-depth knowledge of the Lab’s annual and strategic priorities within the context of the university’s priorities, and inspire the respect and confidence of the executive, academic, administrative, trustee, and volunteer leadership of Cornell. This position will require extensive travel to accomplish 125+ annual prospect visits. This is a full time, 12 month position located at the Lab of Ornithology New York City, New York Office. Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent and at least 2 years’ development or sales experience. Proven skills working in a team with a complex organization, including key alumni, donors, volunteers and executive staff. Excellent verbal and written communications skills; with the ability to learn quickly about issues related to conservation, scientific research, citizen science, education and ornithology, and then present to laypersons credibly. Effective organizational skills, strong detail orientation, and a high motivation to work independently. A high degree of personal motivation and integrity and a commitment to values that support the Lab’s and Cornell’s mission to foster initiative, integrity, and excellence in an environment of collegiality, civility and responsible stewardship. Ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed upon targets for fundraising goals. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment with mutually agreed upon targets for fundraising goals while using sound judgment in decision making and in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature while meeting competing deadlines. Must be able and willing to work occasional weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively on behalf of the Cornell Lab. Demonstrated proficiency with technology (particularly Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and knowledge of relational database management systems and ability to work with complex data for analysis. Must maintain a clean and valid driver’s license and the ability to travel frequently. Preferred Qualifications: Non-profit or higher education fundraising experience, or work within a similarly complex environment. Active commitments to science, conservation, nature, and higher education. Basic understanding of the concepts and principles of fundraising. Experience with Raiser’s Edge. EEO Statement: 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. 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.
  7. This is one of two similar positions currently open at the Lab. This one is based in Ithaca, NY; the other is based in New York City. Complete information for this position is available here: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Tompkins-County/Leadership-Giving-Officer---Lab-of-Ornithology_WDR-00017615-1 The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), with twelve world-class, mission-driven programs directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and public citizens around the world to conduct scientific enterprises and conservation action. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond. Based at the Lab of Ornithology, reporting to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Leadership Giving Officer (LGO) is a front-line fundraising professional responsible for developing relationships with about 250 households who have potential interest in the Lab’s programs and priorities. Foster philanthropic connections — engaging, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding leadership- and major-gifts level prospects and donors. The primary focus of this role is the discovery and engagement of potential leadership- and major-gift-level donors cultivated mainly from the Lab’s broad, nationwide membership base of nearly 100,000 people. Research, develop, and implement appropriate solicitation strategies for prospects while proactively advancing the mission of the Lab, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell. This includes cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding current use, annual fund gifts between $10,000 to $100,000, and multi-year commitments up to $250,000. Collaborate with Lab Program Directors and Lab staff, AA&D, and regional staff and colleagues in areas across the division, including membership/annual giving, gift planning, donor relations and major/principal gifts, as well as board members and other Lab volunteers. The Leadership Gift Officer must be a professional and persuasive representative of the Cornell Lab and the University. As such, they must maintain an in-depth knowledge of the Lab’s annual and strategic priorities within the context of the university’s priorities, and inspire the respect and confidence of the executive, academic, administrative, trustee, and volunteer leadership of Cornell. This position will require extensive travel to accomplish 125+ annual prospect visits. This is a full time, 12 month position located at the Lab of Ornithology Ithaca, New York Office. Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent and at least 2 years’ development or sales experience. Proven skills working in a team with a complex organization, including key alumni, donors, volunteers and executive staff. Excellent verbal and written communications skills; with the ability to learn quickly about issues related to conservation, scientific research, citizen science, education and ornithology, and then present to laypersons credibly. Effective organizational skills, strong detail orientation, and a high motivation to work independently. A high degree of personal motivation and integrity and a commitment to values that support the Lab’s and Cornell’s mission to foster initiative, integrity, and excellence in an environment of collegiality, civility and responsible stewardship. Ability to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed upon targets for fundraising goals. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment with mutually agreed upon targets for fundraising goals while using sound judgment in decision making and in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature while meeting competing deadlines. Must be able and willing to work occasional weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively on behalf of the Cornell Lab. Demonstrated proficiency with technology (particularly Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and knowledge of relational database management systems and ability to work with complex data for analysis. Must maintain a clean and valid driver’s license and the ability to travel frequently. Preferred Qualifications: Non-profit or higher education fundraising experience, or work within a similarly complex environment. Active commitments to science, conservation, nature, and higher education. Basic understanding of the concepts and principles of fundraising. Experience with Raiser’s Edge. EEO Statement: 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. 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.
  8. Edward W. Rose III Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than twenty concurrent postdocs within the Rose Postdoctoral Program and interact with many other scholars across a wide range of disciplines. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship awards support individuals pursuing cutting-edge scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction among Lab programs and Cornell scholars. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab’s mission “to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds” is potentially appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Cornell Lab and our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), and Conservation Multimedia. Activities involving research and/or outreach spanning several of these areas are particularly encouraged, and some postdoctoral scholars are co-mentored. Projects that foster links among people and units from across Cornell University and beyond are likewise welcome. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the most relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the independent research of individuals who can bring new ideas, approaches, and connections to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and expertise in science, education, and communication. Each Rose Postdoctoral opportunity spans up to 24 months via two consecutive year-long appointments at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell's University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work. These appointments provide a competitive salary, Cornell health and other benefits, and funds to help support the Scholar’s research and other professional needs. Start dates are usually flexible within the year following the application. Interested applicants should visit the Annual Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition web site (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) for more information about the overall Program and about the Rose Fellow selection process. The application package consists of a cover letter, CV, two-page research proposal, pdfs of up to three representative publications, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants must have received their PhD before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell but may apply during the final year of their PhD program. Application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to the attention of Sue Taggart (SET2@cornell.edu). Applications for the multiple positions available in 2018 will be accepted until September 8, 2018. The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (IJL2@cornell.edu), Fuller Professor of Ornithology and Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab. Edward W. Rose, known by family and friends as “Rusty,” joined the Lab’s Administrative Board in 1993 and served as its Chairman from 2004 to 2014. Rusty was a brilliant man who inspired everyone at the Lab, not only through his infectious laugh but even more by asking tough questions, expecting excellence, and seeking global impact. Rusty had a deep conservation ethos which he exemplified both in his own actions and through his support of the Cornell Lab and kindred institutions. He was among the Lab’s most enthusiastic promoters of early career scientists, and he always relished learning about their discoveries and accomplishments. Rusty passed away in January 2016, but his legacy endures in many contexts, including the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Program which brings together the Lab’s entire postdoctoral community. Through the generosity of Rusty and his wife Deedie, together with that of fellow board members Larry and Nancy Fuller, Russ and Carol Faucett, and Imogene Powers Johnson, the Lab shall award multiple Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships annually. 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. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. 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