Director, Keller Science Action Center
The Field Museum, one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums, seeks a dynamic, visionary conservation professional as its new Director of the Keller Science Action Center. The Director will provide leadership for the Museum’s Center that is dedicated specifically to translating the Field’s extraordinary collections, scientific expertise, and education excellence into targeted action for conservation and quality of life.
The Field Museum has a distinguished record of success putting museum science to work for lasting conservation results. The Center works in the Tropics—where concentration of biological and cultural diversity is at its peak—and in urban centers, where human populations are highest. Since 2000 the Keller Science Action Center has provided governments, local communities, and other entities with rigorous scientific information and follow-up efforts crucial for the protection of close to 35 million acres of highly diverse landscapes, primarily in the Andes-Amazon. Closer to home the Center has been a leader in a coalition developing and implementing a grand vision for conservation and quality of life in the Chicago Metropolis.
Reporting to the Vice President of Science and Education and working closely with the Vice President for Strategic Science Initiatives, the Director leads a staff of more than 30 skilled scientists and education professionals. The Director collaborates with staff from across the Museum and especially Science and Education, to advance The Field Museum’s collections-inspired work to explore, explain, and sustain biological and cultural diversity.
The new Director of the Keller Science Action Center will join The Field Museum at a pivotal moment in its history. Reorganization of the sciences in 2013 has placed conservation as an integral element of the Museum’s scientific efforts and in 2016 the Museum’s board of trustees approved a new mission that fully embraces conservation and quality of life: Toward this mission the Director will work with the Center’s staff and its Committee of the Board to expand and deepen the Museum’s impact on conservation and quality of life, in the tropics and urban centers worldwide.
The Director will be a passionate champion of conservation action based on rigorous museum science; a gifted manager of people, processes, and systems; a compelling public advocate for the Museum and its conservation and quality of life efforts; and an energetic presence and partner in the Museum's broader community and with conservation partners. This is a vital role in an institution with a remarkable tradition for excellence and great ambition.
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