Dean of the International Plant Science Center and Chief Science Officer

New York Botanical Garden
New York City, New York
September 10 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Dean of the International Plant Science Center and Chief Science Officer

New York Botanical Garden

New York, NY

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 Dean of the International Plant Science Center and Chief Science Officer (“Dean”). With a venerable history, prestigious and extensive research program, this institution is a leading advocate for the plant kingdom and a leader in the study of plant biodiversity, endangered species, and habitats on a global scale. An institution builder, leader, and fundraiser, the new Dean 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. As the IPSC moves into the future, NYBG seeks a Dean with intellectual weight and considerable research credibility in botany, life science, or a related field, who sees opportunities across disciplines of science for introducing more applied research into the portfolio.

The Dean 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 Dean will provide research direction for the NYBG that will contribute significantly to: advancing plant biodiversity science; mitigating the effects of climate change; addressing opportunities arising from the interaction of humans and plants; developing new approaches to make research in plant science more meaningful in a 21st century world; and ensuring the IPSC is financially self-sustaining over the long-term. 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 assertive role in solutions to any number of challenges currently facing the world and in promoting the value that plants contribute to human well-being.

The NYBG has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed in confidence to the search firm via: