Director of Administration, Richard Gilder Graduate School

New York City
May 16, 2017
Institution Type
Outside Academe

The American Museum of Natural History seeks a Director of Administration for the Richard Gilder Graduate School. The successful candidate for this administrative position is expected to be an innovative leader in administering graduate educational programs, will have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and academic excellence, and possesses the broad range of skills to assist in achieving the vision, mission and ambitious strategic goals of the Graduate School. The Director of Administration reports to the Dean and contributes to and oversees the day-to-day management of the Richard Gilder Graduate School. The Director of Administration is responsible for directing the operations and program administration for the AMNH's post-secondary educational activities, while contributing actively and directly to all operational activities in this small and focused program, including graduate admissions and student affairs, fiscal and budgetary management, museum fellowship and postdoctoral programs, personnel management (a small and dedicated group of other administrative staff members and volunteers), registrar and accreditation functions, promotion of the school, and proposal and report preparation. Exceptional management skills will enable the Director of Administration to effectively interact with a wide range of faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, Museum staff, and external organizations and people. The Director of Administration has the opportunity to contribute substantially to the continued success of this exciting, young, and evolving Graduate School.

The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is recognized as a global leader in research and education in systematic and evolutionary biology, genomics, earth and planetary sciences, and cultural and physical anthropology. The Richard Gilder Graduate School and Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology, chartered in 2006 and recently institutionally reaccredited (for 2016-2026), are the first for any American museum, significantly expanding the American Museum's longstanding role of training future generations of scientists and educators in one of the most exciting and challenging research areas of contemporary biology. Embracing this important mission, and with an internationally recognized faculty of more than 45 curators and affiliated professors, the Richard Gilder Graduate School (RGGS) is the organizing unit for all postdoctoral programs and university-level educational initiatives at the American Museum, including all graduate students enrolled in our Comparative Biology Ph.D. program or the graduate programs within partner universities (currently Columbia, Cornell, CUNY, NYU, and Stony Brook University), and is the home for the Museum's new Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Earth Science degree-granting program. The Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology matriculated its first class in the Fall of 2008 and has graduated 20 PhDs to date—it is designed to attract exceptionally talented, independent, and motivated US and international students. The Ph.D. in Comparative Biology is an accelerated 4-year training program that integrates a common core curriculum, small-enrollment and intensive specialty courses, comprehensive mentoring, and extensive research experience with both university-based and museum-centered public education training. The RGGS academic community includes the 16-20 students typically enrolled within our own Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program, and more than 100 other graduate students in our partner university Ph.D. programs, postdoctoral fellows, summer undergraduate research program interns, and teaching candidates in the MAT Program.

Qualifications: Substantial experience and demonstrated leadership in academic or not-for-profit administration and/or student services, a broad range of administrative skills and contributions, and a documented commitment to diversity and team-oriented management and administration. An advanced degree or completion of a substantial portion of the degree in an academic or professional discipline within the arts and sciences, educational administration, law, business, or other appropriate field, or equivalent organizational experience, as well as substantial administrative experience and expertise in management of complex and dynamic organizations, particularly in institutions of higher learning, are preferred. Applicants must have leadership ability, independence, flexibility, initiative, integrity, creativity, motivation, excellent communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills, and the ability to work effectively with other administrators, curatorial faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, other museum staff, and external colleagues in a fast-paced environment. Experience with academic and budget/financial planning, processes, and management, admissions, curriculum, student records, accreditation, higher education reporting, and personnel management; detail-oriented, willingness to contribute substantially to the day-to-day administrative operations of the graduate school, and ability to efficiently organize, track, schedule, prioritize, and accomplish an array of complex tasks are expected. This is a non-faculty, management position that comes with a competitive salary and excellent benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.

Review of candidates will begin on June 1, and will continue until the position is filled or the application portal is closed. Please submit a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information for 3 references directly through our online application system:

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.


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