Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment

Durham, Durham County
Jan 15, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Duke University
Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment
Durham, North Carolina­

Duke University, one of the world’s finest research universities and a leader in interdisciplinary innovation and global engagement, seeks a Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Duke’s Nicholas School is a School of the Environment - not Environmental Sciences, or Environmental Studies, but the Environment. It strives to understand the Earth and the environment, including humans, as an integrated whole and seeks to advance a sustainable future through cutting-edge research, training the next generation of environmentally informed global leaders, and outreach and service to society. To achieve this vision, the Nicholas School has assembled a distinctive faculty of world-class researchers and educators spanning the relevant physical, life, and social sciences. The faculty are engaged in their respective disciplines, and committed to inter- and transdisciplinary inquiry and collaboration that is central to many environmental issues.
The School is dedicated to creating knowledge and global leaders to secure a sustainable future. The School provides instruction to more than 500 professional and graduate students and to more than 155 undergraduate majors. Core faculty members teach in programs leading to the Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) and Master of Forestry (M.F.) professional degrees, as well as Ph.D. and Master of Science (M.S.) programs in the Graduate School. The Nicholas School collaborates with Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in offering four undergraduate degrees. The School’s world-class faculty conducts cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in energy, climate, water resources, ecosystem services, environmental health, forestry, and marine science and conservation.  The faculty are distributed across three divisions within the School: Marine Science and Conservation, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Environmental Sciences and Policy. The Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C., is a facility of the Nicholas School and is home to most of the faculty in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation.  The Marine Laboratory functions as a self-contained campus, with resident faculty and students and year-round curricula. The School also works directly with the Duke Forest, a 7,000+ acre research and teaching laboratory. Collaboration is a critical component of the Duke culture.  The Nicholas School has active research and educational collaborations with nearly every School and Institute at Duke, including the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
The successful candidate will have an established reputation in some aspect of environmental stewardship. S/he will have extensive administrative experience in the academic, government and/or nonprofit sectors, superb strategic planning and financial management skills and a track record of successful fundraising. The Dean will engage all constituencies of the Nicholas School in establishing the long-term vision for the institution and in making that vision a reality.
Please send CV with cover letter, preferably by email, in strict confidence to: Jane Gruenebaum, Vice President, Dan Rodas, Vice President or Jacqueline Mildner, Managing Associate, Isaacson, Miller, 1300 19th Street, NW Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036, Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.
Duke University/Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer