Director of the Sci. and Resilience Institute of Jamaica Bay

New York City, New York (Manhattan) County
Jul 22, 2014
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C-Level & Executive Directors
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Job ID: 10884

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Founding Director
The Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (New York)

The newly formed Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB) seeks a dynamic and innovative scientist with demonstrated leadership, administrative, and research accomplishments to serve as its Founding Director. The position is expected to be filled by October 1, 2014.

The City University of New York is leading a consortium of academic and non-profit organizations (Columbia University, Cornell University / New York Sea Grant, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute, Stony Brook University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society) tasked with establishing and operating the SRIJB in conjunction with the project's initial sponsors, the U.S. National Park Service and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

The SRIJB is an exciting new initiative that will be both an important contributor of scientific knowledge and a major creator of opportunities for resilience practice in the socio-ecological systems in and around Jamaica Bay and beyond. In addition to its role in coordinating and leading science research in the field of resilience, it is expected to play an important role in public policy initiatives in the Bay through its respective public agency and stakeholder constituent arms. The former includes all local, state, and federal agencies with jurisdiction in the area of Jamaica Bay; the latter includes non-profits and community organizations committed to the wellbeing of the Bay. Both of these entities are already in operation as components of SRIJB.

The Founding Director will oversee all research activities and will develop the capacity of the SRIJB to inform policymaking and resilience building projects in collaboration with all levels of government and with a wide range of social and environmental organizations. He or she will therefore by overseeing staff and/or subconsultants involved in the coordination of policy work as well as more traditional program-based research staff.

The duties of the Founding Director for the SRIJB will include:
- Identifying strategic research goals in collaboration with consortium and community partners; identifying key program areas based on those research goals.
- Recruiting and coordinating affiliated researchers from consortium institutions and overseeing SRIJB research projects.
- Establishing relationships with other related research institutes at CUNY and in the New York metropolitan area, and with related national and international entities and institutions.
- Defining the evolving `policy coordination' role for the Institute and liaising with key government officials to ensure their active participation in Institute work.
- Recruiting appropriate staff to assist in carrying out the Institute's mission as it relates to policy coordination and stakeholder/community liaison outreach.
- Creating a strong brand identity for the SRIJB and assisting in the creation of an endowment for the SRIJB; identifying funding opportunities and developing relationships with interested donors.
- Supervising the programming and planning of the SRI building located on Jamaica Bay, in conjunction with the National Park Service and City of New York.
- Serving on the Board of the Jamaica Bay Conservancy to ensure scientific opportunities for resilience practice and research are embedded in the Conservancy's parklands development plans.

The provisional offices for the SRIJB Directorate will be located at Brooklyn College, with plans to build a new permanent home on Jamaica Bay. The SRIJB Director will be a member of the Brooklyn College faculty and will be eligible for appointment as a full professor with tenure in a department in the natural or social sciences.


Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. in either the natural, social, or engineering sciences. Candidates should have significant leadership experience in academic, policy, and/or research settings and have demonstrated success with individual and collaborative research initiatives and multi-institutional or multi-organizational collaborations. Must have direct experience of the major policy issues facing urban estuaries such as Jamaica Bay, and have a demonstrable track record of working with government and non-profit actors involved in these issues. Further, candidates must possess a strong record of success in acquiring external funding for research and other purposes and in executing funded project work. Candidates must have superior management and communication skills and familiarity with budgetary and staff oversight. Experience building a new organization is a plus.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been engaged to assist with this important recruitment. Jane Gruenebaum and Pam Pezzoli are leading the search with Talia Greenwald. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm through the website,


September 4, 2014 (Search Re-opened)


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