Trabaja en remoto como director de asuntos científicos en una ONG centrada en conservación de fauna salvaje ~

19 de marzo de 2021

Trabaja en remoto como director de asuntos científicos en una ONG centrada en conservación de fauna salvaje

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Wild Animal Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to understand and improve the lives of wild animals.

Even in nature, most wild animals struggle to survive every day. Unfortunately, preserving habitats or species does not guarantee that animals themselves have good lives. At Wild Animal Initiative, we believe we have a responsibility to act to improve the well-being of wild animals, whether they live in captivity or somewhere else.

Yet, responsible action requires sound science. There is still so much we don’t know about which animals are sentient, what their lives are like in the wild, and how we can responsibly help them. While conservation biology informs efforts to preserve species in the wild and animal welfare science informs efforts to improve the well-being of animals in captivity, there is no unified academic discipline to inform efforts to improve the well-being of animals in the wild.

Our work supports the study of wild animal welfare by conducting original research, fostering connections between academics from diverse disciplines, and securing funding for promising projects. 

In brief, our programs to support scientific research include:
  • Outreach: organizing workshops and conferences concerning wild animal welfare, supporting our postdoctoral and advisory panels, and fostering new relationships with relevant academics and researchers.
  • Grant Assistance: helping scientists secure funding for wild animal welfare-relevant research projects.
  • Research: identifying priority research areas in wild animal welfare and conducting relevant studies or literature reviews.
We are seeking a Director of Scientific Affairs to unify and optimize our activities across these three areas. They will lead the planning and implementation of our programs that directly serve researchers. The director will ensure that our efforts maximize our effectiveness and advance our goal of supporting wild animal welfare-focused science in the academic community.

Basic information:
  • Full time, ~ 40 hours per week.
  • $62,784 to $76,736 depending on cost of living at residence.
  • Permanently remote
  • Reports to the Executive Director
  • Manages 2+ direct reports
  • Desired start date: July 1
Listed in descending order of estimated time spent on each category.
  • Research and outreach: Maintaining and growing our network of collaborators, working with team members to identify our research priorities, and identifying new grant opportunities for our research partners.
  • Program design: Managing existing program activities and developing new mechanisms for advancing interest in wild animal welfare research.
  • Evaluation: Critically evaluating our programmatic activities for impact.
  • Management: Managing our research and outreach staff members, supporting their professional development and assisting them in their projects.
  • Strategy: Working with the Executive Director and leadership team to identify strategic priorities for the organization
  • Assistance: Assist the Development and Communications teams as necessary to develop relationships with philanthropists and science/program directors at foundations, advise on scientific content in grant proposals, and support our scientific communications.
Listed in descending order of importance to candidate evaluation.
  • Familiarity with the scientific community and funding environment in the US or the UK.
  • 3 years prior management experience (preferred: 5+ years). Experience as a principal investigator in a lab can be substituted for traditional management experience.
  • PhD or PhD-equivalent scientific research experience (preferred: in a field related to zoology, ecology, or conservation).
  • Excellent strategic thinking, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a remote work environment.
  • Experience managing and/or coordinating research projects or similar services.
  • Preferred: A strong network of relationships within an ecological or biological scientific community.
  • Preferred: Extensive experience in scientific proposal writing with demonstrated ability to secure research funding.
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance.
  • Four weeks of paid vacation, 12 holidays, and two weeks of sick leave.
  • A fully remote work environment that allows you to choose when and where you work.
  • A friendly, open work culture that encourages feedback, collaboration, experimentation, and evidence-based innovation.
  • Opportunities for advancement as our team and programs continue their growth trajectory.

How to apply
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Deadline for applications: 9:00 am EDT (UTC -4) on Wednesday, March 31.

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