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Chief Scientist

Company: ThisWay
Location: Arlington
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

Our partner is looking for a Chief Scientist in Arlington, VA.Seeking a respected scientist in the field of biodiversity informatics to join the Executive Team as Chief Scientist, a Vice-President level role. The Chief Scientist is the senior leader of the Science Applications department. In this capacity, they guide the strategic development and growth of science programs, projects, partnerships, and fundraising with the goal of providing the best available information to support conservation of species and ecosystems. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: *Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • Provide strategic leadership for other scientists, by: implementing the State-of-the-Art Conservation Science pillar of; and, with the Vice President for Data and Methods, guiding the strategic development of data, methods, tools, and integrated information products that result in significant enduring benefits in the conservation of biological and ecological diversity.
  • Provide thought leadership and serve as a spokesperson to elevate the role of the company in key scientific organizations, inspiring a range of stakeholders to engage with our mission.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with national and international organizations such as federal and subnational agencies, professional organizations, and academic institutions to enhance development and application of scientific standards, methods and products for the conservation of biological and ecological diversity.
  • Raise public and private funds to support scientific activities, including by seeking contracts from private and government entities and by seeking philanthropic support from individuals and institutions in collaboration with the Philanthropy team.
  • With other company leaders, engage scientists throughout the company on the ongoing development, documentation, and deployment of scientific protocols that support the collection and analysis of consistent biodiversity data across the Network.
  • Publish methods, results, and other documents that advance effective conservation action, including through peer-reviewed venues and as whitepapers.
  • Contribute to Government Relations, Public Relations, and Network Relations initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President and Executive Vice President for Programs.
    • Ph.D. in biology, ecology or related disciplines, with special emphasis in areas of conservation science relevant to NatureServe's mission.
    • More than seven years work experience in applying the concepts of conservation biology and related fields to conservation decision-making and natural resources management (ten years preferred).
    • Experience in program development and leadership, priority setting, and the management of finances, people, and workloads of large programs with numerous contracts and deliverables.
    • Ability to travel 10-25% of the time in the U.S. and internationally.
    • Experience making compelling presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders.
    • Proven success in fundraising for scientific programs, particularly in biodiversity and/or conservation.
    • Leadership in the conservation science community.
      • Proven strategic thinker who can identify opportunities, set priorities, evaluate the financial and strategic implications of decisions, and motivate and support teams.PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
        • A professional network of conservation collaborators that includes both domestic and international partnerships.
        • While candidates who live in the Washington, D.C. metro area (or are willing to relocate) are preferred, other locations will be considered.

Keywords: ThisWay, Arlington , Chief Scientist, Other , Arlington, Texas

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