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Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

POSITION: Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks applicants at the Green Bay campus for the Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, which has a 12-month annual appointment and reports to the Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity was established in 1999 and has a long history of success, with the duties of the Director position including the following:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity in coordination with the overall vision and strategic goals of the university
  • Provide supervision for three professional staff members and two faculty curators
  • Oversee the management of five university owned natural areas and two scientific collections
  • Manage a budget that includes funding from both university and private sources
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff in Natural and Applied Sciences on teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, including the use of the UW-Green Bay scientific collections and the natural areas as outdoor classrooms
  • Manage and support efforts with faculty, staff, and community partners on research projects that involve the conservation and ecology of western Great Lakes flora and fauna and enlist 20+ undergraduate and graduate students annually
  • Cultivate effective public relations and outreach efforts with faculty, staff, and community partners
  • Work effectively with University Advancement on community engagement and fundraising activities
  • Perform institutional service and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development within the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology and Natural and Applied Sciences

In addition, the candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in leadership, a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectivel 
with a diverse array of partners.


  • Earned doctorate in Biology or closely related field from an accredited institution
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership/supervisory experience of faculty and/or staff
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting and grants management
  • Demonstrated research productivity and grant writing experience
  • Experience in working with and maintaining partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity


  • The ability to obtain the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure at the time of hire
  • Interest in western Great Lakes flora and fauna
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in international education
  • Experience with strategic planning processes and implementation
  • Experience with community outreach, and public education


The Director position is a 12-month annual appointment, with the option of a 9-month backup appointment as a tenured faculty member in Natural and Applied Sciences for appropriately qualified applicants. Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the university does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin state retirement plan.

Please go to the full job announcement at and select the applicable application link.  Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter that specifically addresses qualifications for and interest in the essential job functions
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts of the highest degree achieved
  • A list of at least three potential references who can speak to academic credentials

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by 2 October 2022