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Director of Freshwater Research
Title:Director of Freshwater Research
Department:Conservation & Research

Reporting to the Vice President of Conservation and Research, the Director of Freshwater Research contributes to the strategic direction of, and provides management for, the Aquarium’s Freshwater Research Program. Primary responsibilities include implementing and evaluating scientific research initiatives and programs that support the Aquarium’s programmatic and conservation priorities. Responsibilities also include conducting applied and publishable research that adheres to the priorities of the Aquarium, while also supervising a three-person scientific team to ensure rigor, accuracy and timeliness of all freshwater research projects. This position also serves as an institutional resource for content and communications to advance appropriate science and conservation messages through the Aquarium’s many outreach channels. The position requires the ability to facilitate and develop multi-institutional collaborations that conduct, support and/or promote freshwater conservation research. In addition, this position works with the Aquarium development team to generate resources necessary to fund conservation research programs.

   Duties & Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd's vision, mission and values.
  • Demonstrate professional in accordance with Shedd's mission and values
  • Oversee administration and management of the Freshwater Research Program, including setting goals, preparing annual budgets and reporting results
  • Oversee the Freshwater Research team and performance of individual team members. Work with individual researchers to ensure rigor, accuracy, timeliness, and goal completion.
  • Manage individual research budget and research program logistics
  • Conduct high-quality, applied research in areas of institutional priority
  • Serve as the Aquarium’s principal point of contact for issues related to freshwater conservation science and research, and be responsible for ensuring scientific accuracy of Aquarium products and messages
  • Successfully create and maintain formal and informal collaborations with other research groups and institutions to advance mutual conservation research goals
  • Participate on Aquarium teams and committees. (e.g. Research Committee)
  • Participate in institution-wide short- and long-range planning through membership on teams and other workgroups
  • In consultation with the VP of Conservation and Research and other Aquarium leaders, help promote and raise profile of Aquarium research programs and outcomes through peer reviewed and general audience publications, presentations/seminars, reports, and other media
  • Actively work with Aquarium marketing and communications to maximize visibility of the Aquarium’s conservation science work through news media, social media and other public outreach channels
  • Work with the Aquarium’s Development team to draft grant proposals and secure research funds
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Minimum: Ph.D.
  • Preferred: Postdoctoral experience       
  • Minimum: Minimum 4 years’ experience establishing, managing, and administering research projects, partnerships, multiparty collaborations, or networks, including implementing requirements for transparency and availability of research results. Experience working with policy and advocacy players to apply science to conservation policy solutions. Minimum 4 years’ experience in program administration, including personnel and budget management, short- and long-term goals setting, program development and evaluation.
  • Preferred: Minimum 4 years’ experience for responsibilities stated above in the Great Lakes region


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