Executive Director and Tenure-Track Professor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Position Overview

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (the Lab), the world’s leading institute for the study and appreciation of birds, is seeking a new Executive Director (ED). The new ED will build on the Lab’s record of scientific innovation and national/international engagement to address critical environmental challenges through the lens of birds. The Lab is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader and esteemed scientist who is passionate about advancing both professional and public understanding of birds and their habitats. The new ED will embrace the special capacity of the Lab to use birds to inspire diverse audiences to appreciate and protect the natural world. As a systems thinker, inclusive relationship builder, and visionary leader, the new ED will build upon the Lab’s multidisciplinary foundation and global reputation to guide the Lab into the future.

Candidates will possess exceptional leadership qualities, management experience, and a significant track record of fundraising. The ability to relate and build relationships with a broad array of constituents will be key. Ph.D. in a relevant field, including but not limited to biology and/or conservation of birds and experience and qualifications commensurate with a tenured, full professorship at Cornell University are required. For the full leadership profile and application instructions, please download above.

Nominations and Applications

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in late August and will continue until the position is filled. AGB Search welcomes nominations and applications. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by August 26, 2020, and include:

  • a letter of interest that directly responds to the “Leadership Opportunities for the Next Executive Director” in the search profile;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • five professional references, with email addresses and telephone numbers.  No references will be contacted without prior permission granted by the candidate. 

Nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to: CornellOrnithology@agbsearch.com

Candidates should visit the Cornell EEO survey to complete the University’s EEO survey. 

AGB Search welcomes nominators and prospective candidates to contact:

Ms. Monica Burton, Executive Search Consultant, monica.burton@agbsearch.com, (917) 825-2961

Dr. Nancy Targett, Executive Search Consultant, nancy.targett@agbsearch.com, (302) 233-5202

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.