Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC) - St. Edward's University in Austin Texas

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St. Edward's University

Austin, Texas 78704

United States

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Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC)

School of Natural Sciences


St. Edward's University (, SEU), founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross and located in Austin, Texas, is a liberal arts and sciences university committed to providing a diverse student body with an education that emphasizes critical thinking, social justice, global preparedness, and ethical practice. SEU serves ~4,700 students, including ~3,600 traditional undergraduates, ~400 nontraditional undergraduates, and ~700 graduate students, and has qualified as a Hispanic-Serving Institution for more than three decades.

SEU seeks a highly motivated, accomplished, and collaborative leader to serve as the next Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC), beginning 1 July 2016. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, the Director's primary responsibilities include development and implementation of a strategic plan that raises the profile of WBCRC as both a research and educational field station; staff development and supervision, and financial management. The Director plays active and supporting roles in public relations, grant writing, educational program development, interdisciplinary projects, and fundraising. The Director works with the Wild Basin Academic Council to integrate WBCRC functions into the larger University community; partners with officials at Travis County and the City of Austin in management of the contiguous resources at Wild Basin; and serves as a community liaison. The Director receives a faculty appointment at the Associate or full Professor rank, commensurate with experience, in the appropriate academic department at SEU.

Wild Basin, a 227-acre natural preserve adjacent to the rapidly developing areas just west of downtown Austin, contains three miles of hiking trails open to the public year round, and is home to two endangered species. The WBCRC serves as a gateway to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP), a 30,000-acre network of habitats set aside for endangered species conservation. Recent improvements to the 5,000 sq. ft. building at WBCRC include environmental education exhibits, a multi-media classroom for 40, laboratory space, and a conference room for 12. For more information about the Wild Basin Creative Research Center, please visit


• Primary responsibility for all management aspects of the Wild Basin, including land-management (done in coordination with BCP staff from Travis County), facility oversight, personnel supervision, fundraising, and development of WBCRC as a resource for St. Edward's University and others;

• Formulate goals, policies, and long-range and short-range plans for WBCRC;

• Manage operations at and budgets for WBCRC and its programs;

• Identify and pursue funding sources for educational and research programs;

• Prepare required technical, educational, and preserve management reports;

• Collaborate with key stakeholders on and off campus, including staff from Advancement, Marketing, and academic departments at St. Edward's University; officials at Travis County and the City of Austin; faculty at local K-12 schools, and members of the community (including neighbors to Wild Basin);

• Teach appropriate courses and supervise research students as scheduling permits.


• A Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Science Education or related discipline essential;

• Ability to establish a research program that attracts external funding and leverages WBCRC resources essential;

• Experience working with higher education institutions, government laboratories/agencies (in a regulatory environment preferred), or equivalent research organizations of at least ten years, with three years or more experience working in a leadership role (e.g., chair, director, associate dean, dean) essential;

• Experience working with community members and local K-12 schools preferred;

• Experience in fundraising and resource development preferred.

• Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check is required.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply at Please attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, and contact information for three references. Questions should be directed to Applications submitted prior to 31 January 2016 will receive full consideration. The search will continue until the position is filled.

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer and hires only U.S. citizens and individuals authorized to work in the United States. Applications from minorities and women are strongly encouraged as we strive to increase the numbers of faculty members from groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy and the sciences. All applicants are invited to address how their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, community service, or other activities could support St. Edward's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Keyword Phrases

  • Director
  • Dean of the School of Natural Sciences
  • Development and Fund Raising Executives
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: At least 10 years
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume