Deputy Director for Operations, VCU Rice Rivers Center and Faculty Member in Environmental Studies
Thursday, May 12, 2016 01:55 PM

Virginia Commonwealth University


Deputy Director for Operations, VCU Rice Rivers Center and Faculty Member in Environmental Studies


The Rice Rivers Center at Virginia Commonwealth University is searching for a Deputy Director for Operations.  This is a twelve month, term (non-tenured) faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor, Associate, or Assistant Professor in the Center for Environmental Studies with an assignment that reports directly to the Director of the Rice Rivers Center.


The primary function of the position is to oversee the operations of the Center, which is VCU’s environmental field station on the tidal James River.  Responsibilities will include coordinating the daily use of the Center for research, teaching and education programs; coordinating the scheduling and use of Center buildings and approximately 350 acres; making presentations concerning the Center’s mission and programs; coordinating with VCU personnel in maintaining the buildings, grounds and operational infrastructure of the Center; representing the Center’s Director at university meetings and meetings with external agencies and groups as needed; working with the Center’s Director and advisory board to implement long range strategic and operational plans for the Center. The successful applicant also will teach one course per semester in an appropriate discipline at the undergraduate or graduate level through the Center for Environmental Studies. The faculty member will also mentor undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects and will support ecological monitoring and research associated with ongoing stream and wetlands restoration at the Center.


Required qualifications for this position include an earned Ph.D. in environmental science, biology or closely related discipline; experience with the day-to-day operations of environmental field stations; university teaching experience and the demonstrated ability to teach courses in environmental data analysis and freshwater science; research experience related to large rivers, wetlands, or aquatic ecology; the ability to work with faculty, staff and students to conduct and enhance research, teaching and community engagement programs within a field station environment; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. 


Applicants must include a letter of intent, a resume or CV, and the names/contact information of three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications. To apply, please visit


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