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Society for Conservation Biology
Executive Director

Explore Company PosterThe Society for Conservation Biology seeks to recruit an inspiring, innovative, energetic individual to serve as Executive Director.

About the Society for Conservation Biology

Founded in 1985, the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is the world’s leading professional society for conservation scientists and practitioners. SCB was established to focus on a unique and important issue - to advance the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity. As a global professional society, SCB is home to 4,000+ members in 140 countries, including researchers, educators, students, resource managers, government officials, and private conservation workers. SCB envisions a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Society for Conservation Biology is a truly global organization with a diverse portfolio of high-impact programs and activities. Sections, chapters, and working groups around the world allow members of the Society to engage in local, national, regional, and global activities that further SCB’s mission. The Society’s flagship publications – Conservation Biology and Conservation Letters – defined (and continue to define) the field of conservation science. Among the most important international forums for conservation scientists and practitioners, the Society’s global and regional conferences engage contemporary and next-generation conservation professionals in cutting-edge, policy-relevant conservation science. Similarly, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program seeks to develop future world leaders and conservation practitioners. Lastly, the SCB publications and meetings ensure that environmental policy deliberations are informed by the best available natural and social science.

For more information about the Society for Conservation Biology, please visit: www.conbio.org.

Executive Director

SCB serves a strategic role as a professional society, bridging and connecting a network of conservation scientists and practitioners. As such, the Executive Director will possess a passionate commitment to support SCB’s members in their work and application of science to critical biodiversity conservation. The Executive Director reports to SCB’s elected Board of Governors (BoG) and serves as a nonvoting ex-officio member of the BoG. The Executive Director liaises with all SCB section boards, committees, working groups and chapters to benefit SCB operations and development. The Executive Director manages SCB’s Executive Office, including a 12-person professional staff, various contractors, and an annual budget of $2.7 million. The Executive Office is based in Washington, D.C. The broad goals and responsibilities for the Executive Director include:


  • Provide leadership in evolving and implementing SCB’s organizational vision, mission and strategic priorities.

  • Support the development of a vibrant future by continuing to cultivate, expand and mobilize SCB’s Board, regional sections, working groups, chapters and staff.

  • Diversify and expand the financial base of SCB, pursuing philanthropic funding sources and other creative sources of revenue for the organization.

  • To attract, retain and empower a team of professional staff who possess the capacity to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • To expand the reach, influence and public recognition of SCB as a global professional society dedicated to conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.

  • Build partnerships with private institutions, corporations, foundations, professional societies and service agencies to advance the SCB mission.

  • Support SCB staff in ensuring that SCB’s strategic communication activities serve its members and build a dynamic, diverse and inclusive global community.


• Provide oversight and leadership in directing and administering the operations and programs of SCB.

• Provide oversight and support to ensure the successful coordination, organization and staging of the biennial International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) and regional SCB Section meetings.

• Provide oversight and support for the successful administration of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program.

• Coordinate with SCB staff and BoG on the development and implementation of SCB’s annual budget, and staffing plans.

• Oversee the operations of SCB’s current and future publications, including ongoing oversight of and coordination with editors and publishers.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

The Executive Director should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Professional Qualifications:

  • A capacity to lead, inspire and mobilize people in advancing the vision of a vibrant, science-based global conservation enterprise.

  • A demonstrated understanding of global conservation science and practice.

  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation science or related fields required with an advanced degree or equivalent experience highly preferred.

  • Demonstrated communication capacities across a wide variety of audiences and platforms and experience building effective networks, partnerships, and/or coalitions.

  • A management style that is goal oriented, but flexible; that respects the capabilities and independence of volunteers and staff alike, but provides them with a clear sense of direction.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and administering a comprehensive fundraising program including individual donor, corporate and foundation solicitation and other revenue generating programs.

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in conservation, and in organizational culture.

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel extensively, often for weekend and evening engagements.

Personal Attributes:

  • Passionate commitment to the values and mission of SCB and a demonstrated conservation ethic.

  • Ability to inspire trust, lead and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to think strategically, tactically and creatively.

  • Visionary, articulate, diplomatic and possessing a “can do” approach.


Compensation for the Executive Director includes a competitive salary and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com. Refer to SCB/ED in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

The Society for Conservation Biology is committed to diversity and invites individuals
who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

All correspondence will remain confidential.


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