The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Executive Director - Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Hiring department Wildflower Center
Monthly salary OPEN
Hours per week 40.00 Flexible from 700AM to 600PM
Posting number 15-04-29-01-0457
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin, TX (off-campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Work hours will vary based on center activities and needs. Please submit all application materials as pdf files through the UT online application system. Position is located at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Provide leadership for continued development of nationally recognized programs of instruction, research, and public service, and guide fundraising efforts and interactions with constituents at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWFC), an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin.

Essential Functions

Provide strategic leadership for all activities and programs under the LBJWFC portfolio. Enhance the center's reputation for botanical expertise and national leadership in key areas of native plant conservation and horticulture, ecosystem-based research, and sustainability in landscape design. With the center's advisory council, key stakeholders, and staff members, set fundraising goals and strategies, participating significantly in these efforts. Represent the center to external audiences including public agencies, relevant conservation and industry groups, professional practitioners, foundations, and the general public. Serve as principal liaison to university leadership, including the deans of architecture and natural sciences. Work closely with other LBJ family institutions. Ensure appropriate collaboration between the LBJWFC and other academic units at the university. In collaboration with the center's CFO, develop and manage the annual budget (5-6M) and ensure that all state and local procedures and laws are followed. Serve as unit head for all financial and human resource transactions, delegating allowable authorities as appropriate. Direct overall operations such that strategic priorities are realized. Oversee management and further development of the center's facilities, maintaining proper infrastructure to preserve the integrity of the site and to ensure a safe environment for staff members and visitors.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Additional hours will be necessary during peak periods and to attend events.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Required qualifications

Master's degree in a field related to the mission of the LBJWFC. Have a national or international reputation based on research, scholarship, and/or creative practice in natural resources conservation, landscape architecture, planning, ecology, environmental sciences, horticulture, botany, or related field. Demonstrated experience at an executive level in leadership, personnel management, and expertise in communicating in culturally diverse environments. Demonstrated experience securing financial support for research, capital projects, and programs. Highly advanced interpersonal skills and writing skills. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in a field related to the mission of the LBJWFC. More than the required amounts of experience listed above. Previous experience leading a botanic garden that is affiliated with a major research institution.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Lifting and moving

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