SEFS Director Search Launches!

We are very pleased to announce that our search for a permanent director to replace Tom DeLuca is officially underway. The official posting is available online and below, and we encourage you to help us spread the word as widely as possible!

Position Details
The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Washington (UW) seeks an innovative leader in the natural and/or human dimensions of environmental science and forest resources who, in the role of Director, will inspire faculty and students and enhance the School’s reputation and position as an international leader in learning, discovery and engagement. SEFS is a part of the UW’s College of the Environment, and our graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked among the very top environmental and forest science schools in the country.

The mission of SEFS is to generate and disseminate knowledge for the stewardship of natural and managed environments and the sustainable use of their products and services. Our students and faculty study everything from environmental restoration to wildlife science and conservation, sustainable forest management and silviculture to forest ecology and economics, human dimensions of natural resource management and planning to the production of biofuels and bioproducts, wildfires and disturbance ecology to hydrology and plant microbiology, and so much more. From urban to wilderness areas, forests to wetlands, deep soil to tree canopies, natural to social sciences, labs to field sites, our research explores ecosystems from every angle—and with partners from nonprofit, industry, government and tribal communities.

Our curriculum is fundamentally interdisciplinary with a heavy emphasis on field-based, hands-on learning supported by the School’s field sites and centers, including the Union Bay Natural Area, Pack Forest, the Olympic Natural Resources Center and the UW Botanic Gardens. The Director will play a vital role in guiding the school’s academic growth and developing new initiatives, providing school-level leadership and management of its programs, centers and research grants, allocating its revenues in a manner that supports its mission, and enhancing its sizable and growing endowment. The Director also sits on the Natural Resources Board of Washington State, which oversees the management of state lands.

The College of the Environment and SEFS are dedicated to creating a climate of engagement, actively enlarging the boundaries of diversity, and emphasizing the crucial roles that under-represented groups play in experiencing, documenting, understanding and solving environmental challenges. All applicants must, therefore, have a demonstrated willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds; and to recruit, advise and teach a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, culture and career path.

Job qualifications include a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in any field of natural resources or environmental science, human dimensions of the environment, conservation or management; substantial research, teaching and mentoring, as well as administrative and team leadership experience; and the ability to work productively with a variety of organizations and private donors. All UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The Director position is at the Professor level (0101), so the appointed person must qualify for the rank of Professor in SEFS. This is a tenured, 9-month, full-time (100% FTE), indefinite position.

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit a statement of interest and vision for the department addressing the qualifications listed above, a current CV, and the names and contact information of five references. These materials should be assembled into a single PDF document and emailed to

Questions about this position can be directed to Individuals requesting disability accommodation in the application process should contact SEFS at or 206-543-2730 for assistance. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2017. and continue until the position is filled.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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