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Senior Director - Keller Science Action Center

The Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois
Closing date
Apr 7, 2023

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Conservation science
Job Level
Senior level
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Senior Director – Keller Science Action Center, The Field Museum

The Field Museum (the Museum) is searching for a passionate conservationist to lead the Keller Science Action Center (the Center) as its new Senior Director. The Center translates museum science and collections into lasting results for conservation and quality of life. The Senior Director provides leadership to generate significant and measurable advances in community-centered conservation, particularly in the tropics (currently Andes Amazon) and Chicago Region. They will oversee and pursue effective strategies, decision-making, operations, communication, fundraising, and partnerships of the Center to achieve visible conservation results on the ground.

The Senior Director leads the interdisciplinary staff of the Center and coordinates closely with other areas of the Museum to integrate community engagement and conservation action across the Museum. The Senior Director also plays an important public role, creating opportunities to highlight the work of the Museum in conservation and cultivating the engagement and interest of potential and existing partners and supporters.

Candidates will have demonstrated strong leadership with a record of commitment to the social and biological aspects of conservation and a track record of demonstrable impact on the ground. As a strong communicator they will possess the ability to tell the Center’s story and have a successful history of securing public and private funding for conservation endeavors. A proven commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is essential. Proficiency in one or more languages that align with program needs, particularly in Spanish and Portuguese, would be helpful. An advanced degree in environment conservation, social science, or a related field, or extended experience in fieldwork and conservation results, preferably in the Andes Amazon and/or Chicago regions is desired. For more information about the Field Museum, please visit

For further information about the position and its requirements, please review the position profile here:

Nominations and Applications

The Search Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications in April and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 29, 2023.

Candidates should provide a letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile, a resume/curriculum vitae, a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well the names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

Application materials and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to:

The search is being assisted by the following professionals from AGB Search. Please direct nominations and inquiries to:


Monica Burton, Principal, / (917) 825-2961

Nancy Targett, Executive Search Consultant, / (302) 233-5202

Andrew Bowen, Executive Search Associate, / (802) 345-1279

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

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