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Collections Development Manager
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Posted Apr 25
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. The Macaulay Library (ML) is the world’s largest (over 6,750,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world.
 
Collections Development Manager
Extension Support Specialist II - Band F
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
 
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager.  Specific duties include:
 
Strategically grow the ML archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality. Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with ML staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science, as well as outside partners.  Work with Program Manager and ML leadership to set overall strategies that align with ML’s mission and the Lab’s strategic priorities. In collaboration with the ML leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the ML archive to better serve clients; build strategic partnerships with institutions and individuals; provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to facilitate acquisition of media specimens and data from contributors; expand ML’s training efforts to become state-of-the-art and global in scope; sustain a fleet of professional audiovisual field recording equipment for use in the field; and organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs (particularly eBird and Bioacoustics Research Program) and partners. Basic functions and responsibilities include the following:
 
  • Collections Development and Strategic Partnerships Development: In collaboration with ML’s Program Manager, Collections Management Leader, and other Lab staff, define strategic plans and projects to increase the rate of media submission and data quality. Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, biological collections and media archives around the world, particularly with respect to development of biodiversity audiovisual collections.
  • Outreach, Training Activities, and Research Facilitation: Design, implement, and conduct audiovisual field recording, media editing, data management, and recording analysis training programs and related educational resources.
  • Fundraising: Initiate and/or substantially contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of grant proposals and other fundraising efforts in support of the Macaulay Library. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding.
  • Project Management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met.
 
Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding.  Based in Ithaca, NY. 
 
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
 
 
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field.
  • Less than 5 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives.
  • Advanced identification skills and experience with birds.
  • Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience.
  • Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management.
  • Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history.
  • Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach.
  • Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint , etc).
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license.
  • Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to ML’s and the Cornell Lab’s mission.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in biology or related field with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding.
  • Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students.
  • Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird. 
  • Fluency in Spanish highly preferred.
 
 
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Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.
 
Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.