Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR)
Superior, WI, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Position Summary:

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR) Director provides overall program leadership and administration of the Reserve, including: Reserve operations, budget, and facility oversight; personnel administration and supervision; risk management; policy development and oversight; partnership relationships and formal agreements; public and donor relations; and strategic direction for Reserve policy, research, stewardship, monitoring, and educational programming.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Masters degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position required, PhD preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. 6 years of relevant work experience.
2. Significant experience and demonstrated success supervising staff,
3. Experience building and leading effective partnerships made up of multi-agency and diverse organizations,
4. Strong evidence of organizational and leadership skills,
5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology,
6. Demonstrated success in leading collaborative natural resource-related programs, including leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluation,
7. Evidence of the ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

1. Success in team building and conflict management, utilizing strong interpersonal communication skills,
2. Demonstrated ability to plan collaboratively and execute independently,
3. Demonstrated ability to initiate, form and effectively maintain working relationships with persons or associations from cultures other than ones own, especially indigenous cultures,
4. Understanding and knowledge of freshwater estuary systems, especially on Lake Superior,
5. Knowledge of complex political and organizational environments in which Extension works, particularly at state and local levels, and successful experience in these environments.

Additional Information:

1. The home office location for this position resides at the LSNERR office at 14 Marina Dr., Superior, Wisconsin 54880.
2. The Director is expected to make arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions, and will hold a valid drivers license and complete a Vehicle Use Agreement to access University fleet vehicles for work-related travel needs.
3. Assume weekly local travel and occasional travel within the state and to regional and national events relating to the job responsibilities, with some overnight travel expected. Occasional travel to Madison, WI, is expected to meet with Institute and UW-Madison leadership as needed.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Tricia Gorby ( (608) 890-1371. For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $67,401 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button. You will be asked to provide a letter of application that addresses how your education and experience meet all of the required qualifications for the position. You will also be asked to upload a professional resume, no more than 3 pages in length, that includes degree information. Lastly we will ask that you include names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three professional references.


Daniel Mccusky
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