Operations Manager of the Randell Research Center, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
The operations manager for the Randell Research Center (RRC) on Pine Island, Florida, serves in a broad, supervisory capacity for a 69 acre archaeological park and research/education public facility that is a program within the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) at the University of Florida. The FLMNH serves as the State of Florida’s official Museum of Natural History and the Randell Research Center is an important extension of the Museum’s activities in southwest Florida. The operations manager is an employee of the University of Florida and reports to an Anthropology Curator at the FLMNH.
This position holds very diverse responsibilities related to maintenance of the RRC and organizing education and community engagement. Working with FLMNH curators, the manager will facilitate research on the archaeology and ecology of southwest Florida; some prior knowledge of these topics will be greatly beneficial. The RRC is strongly dedicated to public outreach, and preferred candidates will have experience in developing and implementing formal and informal educational experiences and programing. In addition, the successful candidate will supervise the operation of a small retail store, a visitor center, as well as buildings and grounds maintenance that includes invasive plant species removal and native habitat development. Individuals with experience in operations and management, particularly for cultural and natural history lands, organizations, centers, trusts, agencies, etc., including parks, nature centers, museums, historical sites, are also encouraged to apply.
With this position we seek to strengthen the FLMNH’s regional, state, and global leadership role in natural history, cultural heritage, education, and public outreach by hiring a creative, interdisciplinary-oriented operations manager whose experience can be focused on supporting all RRC visitors, educators, and researchers, and will foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society. The FLMNH is actively seeking applicants who contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and excellence of both academic and public communities and who have experience working with and supporting underserved and/or underrepresented communities.
- Works closely with FLMNH curators to develop policies and procedures that promote education and research.
- Works closely with FLMNH collection managers to direct and manage archaeological and ecological collections work related to ongoing research.
- Develops public outreach and outreach materials, including events, tours, lectures, courses, exhibit materials, and a quarterly newsletter, and actively seeks to make programs as inclusive as possible, with emphasis on reaching underrepresented audiences.
- Manages media engagement, including social media, news media inquiries, and liaising with FLMNH science communication staff.
- Writes grant proposals and administer grants.
- Oversees the daily operations of the RRC, including the direct supervision of 2-3 individuals involved with the retail store and building and grounds maintenance.
- Recruits and supervises volunteers.
- Administers a budget and collaborates with FLMNH staff to develop an annual expense and income forecast.
- Regularly reports to a FLMNH supervisory curator about operational issues and problems.
- Assists staff with daily activities as needed, including cleaning and upkeep of building facilities, and outdoor labor on native plant and invasive species projects. This will require active physical involvement on the part of the candidate.
- Responsible for monitoring the work environment of assigned area to ensure compliance with the University non-discrimination and workplace harassment policies by reporting alleged violations to senior management in a timely manner.
Interested applicants must apply online https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/515934/.
Applicants should provide a professional CV or resumé that includes the names of three references, as well as a cover letter of up to two pages. The letter should highlight their professional background and relevant experience in the following: 1) administrative, managerial, and/or research positions; 2) leadership and outreach in formal and/or informal educational settings; 3) contributions to, or potential to contribute to and advance, the Florida Museum’s and the University of Florida’s commitment to increasing Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, and Accessibility within STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education and disciplines. Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. Charles Cobb, Search Chair, ccobb (at) flmnh.ufl.edu. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2021.
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida invites all qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under the Florida Sunshine and Public Records laws.
The Florida Museum’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At FLMNH, we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive student, faculty, and staff experience at the University of Florida. As a university-based museum, we believe it is essential that we, as educators, develop pathways for learners of all ages and wide-ranging audiences toward increased diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in STEM and Social Science disciplines and workforces. We are committed to the ongoing self-reflection and work needed to serve students from historically underrepresented groups within the greater University of Florida community, especially through student mentorship, teaching, public outreach, and experiential learning opportunities. Candidates who, through their job duties, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UF community are encouraged to apply.