The College of Sciences at Old Dominion University is seeking candidates for the Associate Director of Kaplan Orchid Conservatory (full-time, 12 month) position. This position will facilitate campus and community outreach and develop programs to engage students, faculty, and the larger community around the collection, its greenhouses, and outdoor facilities including participating in community-wide activities with local educational and non-profit organizations (Norfolk Botanical Garden, Tidewater Orchid Society, Elizabeth River Project, etc.). This position will report to the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and work with the Assistant Vice President for Research as well as faculty from across the University to promote research, education, and outreach in the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory.
The Kaplan Orchid Conservatory, a 3,000 square foot facility, is located on the main campus of Old Dominion University. The facility houses the orchid collection of late Norfolk physician Arthur Kaplan, as well as other plants of local and ethnobotanical significance. The Conservatory consists of five climate-controlled greenhouses, a potting room, orchid propagation lab, and office and meeting space. Outdoor garden spaces surround the facility. More information about the Conservatory is available at https://www.odu.edu/research/support-services/orchid-conservatory.
Required Education: Master’s degree in horticulture or a related field of study. Bachelor’s degree with work experience equivalent to a master’s degree in horticulture or a related field of study may be substituted.
Required Qualifications: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Category 3, Commercial Pesticide Applicator Permit or the ability to obtain the permit. Considerable horticulture management experience; program development and community outreach, fund raising, volunteer management and public speaking. Some experience in horticultural science research. Some knowledge of annual giving strategies and best practices. Some knowledge of marketing and public relations principles and promotion of sustainable growing & healthy horticultural based research programs. Some knowledge of strategic uses of events to advance development and outreach efforts improving visibility, partnerships and funding. Ability to lead research programs. Ability to analyze program effectiveness and apply what is learned to future planning and implementation of facility educational outreach and research development. Ability to coordinate meetings, prepare professional correspondence, and use computer software including the IControl communications system, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form with a range of audiences including university administrators, faculty, federal and other state agencies, industry representatives, and other individuals interacting with the university research enterprise.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to promote horticulture programs in order to educate and drive external financial support.
Internal Number: FP552A
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