Executive Director job opening; Dr. Schuster to step down this fall after 30 years

Black Rock Forest is searching for its next Executive Director as of the fall of 2022. The organization’s Board of Directors has partnered with the national search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in finding a visionary leader to guide Black Rock Forest into the future.

Responsibilities of the position include providing leadership and day-to-day management of the 3,924- acre Black Rock Forest and its ten full-time and five part-time staff. Other responsibilities include scientific leadership, strategic planning, fiscal oversight of the operating budget, fundraising, talent recruitment, and partnering with the 18 members of the Black Rock Forest Consortium including Columbia University, City University of New York, and the American Museum of Natural History. The position calls for a dynamic leader and spokesperson who brings proven managerial skills, outstanding abilities in communication, and an advanced scientific background.

The current Executive Director, William Schuster, PhD, announced last fall that he would be stepping down as director in October 2022 after 30 years of dedicated service. Under his leadership Black Rock Forest has grown into a biological field station of national significance, featuring an award-winning “green” campus supporting more than 13,000 student-visitor days in the Forest each year as well as some 50 – 100,000 annual public visitors. More than 700 scientific papers have resulted from work at Black Rock Forest since it was founded in 1927 with the great majority produced since the Consortium was formed in 1989. Dr. Schuster will be honored for his service on May 5 during Black Rock Forest’s Annual Benefit at the Metropolitan Club in New York City and will receive the organization’s E. G. Stillman award.

More information about the position and how to make inquiries, nominations, and applications can be found at www.imsearch.com/8432