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Director of Collections and Research (0421U) - 15215
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 11, 2021
Title Director of Collections and Research (0421U) - 15215
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Arts/Museum/Theater

Director of Collections and Research (0421U) - 15215

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The UC Botanical Garden is a unit of the Berkeley Natural History Museums administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Garden's broad mission is to develop and maintain a diverse collection of plants in support of the University's missions in teaching and worldwide research in plant biology. Additional major roles include conservation of plant diversity and promoting public understanding and appreciation of plants and the natural environment, through many Garden activities, including through a diverse array of public education programs.

  • Directs curatorial and horticulture activities at the Garden and supervises unit supervisors (Curator and Supervisor of Horticulture and Grounds and Horticulturist-Propagator). This includes hiring, reviewing work, assigning duties, and completing performance evaluations.
  • Develop and foster individual staff talents, skills and performance, encouraging opportunities for professional growth.
  • Develop and evaluate plant maintenance techniques for diverse accessions, many of which have not previously been in cultivation.
  • Develop and evaluate supervisory skills of subordinate supervisors.
  • Maintain staff awareness of the Missions of the Garden and the University, as well as of the Garden's priorities and programs.
  • Develop, implement and monitor horticultural and curatorial operating policies and procedures.
  • Under the general direction from the Garden Director, and in collaboration with the curatorial and horticultural staff, explore and define directions and emphases for enlarging and expanding the Garden's collection, including reviewing and setting Garden collection policy, setting strategic goals and planning for their implementation.
  • Seek and allocate resources in the most effective way to accomplish the Garden's mission.
  • Under the general direction of the Garden Director, explore and develop opportunities for increasing the Garden's collection through collaborations with national and international partners.
  • Provide horticultural and curatorial support to conservation initiatives of the Garden.
  • In collaboration with the Garden Director and the Director of Development identify potential funding sources, including individuals.
  • Provide horticultural and curatorial support to faculty, staff and student researchers, as needed.
  • Furnish botanical and horticultural information to government agencies and the public; address inquiries and interview requests from the local, national and international media; lecture upon request.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of collection building / connoisseurship, ethical and legal standards for acquisition, and of the current market.
  • Knowledge of the principles of conservation / preservation.
  • Supervisory and leadership abilities.
  • Ability to take long-range approach.

  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Specialization in an area of the museum's collection.
  • Knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and current trends.
  • Knowledge of selection, evaluation, and exhibition of objects.
  • Donor cultivation and relationship building skills.
  • Skills in scholarly research and writing scholarly publications.
  • Budget and project management.
  • Skill in teaching in a university setting.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. This job will remain until filled.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

Other Information

This is a full-time, Career position.

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to February 24, 2021.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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