Director of James A. Barrow Biological Field Station

Hiram College
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2022

Hiram College invites applications for entrepreneurial individuals to serve as director of the 550-acre James A. Barrow Biological Field Station near Hiram’s campus and the Northwoods Field Station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For more background information on the field stations, see If appropriate, the director will also hold a faculty appointment in an area of study relevant to the teaching and research conducted at the field stations.

The successful candidate will be a strategic leader who works with the campus to set the goals of both Hiram College field stations which are at a critical juncture in their development. The candidate will have an interdisciplinary mindset, love science and sustainability efforts, support faculty and students to conduct basic and applied research, promote creative activities at the field stations, enjoy program and event planning, apply for grants to support the facilities and research, and develop strategic partnerships on and off campus. We seek candidates who will complement our current strengths in Environmental Studies, Biology, and interdisciplinary approaches to the urgent challenges we face and who are eager to explore the possibilities for collaboration across academic programs. Hiram is open to a director/faculty member from a wide variety of fields, e.g., biology, environmental biology, environmental education, soil science, natural resource management, economics of natural resource management or those who have a strong administrative background involving substantial program development and community outreach. Candidates from outside academia with appropriate experience are welcome to apply. 

Duties and Responsibilities*

· Assumes a leadership role in building both the physical and pedagogical infrastructure of the field stations so that faculty and students are engaged in projects on site

· Supports the interests of a diverse and interdisciplinary faculty at Hiram College

· Acts as a representative of both field stations in dealing with the local community, partner organizations, and other field stations and builds new collaborative relationships in the area and beyond with K-12 education, other higher education institutions, and appropriate industries

· Works closely with the staff of the field station

· Works with colleagues in fundraising and grant writing, and prepares requests for external funding

· Prepares the annual budget and manages the finances to include detailed records of expenditures

· Will develop in their own academic area of expertise as time allows

· Reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


· Master’s degree required; doctorate preferred; faculty rank depending on academic background

· Three to five years of intellectual and administrative leadership of a biological field station or similar administrative experience. 

· Experience in obtaining grant support from public and private sources

· Record of excellence in program planning

· Expertise in an academic area applicable to the field stations

· Record of teaching and scholarship and interest in continuing to teach undergraduates preferred

· Interest and expertise in sustainability programming

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to supervise, mentor, and motivate staff and faculty at off-campus locations

About Hiram College

Hiram College, established in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, is a nationally recognized, private, residential liberal arts college located 30 miles southeast from Cleveland in Ohio’s historic Western Reserve region. At Hiram, close student-faculty interactions and educational innovation are routine. The College’s distinctive academic calendar, the Hiram Plan, offers students the opportunity each semester to learn in both a 12-week format (usually taking 3 courses) and a 3-week intensive format (1 course). All students participate in experiential learning through study abroad/study away trips, internships, and/or research experiences as part of the Hiram Connect initiative.

The student population at Hiram College is diverse in many ways – economic background, ethnic heritage, and academic interests. We value experiential, interdisciplinary, and project-based learning that focuses on the enduring questions we have faced and the urgent challenges of our times. We strongly encourage applications from members of all under-represented groups in higher education.

Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply directly through the Hiram College website.  

Please include the following:

1. Cover letter addressing administrative philosophy and interest in field station development including the physical structures, research projects, and community engagement

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Name, email address, and telephone number for at least three professional references

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, applicants should submit materials by. December 12, 2022. Expected start date is July 1, 2023. General questions may be addressed to VPAA and Dean Rob Bohrer (

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