Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - Faculty

2319 10605
Position ID:Duke-NSOEFaculty-NRF [#10605]
Position Title: Natural Resources Finance Executive in Residence
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Environmental Science
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Environmental Economics
Appl Deadline: finished (2017/12/08, finished 2018/05/24, listed until 2018/06/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) at Duke University seeks a practitioner with experience in natural resources finance for an Executive in Residence faculty position. The growth of investment in forestland, water rights, mitigation banks, and other natural resources since the 1980s has created demand for professionals who combine skills related to natural resource management with skills in financial analysis and investment management. It has also increased the value of natural resources professionals who are conversant in financial concepts, and the value of finance professionals who have a basic understanding of natural resources. Financial innovation related to natural resources has continued to evolve. Conservation is being transformed by a variety of financial mechanisms and approaches, including payments for ecosystem services, conservation easements, mitigation banks, and impact investing, which tap private capital to fund the provision of carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, watershed services, and other environmental public goods and services from private lands. Investments in forestland and other natural resources are increasingly global, generating both new opportunities and new challenges and creating a need for professionals who are able to operate successfully in international settings.

The Executive in Residence is a 3-year term position. Its chief responsibilities include: (1) establish and administer an educational program in natural resources finance through a sequence of 3-4 courses (some existing; some to be developed) within NSOE’s Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) degree programs; (2) teach core courses in the sequence, and related courses in NSOE’s Executive Education program; (3) develop private- and public-sector partnerships, along with alumni relationships, to support student internships and traineeships; (4) assist the NSOE admissions office in recruiting MEM and MF students interested in the program; (5) work with the NSOE Dean and Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations to raise resources required to sustain and grow the program; and (6) serve as liaison to other programs within NSOE, other units at Duke University (in particular, the Fuqua School of Business, Duke Financial Economics Center in the Department of Economics, and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions), and relevant organizations outside Duke.

The successful applicant will have substantial practical experience in natural resources finance, as a practitioner working with forestland, other land-based resources, freshwater resources, or related sectors. A desire to build and develop a master’s-level educational program, including teaching core courses in it, is required, as is an ability to teach, advise, and mentor master’s-level students from a diverse range of backgrounds in ways that will expand and enrich the culture of inclusiveness at NSOE. A PhD or professional doctorate in a field related to natural resources finance is desired but not required.

To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position; (2) a statement of your vision for a master’s-level educational program in natural resources finance; (3) a statement of your teaching philosophy and experience with, and commitment to, teaching a diverse student body; (4) a statement of your relevant professional experience; (5) a detailed resume or curriculum vitae; and (6) names and contact information for three references. You may also include up to three examples of professional or scholarly works related to natural resources finance, although this is not required. Applications should be submitted at Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo See Job # 10605.

Further inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Martin Doyle (martin.doyle@duke.edu, t: 919-613-8026). The search committee will begin reviewing applications February 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

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Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Further Info:
Box 90329
Duke University
Durham NC 27708

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