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Ocean Career: Associate Director at Alaska Sea Grant

ECO Magazine
AK, Alaska, US
Closing date
Feb 14, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Applicants are invited for the position of Associate Director for Alaska Sea Grant.

The Associate Director leads research and fellowship programs, serves on the management team to develop new program ideas, strategies and funding, and ensures program integrity and compliance. This position offers the opportunity to learn and work in a dynamic and collaborative environment and to build professional relationships with leading scientists and practitioners in marine-related outreach, research, and education throughout Alaska. The successful candidate will represent Alaska Sea Grant at local, state and national levels. Competitive applicants will have refereed publications, successful grant writing experience, organizational and leadership skills, and experience in natural or social science research related to healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient communities and economies, and/or environmental literacy and workforce development.
Lead the Alaska Sea Grant research program. Lead preparation of the research component of the four-year Omnibus proposal to NOAA, including competitive selection of proposals. Develop the bi-annual Request for Proposals in conjunction with the Director. Oversee pre-proposal and full proposal review and evaluation, ensuring integrity and compliance with National Sea Grant competition policy and other federal policies, and ensuring appropriate budgets, including award amounts and matching funding commitments, across multiple projects. Serve as coordinator for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance.

Lead data sharing implementation and policy compliance. Administer and develop best practices in project management and reporting, including use of databases and online applications. Develop communication materials on research projects and related activities, e.g. blog posts, newsletter stories, annual report entries. Provide accurate and timely representation of research projects for the Alaska Sea Grant website. Connect potential researchers with community partners and other stakeholders across Alaska. Coordinate the Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium.

Administer Alaska Sea Grant fellowship, traineeship, and internship programs. Lead the recruitment of fellows and host organizations for the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship program, including developing communication materials and strategies. Administer application and review for national fellowships, such as the Knauss Fellowship and other Sea Grant-related fellowships that are administered at the state level.

Lead the recruitment of interns and host organizations for the Community-Engaged Internship summer program. Administer fellowship and traineeship appointments and funding. Serve as the point of contact for these programs. Manage partnerships and agreements between Alaska Sea Grant and host organizations. Develop professional development opportunities for fellows, trainees and interns, and create a long-term system for implementation, including hosting monthly meetings, communicating upcoming opportunities, and supporting a cohort environment for high-achievers in their early careers.

Lead reporting to National Sea Grant on research projects, fellowships, and special projects, including collation of metrics and measures, and writing high quality impact and accomplishment statements. Lead and participate in reporting to federal, state, and local entities.

Participate as a member of the Alaska Sea Grant Management Team and provide program leadership. Work with the management team to develop strategic plans and related documents. Represent Alaska Sea Grant and UAF at Sea Grant Association and other Sea Grant network programs. Participate in the National Sea Grant Research Coordinator network and coordinate with other Sea Grant research programs. As needed, act on behalf of the Director at university, state, and national levels.

Seek opportunities to grow and leverage funding. Lead preparation of proposals, including Sea Grant special projects competitions and opportunistic solicited and unsolicited proposals. Coordinate proposals to National Sea Grant led by researchers inside and outside of Alaska.
  • Expert knowledge of natural or social science related to healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient communities and economies, and/or environmental literacy and workforce development.
  • Expert knowledge of research methodology. Expert ability to collect, analyze, interpret and manage data. Ability to problem solve and implement solutions.
  • Advanced leadership skills. Ability to manage a complex research program with multiple principal investigators working on diverse research projects across Alaska. Ability to recommend, create, and implement process improvements and strategic plans. Ability to develop and administer high-visibility programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Decipher requests for information and formulate appropriate responses to a varied and culturally diverse audience.
  • Knowledge of grant writing procedures and the ability to secure funding from outside entities. Ability to manage budgets and familiarity with federal granting agency processes, procedures, and regulations.
  • Proven ability to get work published in a refereed publication.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to pay attention to detail and see the big picture. Ability to work independently. Ability to manage sudden deadlines, short-notice changes, and conflicting priorities. Ability to manage simultaneous projects and prioritize projects and activities.
  • Ability to work within budget and time constraints.
  • Experience in natural or social science research related to healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, resilient communities and economies, and/or environmental literacy and workforce development.
  • Familiarity with the grant processes and regulations of NOAA or other federal agency.

Preferred Experience :
  • Experience with state, federal and Tribal organizations in Alaska.
  • PhD or equivalent in marine science, fisheries, ecology, environmental science, anthropology, economics, Alaska Native studies, cross-cultural studies, or a related field.
  • A master's degree with 5 years research administration or successful competitive research experience in the above fields may be used to substitute for a PhD.
  • This is a full-time, Grade 83, minimum $81,515 annually, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes excellent benefits including retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Fairbanks
CATEGORIES: Executive/Director/Management, Administrative/Personnel, Business/Accounting/Finance, Research/Science/Grants

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