Job Opportunity: Executive Director at the Center for Marine Science

The Executive Director for the Center for Marine Science (CMS) serves as the strategic leader and chief advocate for coastal and marine sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).

The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of the programs and facilities organizationally housed in the Center for Marine Science, including MARBIONC, SRH, and FMP. The Executive Director develops and maintains critical relationships with Academic Colleges, Schools, and Departments that allow UNCW to realize the impact on education and outreach made possible through the core facilities, infrastructure, and applied learning opportunities the Center offers. The Executive Director reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The Executive Director has the critical role of developing and maintaining relationships with federal, state, international, and private partners in order to advance UNCW’s coastal and marine science efforts. These relationships are critical in order to ensure that UNCW’s efforts are recognized and have impact beyond the local campus, and to ensure that UNCW secures funding to support continued efforts.

The Executive Director is charged with supporting marine science leaders in the development, implementation, and maintenance of strategies and initiatives to advance UNCW’s efforts in marine science research and scholarship. The Executive Director partners with academic colleges through affiliated faculty and collaborative relationships to advance learning for students through facilities, opportunities, and experiences at the CREST Research Park, Harbor Island, and beyond. 

The Executive Director partners with the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation to advance the MARBIONC Development Group, LLC, an associated entity of UNCW co-located on the CREST Research Campus. The Executive Director serves as the strategic leader to ensure that UNCW leverages the MARBIONC facility and opportunities created through the MARBIONC.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Earned doctorate in a marine-related related field from an accredited university.
  • A significant record of partnership development and a record of securing funding through grant, contract, and fundraising to support coastal and marine science programs and initiatives.
  • A significant record of achievement in teaching, scholarship, service, and sponsored research appropriate as a tenured associate or full professor in a marine-related discipline.
  • At least three years of significant administrative experience, including supervision of faculty and staff, management of financial resources, and oversight of administrative processes that impact multiple departments/units within an institution.
  • Proven record in the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and staff.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

    • Accomplished, energetic, and visionary skills capable of leading a complex, multi-focused organization.
    • Ability to support both basic and applied research, encourage the development of early career scientists, and advocate for balance and needs across a wide variety of marine science research and education.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including a consultative leadership style and appreciation for shared governance, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Commitment to developing and maintaining community engagement and outreach activity, especially with potential research sponsors, funding agencies, and public/private partners.
    • Administrative experience leading and managing a research center or institute.

Job ID: 55936152
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Position Title: Executive Director, Center for Marine Science
Company Name: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Application deadline: March 15, 2021

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