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WORKING TITLE
  • Executive Director
  • PERCENT OF FULL
  • 100
  • DEPARTMENT/PROJECT OVERVIEW
    POSITION OVERVIEW
  • The Executive Director (ED) for the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will function as the primary voice of ocean conservation at CMBC. The ED serves at the pleasure of the CMBC Faculty Directors. The ED works to create the vision of CMBC in 2012 as the world's leading research center on marine biodiversity and conservation, and to link science with policy through partnerships with leading NGOs and communication.

    The ED must be an effective administrator, innovative leader, and exceptional communicator who continuously engages the Center in creating programs that advance knowledge, solve real-word marine problems, and engage faculty from across the campus in related academic and research pursuits. ED must continuously strive to maintain and improve the quality of programs while observing UCSD principles and processes.

    The ED must be collaborative and hands-on and participate directly in fund-raising and proposal generating activities for the Center. The ED will function at the highest level of scientific and institutional policy, program planning and development, reporting to the Director of Policy Programs and International Relations.

    The ED must be a great recruiter of talented students and have a strong commitment to campus diversity.
  • SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
  • Some travel required.
    Must be available to work non-routine hours on occasion.

  • EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY SUPERVISED: Name, Payroll Title, Job Description #, Status (career, casual, student), %Time
  • Penny Dockry, Administrative Analyst (Job#118848), 100% career
    Others TBD as CMBC grows
  • EMPLOYEES SUPERVISED THROUGH OTHERS: Name, Payroll Title
  • Jane M. Weinzierl, Program Representative, UCSD Extension, 50% career
  • For use only by Department HR Contact
    IS BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIRED
  • No
  • IS C.O.I. DISCLOSURE REQUIRED
  • No
  • IS PRE-PLACEMENT PHYSICAL REQUIRED
  • No
  • (Dept only) REQUESTED HEERA
  • All Others, not Confidential
  • (Central HR only) APPROVED HEERA
  • All Others, not Confidential
  • FUNCTIONS WITH CORRESPONDING TASKS
    FUNCTION NAME
    (1.)  Develop and direct new and existing research and conservation programs relevant to CMBC within SIO and UCSD
    %TIME
    30%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    i. Provide leadership in interdisciplinary research program planning and development and coordinate research efforts among faculty and researchers within SIO and UCSD.
    ii. Ensure integration and collaboration of CMBC programs and activities with other relevant UCSD programs, departments, and nongovernmental agencies.
    iii. Lead the development and implementation of high profile colloquia, workshops, and seminars on issues and topics relevant to the Centerís goals.
    FUNCTION NAME
    (2.)  Strategic planning and fund raising to support CMBC related research and academic programs.
    %TIME
    25%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    i. Continually refine and articulate the mission of CMBC in new and innovative ways to highlight for potential donors the scientific and social excitement and importance of CMBC related activities.
    ii. Develop personal relationships with existing donors and document all new contacts through meetings with the SIO development department.
    iii. Work with the SIO development to develop a long-range, comprehensive strategy and timetable for major gifts prospects.
    FUNCTION NAME
    (3.)  Support academic programs
    %TIME
    25%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    i. Work with the Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD program (IGERT) to insure the continuation and academic excellence of the program.
    ii. Develop opportunities for internships and research for MAS and PhD students with State, Federal, and international government agencies and NGOs.
    iii. Help to recruit graduate students through the CMBC website and by presentations at other educational institutions and meetings.
    iv. Facilitate academic credit (for faculty reviews) by acknowledging participation in the interdisciplinary program to appropriate faculty chairs. Secure funding as needed for those academics involved in the summer interdisciplinary instruction and new programs.
    v. Provide educational program planning to involve faculty from all UCSD departments working with the Dean of SIO and other UCSD academic deans and departments.
    FUNCTION NAME
    (4.)  Act as the public face of CMBC within the UCSD community and beyond.
    %TIME
    20%
    ESSENTIAL
    True
    TASKS
    i. Develop and maintain positive relations and coordination within UCSD and with other institutions.
    ii. Participate and fulfill program diversity outreach requirements in coordination with OGSR and SIO students and faculty.
    iii. Provide leadership in developing and coordinating joint activities among partners including UCSD departments, SWFSC, NOAA, SDSC, industry, educational and research institutions, government, and NGOs.
    iv. Develop innovative strategies and methods for distilling key research findings and communicating them effectively to a broad audience across disciplines and levels of sophistication.
    v. Represents CMBC as directed by CMBC Faculty Directors at various academic, research, business, national and international meetings.
    vi. Establish an outside advisory committee to guide development of future programs and assist with identification and solicitation of new funding sources.
    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    RELATED FUNCS: DESCRIBE KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, ABILITY: IMPORTANCE LVL:
    1 2 3 4 Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in marine science, social science, or environmental law with a wide diversity of experience in conservation programs, teaching, administration, and development typically obtained by seven or more years work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Required
    1 2 3 4 Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, donors and partners with an emphasis on collaboration, tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.

    Required
    1 2 3 4 Excellent interpersonal, communication and follow-up skills to work productively and enthusiastically with the chancellor, vice chancellors, academic deans, faculty, administrators, professional advisors, the business community and administrative support on all manner of projects and issues. Required
    1 2 3 4 Demonstrated high level of independent thinking, innovative decision-making, consensus building among disparate and maverick academics that facilitates cooperation and synergy in studying complex multi-disciplinary research and education.

    Required
    1 2 3 4 Solid communication skills with the ability to speak and write creatively and persuasively about scientific and social scientific research and policy and to express complex or technical content in broadly understandable terms. Experience in verbal communication and presentation to large and diverse groups.




    Required
    1 2 3 4 Proven aptitude for working as part of a team and ability to respect the confidentiality required in all contacts with constituents. Ability to lead through knowledge and example. Use good judgment and make decisions.

    Required
    1 2 3 4 Excellent ability to handle multiple projects, deadlines, conflicts in an environment of shifting priorities and resource and staff constraints. Required
    1 2 3 4 Demonstrated experience in industry/government/ngo/university relations with a track record of successfully bringing university researchers and other entities together to create new research partnerships and programs to broaden institution reach.

    Required
    1 2 3 4 Strong background in project management and research coordination. Preferred
    1 2 3 4 Knowledge of fundraising principles and contract and granting agencies proposal processes. Required
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