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Shore Employment

Admissions Counselor (California)

Sea Education Association announces a remotely based job opening in California.

Title: Admissions Counselor
Reports to: Admissions Coordinator
Start Date: August 2016

Job Description

Working from a remote home office in California and as part of a seven person Admissions team, the Admissions Counselor (West Coast) is responsible for acting as a primary ambassador of SEA and SEA Semester while managing all phases of SEA's recruitment and enrollment effort within a designated West Coast territory.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide professional assistance to prospective students, their parents, and institutional contacts including study abroad advisors, faculty, and administrators
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with key contacts at designated colleges and universities
  • Counsel students through every phase of the admissions process from inquiry to enrollment
  • Schedule, coordinate, and carry out frequent travel to colleges and universities to recruit prospective students and promote SEA Semester programs to multiple audiences
  • Maintain student application files as well as college and university records

Required Skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to set and maintain self-directed schedule while working out of a home office
  • Effective and proactive written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • Positive, outgoing attitude with a great sense of humor
  • Willingness & ability to travel frequently, especially during peak recruiting seasons
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Skype, Google platform, FileMaker Pro or similar database, and social media channels


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Personal study abroad experience, preferably on a field-based or experiential learning program such as SEA Semester
  • Previous Admissions or study abroad advising experience a plus
  • Valid driver's license with a clean driving record
  • Ability to lift or maneuver up to 50 pounds, continuously stand or walk and bend, squat, and climb stairs

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should email a letter of interest and résumé to with the subject line “Admissions Counselor Search - California,” or mail their materials to SEA Admissions Search, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 02543.

The Program

SEA Semester has offered field programs in marine and environmental studies since 1971. SEA is an educational institution dedicated to the exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the oceans, and to the study of humanity's relationship with the oceans. SEA Semester offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum, on shore and at sea aboard tall ships, that provides challenging voyages of scientific discovery, academic rigor, and personal growth.

Assistant/Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships

Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for the permanent, full-time administrative position of Assistant/Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships.

About SEA
SEA is a non-profit educational institution and an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has educated undergraduates about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester®. SEA is located on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, and owns and operates two sailing research vessels: the SSV Corwith Cramer, in the Atlantic Ocean, and the SSV Robert C. Seamans, in the Pacific.

General Description
With a primary goal of supporting undergraduate enrollment in SEA Semester programs through relationship building, the Assistant/Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships is the central academic ambassador for SEA. He/She is responsible for devising and implementing strategies to raise and maintain the profile of SEA and SEA Semester among multiple audiences at sending institutions, most importantly through building and strengthening faculty and administrator relationships. He/She actively engages with academic constituents through travel and communications; oversees all new and existing affiliation and partnership agreements; initiates and assists in the development of faculty-led collaborative programs; and promotes other opportunities for academic collaboration with SEA. Secondary responsibilities including establishing relationships with other potential partners including but not limited to research institutions, government agencies, corporations, and private foundations. The Assistant/Associate Dean reports dually to the Academic Dean and the Dean of Admissions & Marketing, and works closely and collaboratively with SEA faculty and Office of Admissions staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the Dean of Admissions & Marketing to develop and maintain relationships with college and university administrators, faculty, and staff, in order to build and manage the academic reputation of SEA and to support enrollment in SEA Semester programs.
  • Facilitate visits by SEA faculty members to colleges and universities.
  • Initiate and secure new institutional affiliations and agreements, centralize and monitor existing agreements, and renew as necessary.
  • Organize, market, and lead semi-annual Colleague Voyages, inviting participation from college and university contacts.
  • Act as the point person for all collaborative program inquiries from colleges and universities, supporting the Academic Dean and teaching faculty in scheduling, itinerary, and program development.
  • Promote and facilitate other opportunities for collaboration with SEA beyond student enrollment, including but not limited to visiting lecturer/faculty appointments, research collaborations, education and outreach collaborations, and “ship of opportunity” collaborations.
  • Organize and prepare annual course bulletin updates for Boston University (school of record), and other colleges and universities as needed.
  • Work with Academic Dean to coordinate and facilities annual Academic Advisory Board meetings and periodic external academic reviews.
  • Work with the Academic Dean and SEA faculty to participate in program and curricular development efforts, informed by trends at and insights from sending institutions.
  • Work with the Associate Dean of Student Services and Financial Aid to identify and remove enrollment barriers related to credit and curriculum.
  • Create and maintain records of credit transfer of SEA Semester courses at colleges and universities, to inform future curricular integration and advising efforts.
  • Represent SEA at professional and academic conferences including but not limited to NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad.


  • Masters or similar advanced degree in higher education or a discipline related to SEA is required; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in an academic setting
  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively during fall and spring semesters
  • Ability to successfully and accurately represent SEA to a variety of audiences, especially within the academic realm
  • Ability to self-motivate and work cooperatively with diverse groups
  • Ability to analyze and use enrollment data to inform institutional strategies
  • Familiarity with all aspects of SEA Semester programs
  • Highly organized with a demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and FileMaker Pro
  • Comfortable working independently as well as with a team
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities in conjunction with travel schedule

Application Process
Review of applications begins August 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references via email to Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address.

Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Crew Employment

Senior Chief Engineer

Sea Education Association (SEA), a non-profit educational organization, invites applicants for the position of Senior Chief Engineer to assist managing engineering operations of our Sailing School Vessels, the Corwith Cramer and the Robert C. Seamans. SEA is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. SEA empowers students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor and personal growth. Our SEA Semester program features an interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic leadership-development experience – at sea aboard tall ships and on shore. 

The goal of the Senior Chief Engineer position is to provide continuity in managing the Engineering Department on board SEA’s vessels in terms of ship operations, short and long range maintenance goals, and efforts in support of SEA’s mission. This position is a two-year renewable position, subject to continuous satisfactory job performance and continued satisfactory medical fitness.

The applicant will be expected to work a minimum of 7 months (210 days) in each 12 month period. Six months of this time will be on board a specified SEA vessel, the Corwith Cramer OR the Robert C. Seamans. This 6 months of sea service will include leading engineering oversight in at least one yard period(s) and the remainder of the 6 months will be on board the vessel as Chief Engineer during dates agreed upon by the applicant and the Marine Operations Coordinator.

One month of time (30 days) will be spent on shore, in support of vessel operations. This work effort will be spent in the office in Woods Hole, MA, but other options can be arranged with prior approval from the Director of Marine Operations. Special projects for this time will be agreed upon by the Marine Department and the selected candidate. This work may include, but is not limited to: revisions of manuals, research of projects needed on board, yard or major maintenance preparation, capital improvements preparation, and other tasks as assigned. When not working onboard the vessel or in the office, the selected candidate may be asked to assist (via email communications) sailing engineers with troubleshooting problems experienced aboard the vessel. Must be flexible and ready to assist the vessels as needed.

Preferred applicants may have an AB Sail credential with relevant STCW certifications or willingness to obtain this credential, and familiarity with the SEA vessels. Must be able to work and communicate well with diverse groups.

A satisfactory pre-employment drug test and an extensive health history and pre-employment physical are required in accordance with the U. S. Coast Guard regulations and SEA policy for crew members.

Please send electronic copies of your cover letter, current resume, and two letters of reference to: Jennifer Haddock:

Or, send printed copies to:
Senior Chief Engineer SEARCH
Attn: Jennifer Haddock
Sea Education Association
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Application review begins July 5, 2016. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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