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Employment

This section provides current information on job opportunities at SEA. These listings will be updated periodically so please check back often.

Shore Employment

Director of Finance & Administration

Sea Education Association (SEA), http://www.sea.edu, invites applications for a permanent full-time Director of Finance and Administration.

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. SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. We’re a dynamic organization in search of a multi-faceted person who can provide strategic and day to day leadership broadly in the areas of finance, human resources, facilities management, and technology.

Position Summary

The Director’s primary responsibility is to provide direction and management of financial resources to enhance the goals of the institution in a manner consistent with SEA’s mission and current and future fiscal health.  A key component of this position is to provide financial expertise and leadership in all institutional planning efforts. 

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the President, the Director of Finance and Administration works to implement best business practices, procedures, and systems throughout the institution to insure sound fiscal management. 

  • Develop, implement and oversee SEA’s annual operating budget, which is approved by the Board of Trustees
  • Manage the Business Office Manager, Human Resources Coordinator, Shore Facilities Coordinator, Fiscal Coordinator, Network Administrator, and Associate Dean of Financial Aid
  • Regularly update and advise the President as to the current status of financial affairs and business-related activities
  • Manage the investment of institution funds in accordance with Board instructions and in consultation with the Investment and Finance Committees
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Serve as Finance and Administration representative with senior management
  • Act as liaison to the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Risk Management Committees
  • Participate in Trustee meetings and the annual and semi-annual meetings
  • Works collaboratively with fellow SEA team members, volunteers, Trustees and Board Members

Qualifications, Experience and Education

  • The successful candidate will have proven managerial and leadership experience with demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to motivate and coach
  • Understanding of automated accounting systems
  • Discretion and confidentiality a must, humor a plus
  • Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and non-profit management
  • S/He will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in business management in a supervisory role
  • Broad knowledge of facilities and technology management, regulatory processes and insurance needs
  • Substantial experience in establishing fiscal controls and in providing financial management for a school, college, not for profit or other equivalent experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business management, finance or related field required; CPA or masters level preferred

SEA is an EOE and committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Please apply to FinanceandAdminSearch@sea.edu.

Science Program Coordinator

August 2017: Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a permanent, fulltime position of Science Program Coordinator. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, MA, which offers innovative and rigorous oceanography and environmental science programs on our campus and aboard our state-of-the-art sailing research vessels, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

We seek a candidate who desires a diverse and challenging interdisciplinary position and understands what it takes to be an essential part of a team. Candidates should be professional, self-motivated and highly organized. Additionally, we require the flexibility to be able to meet the needs of our sailing school vessels which means occasional work during non-traditional work hours (nights and weekends).

Position Summary

The Science Program Coordinator will play a vital role in supporting and promoting science programs on board SEA’s two sailing school vessels and at our campus. S/he will work alongside the Science Operations Coordinator, Marine Operations staff, as well as the Marine Science faculty to develop and advance the Assistant Scientist Program, ensure timely completion of pre-cruise and post-cruise logistics, and support of marine science programs and overall ship operations. This position requires an individual to be able to multi-task effectively, be flexible and innovative, and possess good communication skills. The ability to work as part of a team is also essential to this position. The Science Program Coordinator may also have the opportunity to sail as an assistant scientist or teaching assistant as needed. Travel to the ships during maintenance periods for two to six weeks per year may also be required and is encouraged. S/he reports to the Director of Marine Operations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead the continued development and advancement of SEA’s Assistant Scientist Program. This will include recruiting and staffing assistant scientists on board SEA’s two vessels, coordinating training of current and prospective assistant scientists, and identifying opportunities for professional development
  • Facilitate and manage the process for obtaining Marine Scientific Research Authorizations for all SEA cruises; this includes securing needed clearances and permits for scientific research and other related activities during at-sea programs. This will entail working closely with SEA faculty and other Marine Operations staff, in conjunction with the US Department of State and coastal state authorities, to organize and submit research clearance applications, ensure the timely fulfillment of reporting requirements, and manage requests for data and other cruise-related information as related to the permitting process.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of regulatory, governmental, and educational institutions and agencies.
  • Facilitate effective coordination, communication, and collaboration among Academic Programs and Marine Operations stakeholders to ensure fulfillment of all planning and reporting requirements.
  • Assist managing the archiving of SEA oceanographic data and samples.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Science Operations Coordinator to:
  1. Manage the science operations budget and identify potential areas for additional funding opportunities (grants etc.).
  2. Prepare science supplies and equipment for delivery to the ships.
  3. Outfit and manage the shore-based laboratory.
  4. Assist as dedicated shore-based support for shipboard science staff to aid in preventative maintenance protocols and troubleshooting of shipboard instrumentation, equipment and systems.
  5. Assist identifying, implementing, and managing improvements to SEA’s shipboard science protocols and safety management with regards to vessel laboratory, wire and deployment operations, and other scientific operations on board vessels.

 

  • Collaborate with other Marine Operations staff to:
  1. Ensure timely coordination of logistics for vessel arrivals and departures as well as other shipboard needs and activities.
  2. Foster innovative and effective approaches to communication between the vessels and shore-based faculty and staff.
  3. Identify and coordinate professional development and training opportunities for Marine staff.

 

  • Identify and represent SEA at various science-based educational and outreach events
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Marine Operations.


Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, or related field
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience in a professional setting
  • Familiar with research vessel or sailing school vessel operations
  • Working knowledge of oceanographic or marine science sampling methods
  • Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and database software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, staff, students and outside agencies
  • The ability to travel or go to sea for extended periods

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, or related field
  • Experience overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling equipment
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling software (Ocean Data View, Sea Bird processing software, etc.)
  • Familiar with UNOLS goals and standards

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package. This position provides access to SEA sponsored trainings including but not limited to: Diversity training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leadership and Managerial Skills training, (STCW).

To Apply

A review of applications will commence on September 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronic copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and
contact information for 3 professional references.

Email materials to ScienceCoordinatorSearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this address.

About Sea Education Association

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.  SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

Faculty Employment

Marine Policy Faculty Member

August 2017: Sea Education Association (SEA), a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, invites applications for a full-time 9-month faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Marine Policy. SEA offers innovative undergraduate programs (SEA Semester®) which combine marine sciences, leadership training, history and policy in an interdisciplinary study of the ocean and its relation to society. We are seeking candidates who possess strong training in marine and environmental policy, law and conservation with significant experience or training in the Atlantic, Caribbean, or Pacific.

The successful candidate will have the desire to join and contribute to a deeply committed educational community and to pursue a professional agenda of innovative interdisciplinary teaching and excellent scholarship, working in a team with a marine scientist/oceanographer and nautical science instructor/licensed captain for 12-week programs on shore and at sea. A PhD or JD in a relevant field is required.

The position is a renewable appointment for nine months of work over a twelve-month period, involving approximately 14 weeks per year sea service with the remaining 25 weeks of work based in Woods Hole (Falmouth), MA. Teaching schedule will begin approximately January 2018.

A review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Email materials to MarinePolicySearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address.

SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

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

Crew Employment

Scientist Employment