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Biological Oceanography Faculty Position
Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a permanent full-time 9-month faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Biological Oceanography. We are a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, teaching innovative and rigorous oceanography and environmental science programs on our campus in Woods Hole, and aboard our state-of-the-art sailing research vessels, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The undergraduate semester courses consist of intensive classroom instruction complemented by a 4-7 week research cruise to execute independent student research. Teaching responsibilities include two semester programs and selected seminars or academic support projects each year, with up to 14 weeks at sea in the role of Chief Scientist. The position is based in Woods Hole (Falmouth), MA.
The successful candidate will pursue a professional agenda of innovative interdisciplinary teaching and excellent scholarship, and possess the desire to join and contribute to a deeply committed educational community. Successful applicants will be expected to teach courses on a variety of topics including marine biology, oceanography, marine ecology, marine conservation and oceanographic field methods, and possibly also in marine environmental history and climate change. The candidate will also supervise independent research projects carried out at sea. A Ph.D. in marine biology, oceanography, or marine science is required with extensive field experience desired. Research interests in coral reef ecosystems and familiarity with molecular biology analysis techniques preferred.
A review of applications will begin November 30, 2016, 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. E-mail materials to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address.
Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Science Operations Coordinator
Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a permanent, full-time position of Science Operations 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).
The Science Operations Coordinator will play a vital role in supporting and promoting science operations on board SEA’s two sailing school vessels and at our campus. S/he will work alongside the Science Programs Coordinator, Marine Operations staff, as well as the Marine Science faculty in 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 Operations 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. S/he reports to the Director of Marine Operations.
- Install, service, maintain and troubleshoot shipboard scientific instrumentation, equipment and systems
- With the Science Program Coordinator, serve as dedicated shore-based support for shipboard science staff to aid in troubleshooting of shipboard instrumentation, equipment and systems
- Identify, implement, and manage improvements to shipboard safety with regards to vessel laboratory, wire and deployment operations, and other scientific operations on board vessels
- With the Science Program Coordinator, secure the proper permitting and Marine Scientific Research Authorizations for SEA cruises and coordinate program activities between Academic Programs and Marine Operations
- Manage the annual science operations budget, participate in the grant writing process for lab and science equipment improvements, and track expenses relative to awarded grants
- Procure, stock, and coordinate delivery of science supplies and equipment for the ships
- Collaborate with various entities internal and external to SEA to coordinate non-routine logistics prior to each cruise
- Manage SEA’s scientific data, including data archiving and dissemination
- Travel to the vessels throughout the year as needed (e.g., during annual maintenance “yard” periods) in support of on-board improvement efforts as well as to ensure installed systems are operational and properly maintained.
- Coordinate and aid in the implementation of ship-to-shore communications and logistics as well as administration of the shipboard network and computing systems.
- As assigned by the Director of Marine Operations, the Science Operations Coordinator may also carry out other vessel support responsibilities.
Works closely with the Science Program Coordinator to:
- Manage the archiving of oceanographic data and samples
- Outfit and manage the shore-based laboratory
- Continually assess SEA’s shipboard science protocols for areas of improvement, including safety management
Collaborate with other Marine Operations staff to:
- Ensure timely coordination of logistics for vessel arrivals and departures and other atsea activities
- Foster innovative approaches to communication between the vessels and shore-based faculty and staff
- Identify and coordinate professional development and training opportunities for shipboard crew.
- Identify and represent SEA at various science-based educational and outreach events
- Other duties as assigned
- BS in Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, or other 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
- Familiar with oceanographic sampling software (Ocean Data View, Sea Bird processing software, etc.)
- Proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and database software
- Familiar with shipboard network and computing systems
- Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
- Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
- 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
- MS in Biology, Chemistry, Oceanography, or other related field
- Experience overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers
- Working knowledge of administration of shipboard network and computing systems
- Familiar with UNOLS goals and standards
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send electronic copies of your cover letter, current resume, and 3 professional references via email to:email@example.com
Application Review will commence: Friday, October 21st 2016
Executive Assistant to the President
Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a permanent full-time administrative position. 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.
The Executive Assistant will report to the President and perform diverse duties and administrative functions requiring complete confidentiality, superior communication skills (verbal and written), and excellent judgement.
The successful candidate will be extremely organized, competent in key administrative duties, detail oriented and have excellent time management skills. S/He will be a multi-tasker, a problem solver and a flexible team player. Must be available to work occasional weekends.
Some Responsibilities include:
- Organize and assist President in the development and maintenance of all Trustee and Overseer communication and interaction
- Assist on various projects and proposals within the offices of the President and Development
- Coordinate and support Senior Management meetings
- Arrange business travel for the President and the Director of Stewardship
- Significant administrative support (phones, mail, filing, etc.)
- Manage and schedule President’s calendar
- Initiate, draft, proof and edit correspondence
- Other duties and projects as needed and required
Qualifications, Experience and Education:
The job requires an individual who is skilled at handling many unrelated tasks simultaneously, while working for the President and liaising with 100+ board members and overseers. Previous experience working in a high visibility position in the academic (public or private) or business world preferred. S/He must possess strong organizational skills, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to quickly prioritize and work under deadlines. S/He should be equally comfortable working independently and as a member of the SEA team. Must be skillful communicating often highly confidential material with diverse stakeholders. Discretion a must, good humor a plus.
The successful candidate will possess solid computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Familiarity with Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge a plus.
Five years of experience in a responsible administrative support position required. Some college or advanced relevant training preferred. High school diploma or equivalent required.
How to Apply
A review of applications will begin on October 28, 2016 and will continue until position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references and salary requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEA offers a competitive benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurances and retirement plans. Salary is commensurate with proven experience. SEA is an EOE.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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 email@example.com. Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address.
Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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
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.
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Admissions Counselor Search - California,” or mail their materials to SEA Admissions Search, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 02543.
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.