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Director of Development
Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a full-time Director of Development. 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 Director’s primary responsibility is the strategic design, execution and administration of comprehensive fundraising for SEA. A key component of this position is the effective leadership and management of SEA’s annual giving program, including a coordinated matrix of appeals involving emails, phone, personal visits and volunteer engagement. The Director provides strategic and tactical direction and long and short term planning for all areas of growing the annual giving program while also managing special fundraising campaign goals and the overall development of SEA donor relations and stewardship. The Director is responsible for strategically positioning SEA for success in terms of dollars raised, percentage participation, new gifts, consistency of giving and timely donor stewardship and acknowledgement. As SEA enters into a campaign, the Director of Development will work to employ the campaign activities into the overall development operation.
- Reporting to the President, the Director of Development works to achieve the fundraising objectives of SEA, which are guided by the Strategic Plan and approved by the Board of Trustees.
- Serve as member of the senior management team.
- Develop and implement plans and systems for prospect identification, tracking, gift recording and general stewardship.
- Manage the Development team, including Alumni Relations Coordinator, Development Associate and Administrative Assistant.
- Work collaboratively with Major Gift Officer and President to develop solicitation strategies and achieve fundraising goals.
- Identify and qualify donors and prospects and lead a coordinated cultivation process to engage them appropriately including managing and cultivating own portfolio of donors.
- Develop and manage proposals and solicitation materials for distribution to individuals, foundations and corporations as appropriate.
- With team, manage Board and Development Committee relations and activities and develop strategies to effectively engage volunteers.
- Manage the publication of annual newsletter, Following SEA, the annual report to donors and other development publications.
- Develop and produce report and tracking dashboards to evaluate progress and determine strategy.
- Prepare and assure adherence to the Development budget.
- Participate in Trustee meetings and the annual and semi-annual meetings of the corporation.
- Act as liaison to the Development Committee, the Committee on Governance and Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
- Works collaboratively with fellow SEA team members, volunteers, Trustees and Board Members.
- Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization.
Qualifications, Experience and Education
- The successful candidate will have proven leadership and managerial experience with demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- S/He will have a minimum of 5 years of experience in development, with proven success in leading annual fundraising programs, donor stewardship and events.
- Willingness, ability and availability to travel as required.
- Understanding of database and moves management (Raiser’s Edge preferred), gift processing and donor relations
- Discretion and confidentiality a must, humor a plus.
- The ability to motivate and coach.
- Experience in capital campaign planning and execution preferred.
- Previous experience in an educational setting or non-profit organization preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
Position office location: Falmouth, MA (Woods Hole)
Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to DODSearch@sea.edu.
Ocean Plastics Social Science Research Intern
POSITION AVAILABLE: Ocean plastics social science research intern
Sea Education Association (SEA) is searching for an enthusiastic, organized, articulate, responsible undergraduate summer intern with excellent interpersonal and writing skills to participate in a new project with the NOAA Marine Debris Program to design a local program to encourage behavior change to reduce the use of single-use plastics. This is a full-time, temporary position with a two-month commitment for summer 2017, with flexible start date. Intern will receive a stipend, and housing may be available.
- Work on SEA campus in Woods Hole, MA
- Help reduce ocean plastic pollution (a.k.a. marine debris, or marine litter) by conducting academic research in behavioral science, with a focus on social norm theory and application, and participating in the design of a community education and communications program.
- Duties may include contributing to an annotated bibliography library on behavioral science applied to resource use; researching, and contacting people involved in, similar single-use plastics reduction campaigns; surveying local businesses, other stakeholders, and the general public; and designing curriculum, communications and outreach materials.
- Work primarily with three SEA faculty project leads, in collaboration with project partners at Falmouth Water Stewards, a local environmental resource conservation organization.
A currently enrolled undergraduate or recent graduate studying environmental studies and/or social sciences; background in behavioral science is preferred. Candidate must have strong writing, organization, and in-person communication skills, with an ability to tactfully discuss behavior change.
Send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Kara Lavender Law at email@example.com. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.
Marine Policy Faculty Member
Sea Education Association (SEA) 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 Ph.D. or J.D. 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 fall, 2017, a review of applications will begin on April 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.
Salary includes a competitive benefits package. SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.