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Director of Development

About SEA: Sea Education Association (SEA) is a non-profit educational institution and an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has educated undergraduate, high school and gap year students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester® and other programs. SEA is located on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole (Falmouth) 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 an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates.  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.

Overall Responsibilities

Under the President's direction, the Director of Development works to achieve the development objectives of SEA. 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 management of SEA's annual giving program, the cultivation and solicitation of leadership Annual Fund gifts, and oversight of a robust alumni relations program. The Director provides tactical direction and long- and short-term planning for all areas of growth while also managing special fundraising campaign goals and the overall development of SEA's donor relations.  The Director is responsible for strategically positioning SEA for success in dollars raised, percentage participation, consistency of giving, and timely donor stewardship and acknowledgment.

Major Responsibilities

1) Reporting to the President, the DOD works to achieve the fundraising objectives of SEA.

2) Manages, supervises, and evaluates the Development Dept, including Assistant/Associate Director of Development, Development Coordinator, and Director of Stewardship.

3) Manages a portfolio of qualified leadership and major donors.

4) Develops, implements, and oversees a comprehensive plan for meeting SEA's annual giving, planned giving, and capital fundraising goals.

5) Supervises the Assistant/Associate Director of Development to ensure he or she keeps the alumni and parents informed of activity at SEA and alumni have opportunities to participate in SEA events.

6) With Development team, manages Board and Development Committee relations and activities.

7) Reviews and approves communications with all funding sources.

8) Writes foundation proposals to support Other Giving and the capital campaign.

9) Manages the publication of an annual newsletter, Following SEA, the annual report to donors, and other development publications.

10) Prepares and assures adherence to the Development budget.

11) Serves as the development representative with the Senior Management Group (SMG).

12)  Prepares and assures adherence to the Development budget.

13) Organizes and participates in Trustee meetings, including annual and semi-annual meetings of the Trustees and Overseers.

14) Works collaboratively with fellow SEA team members, volunteers, trustees, and board members.

Qualifications

• A minimum of five to seven years of experience in the broad field of development with proven success in management, annual fundraising efforts, donor stewardship, events, major gifts, and volunteer management.

• Experience in capital campaign planning and execution is preferred.

• Previous experience in an educational setting or nonprofit organization is necessary.

• Management and leadership experience, sincerity, discretion, and strong communication and interpersonal skills essential.

• Bachelor's degree required.

Benefits & Compensation

The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000, commensurate with experience. SEA offers a full benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance; retirement plans; Aflac; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation/sick/personal time and holidays.

How to apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to directorofdevelopmentsearch@sea.edu.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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Assistant / Associate Director of Development

About SEA: Sea Education Association (SEA) is a non-profit educational institution and an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has educated undergraduate, high school and gap year students about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester® and other programs. SEA is located on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole (Falmouth) 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 an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates.  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.

Overall Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant/Associate Director of Development is a fully engaged member of the Development team, supporting Sea Education Association Development, Alumni Relations, and Parent Relations goals.  The successful candidate must be an independently motivated, goal-oriented, strategic thinker who can execute multiple priorities and succeed in a dynamic, team-oriented, results-driven environment. 

Major Tasks
Annual Fund

1) Develops and implements effective fundraising strategies with a focus upon alumni, current parents, and parents of alumni, leveraging a variety of tactics as appropriate, including external personal visits, personalized written campaigns, giving challenges, direct mail, and email.

2) Identifies, recruits, develops, and stewards a cohort of Annual Fund Class Agent volunteer leaders.
a. Support Class Agents with volunteer job descriptions and training materials

3) In partnership with Director of Leadership Gifts and Stewardship, ensures timely, accurate, and personalized receipting and acknowledgment of Annual Fund gifts. 

4) Identifies, cultivates, and develops a dynamic portfolio of 25 leadership-level Annual Fund prospects. 

Alumni Coordination

1) Builds an effective alumni outreach program through regional events, newsletters, and maintenance of the website. Manage website content for Alumni Relations/Parent section.

2) Supports the efforts of Class Agents in maintaining contact with their classmates.

3) Organizes all aspects of annual regional alumni events and, when possible, alumni reunion.

4) Informs current students of alumni roles and involvement opportunities while they are on campus and prepares completion certificates and transition packets for each class.

5) Organizes and implements plans for alumni short program cruises.

6) Publishes e-newsletters for all donors including alumni.

7) Prepares Parent Packet and mails to parents for each class.

8) Prepares and manages the Alumni budget.

Qualifications

The successful candidate should have a minimum of 2‒3 years of similar experience in a profit or not-for-profit organization and should relate strongly to SEA's mission that combines academic rigor and applied education. The individual must have strong verbal and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills. The individual must be able to work under pressure.

While working cooperatively with many members of the SEA staff, the Assistant/Associate of Development Coordinator must be able to work well independently.  Familiarity with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge, Microsoft Word, and Excel preferred. College degree required.

Benefits & Compensation

The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $60,000, commensurate with experience. SEA offers a full benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance; retirement plans; Aflac; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation/sick/personal time and holidays.

How to apply

Please submit resume, cover letter and three professional references to assistantdirectorofdevelopmentsearch@sea.edu.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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Chief Program & Academic Officer

About SEA: Sea Education Association (SEA) is a global teaching, learning, and research community and nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration, understanding, and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. Through our work, we educate and inspire ocean scholars, stewards, and leaders, and we foster and enhance knowledge about the state of oceans and coastal communities. Our long-term environmental research, global partnerships, and the continued impact of our students, faculty, and alumni worldwide all help to shape public dialogue and policy.

Our Programs

As an internationally recognized leader in ocean education, SEA empowers students with lifechanging sea voyages of scientific and cultural discover that are infused with academic rigor and foster personal growth. Since 1971, we have equipped over 10,000 high school and undergraduate students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders who are prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment. SEA Semester®, our Boston University accredited study abroad program, is the leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean. While the academic focus varies, each program offers an interconnected suite of courses designed to explore a specific ocean-related theme using a cross-disciplinary approach. We look for motivated undergraduates in all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to tackle and address real-world problems, and eager to
become part of an unparalleled living and learning community.

SEA Gap Year programs offer any student interested in the oceans the opportunity to study the marine environment through the disciplines of science, maritime history and culture, policy, and leadership. We offer experiential academic credit-bearing programs as well as non-credit-bearing learning opportunities.

SEA Summer High School programs offer unique learning opportunities for current high school students, including shore-based field programs on our Cape Cod campus and at-sea voyages focused on carrying out oceanographic research under sail.

SEA Collaborative programs include a variety of custom programs and partnerships, including collaborations with Stanford University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program, University of Chicago, the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, and others.

SEA's campus is located on Cape Cod in the marine and environmental science and oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and our expeditions take place aboard our two tall ship research vessels. For more information on SEA please visit http://www.sea.edu.

The Opportunity

In joining the SEA team as we celebrate our 50th year, the Chief Program & Academic Officer will be a key leader in shaping strategies for our continued success and sustainability. Working as a thought partner with the President and collaborating with staff and Board leaders, the Chief Program & Academic Officer will ensure that there is a cohesive and effectively implemented strategy that allows us to create and deliver a diverse range of exceptional programs. They will serve as a leader for
program, academic, marine operations, and enrollment staff, fostering cross-functional collaboration. A successful Chief Program & Academic Officer will engage with the complexity of our organization, which bridges study abroad, experiential, and leadership education; marine research; and maritime operations; and they will identify opportunities to position SEA as a leader in each of these areas. The Chief Program & Academic Officer will have the opportunity to serve as a bridge across different internal teams at SEA while also building meaningful relationships with external partners who support and enrich our educational and research programs and marine operations.

This newly-created position at SEA presents an opportunity for a strategic, innovative thinker and skilled leader to help set the course for our future. The Chief Program & Academic Officer will manage key staff in program, academic, marine operations, and enrollment roles. They will report directly to the President, serve on the Senior Management team, and empower and support leaders throughout the organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the creation and ongoing iteration of SEA's programmatic strategy, identifying the balance of different program offerings and activities that will best utilize SEA's resources, maximize the number of participants, and optimize partnership opportunities.
  • Drive program development and innovation, in alignment with SEA's mission and strategic plan as well as trends and changes in market demand for SEA programs, partnering with the President and others to evaluate opportunities that would increase and/or diversify SEA's revenue base and participant mix.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key SEA partners, including Boston University (our accreditation partner), sending institutions, research collaborators, and the U.S. Coast Guard; identify areas to deepen partnerships that support SEA's long-term sustainability.
  • Manage the Academic Dean to ensure the delivery of a strong academic program and the effective recruitment, supervision, and development of all faculty and instructors.
  • Provide leadership for teams across SEA's programs, which include faculty and staff who lead or support instruction and research and manage science labs on our shore campus and aboard our ships.
  • Lead SEA's work to further diversity and inclusion within all aspects of our programs and operations and support shared goals as part of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative.
  • Manage leadership in Facilities and Marine Operations to ensure that our physical plant supports high-quality and safe program delivery.
  • Ensure organization-wide risk management strategies in collaboration with the President and other leaders.
  • Manage leadership in Enrollment to align programs and enrollment strategies and understand market demand for SEA's programs.

Candidate Profile

  • As the incoming Chief Program & Academic Officer, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following skills and experiences:
  • You come to this opportunity with substantial experience in senior leadership positions in academic, educational, and/or nonprofit organizations with a focus on scientific and/or environmental education, research, or policy.
  • You are a leader in an area related to the SEA mission and hold an advanced degree in a relevant field: e.g., marine science, oceanography, maritime studies, marine affairs, environmental policy, education, environmental education or management, or similar.
  • You are an entrepreneurial and strategic leader with demonstrated success in roles that have engaged a wide variety of internal and external constituents in order to build, grow, or redesign a program or organization.
  • You demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills, including the ability to empower and foster collaboration among cross-functional teams, including senior leaders.
  • You possess outstanding interpersonal and communications skills and are able to engage, motivate, and collaborate with a diverse range of audiences, stakeholders, and partners, both internally and externally.
  • You share our commitment to enhancing equity and diversity among our students, faculty, and staff and ensuring an inclusive environment.
  • You share our commitment to the value of study abroad and experiential education
  • experiences.
  • Willingness and ability to travel is required.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for this position starts at $100,000 and will be determined commensurate with experience. SEA offers a full benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage; life insurance; retirement plans; and generous vacation/sick/personal time and holidays.

Contact
SEA has engaged Koya Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume, addressed to Peg Brandon.

SEA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Faculty Employment

Marine Ecology/Oceanography Faculty Position

Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a full-time 9-month faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Marine Ecology/Biological Oceanography. We are a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, teaching innovative, rigorous, environmental science programs for high school, gap year, and undergraduate students on our campus in Woods Hole, and aboard our purpose designed sailing research vessels, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific. These undergraduate semester courses consist of intensive classroom instruction complemented by a 4- to 7-week research cruise to execute independent student research. Teaching responsibilities include two semester programs and selected seminars or academic support projects each year. The position is a renewable appointment for nine months of work paid over a twelve-month period, involving up to 14 weeks per year at sea in the role of Chief Scientist with the remaining 25 weeks of work based in Woods Hole (Falmouth), MA.

SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer 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.

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 have a strong background in marine molecular ecology and oceanography and will be expected to teach courses that cover a variety of topics including marine ecology, marine biology, oceanography, and oceanographic field methods. Experience with eDNA techniques is desirable as is the ability to work in collaboration with marine policy and conservation faculty. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will join the faculty of SEA Semester Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in the spring of 2022. The successful candidate will also supervise independent student research projects carried out at sea. A Ph.D. in biological oceanography or marine biology is required with field and teaching experience desired.

SEA offers a full benefits package which includes health, dental, vision and life insurances; retirement plans; Aflac; flexible spending accounts; and generous sick/personal/vacation/holiday time.

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 oceanographysearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this email address. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2021.

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