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Director of Development

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

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 an EOE 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 in all areas of development including annual fund, comprehensive campaign execution, alumni relations, board relations and stewardship.

Position Summary
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. During the current comprehensive campaign, the Director of Development will take a leadership role in campaign execution and work to employ the campaign activities into the overall development operation.

Key Responsibilities
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 Director of Stewardship and Major Gifts, 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, solicitation materials and reports for distribution to individuals, foundations and corporations
  • 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 Campaign 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
  • The ability to motivate and coach
  • Discretion and confidentiality a must, humor a plus
  • Experience in capital campaign planning and execution preferred
  • Previous experience in an educational setting or non-profit organization
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Position office location: Falmouth, MA
Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to DODsearch@sea.edu by January 31, 2020.

SEA is an EOE 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.

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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 an EOE 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
  • Serve as member of the senior management team
  • Manage the Business Office Manager, Human Resources Coordinator, Shore Facilities Coordinator, Fiscal Coordinator and Network Administrator
  • 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
  • Act as liaison to the Finance, Audit, Investment, and Risk Management Committees
  • Participate in Trustee meetings and the annual and semi-annual meetings of the corporation
  • 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 including

  • The ability to motivate and coach
  • Discretion and confidentiality a must, humor a plus
  • Understanding of automated accounting systems
  • Extensive knowledge of accounting principles and non-profit management
  • Strong capital project experience
  • 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

Position Office location: Falmouth, MA
Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to financeandadminsearch@sea.edu by January 31, 2020.

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.

Admissions Counselor (New England)

Sea Education Association announces a Woods Hole-based job opening in our Admissions Office.

Title: Admissions Counselor
Reports to: Admissions Coordinator
Start Date: March 2020

Job Description

SEA Admissions Counselors are responsible for recruiting and advising prospective SEA Semester students, managing student applications, developing and fostering relationships with academic contacts at colleges and universities, and working to develop new strategies for marketing and recruitment. This open, full-time position includes extensive domestic travel, offer a competitive salary and benefits, and covers the New England region.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Actively recruit students at designated colleges and universities within assigned region (New England)
  • Advise students throughout each stage of the inquiry/application process
  • Assemble and maintain student application files
  • Conduct organized follow-up with inquiries and applicants
  • Maintain and strengthen ongoing relationships with administrators, faculty, and advisors at SEA Semester affiliate and sending institutions
  • Establish and develop relationships with potential partner institutions
  • Schedule and coordinate personal recruiting travel

Required Skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong sales and/or recruitment background
  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 positions are filled.  Applicants should email a letter of interest and résumé to admissionscounselorsearch@sea.edu with the subject line “Admissions Counselor Search - New England,” 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.


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