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Seeking Applications: Minnesota Sea Grant College Program Director

Open Position: Director of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program

Location: University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, USA
Close Date: Review begins April 16, 2015

Candidate Seminars:
Seminar dates: 4/21, 4/27, 5/11, 5/14

The Minnesota Sea Grant College Program (MNSG) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invite applications for the position of Sea Grant Director. MNSG, a University of Minnesota system-wide program, achieves its mission and objectives through research, education, and outreach. The program works with people, communities, and businesses to help maintain and enhance the environment and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters by identifying needs, funding research, and translating results. It is part of the National Sea Grant Program, which supports 33 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Minnesota fund the program which has administrative offices on the UMD campus. Details about the program can be found at www.seagrant.umn.edu.

The University seeks an experienced supervisor to lead an innovative program that has exceptional scientific and educational quality as well as societal impact. The Director is responsible for all aspects of MSG's Program including research, outreach, education, communication, program assessments, management, and related activities. This includes statewide strategic planning that produces significant results; soliciting research projects; overseeing extension and communication efforts; reporting; procuring and managing state, federal, and University funds; and coordinating MNSG activities among MNSG faculty and staff, private industry, related state or federal agencies, and University partners. The position requires interacting with varied clientele and potential funding sources, and the ability to raise external funds. The Director plays a key role in maintaining cooperation in regional and national programming focused on the NOAA Sea Grant mission and strategic plan. The Director is expected to represent Minnesota Sea Grant on the National Sea Grant Association and the Network of Great Lakes Sea Grant Directors. The Director helps with maintenance of productive administrative relations at UMD and with other units of the University of Minnesota system.

Successful applicants will have a minimum of a Master's degree from a university with the equivalent of regional accreditation in the U.S. system or equivalent degree or equivalent related experience; minimum of 10 years faculty experience in a university setting or 10 years experience as an organizational leader; significant record commensurate with the position rank (papers, presentations, training, or patents) of cross-disciplinary research/service/teaching in a subject matter area related to the Minnesota Sea Grant mission; proven record of strategic planning, innovative leadership, and sound fiscal management; excellent written communication skills; successful procurement of competitive research funding (university, government, or industry) and knowledge of the federal grant funding process; significant outreach experience; supervisory, administrative, and leadership experience; experience with aquatic science and resource issues; evidence of partnership building and collaborative endeavors; proven skills in working effectively with a wide range of external constituencies.

A PhD and experience with Great Lakes science and resource issues are preferred. The Sea Grant Director will also preferably have a record of successful development and fund raising, science communication, outreach and public engagement.

Application Procedures:

Applications must be submitted online and include:

  1. Letter of intent addressing required qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. A 2-page (maximum) statement addressing the candidate's vision for Minnesota Sea Grant and its mission for providing research, education, and outreach;
  4. A list of up to four names (with contact information) of references that might be contacted if a candidate is selected and agrees to be interviewed.

The Director reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on the Duluth campus; however Sea Grant has University of Minnesota system-wide responsibilities. Qualified candidates may be considered for tenure in a home department at UMD.

The University is interested in an individual whose record of scholarly achievement/excellence has been enhanced by exposure to a diverse workforce. Individuals from under-represented groups and US Military veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Minnesota requires that applicants for this position apply online. For a complete position description and information on how to apply online, visit https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=126688.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Posted on December 28, 2014


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