Associate Director, Marine Advisory Program
Associate or Full Professor
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) seek an outstanding
advisory service, extension, and outreach program manager, scholar, and collaborative leader to fill the
position of Associate Director for Marine Advisory Program (MAP). This is a full-time faculty position
with rank determined upon review of candidate credentials.
Housed at VIMS, this is a highly integrated position, jointly leading VIMS Marine Advisory Program and
serving as the statewide leader of VASG on coastal and marine outreach activities. The Associate Director
will work closely with the Associate Dean of Research & Advisory Services to ensure that the program is
responsive to state mandates and institutional priorities and with the Director of VASG as a member of its
senior leadership team, providing strategic input and collaboratively leading and growing VASG’s outreach
portfolio across member institutions.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science. VIMS has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research
in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy
makers, industry, and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation, and the world. The
School of Marine Science at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for William & Mary. Chartered
in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.
The Office of Research and Advisory Services is the central administrative office charged with coordinating
VIMS’s state-mandated research and outreach activities. As part of VIMS’ broad legislative mission, VIMS
serves as the Commonwealth’s scientific advisor on marine and coastal matters. For more information on
VIMS see www.vims.edu. The Marine Advisory Program (www.vims.edu/map) provides public education,
outreach and extension on a wide range of coastal topics including sustainable fisheries and aquaculture,
recreational and commercial fisheries, and coastal economies.
Virginia Sea Grant. VASG is a seven-university partnership, funded by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia. VASG is
one of thirty-three Sea Grant programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, and several territories.
The national university-based network contains over three hundred institutions involving more than 3,000
scientists, engineers, educators, students and outreach experts. VASG is headquartered at VIMS and is
composed of William & Mary, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and George Mason, James
Madison, Old Dominion, and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. VASG’s charter calls on it to:
Advance common coastal and marine science, research, education, and outreach interests
Promote new opportunities to leverage, synergistic partnerships that advance initiatives across the
Advance collaboration, coordination, and integration of VASG’s research, extension, education,
and communication capacity in order to achieve broader societal impacts and innovation
Promote interdisciplinary, integrated activities that address pressing coastal and marine resource
VASG aims to enhance the ecological, economic, and social sustainability and resilience of coastal and
ocean communities and the ecosystem services they depend upon. VASG conducts and funds research,
extension, education and communication services; VASG also maintains a portfolio of extension and
education providers located at VIMS, William & Mary Law School, Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension,
and Old Dominion University’s Resilience Collaborative. For more information on VASG please see:
Responsibilities: The positions primary responsibilities include:
Marine Advisory Program at VIMS
Provides oversight and leadership of the MAP at VIMS, including personnel and fiscal
Works closely with the Associate Dean of Research & Advisory Services to ensure that the program
is responsive to appropriate state advisory mandates and institutional priorities in areas that include
sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, recreational and commercial fisheries, coastal development
and working waterfronts.
Engages with faculty at VIMS and elsewhere to ensure that MAP’s advisory service is based on
the best available science.
Conducts research and outreach in his or her area of expertise related to marine or coastal systems.
Outreach Portfolio at VASG
Serves as member of the VASG senior leadership team, working closely with and supporting the
Director, providing strategic input and leadership to the operations of VASG, and representing
VASG’s outreach program with the national Sea Grant extension network.
Builds and manages professional relationships across a broad range of institutions (public agencies,
private industry, and NGOs), disciplines, and VASG functions (e.g., research, extension, education
and communication), working with university and VASG stakeholder staff and leaders at all levels
Operates as the collaborative leader and principal administrator of VASG’s portfolio of outreach
providers, to set a strategic vision and long-term implementation plan, promote information sharing
and a learning organizational culture, build a supportive cohort of outreach professionals, and
Identify and secure funding to support and grow VASG and the outreach portfolio, including
expanding existing partnerships and launching new initiatives with new partner institutions.
Required Qualifications and Education:
S/he will need to be a strategic leader, with a reflective nature, and great motivation for improving an
organizations performance through enhanced information sharing, multi-institutional partnership, and
leveraging strategies. The successful candidate will need to be a self-starter who can work closely with a
highly talented, high performing team of core staff and operational partners, as well as work independently.
The ideal candidate will be excited by organizational development, improved performance, and growth in
a university setting, with the ability to see the big picture, but to also translate that into concrete action with
deliverable results. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS and VASG’s commitment to the principle
that diversity and inclusion, related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, cultural
identity, religion and more, are critical to maintaining excellence.
Specifically, the successful candidate will be evaluated for:
Ph.D. in marine science or related field, policy, economics or social science and broad
understanding of coastal resources and management issues.
Evidence of effective program administration experience, particularly in higher education.
Demonstrated experience in advisory service, extension, or outreach related to coastal, marine, or
similar natural resource issues.
History of obtaining extramural funding for research, outreach, or other scholarly production,
including publications and other examples of productivity in area of expertise and commensurate
with experience and years from Ph.D.
Evidence of innovative and visionary collaborative leadership, particularly in a coastal and marine
context (e.g., as illustrated by examples of consensus-building, monitoring program performance
and adapting accordingly, leading organizations through change)
Demonstrated commitment and experience supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace
Experience with coastal/marine science stakeholder relations and issues (e.g., aquaculture,
fisheries, coastal resilience, and coastal development).
Experience assembling and managing teams or partners with diverse groups of people, sectors, and
disciples to achieve measureable impacts on a challenging societal problem, particularly in coastal,
marine, or other relevant context.
Teaching experience in academic, education, or professional training program, particularly with
graduate students and on topics related to the science-to-management or other end-user process.
Experience with multi-university coalitions or university operations.
Evidence of candidate taking strong personal initiative and applying creative problem-solving
Application materials for the position listed above should include: 1) a cover letter describing
professional education, experience, and suitability for the position; 2) a full curriculum vitae; 3) a vision
statement (3 page maximum) that includes administrative, research, outreach and teaching philosophies,
and addresses how these demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and 4) the names, addresses
(including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.
Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Mark W. Luckenbach, Search Committee co-Chair, and
will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/26271. For
full consideration, application materials are due December 15, 2016; however, applications will be accepted
and reviewed until the position is filled.
The College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university and conducts background checks
on applicants for employment. Applications by persons from traditionally under-represented groups
are strongly encouraged.
Associate Director, Marine Advisory Program