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Oregon State University
Posted: 10/5/2021
Director of Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon Sea Grant is seeking a Director.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

Oregon Sea Grant, founded in 1968 and based at Oregon State University, serves as a catalyst that promotes discovery, understanding and resilience for Oregon coastal communities and ecosystems.

Through an integrated program of research, public engagement and education, Oregon Sea Grant addresses regionally and nationally strategic issues through a program of competitive, rigorously reviewed research, public outreach and engagement, and ocean and coastal education.

Oregon Sea Grant, consistently rated one of the top programs in the country, is part of a national network of 34 Sea Grant College Programs organized under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This network is a partnership among government, academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens. Oregon Sea Grant is extremely well connected with local communities and stakeholders.

It has made significant contributions in a variety of critical areas including management and science of Oregon fisheries, programmatic research on free-choice learning, addressing coastal watershed issues, and developing greater community appreciation for and understanding of natural and man-induced coastal hazards. For additional information about Oregon Sea Grant, interested individuals are directed to the program’s website:

Sea Grant is a knowledge-based organization, and the Director communicates with state and federal legislators, state and federal policy makers, industry, communities and citizens on 1) economic, environmental, and social implications of the program’s research, and 2) science-based implications of proposed state or federal policy options. 

The director provides overall leadership for Oregon Sea Grant, oversees a total annual budget of approximately $4-5M, and manages approximately 50 staff and faculty, who carry out research, administration and outreach and engagement (including education, Extension, and communication), functions of exceptional quality and societal impact. The director leads the organization in articulating and realizing a vision for excellence by embracing collaborative opportunities and fostering alliances. They work to encourage creativity and innovation in helping shape the agenda for Sea Grant within Oregon State University, state, region, and nation.

The director values consultation and the collegial culture of Sea Grant, and demonstrates integrity, skill and enthusiasm for effectively communicating with Oregon Sea Grant personnel, academic, industry and government leaders, the Oregon Sea Grant Advisory Council, other stakeholders, and the general public. They acquire extramural funds and private support and develops and sustains partnerships with public and private entities that share Sea Grant’s values and goals.  Represents Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University to stakeholders such as NOAA’s National Sea Grant Office and the Sea Grant Association. 

They are knowledgeable about current coastal and marine issues that are important to the state, the region and the nation, and they conduct broadly inclusive planning processes that identify diverse and innovative activities that respond to those issues. The director is expected to be an active participant in the Sea Grant Association. They report to the Vice President for Research at Oregon State University.