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Associate Director of Extension & Engagement, Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking an Associate Director of Extension and Engagement. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) is a cooperative program between the national Sea Grant program and Oregon State University supported by various federal, state, university, and non-federal funding sources. OSG is responsible for delivering an integrated program of research, education, and Extension work in four focal areas, Environmental Literacy & Workforce Development, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture, and Resilient Communities & Economies. The two cross-cutting principles of the national Sea Grant strategic plan are woven into OSG’s plan too: enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility; and cultivating and sustaining partnerships. This associate director position contributes to strategic planning, reporting, policy development, and supervision of OSG staff and faculty; and collaborates to set priorities for both Oregon and national Sea Grant programs.

The OSG Associate Director of Extension & Engagement provides leadership for two major OSG program areas: Extension Service and community engagement. The Associate Director is responsible for fiscal oversight and management of the Extension & Engagement program, supervision of extension specialists, works closely with the leaders of OSG’s education and public programs, and fosters enduring relationships with a variety of coastal and
maritime sector communities. This position is a member of the OSG leadership team which develops and implements an integrated strategic action plan for OSG in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant program and Oregon State University’s Research Office and Division of Extension and Engagement. The position also contributes to establishing priorities for the OSG communications program.

This position provides leadership, coordination, planning, focus, and supervision for the OSG Extension & Engagement program in tandem with the OSG Director and Associate Director for Research & Scholars. This work includes fostering innovation and developing new capacity to respond to emerging issues, opportunities, and challenges of the coastal zone. The Associate Director of Extension & Engagement works in close collaboration with the National Sea Grant Office, OSU’s Extension and Engagement division, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and Research Office; and the national Sea Grant Extension Network. The position supervises faculty and staff and provides direction for programming carried out by faculty and staff located on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and at Extension Service offices and other locations along the Oregon Coast, the Willamette Valley, and the Metro/Columbia River area. This position serves on the leadership team for Oregon Sea Grant, see more about leadership here:

40% Program Oversight and Leadership

  • Serve on the leadership team for Oregon Sea Grant contributing to effective leadership, integration, and coordination of research, education, communication, and Extension work across all focal areas of the Oregon Sea Grant program.
  • Provides leadership, vision, focus, and development for the Sea Grant Extension and Engagement program by embracing opportunities, addressing challenges, and fostering alliances.
  • Provides leadership, allocates resources, and accelerates progress in achieving diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility goals throughout all program areas.
  • In collaboration with the OSG Director, represent Oregon Sea Grant to the public, coastal governing bodies, state and federal agencies, Oregon State University Extension & Engagement division, and other OSU units and administrators as needed.
  • Represents Oregon Sea Grant within the national Sea Grant network by participating in national and regional Sea Grant Extension venues (i.e., Sea Grant Association meetings, National Sea Grant Assembly) and activities.
  • Effectively contributes to achieving and integrating the goals of Oregon Sea Grant, national Sea Grant, and Oregon State University (with emphasis on the units of Extension and Engagement and Research).
  • Advances community co-developed and use-inspired research projects and integration of extension and engagement approaches into Oregon Sea Grant sponsored research projects and collaborations, in collaboration with the OSG Associate Director for Research & Scholars.
  • Engages effectively with the Oregon and national Sea Grant Advisory Councils in matters regarding Sea Grant Extension and Engagement work.

20% Management & Evaluation

  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates the work of OSG Extension and Engagement program specialists, faculty,
  • and staff to help achieve Oregon Sea Grant’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Collaborates to form a supervisory team with the OSU Extension Regional Director (coastal counties) to supervise, direct, and evaluate OSG county-based Extension specialists.
  • Works closely with marine science education, exhibits, and public programming in collaboration with the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center leveraging their science museum, aquarium, and teaching facilities in Newport, OR.
  • Supports OSG Extension and Engagement faculty to plan programming, solicit funding, and identify links with campus-based programs, faculty, and students.
  • Monitors progress, guides work, directs planning, and documents outcomes resulting from OSG programs and activities.
  • Provides accountability for Extension and Engagement outcomes, accomplishments, impacts, measures, metrics, economic value, and other program statistics and updates (Extension Faculty Success, PIER, university, progress, completion, etc.)
  • Provides accountability for responsible management of Extension and Engagement program budget
  • allocations, external funding sources, expenses, and program revenues.
  • Facilitates faculty and staff professional development, trains new Sea Grant Extension specialists.

20% Networking, Coordinating

  • Works with Oregon State University colleges and departments, other Oregon institutions of higher education, Oregon State University Extension, the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), Seafood Consumer Center, Marine Studies Initiative (MSI), Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), and with other units to develop and sustain effective coastal and marine extension and engagement programming.
  • Fosters and maintains productive relationships, in collaboration with the Director, Associate Director for Research and Scholars, leaders of marine education and public programs, and Extension specialists, with community organizations, coastal and maritime sector industries, governmental and non-governmental organizations, agencies, and other interested parties and organizations, to advance the mission and goals of OSG.
  • Identifies and nurtures productive working relationships with campus-based, and county-based programs and faculty.
  • Strengthens the links between departmental promotion and tenure committees and agents and specialists in a range of disciplines to identify, develop, and report creative and scholarly work.
  • Coordinates Sea Grant Extension programs with those in other states and with Sea Grant research both in Oregon and elsewhere.

20% Sea Grant Program Development

  • Serves on and actively participates in the leadership and operations teams of the Oregon Sea Grant program.
  • Works with Sea Grant leadership on Oregon Sea Grant program development, new initiatives, proposals and fundraising to support the program and advance strategic priorities.
  • Participates in integrated strategic planning, setting policy, reporting, and determining research, extension, education, and communications priorities.
  • Develops and obtains funding for Extension Sea Grant programming, including writing grant proposals.
  • Identifies and develops capacity to address emerging issues.
  • Engages in professional development and service work.

Position requires frequent in-state travel, primarily along the Oregon coast.
This position will travel and work out of the office and as needed to attend national conferences and meetings.
Participate in virtual meetings as a regular part of their work.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, occasionally.
Position may occasionally work near or over water or on boats.
Pay Method: Salary
Pay Period: 1st through the last day of the month
Pay Date: Last working day of the month
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range $104,100 – $182,112

  • Job Type: Faculty
  • Application deadline: 10/02/2023
  • Organization: Oregon Sea Grant
  • Qualifications: What You Will Need Master’s degree, or other graduate degree, in any Sea Grant-relevant area or specialty. Five years of experience in extension, natural resource, social science, or related field. Knowledge of ocean and coastal issues and policies, coastal and marine resources, and ecosystems, and understanding of coastal cultures. Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility in all areas of responsibility. This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030. This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. What We Would Like You to Have PhD (including terminal professional degree or foreign equivalent) in natural resources, marine or environment studies, related sciences, or related field. 2+ years of demonstrable experience in leadership, management, and supervision. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms with diverse audiences. Demonstrated experience in developing, planning, and implementing community engagement programs focused on natural sciences or human dimensions (e.g., Sea Grant, Land Grant, Extension programs, co- development of use-inspired research, evidence-based community development/planning/education). Demonstrable ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team. Experience with budgeting and grant management. Proven accomplishments with writing grant proposals and fundraising. Experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships with diverse constituencies. Multilingual, especially Spanish.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Corvallis, OR
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