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Director - Charleston Marine Life Center - Archive

Posting: 15410
Location: OIMB-Charleston
Closes: 2016-01-05

Terms of Appointment

Title:  Director - Charleston Marine Life Center

Officer of Administration:  100% or 1.0 FTE fixed-term, 12 month appointment

Duration: 2 years initially, with expectation that position will continue indefinitely

Salary Range:  $50,000-55,000

Projected starting date: January 2016

Essential Functions

Community Outreach and Education

Collaborate with local and regional stakeholders, (including local schools and the education program at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve) to present educational programs and opportunities in marine science. Develop contacts with local and regional K-12 schools to offer programs appropriate for their students and teachers.  Organize annual OIMB open house and other outreach activities.  Work with OIMB and other University faculty members to design and execute research-related exhibits or activities that complement, enhance and highlight grant-funded research.

Exhibition Planning, Design and Upkeep

Ensure that CMLC exhibits, including physical specimens, instructional materials and digital media are maintained in good repair and kept in good working order.  Develop new programs and exhibits, working with OIMB faculty, students and other experts for didactic and experiential learning.  Work with designers and construction personnel (which may be in-house or contracted from the outside) on exhibit preparation and effectiveness. Obtain collecting permits and IACUC permits for aquarium animals and ensure that all required reports are submitted to the state and the University accurately and on time. Coordinate collection of organisms for aquaria and oversee the proper care and feeding of the living displays.


In collaboration with the OIMB Budget Manager, prepare the CMLC budget annually and monitor the budget on an ongoing basis.  Oversee the receipt and proper disposition of admissions and sales funds, grants and donations, assuring that income is deposited and expended in accordance with University policy.  Work with the OIMB Director and Budget Manager to create short-term and long-term funding plans that ensure the success of the CMLC. Purchase necessary supplies and prepare contracts for outside services as required. Ensure compliance with all OIMB and University financial procedures.  Investigate variances and recommend solutions.  Standardize protocols.  Prepare and distribute timely financial reports to the OIMB Director, senior staff, University Advancement, and others as required. 

Fund Raising and Grant Writing

Work with University Advancement to solicit donations and write foundation grants for museum maintenance, expansion and improvement.  Seek funding opportunities and write grants for education and outreach programs through state, federal and private funding organizations and agencies.  

Human Resources 

Recruit, organize, supervise and schedule volunteer docents, college interns, and other unpaid personnel to work with visitors, occupy the front desk, care for organisms, and assist with school groups and special events.  Supervise work study students and any classified or unclassified staff that might be hired in the future, including hiring, discipline, performance evaluations, and training /mentoring.  Assure compliance with University HR procedures.  Coordinate personnel management with the OIMB Director, Operations Manager and Human Resources as needed.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Biology, Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field. 
  • 2 or more years of supervisory and budgetary experience.
  • 3 years or more experience with developing and presenting educational programs and exhibits that reach formal and informal audiences.
  • At least 1 year of experience working with volunteers and interns.

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated fund raising and/or grant writing experience. 
  • Management or curatorial experience in a natural history museum or public aquarium.  Familiarity with the latest literature on museum-based pedagogy, free-choice learning and related fields to assure that the CMLC is effective in reaching its target audiences.
  • Experience with web-site design (e.g. Wordpress), photography and computer graphics. 
  • Experience working with community organizations, including K-12 schools.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students and the general public from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Position is subject to criminal background check.

Description of the university and the community

The Charleston Marine Life Center is a facility of the University of Oregon located at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston on the southern Oregon coast, 120 miles from the main University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.  OIMB is a year round facility that supports the research and teaching missions of the University with a resident faculty of seven members of the biology department.  It provides a three term teaching program in marine biology for undergraduates and has a resident graduate program.  The nearby towns of Coos Bay/North Bend (pop: 30,000) are the largest on the Oregon coast.  The southern Oregon coast is renowned for its mild climate and recreational opportunities.

Application procedure and closing dates

To apply:

To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter, summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position; current résumé or curriculum vitae that includes dates of employment; and the names, phone numbers, and addresses of three professional references.

Please submit applications to:

CMLC Director Search
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
University of Oregon
P.O.Box 5389
Charleston, OR 97420

or by e-mail to the OIMB director at cmyoung@uoregon.edu

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by November 29, 2015.  This position will remain open until filled.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.