Director, Alaska Sea Grant

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Classification:Executive Director
Grade:Senior Administrator
Work type:Officer/Senior Administrator
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:School of Fisheries & Ocean Science
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for the position of Director of the Alaska Sea Grant College Program. This executive-level position (either faculty or non-faculty) provides leadership and programmatic oversight for the program. Alaska Sea Grant is based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and supports research, education and marine extension to help people understand, responsibly interact with, and conserve ocean and coastal resources and communities.


10Identify and pursue additional funding sources to strengthen and expand research, engagement, and education activities.Essential
10Provide leadership for, and continued development of, the Marine Advisory faculty, including integrating activities statewide.Essential
15With integrity, skill and enthusiasm, effectively communicate with academic, industry, and government leaders (tribal, state, and national) and with staff, advisory boards, faculty, educators, agency personnel, and the general public. Strengthen collaborative relationships and develop joint ventures with Sea Grant programs in other states, with the National Sea Grant Office, the Sea Grant Association, and with other organizations within the University of Alaska system, and in the state, region and nation.Essential
5Advise the Alaska Sea Grant Associate Director of Research in the implementation of the biannual research competition to ensure projects align with Alaska coastal community and stakeholder needs.Essential
5Ensure program performance through periodic external evaluation. Work with Sea Grant staff and faculty to aggregate and report program outcomes and impacts in formats required by both the University and the federal government.Essential
5Provide the vision for planning and strategic development of Alaska Sea Grant. He/she is knowledgeable about current coastal and marine issues that are important to the state, the region and the nation, and he/she conducts broadly inclusive planning processes that identify diverse and innovative activities that respond to those issues. Work with Sea Grant staff, Advisory Committee, and University of Alaska administration to plan programming through various strategy-setting exercises in the context of local, regional, tribal, and national needs.Essential
50%Provide overall leadership for the research, administrative, communication and extension functions of the Alaska Sea Grant Program, through regular consultation with the management team, including overseeing all operations of the Alaska Sea Grant College Program and managing a total annual budget of over $3M. The director leads the organization by embracing new opportunities, fostering unique alliances, and developing and sustaining partnerships with public and private entities that share Sea Grant''s values and goals. He/she works to encourage creativity and innovation in helping shape the agenda for Sea Grant within the university and state.Essential


Additional position details:

The Director provides leadership and programmatic oversight for the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, a state-federal partnership that is part of a network of 33 Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and territories. The mission of Alaska Sea Grant is to enhance the use and conservation of Alaska’s marine, coastal, and watershed resources through research, education, and extension. Alaska Sea Grant has made significant contributions in a variety of critical areas including, but not limited to, fisheries management, seafood innovation, ecosystem interactions, coastal community development, marine resource conservation, marine literary, and workforce development. For additional information about the Alaska Sea Grant Program, see the website

Alaska has the longest coastline in the nation and 80% of Alaska’s population lives on the coast. The Sea Grant Director must reach out to embrace the entire gamut of marine issues in Alaska and is in a position to make strategic investments, develop new programs and expedite solutions. Information and communication functions are critical components of the Sea Grant mission, as is support of coastal communities and activities through the Marine Advisory Program, located in eight coastal communities, giving Alaska Sea Grant a unique geographic reach from Ketchikan to Nome. The position represents the University through collaboration and partnerships with the academic and research community in Alaska and beyond, with in-state stakeholders, and with out-of-state and national institutions, such as the Sea Grant Association and NOAA. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), University of Alaska Fairbanks, and works closely with an internal management team and the Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee, which represents a wide diversity of marine and coastal Alaskan stakeholder groups. The Director can be based at CFOS facilities either in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau or Kodiak.

Applicant Instructions:

Interested applicants must apply online. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Ginny L. Eckert, Chair of the Search Committee, at

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Statement of Interest that outlines qualifications for this position
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Contact information of at least three professional references (address, email and phone number)

Review Date:

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than March 15, 2018 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for the position. This position will remain open until filled.

Education required for this position:

Advanced degree in a field relevant to the Sea Grant mission.
*Preferred Education - Terminal degree in a field relevant to the Sea Grant mission.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position:

1. Demonstrated strong leadership and management skills at a senior level to encourage innovation, creativity, and team building to sustain and enhance the content and delivery of Alaska Sea Grant programs;
2. A record of excellence in research/scholarship, policy, and/or management in marine, coastal, natural resources or a related field;
3. Commitment to conducting and administering scientific research and science communication;
4. Experience in implementing and managing meaningful public and community-based outreach and education programs;
5. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, collaborate in a team setting, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels;
6. Strong listening, writing, cross-cultural and interpersonal communications skills;
7. Ability to travel to remote locations and in often inclement weather.

*Preferred qualifications include:
1. Knowledge of the Sea Grant mission;
2. Experience working in collaboration with a variety of marine industries, national, state, tribal, local government agencies, and conservation organizations;
3. Demonstrated commitment to engaging stakeholders in inclusive, empowering, and meaningful processes;
4. Working knowledge of local, state, tribal, and federal governance processes;
5. Thorough understanding of Alaska's coastal and marine resources, communities, fishery stakeholders, Alaska Native peoples, and current challenges and issues, including climate change.

Type and length of experience required for this position:

Substantial work experience relevant to the duties described above.


Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

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