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Director of Shannon Point Marine Center
About the Position: Search is still open, applications welcomed.  Western Washington University (Western) invites applications for Director of Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC). The Director reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership for all programs and facilities within SPMC and for its outreach efforts. As a key member of the University’s leadership team, the Director works in collaboration with others to implement the University’s mission. The new Director will assume office as soon as possible following acceptance of the appointment (date is negotiable).
About the College/Department: Established in 1973 at an Anacortes location approximately 45 miles from Western’s main Bellingham campus, the Shannon Point Maine Center is located on a 78-acre campus covered mostly by Pacific lowland forest and distinguished by 3000 feet of undisturbed beachfront. SPMC supports and promotes Western Washington University’s undergraduate and master’s programs in the marine sciences; supports research by WWU and SPMC scientists across marine related fields; provides access to facilities for visiting scientists from around the world; supports supervised, independent research for undergraduates nationwide via federally-funded programs; and promotes ocean literacy among the general public through targeted K-12 and public education initiatives.

Local facilities, including a flow-through seawater system, a research vessel fleet, SCUBA support, oceanographic instrumentation, and a well-equipped analytical chemistry laboratory, support the research activities of WWU faculty researchers and resident scientists. The resident group at SPMC includes nine faculty and 15 staff members with additional faculty members from Western’s main campus involved in teaching and conducting research. In addition to supporting the research of M.S. students in WWU’s Marine and Estuarine Science Program, SPMC is nationally recognized for involving undergraduates, including members of under-represented minority groups, in the research programs of its faculty; operating an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site program; the NSF-funded and award-winning Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Participation (MIMSUP) program; and NSF Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) Pacific Partnership programs.  More information about SPMC is available online: http://www.wwu.edu/spmc  
Position Responsibilities: Western seeks a Director who is a nationally recognized, respected, and visionary leader in marine science. The Director should have the experience and professional qualifications necessary to keep SPMC at the forefront of marine science education, research, and service. The new Director is expected to collaboratively develop and successfully implement a vision for a vibrant marine research center with a strong focus on student involvement and promoting ocean literacy. The Director should have a broad understanding of and experience with the interdisciplinary aspects of marine science and should promote and value high-quality, competitive research that involves undergraduate and graduate students and programs that seek to increase diversity in the marine sciences. We seek candidates who understand and support the values of public higher education and the liberal arts and who will participate in and foster collaboration across academic units.

The Director of SPMC is responsible for academic planning, budget and resource management, fund raising, program assessment, faculty and staff appointment, development and evaluation, and facilities development and management. The new Director will successfully manage relationships between the marine center and main campus programs coordinating and aligning the SPMC vision with Western’s strategic plans. Western seeks a Director who has an open and collegial style and is committed to inclusiveness and cultural diversity.
Required Qualifications:
  • A PhD or appropriate terminal degree
  • Evidence of an active, marine-related research program that has resulted in a significant record of scholarship
  • Administrative experience that includes budget management and personnel supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including proficiency in communication and organization, effective decision-making, and development of constructive interpersonal relations
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and in securing external funding
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting equity and diversity
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A record of academic and professional achievement and scholarship sufficient to warrant tenure and appointment at the rank of associate or full professor
  • Experience fostering interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Successful experience as a creative and resourceful fundraiser
  • Experience partnering with governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private enterprise
  • Experience with development and management of facilities
Academic Emphasis: Marine Science
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE).

The following information is required: 1) A cover letter; 2) curriculum vita; 3) and contact information for four references.
Other Information: All applications and inquiries will be kept confidential.  For further information, potential applicants should contact Bev Jones, Assistant to the Provost, by email: Bev.Jones@wwu.edu.
Job Posted: 12/20/2012
Closing Date Notes: Search remains open; we are still accepting applications for this position
Recruitment #: 120980
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

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