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Director of the Ira C. Darling Marine Center

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 01/01/2015
Company Name The Universitiey of Maine
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Director, Ira C. Darling Marine Center and Professor of Marine Sciences
Darling Marine Center
Nonrep Faculty

The University of Maine invites applications for Director of the Ira C. Darling Marine Center. The Director will provide innovative leadership; develop new research, educational and outreach programs for the Center; and work collaboratively to further the goals of the University.  This is a full-time position located at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. In addition, the Director will hold a tenured faculty appointment in the School of Marine Sciences.


The Center is the coastal marine laboratory of the University of Maine, operating year round to facilitate research, education, outreach and meetings; it will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Center serves the marine interests of UMaine, the State of Maine, local stakeholders, and visiting students and investigators from around the world.  Located on the scenic Damariscotta River estuary in the mid-coast region (~ 1 h from Portland), the Center has easy access to diverse estuarine and intertidal habitats and open waters of the Gulf of Maine <http://www.dmc.maine.edu>.  The Center currently has a year-round population of ~ 40 faculty, staff and students, 25 permanent buildings totaling more than 100,000 ft2 of space, a 64 bed dormitory, library, research and teaching equipment, flowing seawater laboratories, aquaculture and scientific diving facilities, classrooms, and small coastal research vessels.  It supports the School of Marine Sciences’ innovative, in-residence, Semester-by-the-Sea undergraduate program <http://www.dmc.maine.edu/sbs.html>. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The Director has administrative responsibility for the operation of the Center. S/he provides strategic and innovative leadership to position the Center at the forefront of marine research, education and outreach. The Director promotes use of the Center within the University and by other academic institutions and stakeholders, e.g., state agencies, aquaculture and other marine industries, local communities, and K-12 institutions. The Director will work closely with the School of Marine Sciences to develop and coordinate marine educational programs, and will collaborate with other schools and departments on the Orono campus to develop new programs. The Director will develop new resources to further the Center’s mission, including working with a board of advisors for fund raising. The Director oversees staff charged with maintenance of all facilities at the Center and will continue to enhance the Center’s infrastructure. The Director is responsible for supervision of the Center’s professional and classified staff and for its fiscal administration. The Director maintains a safe, supportive and inclusive work and educational environment, both on the campus and in the field. The successful applicant is expected to participate in research and teaching.

A doctorate (Ph.D.) in a marine-related field is required. The ability to provide innovative leadership and strategic direction to develop successful new programs and roles for the Center is critical. Documented achievement in coordinating complex programs, supervising personnel with diverse roles, and in managing a complex physical plant is desired. The position requires flexibility to adapt to change and willingness to work collegially and collaboratively with colleagues within the Center, the School of Marine Sciences, with other units at the university, and other institutions to develop new research and educational programs. The candidate should have strong research experience in marine biology, oceanography, aquaculture, or marine policy, strong publication and extramural funding records, and teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels, consistent with a senior faculty appointment with tenure.


Appropriate background checks will be required. 


All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.


Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position.”  You will need to create a profile and application and upload a full CV, a summary of relevant administrative, research and teaching experience, a vision statement for the role of the Center in the changing landscape / seascape of marine education and research, and the names and contact information of four references. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2015 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. 


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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