Hiring: Research Director
Organization: Marine Education and Research Society
Location: Candidates willing to relocate to Northern Vancouver Island are preferred, however a combination of time in the area plus remote working when not in the field may be accepted.
The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. We are based in Port McNeill, on northeastern Vancouver Island, British Columbia in the Territory of the Kwak?wala-speaking People. For more information about MERS’ research, education and wildlife response efforts, see mersociety.org.
MERS is seeking a Research Director to further and expand our conservation-based research program that helps fill critical data gaps and provides important insights into ways to reduce threats to marine life and ecosystems. In collaboration with MERS’ Science Lead, the Research Director will oversee the daily operation of research for the Marine Education and Research Society including direction, ensuring scientific rigor, and publishing and promoting findings. As one of the senior Directors, they will also contribute significantly to developing strategic direction, organization administration, fundraising and human resources. The Research Director supports, mentors and supervises Research Assistants, Graduate Students and Research Associates. As an organization that tightly marries research with education, the role will also have an outward facing component assisting with training, outreach, contributing to communications and media opportunities, and engaging with stakeholders and the public.
Strategic, scientific and technical leadership
Resourcing and Project Management
Human Resources and Team Building
Education, Experience, Skills
The successful candidate will spend significant field time working from Northern Vancouver Island. Candidates willing to relocate to Northern Vancouver Island are preferred, however a combination of time in the area plus remote working when not in the field may be accepted. They will spend time on small research vessels and will experience cramped conditions, engine noise, rough seas and cold, damp weather. They may travel locally, nationally and internationally to attend conferences, meetings, presentations, and may conduct field research in remote areas - potentially requiring consecutive days/weeks away. The successful candidate must be able to work irregular/long hours on occasion, including evenings, weekends, and holidays when needed.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
The Marine Education and Research Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do not not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnic or national origin. We encourage those with necessary qualifications that self-identify as belonging to underrepresented groups to apply as diversity will be prioritized.
Salary range $55,000-$65,000, plus health and dental benefits and ~4 weeks of paid time off/year to start
Please send an academic CV and cover letter that outlines your research interests and how they align with MERS goals and values, your experience working within a small organization and your leadership skills. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide three references.
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Applications will be reviewed starting Dec 15, 2023; posting may be extended in the search of the right candidate.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Nov 16 2023 ID: 69470