The College of the Environment at the University of Washington (UW) seeks a vibrant, accomplished, and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of Washington Sea Grant (WSG). This executive-level position will be filled at the level of professional staff or faculty (Professor of Practice), depending on the qualifications and interest of the successful applicant, as a 12-month, full time (100%) position. The Director assumes overall responsibility for leadership and programmatic oversight of WSG and has university-wide and state-wide responsibilities. Together with a 27-member staff distributed across Washington state, the Director builds successful partnerships across numerous and diverse regions and constituencies and facilitates high-impact research, outreach, education and communications activities to increase the understanding of, responsible interaction with, and use of Washington’s ocean and coastal resources.
The Director is responsible for strategic visioning and implementation of research, outreach, education, and communications to advance marine science and its political and economic salience in Washington state, and will facilitate progressive solutions that are mission-driven and have significant impact. The Director oversees and serves as principal investigator for an annual budget of about $6 million that is divided almost evenly between competitively awarded research grants and fellowships and support for 27 university staff dispersed across Washington state. The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of the Environment and serves on the Executive Leadership Committee of the College and on national and regional associations and advisory panels. The position requires frequent and extensive travel within Washington, regionally, and nationally.
This position provides benefit to critical areas of Washington state’s economy and health and welfare, including fisheries, tourism, education, and marine and coastal livability and sustainability. WSG advances the mission of the College of the Environment and the University of Washington by conducting research and outreach activities about the critical ocean and coastal resources of Washington state and the responsible and productive use of those resources. The Director is expected to play a key role in serving the needs of Washington’s marine sectors and in connecting Washington residents with appropriate resources at the University of Washington and elsewhere.