Director; Florida Institute of Oceanography

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Job Location: 
St. Petersburg, Florida
Full-time, Permanent
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Application Information: 

The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL is undergoing a restructuring and searching for a new Director who will be responsible for leadership, strategic planning and operation of the overall scientific program, projects, initiatives, outreach, education, and fund raising related to the mission of FIO. The Director is expected to maintain existing affiliations and form new relationships with government, academic, and private entities focused on coastal and oceanographic issues in Florida and other regions. The Director will supervise the Marine Superintendent who manages research vessel operations. The FIO Director also supervises the director of the Florida Keys Marine Lab. We expect the FIO Director to have an academic background in marine or coastal science with a proven track record of administrative and leadership experience, funded research programs, and fund raising experience. Candidates should have a working knowledge of research vessel and marine laboratory activities.

The Florida Institute of Oceanography is a Florida statewide Academic Infrastructure Support Organization that supports all of the Florida State Universities and a number of other public and private organizations. It is hosted at the University of South Florida on the St. Petersburg campus and has approximately -25 employees. FIO has two research vessels, the R/V Hogarth and the RV Weatherbird, each of which can support of scientific party of 10-12 members for cruises up to two weeks in length in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean along the Southern US coast. These vessels are well equipped for a variety of research activities including oceanography and coastal mapping. The Keys Marine Lab is located on an 8-acre site on Long Key near Layton FL and can house up to 30 students, faculty and scientists. It provides laboratories, small boat and SCUBA support and marine seawater systems to visiting scientist and students.

Preferred qualifications:  A doctorate degree in a discipline related to oceanography and marine science and at least five years of administrative experience that includes facilities operations, program-building, and fundraising. The successful candidate will be a recognized leader, both nationally and internationally; will have demonstrated broad and diverse experience to recognize coming trends in oceanography; and will possess effective organizational, personnel management and communications skills.

Minimum qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor's degree in a field directly related to the program responsibilities and seven years of professional experience; or Master's degree and five years of professional experience. Thorough understanding of ocean processes and experience with oral and written presentation in scientific meetings. Familiarity with management of marine research vessels and/or marine laboratories operations.

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