Assistant Director, Office of Marine Programs (OMP)

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number SF00530
Job Title Assistant Director, Office of Marine Programs (OMP)
Position Number 109147
FTE 1.00
FLSA Exempt
Position Type Professional Staff
Union PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc
Pay Grade Level 13
Pay Grade Range $66,259 - $83,641
Status Calendar Year, Full-time, Limited

Department Information

Department GSO Office of Marine Programs

Gail Henriques
Faculty/Non-Classified Professional Staff Recruitment
Office of Human Resources

(Please note: Applications must be submitted directly online only at:

Contact Phone/Extension
Contact Email
Physical Demands
Campus Location Narragansett Bay Campus
Grant Funded Yes
Extension Contingency Notes

Position is full-time calendar year, limited to 06-23-2018 with anticipated renewal.

Duties and Responsibilities

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This search is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by
December 12, 2017. Second consideration may be given to applications received by December 22, 2017. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (December 22, 2017) may not be given full consideration.


Work with the Director and GSO Dean’s Office to administer the education, outreach and marketing efforts for the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.


Support the development of long-range strategic plans for ocean science education and outreach activities applying the expertise and resources of those groups critical to ocean/coastal/marine environmental issues.

Assist in managing the activities of the Office of Marine Programs (OMP) to accomplish the education and outreach goals as determined in conjunction with the Dean, Senior Staff, Faculty, Marine Research Scientists, and Students.

Coordinate efforts to address/educate multiple audiences in Rhode Island and worldwide, including the scientific community and decision makers, teachers and students, and the general public on ocean science issues & GSO activities.

Manage and supervise the following programs & events: 1) Narragansett Bay Classroom (NBC) – Oversee planning and professional staff support for the NBC including the NBC Coordinator to provide support Outreach Scientists (generally GSO Graduate Students). Develop programs and field trips for Rhode Island schools and youth groups, and an international summer camp program; 2) Annual Charles

and Marie Fish Lecture in Oceanography – Identify and coordinate topical speakers, provide logistical support, develop marketing and advertisement to maximize attendance, and liaison with the Fish Family representative; 3) Teacher at Sea Program – Oversee and manage the Rhode Island Teacher-at-Sea Program to offer RI teachers the opportunity to sail aboard the Research Vessel (R/V) Endeavor on cruises led by chief scientists from GSO and other institutions; and, 4) GSO Open House / “Endeavor Day”, Friends of Oceanography events, and other outreach/fundraising events.

Publications – As directed by the Dean’s Office, oversee and manage the planning, design, development and distribution of publications, newsletters, brochures, websites, social media, or other documents/communications to support attainment of GSO goals and objectives. This includes: 1) Content Creation – develop, research, write, and edit articles, outreach materials, social media posts, and online content. Topics may include newly published research in scientific journals; commentary on topical issues; background information on GSO activities; profiles of researchers, students and other members of the GSO community; 2) Traditional Publications– oversee the production of Onboard GSO magazine, the GSO Annual Report and other ad hoc brochures and marketing materials; 3) Website & Social Media – manage the GSO website so that it accurately presents the organization and its work to the outside world in an exciting way; develop & implement a coordinated social media strategy in partnership with GSO entities.

Media Relations – Establish relationships with the local, regional and national news organizations to promote GSO activities.


Perform other Duties as Assigned.


Personal computers, printers and word processing, graphic design/development programs, database management and spreadsheet software.

Required Qualifications


1. Bachelor’s degree.

2. Minimum of five years developing, marketing and executing education, outreach, and/or marketing programs.

3. Demonstrated organizational skills.

4. Demonstrated supervisory experience.

5. Demonstrated experience with word processing, spreadsheets and graphics.

6. Demonstrated experience with presentation software and website creation.

7. Demonstrated critical and creative thinking skills.

8. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

9. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

10. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications


1. Master’s degree.

2. Demonstrated experience in ocean science or marine environmental programs.

3. Demonstrated experience working with scientists and journalists.

4. Demonstrated experience working with educators and students.

5. Demonstrated experience implementing digital media engagement strategies.


Environmental Conditions

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Date 12/01/2017
Closing Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach the following 2 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application: (#1) Cover letter and (#2) Resume which should include the names and contact information of three professional references.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Minimum of five years developing, marketing and executing education, outreach, and/or marketing programs?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have demonstrated organizational skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have demonstrated supervisory experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have demonstrated experience with word processing, spreadsheets and graphics?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have demonstrated experience with presentation software and website creation?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have demonstrated critical and creative thinking skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you have demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other