Job Opportunity: Chief Operating Officer at the Gulf of Maine
Research Institute The Gulf of Maine Research Institute
(GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean
challenges. Their scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from
marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. GMRI
infuses their discoveries into the policy arena and design
solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery
resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium
quality food. They share their discoveries with the public and
nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the
sea. Their education programs cultivate science literacy and
builds a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among the
next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards.
Each year, they serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to
GMRI is locally focused and globally relevant. They are
dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the
communities that depend on it. They support solutions that will
broadly benefit the bioregion and its diverse communities over
generations to come. They leverage the Gulf of Maine’s significance
as a testbed for adaptation to environmental change and responses
to global ocean and challenges.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) works with GMRI’s
President/CEO and Management Team to implement GMRI’s strategic
plan and focus their organization on maximizing their
impact while upholding a culture of excellence.
Their COO supervises four functional managers (Chief
Scientific Officer, Chief Education Officer, Chief Community
Officer, and Chief Financial Officer) and a cross-functional
manager (Climate Center Director). The COO
reports to their President/CEO.
Responsibilities/Tasks will include an evolving mix of: Manage
Implementation of Strategic Plan: GMRI operates on a five-year
strategy cycle. Their current strategic plan was initiated
in July 2017. The COO oversees implementation and
evolution of strategy as follows:
Works with Management Team to translate GMRI’s strategic plan
into three-year program business plans and successive
annual budgets to implement plans.
Maintains Management Team focus on goals and impacts,
measures progress, and reports on annual progress to their Board,
staff, and stakeholders.
Works with Management Team and Board to review,
refine, and evolve the strategic plan on an annual basis.
Manage GMRI Operations: GMRI operates with a $13 million annual
budget and 75 talented staff. The COO provides overall management
of GMRI’s program and supporting functional operations.
Other General Responsibilities: Support GMRI’s Evolving
Fundraising Efforts: GMRI’s annual budgeting process involves
sophisticated judgment about how to balance growth opportunities
with financial risk. Meeting annual revenue targets requires
diligence and focus throughout the year. The COO will work with the
President/CEO, Chief Development Officer, and Development
Team to support annual fundraising efforts.
Engage and Support Board of Directors: GMRI has a talented and
committed Board of Directors. The President and Management Team
work together to support directors individually, in their committee
work, and in their involvement with their strategic
plan. The COO helps to develop a calendar of engaging board
meetings and ensure a transparent and productive exchange of ideas
between board and staff.
Respond to Emerging Needs and Opportunities: The COO will work
closely with the President/CEO and Management Team to assess
emerging needs and opportunities, identify which fit well with
GMRI’s strategic plan, and develop the capacity to respond where
there is strategic alignment.
Required Qualifications: Skills:
Proven ability to conceive and develop effective programs,
secure funding, and build and manage a talented team to implement
Demonstrated experience overseeing financial planning and
reporting and nurturing a culture of fiscal responsibility
Demonstrated ability to provide subtle, facilitative leadership
in a creative, disciplined, and periodically ambiguous
Deep understanding of at least two of GMRI’s three core program
competencies: marine science, science education, and community
Education and Work Experience:
Master’s in Marine Policy or Science, Master’s in
Business or Public Administration, Juris Doctor degree, or
equivalent experience in marine science, marine
conservation, science education, or community economic
Demonstrated success at chief executive- or chief operating
officer-level responsibility in an organization or program of
similar scale to GMRI
Minimum of ten years of challenging operational and management
Final candidate may have the literal pedigree summarized above
or an eclectic background that provides the insight, leadership,
management, communication, and organizational skills, and
entrepreneurial bent required to excel in this position
Application deadline: Friday, September 18, 2020.
For more information and how to apply, click here .
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