SCIENCE DIRECTOR – Bimini Biological Field Station

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POSITION TITLE: SCIENCE DIRECTOR 

Are you interested in SHARKS, the Bahamas, Science and Adventure?  The Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation AKA ‘Sharklab’, invites applications for the position of Science Director.  Under the guidance of foundation President Dr. Samuel Gruber, the Science Director will be responsible for the station’s overall strategic direction, leadership of the staff, and administration of the Sharklab’s missions (see below). The Science Director will be aided by guidance of the Board of Directors.

The Science Director’s primary responsibilities will be to develop, promote, and coordinate use of the station’s facilities by colleges and universities, to actively advise and participate in research by conducting field work and to advise graduate students at the station.  The director will collaborate with students, scholars and staff members to develop externally funded research programs by producing successful research grant proposals that support the growth of research of the foundation.

QUALIFICATIONS – ESSENTIAL:

   Ph.D. in Biological Science

   Experience at a marine field station or similar research facility

   Appropriate publication record

   Knowledge of statistical programs, such as R

   Experience presenting scientific papers at meetings

   Deep knowledge of elasmobranch biology including an ability to lecture on the subject

   Valid driving license and experience in small boat handling

QUALIFICATIONS – DESIRED:

   Knowledge of non-profit organization and facility management

   Familiar with field procedures such as acoustic- telemetry tracking

   An understanding of engine maintenance for boats and vehicles

   Basic knowledge of plumbing, electrical and carpentry

   Certified SCUBA diver

DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS:

   Passion generally for marine biology and specifically for sharks

   Organized, reliable, and self-motivated

   Able to provide strong, creative, energetic leadership

   Excellent communication and delegation skills

   Able to create a positive learning culture that encourages creativity and the introduction of new ideas

RESPONSIBILITIES (including delegation to the Sharklab staff)

  1. FOUNDATION BOARD RELATIONS:

×          Meet regularly as a full voting member, with board and committee members

×          Work with board members and staff to develop short term and long term strategic plans

×          Submit regular reports to Dr. Gruber

×          Communicate with staff via regular meetings to address grievances and provide feedback on performance

  1. DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS:

×          Ensure BBFSF operates as a non-profit business in accordance with 501 (c) (3) requirements

×          Establish work plans based on the goals of BBFSF

×          Implement site management and evaluation of the station

×          Lead grant proposals, or similar, that support the educational and operational efforts of BBFSF

×          Oversee and evaluate the daily function of the Sharklab including: petty cash spending, volunteer travel, food and supply inventories, and maintenance of the station and its vessels

  1. TEACHING:

×          Supervise staff and assist graduate and undergraduate students in conducting research

×          Teach selected programs and courses hosted by the BBFSF

  1. FINANCE:

×          Work with Executive Assistant and President to plan for future Foundation finances

×          Supervise decisions on purchase, maintenance and upgrading of equipment

  1. PUBLIC RELATIONS:

×          Enhance the profile of BBFSF through public, professional and personal contacts

×          Engage in constructive outreach activities necessary to augment the mission of BBFSF

×          Supervise coordination and facilitate outreach with film teams

FURTHER INFORMATION:

LOCATION: The On-Site Director will live at the station in Bimini Bahamas. All meals and accommodation are included.  Monthly trips to the Miami office will be scheduled as possible.

ANNUAL SALARY in US Dollars: Commensurate with experience and includes two week paid vacation/year at Christmas; monthly payroll service which deals with taxes, FICA etc.  Non-US citizens will be wired payment to their bank in the currency of choice on submission of an invoice to Dr. Gruber. Contract will be let annually. The position should run for about 3 years.

If you are interested in applying for this unique, challenging opportunity, please submit a detailed cover letter, recommendations and your resume or CV to Foundation President Dr. Samuel Gruber (sgruber@miami.edu), with copies to Executive Foundation Director Dr. Tristan Guttridge (tristanguttridge@gmail.com), and Executive Assistant Charlotte Bond (cvbond18@gmail.com). Short-listed candidates will be personally interviewed in Miami or via Skype.

The position will be open immediately.  The latest date for consideration will be January 15, 2018.  Selection will be made on the basis of the application, CV and recommendations.  Our hope is for the successful candidate to overlap with the present Director for as long as possible.  The candidate will be paid full salary during this overlapping learning period and live in Miami and Bimini.  Living expenses in Bimini will be covered.  Good luck and we hope to see you in the Bahamas.

The mission of the BBFSF is to advance our knowledge of the biology of marine animals especially the heavily impacted elasmobranch fish fauna (sharks and rays); to educate future scientists at undergraduate and graduate levels; and to disseminate our research results to advance the field of marine science and conservation biology, as well as raise public perception and awareness of sharks and other marine species.

 

*Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation (BBFSF) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the US tax code (Tax ID #45-3573540). All contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with US tax law. The BBFSF is also a registered not-for-profit charitable organization in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

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