Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

About Schoodic Institute: Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  The mission of Schoodic Institute is to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages through its unique partnership with Acadia National Park.  The Institute’s goal is to be the national leader for research that inspires environmental stewardship.  From its Acadia National Park campus, the Institute engages scientists, educators, students, and the public in research and learning.  Schoodic Institute’s programs build understanding and appreciation for science and the natural world and contribute to addressing complex challenges in a changing environment.

Primary Responsibility: Provide strategic leadership, vision, and direction for the Schoodic Institute research and education programs team.  Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and build cooperation and teamwork among research and education staff.  The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key leader within the organization.

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  • Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, and sustain and strengthen existing strategic programs and partnerships.
  • Lead a team of researchers, educators, and program managers.
  • Oversee development of program descriptions and budgets and lead preparation of funding proposals.  Work with financial management and program staff to ensure proper financial tracking, grant and program administration, and reporting.
  • Coordinate multiple programs and seek opportunities for synergies among programs that enrich experiences for program participants.
  • Coordinate with the National Park Service, Universities, and other key partners.
  • Work in close cooperation with the President of Schoodic Institute.
  • Participate in selected donor cultivation activities and public events.
  • Contribute to communication and marketing efforts of Schoodic Institute.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in Schoodic Institute’s mission, ambition and motivation to contribute to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages.
  • Advanced degree in a field related to the work of Schoodic Institute and 5 or more years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and success. Demonstrated abilities in developing proposals, managing projects, and leading teams.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and managing partnerships, and experience working in highly interdisciplinary settings.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong computer and software skills, including Word/Excel and shared calendar and document suites (Google).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience partnering with government agencies, interacting with public funders, nonprofits, educational institutions, private donors, and local communities.
  • Record of success in seeking funding opportunities, leading grant proposals, and obtaining funding.
  • Demonstrated abilities to rapidly engage in complex issues and collaboratively advance projects.
  • Experience translating complex technical and scientific concepts and issues to diverse audiences, including non-scientific audiences, and record of peer-reviewed scientific publications.
  • Combination of the above qualifications with experience in research and education related to northern forest, freshwater, or Gulf of Maine ecology; science communication skills, and citizen science experience or expertise.

Location: Schoodic Unit, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, ME

Hours: Full time.  Requires occasional weekend or evening work.

Compensation: Competitive salary dependent on experience.  Benefits include vacation and medical leave, health insurance, retirement plan contribution, and an outstanding work environment within Acadia National Park.

To Apply: Please send resume & cover letter as a .pdf attachment to using “Director of Programs” in the subject line. Application review will begin on April 24, 2017.

Schoodic Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer