About the Organization
The California Ocean Science Trust (OST) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance a constructive role for science in decision-making by promoting collaboration and mutual understanding among scientists, citizens, managers, and policymakers working toward sustained, healthy, and productive coastal and ocean ecosystems. A unique asset to the State of California, OST was established under the California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act (CORSA) of 2000, which calls on OST to “to seek and provide funding for ocean resource science projects and to encourage coordinated, multiagency, multi-institution approaches to ocean resource science.” In working to fulfill its mandate, OST partners closely with the California Ocean Protection Council, a state agency formed under the California Ocean Protection Act of 2004 that strives to “ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.” As part of its collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, OST provides science advice and the Executive Director serves as the co-chair of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team.
OST is a pioneer among boundary organizations, working between government, science, and communities to identify and deliver scientific analysis that informs sustainable ocean and coastal management policies. Recent work has focused on the challenges of a changing climate, including ocean acidification, fisheries reform, and sea level rise, as well as regional baseline monitoring programs, which are now moving into the long-term monitoring phase.
OST is led by a nine-person Board of Trustees, with seven trustees appointed by the Secretary for Natural Resources, as well as one trustee appointed by the Director of Finance and one appointed by the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information, please visit http://www.oceansciencetrust.org/
OST seeks a mission-focused, collaborative, and innovative Executive Director to build upon a reputation of excellence in science-based policy and resource management and expand OST’s contributions, leading it to the next level of financial, programmatic, and organizational success. This is a high-profile opportunity for a dynamic conservation professional. The successful candidate will provide outstanding organizational leadership with an entrepreneurial spirit and a client-serving mentality, and will passionately communicate the mission and achievements of OST to internal and external stakeholders.
S/he will be a collaborative leader, an excellent manager, and an accomplished fundraiser. The ideal candidate will have a deep familiarity with California marine policy and the capacity to provide tangible benefits to the State. The Executive Director provides progressive leadership and management to the staff of 10 professionals including natural and social scientists, and administrators. Key requirements include the ability to communicate and form partnerships, to work successfully in complex relationships with diverse groups engaged in science and policy, and to direct work which will further develop, and expand, the organization’s funding base.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
Leadership & Management
• Guide OST in achieving its mission, ensuring its programs build on accomplishments to date and further strengthening the quality, relevance, and profile of the organization.
• Motivate and inspire staff to achieve OST’s maximum potential by promoting an organizational culture and structure that fosters communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
• Provide leadership, direction, and support for all staff, and directly supervise senior staff.
• Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, integrity and transparency through productive partnerships, and rigorous program administration, management, and evaluation.
• Recommend to, and assist the Board in, developing overall objectives, strategies, and programs to achieve the organizational goals of OST, and oversee the implementation of all adopted policies, programs, procedures, and plans.
• Ensure the preparation of annual financial plans and budgets for review and adoption by the Board, and be responsible for overseeing staff and ensuring that the approved work program is carried out, pursuant to the adopted budget.
• Ensure that the bookkeeping, records, and files of OST are maintained in good order, and that financial records are at all times in compliance with all nonprofit reporting and other legal requirements.
Partnerships and Communications
• Maintain and deepen existing partnerships while cultivating new partnerships with stakeholders, community leaders, industry, government decision-makers, NGO
Learn more here: http://www.oceansciencetrust.org/