Program Specialist, Research and Education

2018-04-03T09:56:28+00:00 April 3, 2018|

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is seeking a Program Specialist to join its Research and Education team. This is a temporary, full-time position scheduled to last through April 2019, with the possibility of extension pending funding availability. The position will report to the Vice President, Research and Education.

The Program Specialist, Research and Education implements science support and education and outreach activities to advance a variety of COL programs. Activities will support goal and objective setting for COL programs and ensure these goals and objectives are successfully accomplished. The Program Specialist will work closely with current and potential program partners (primarily federal and academic) to shape and deliver programs that advance COL’s mission and benefit the ocean science community.

Responsibilities include:

• Implementing a suite of science support, education, and community engagement programs on behalf of COL, such as those related to ocean sound, a traveling public exhibition, and an ocean science capabilities assessment.

• Supporting project expansion and development in topical areas including but not limited to ocean sound, harassment and discrimination within the ocean science community, and ocean science training for journalists.

• Planning, organizing, and supporting workshops, committee meetings, and outreach and training events.

• Building networks for and provide ongoing community communications around COL’s Research and Education programs.

• Preparing project reports, proposals, and other publications.

• Supporting organizational response to RFPs, including proposal preparation (~10% of time)

• Additional duties as assigned.


• Master’s degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to ocean science and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in scientific research or project/program management. Additional years of experience in these fields may substitute for higher degree.

• Understanding of the ocean science community and related federal agencies.

• Experience in public outreach, education, or research support activities.

• Proposal writing experience and knowledge of fundraising preferred.

• Budgeting and cost management experience.

• Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team are a must. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including executive staff, international scientists, federal agency representatives, industrial representatives, and academic institutions.

• Experience in meeting and workshop organization and facilitation a plus.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail are required.

• Proven problem-solving capabilities with the ability to exercise good, independent judgment on courses of action and to exhibit a proactive approach to assigned projects.

• Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work well under pressure.

Ocean Leadership offers a collegial work environment and excellent benefits. To learn more about Ocean Leadership, please visit .

To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to with the subject line, “Program Specialist, R&E”. Materials may also be mailed to Human Resources, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

About the Consortium for Ocean Leadership
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents the leading ocean science and technology institutions — public and private; academia, aquaria, and industry. Our mission is to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to our advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) advocates for sound ocean policy and wise investment in ocean science, infrastructure, and education. Having established a reputation for being a credible, reliable, non-partisan, and trustworthy source of information for policymakers in the nation’s capital, COL elevates the awareness of the importance of the ocean to the nation’s economic and social well-being. Consequently, COL positively influences ocean policy and federal financial support for ocean research and technology.