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[Met-jobs] Vacancy, Director of the Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), UoT at Austin

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:04:46 +0000

The University of Texas
Marine Science Institute
Port Aransas, Texas

Background: The University of Texas at Austin seeks applicants for the position 
of Director of the Marine Science Institute (UTMSI). UTMSI is located in Port 
Aransas on the northern tip of Mustang Island at the gateway to pristine 
estuaries and the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, less than one hour from 
Corpus Christi. UTMSI is part of The University of Texas at Austin, College of 
Natural Sciences and is Texas’ first permanent marine laboratory and one of the 
most prestigious in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Institute’s mission is dedicated 
to research, education and outreach as it applies to the Texas coastal zone and 
other marine environments. UTMSI employs over 140 individuals, including 15 
faculty, 25 graduate students, 11 post-doctoral and administrative and support 

Role: The Director oversees all operational and organizational issues of UTMSI 
and is responsible for sustaining the success of the Institute’s scientific 
research, education initiatives, and the recruitment of top-tier researchers.  
The Director serves as the chief spokesperson, ambassador and fundraiser for 
UTMSI.  The Director reports to the Dean of the College of Natural Science at 
The University of Texas at Austin and works collaboratively with the Marine 
Science Advisory Council. The Director holds the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass 
Regents Chair in Marine Science.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be a visionary, creative, 
entrepreneurial leader with strong external relations and management skills. 
S/he must be an internationally recognized scientist with a Ph.D. in Marine 
Science or related field with a strong record of scholarly achievements.  The 
successful candidate must have experience in administration and in supporting 
development activities, and previous involvement in in the management of large 
research programs is highly desirable.

Candidates may come from academia, not-for-profit organizations, government or 
the corporate sector. The Director must be willing to travel 20-30 percent of 
the time, some of which will be day trips.  The successful candidate should 
bring a network of contacts in marine science and for fundraising.  As the 
“face” of the organization, s/he must be a gifted ambassador with excellent 
communication skills, an individual who can relay compellingly the UTMSI story. 
The successful candidate will be a consummate diplomat capable of relating to 
all constituencies –leaders in higher education, legislators, scientists, 
staff, Advisory Council, local Texas community, institutional partners, funding 
sources, and global ocean science organizations.

This is a rare opening and opportunity to lead an esteemed institute at a 
flagship university with a history of notable scientific discovery. A 
competitive compensation package will be will be provided to the successful 

Application Process
UTMSI has retained the executive search firm of
Korn/Ferry International to assist in the search.
Please email nominations and
applications (resumes and cover letters) to:
Ann Kern, Senior Client Partner and
Joan Sherry, Senior Engagement Manager

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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