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[Met-jobs] Job Post: Director of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center (Assoc. or Full Prof.)

From Austin Becker <>
Date Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:54:30 -0500

Associate or Full Professor to serve as Director of the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

The Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO, <>) at the University
of Rhode Island is seeking applications for a tenure-track Associate or Full Professor to
serve as Director of the Coastal Resources Center (CRC, <>). This
faculty position will be an academic year appointment with an expected start date of
September, 2017.

Position Description
Challenges facing coastal communities and ecosystems are increasing rapidly as
pressures resulting from human activities continue to build (e.g. sea level rise,
unsustainable fishing practices, coastal erosion, seawater inundation). Therefore, GSO is
looking to grow our leadership in the use of science to inform coastal and marine
development, policy, and management. We seek a dynamic scholar that will lead the
CRC in efforts to provide sustainable solutions. We are looking for a bold visionary with
a passion for coastal communities and ecosystems and respect for the role that science
plays in informing management decisions. The successful candidate will be expected to
initiate, design, and obtain funding for programs that support the CRC mission. The
director will develop a long-term vision for CRC and enhance its position as a national
and international leader. In addition, the director will be responsible for the strategic
planning of CRC personnel and budget (currently ~$8 – 10M per year). The successful
candidate will also be expected to contribute to GSO’s academic mission through
teaching courses, conducting research and advising graduate students.
We invite applicants with a strong commitment to leading the CRC while engaging GSO
through research and incorporating CRC work into our curriculum.

Graduate School of Oceanography-URI
On the shore of picturesque Narragansett Bay, GSO has a global reputation for excellence
in marine research, teaching, outreach, and exploration of the world’s oceans and coasts.
Currently, the institution has more than 40 faculty and research scientists, over 60
graduate students, and 150 professional, technical and support staff. The mission of GSO
is to prepare the next generation of world-class marine and coastal scientists, contribute
relevant research at the leading edge of science, to effectively transfer the science to
managers and policy-makers, and to provide education and outreach to diverse audiences
around the world.

Coastal Resources Center
Founded in 1971, the CRC’s mission is to promote coastal stewardship worldwide using
the best available science and management practices for the long-term economic, social
and environmental well-being of the planet. CRC is an innovator, leader, and champion
for the integration of human and socio-economic aspects into coastal and marine issues
such as climate change, fisheries and aquaculture, coastal and ocean planning, and marine
conservation. CRC has over 45 years of experience in the design and delivery of
coastal/marine ecosystem governance initiatives including more than 20 major (multiyear,
multi-million dollar) projects and hundreds of related initiatives in over 20 countries
in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States – totaling over $150
million. For example, CRC partnered with the State of Rhode Island to create the Rhode
Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan, which is resulting in 17,000 households
receiving clean energy from the country’s first offshore windfarm. CRC is also helping
the countries of Ghana, Malawi, The Gambia, and Senegal redefine their fisheries laws
and policies and suggest new ways forward by providing technical training and using an
issues-driven approach to decentralized fisheries management. CRC is an internationally
recognized leader in individual and organizational capacity development and has over the
years strengthened the capacity of thousands of individuals from over 50 countries. CRC
serves as the outreach and extension arm of the Rhode Island Sea Grant.

Application Deadline: This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be
given to applications received by February 1, 2017. Second consideration may be given
to applications received by March 1, 2017.

Applications must be completed online at the URI Human Resources webpage: Posting
number F00023 <>

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