[Coral-List] Job Opening - Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator, American Samoa

Jeremy Goldberg jeremy.goldberg at doc.as
Tue Dec 15 14:19:01 EST 2009

Hello all,

The American Samoa Government is currently soliciting applications for the
position of Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator.  The position description is

Individuals interested in this position should submit a cover letter and CV
to me by December 28th.  Due to the high number of expected applications,
only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please
include the following in the subject line of the email - 'Coral Reef
Initiative Coordinator'.

To those who wish to learn more about the ongoing coral reef conservation
efforts in American Samoa, please visit our website:  www.crag.as.

All the best,

Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator
Resource Management Division
Department of Commerce
Pago Pago, American Samoa
684.633.5155 (phone)
684.633.4195 (fax)

*Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator**
Government of American Samoa*


The American Samoan Government is soliciting candidates for the Coral Reef
Initiative (CRI) Coordinator for the Governor’s Coral Reef Advisory Group
(CRAG). This position is currently administered through the American Samoa
Department of Commerce and the employee will report to CRAG, with the
Chairperson of CRAG as direct supervisor.

*General Description*

CRAG was established to coordinate specific activities of five agencies in
American Samoa; the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife
Resources, the American Samoa Department of Commerce, the National Park of
American Samoa, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, and the
Community College of American Samoa.  The purpose of this coordination is to
protect and preserve coral reef ecosystems while attempting to balance and
satisfy development needs of the people and the Fa’asamoa (Samoan way of
life).  CRAG works closely with regional and national partners on coral reef
conservation issues, most notably with the National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (NOAA CRCP),
the US Department of Interior (DOI), and members of the US Coral Reef Task

The CRI Coordinator position is responsible for actively managing the grants
funded by NOAA CRCP, DOI, DOC, and others as they are secured.  The CRI
Coordinator is responsible for project management of CRAG’s projects,
coordinating research and reporting on projects, planning and implementing
training programs and workshops, securing and managing grant funding,
reporting on grant progress, supervising CRAG staff members and interns,
assisting and overseeing the education and outreach programs for CRAG,
coordinating and facilitating meetings and initiatives among the 5 CRAG
agencies, and acting as a liaison between the local and federal partners.  The
CRI Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that projects are properly
implemented, reports are completed, information requests are responded to,
and high quality document production is completed.

*Duties and Responsibilities*

The duties and responsibilities of this position are to:

* *

·               Oversee the implementation and administration of CRI
projects, including advising project managers on CRI grant management,
providing support and assistance to researchers, coordinating workshops and
training sessions, and managing projects.

·               Coordinate implementation of local action strategies (LAS)
relative to land-based sources of pollution, fisheries management, global
climate change, and population pressure.

·               Organize and facilitate periodic CRAG meetings.

·               Guide and facilitate the assessment and development of the

·               Work closely with LAS Working Group leaders to assist with
LAS development and planning

·               Review and provide comments on environmental policies,
management plans, various types of environmental documents, and obtain
consensus on recommendations from CRAG agencies.

·               Assist the CRAG Chair in responding to requests for American

·               Supervise three CRAG Staff members (MPA Network Specialist,
NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow, and Education/Outreach Coordinator) as
well as student interns.

·               Seek project proposals and produce the annual grant

·               Oversee the development of the American Samoa Marine
Protected Area Network.


This position requires an individual with a minimum of a Master’s Degree
with an emphasis on coastal/marine management, natural resource management,
environmental policy, marine science, or a related discipline. It is
preferred that the person’s background includes tropical ecosystems and
particularly, coral reefs.  The Coordinator role is predominately a
management position.  Candidates must be well organized, possess
facilitation skills, and have excellent written and oral communication
skills in English.  Desired qualifications include the following:

Ø  Experience organizing, facilitating and reporting on the outcomes of
scientific and informational meetings.

Ø  Experience communicating with multiple stakeholders including the general
public, local and federal government agencies, private partner
organizations, NGOs, Pacific Island Nations, and the media.

Ø  Track record of successful public and/or private grant writing and

Ø  Project management experience.

Ø  Experience supervising the work of others.  Ability to motivate people,
delegate responsibilities effectively, and secure high quality results in a
team setting that includes managers, scientists, students, education staff,
and interns.

Ø  Willingness to keep up-to-date with emerging scientific information
pertinent to coral reef conservation.

Ø  Experience with socioeconomic and human dimensions programs.

Ø  Knowledge of Marine Protected Area planning and implementation.

Ø  Experience with review, comment on and/or development of marine public

Ø  Ability to work as part of a team and with a diverse group.

Ø  Willingness to live and work on a small island in the Pacific.

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