[Coral-List] Job Opportunity - U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee Secretariat Executive Director

Fran Castro coralreefpoc at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 09:20:01 EDT 2013

*U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee Secretariat Executive Director*

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking an Executive Director with
education and experience in coral reef policy and ecology to support the
United States All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC) Secretariat office in
Honolulu, Hawaii. OAI conducts research, offers policy advice, and provides
personnel support services to government and industry clients for marine
fisheries, protected species, and habitats.

The AIC is comprised of the Points of Contact (POCs) from its seven U.S.
state and territorial members (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern
Marianas Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin
Islands). The AIC Secretariat is an office which serves to lead the
coordination, development, communication and implementation of priorities
established by the AIC. The AIC Secretariat is staffed by an Executive
Director, is supported by a team of Advisers, and may also include
additional support staff. The Executive Director we are seeking would lead
the AIC Secretariat office in fulfilling the mission of the AIC.

Tasks include the following:

   - Provide policy, administrative, and logistical support for the AIC
   meetings and coordinate AIC participation in the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
   Steering Committee and Business meetings.
   - Provide policy advice and administrative support to the committee
   related to coral reef issues by researching and framing issues for POCs.
   - Be a strong and effective liaison between the POCs, the U.S. Coral
   Reef Task Force (USCRTF), the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP),
   Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs (DOI/OIA), and other
   relevant regional, national and international organizations on issues
   related to coral reef conservation by advocating the interests of the POCs,
   communicating the concerns of the federal agencies back to the POCs.
   - Serve as a facilitator when consensus is lacking within the AIC or
   between the AIC and its partners.
   - Provide liaison and coordination with federal agencies and U.S.
   Congressional representatives and staff on management of coral reef
   resources. Participate on conference calls related to USCRTF Steering
   Committee, working groups, and other coral reef governance bodies, as
   - Implement the current All Islands Communication Policy.
   - Maintain, organize, and manage a central repository of information for
   coral reef jurisdiction information.
   - Facilitate implementation of the AIC’s strategic action plan and
   related or future strategic planning endeavors.
   - Develop any needed scopes of work, budgets and accomplishment reports
   required by the AIC.
   - Assist, as requested by jurisdictions, coordination of Committee
   member's Coral Reef Local Action Strategies, other management initiatives,
   and annual reports.
   - Serve the AIC and build institutional capacity within the AIC.

 Minimum experience or background requirements include:

   - At least five (5) years of experience in state, territorial, or
   federal government in a policy area related to ocean and coastal resource
   - Masters degree from an accredited college or university in Ocean
   Policy or related field.
   - Extensive knowledge of the function of policy making in state,
   territorial, and federal government.
   - Understanding of coral reef ecosystems and resource management at the
   state and territorial level. Understanding of the relationship between
   federal and state or territorial governments. Understanding of U.S. island
   cultures and governance.
   - Direct interaction with senior policy makers and congressional staff
   and demonstrated ability to do so effectively.
   - Ability to write position papers and policy briefs effectively and to
   use word processing and spreadsheet programs.
   - Ability to facilitate regional planning activities.
   - Ability to plan programs and develop budgets.

 This is a full-time position with a salary of $38.50/hr. Excellent
employee benefits are provided including paid medical insurance, and
holiday, vacation and sick leave. The work location will be at the NOAA
National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Regional Office in
Honolulu, Hawaii. Approximately 30-40 days of travel are expected per year.

The position requires access to Federal office buildings or ships and
communication networks. Applicants must have US citizenship or right to
work documents that do not expire during the contract period, combined with
two years of US residency before the start of employment. Ocean Associates
is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on
the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or
state law.

Only qualified applicants need apply that meet minimum experience or
background requirements stated above. Please submit a resume that includes
the following:

-Work history for the past 10 years or since last full-time education.
-Previous experience in a same or similar position with the same or similar
-Professional references.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please review
the AIC mission at http://www.allislandscoral.org/.
Email your resume to jobs at oceanassoc.com and use “5017 AIC ExDir” as the
subject line. PDF documents are preferred and please include your name in
the file name.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.

Fran Castro
CNMI CR Point of Contact
Nonpoint Source and Marine Monitoring Program
CNMI Division of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 501304
Saipan, MP 96950
Tel: (670) 664-8525
Mobile: (670) 483-6725
Fax: (670) 664-8540
email: coralreefpoc at gmail.com

*"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"*  ~*Helen Keller *

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