[Coral-List] Job Announcement: All Islands Coral Reef Committee Secretariat Executive Director

Jennifer Koss - NOAA Federal jennifer.koss at noaa.gov
Thu Jan 5 17:01:34 EST 2017

All Islands Coral Reef Committee
Secretariat Executive Director Honolulu, Hawaii


The individual in this position supports the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef
Committee (AIC <https://allislandscommittee.org/>) through The Baldwin
Group’s (TBG <http://www.tbgva.net/>) contract with NOAA’s Coral Reef
Conservation Program (CRCP <http://coralreef.noaa.gov/>). Position will be
located at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee comprises Governor-appointed
Coral Reef Points of Contact from the seven U.S. state and territorial
coral reef jurisdictions of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Affiliate members of the committee are the Federated States of
Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau. The
committee members operate at the highest level within local governments and
with cabinet-level representatives within national governments. The
committee’s secretariat is made up of the executive director and three
advisors—on policy, natural resource management, and science.

The executive director coordinates and advises the points of contact and
affiliate members. This individual also coordinates, develops,
communicates, and implements priorities established by the All Islands
Coral Reef Committee by facilitating the consensus decision-making process
among voting members (with input from affiliate members and guidance from
advisors). Other tasks include coordinating advisor input and guidance as
well as assessing political and organizational environments in order to
provide proactive and strategic policy support and advice to points of

Additionally, the secretariat’s executive director provides programmatic
services, which include communication as well as partnership building and
maintenance within the committee and also with members of the U.S. Coral
Reef Task Force; NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; U.S. Department of
the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs; other federal partners;
nongovernmental organizations; and relevant local, regional, national, and
international organizations. This individual also initiates, coordinates,
and facilitates committee interactions with executive-level federal
leadership and U.S. Congressional representatives and staff members.

The executive director maintains, implements, tracks, and updates the
committee’s plans—including the charter, strategic plan, and communications
plan—with feedback of all members, using the committee’s consensus
decision-making process. This person provides administrative and logistical
support for general committee operations, bi-annual committee meetings,
monthly calls, and other meetings as needed. Another responsibility
includes coordinating committee participation in the task force’s steering
committee and business meetings and associated conference calls. In
addition, this individual develops and maintains committee outreach tools
and products that include, but are not limited to, the website and social
media sites.

Core responsibilities include the following, but are not limited to them:

●     Support and coordinate All Islands Coral Reef Committee participation
in task force-related meetings, calls, and efforts throughout the year,
including strategy development, the Watershed Partnership Initiative
Strategy, resolutions, appropriate working groups, and reports.

●     As designated by the chair, represent the committee in meetings and
on calls with colleagues and partners to articulate committee priorities,
issues, and positions.

●     Develop and disseminate an effective committee chair report and
presentation with feedback and input from all points of contact and with
the guidance of advisors. The report is presented at every task force
meeting and includes committee priorities, main issue areas, requests to
the task force, and jurisdictional updates.

●     Take responsibility for planning, logistics, and coordination of any
committee meetings (between points of contact with partners and
Congressional staff members, as needed) during each task force meeting. The
task force meetings are held in Washington, D.C., in winter and in a
jurisdiction in fall. Work cooperatively with task force secretariat staff
members and steering committee co-chairs.

●     Track relevant legislative efforts related to coral reefs—for
example, the Coral Reef Conservation Act reauthorization and the Vessel
Incidental Discharge Act (S. 373). In addition, provide strategic policy
advice and key messaging; coordinate with partners (e.g., NOAA, Coastal
States Organization); communicate with Congressional staff members; work
with partners (e.g., NOAA); and coordinate point-of-contact input.

●     Strategize and develop (with points of contact and advisor input) key
actions and messaging to take advantage of opportunities to effectively
convey committee priorities to partners. Develop proactive and effective
next steps to move committee priorities forward.

●     Draft and coordinate point of contact and advisor input and finalize
the committee strategic and action plans (2016 – 2020) with committee
buy-in. Ensure plan implementation and monitoring, and propose adaptive
measures and changes as needed.

●     Support, facilitate, and provide guidance to points of contact on
committee priorities, main issues, and efforts that include but are not
limited to the National Coral Reef Fellowship Program and Integrated
Partnership Plan and effort with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program.

●     Prepare committee members for clear articulation of jurisdictional
priority issues, based on committee consensus, to members of the U.S. Coral
Reef Task Force, high-level federal agency representatives, and
Congressional staff members. Use creative resources and tools (e.g.,
infographics) to effectively communicate this information via visual
presentations, briefing materials, scripts, infographics, white papers, and
position documents, as needed

●     Communicate and liaise on coral reef and island issues between the
committee, the NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation program, the U.S. Department
of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, and other federal agency
members of the task force. Coordinate among points of contact to provide
timely committee response to documents and other information requests from

●     Update the committee’s communications plan and charter, and draft (as
needed) standard operating procedures with input from members and advisors.

●     Build out the committee’s communications infrastructure, including
new website, social media venues, intranet, e-newsletter, online calendars,
and document repository. Use branding and marketing principles throughout
to increase name recognition.

●     Help build and maintain teamwork and camaraderie among points of




●     Master’s degree in marine science, coastal management, or related
field plus three years of related experience

●     Knowledge of issues confronting coral reef conservation

●     Strong written and verbal communication skills

●     Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment

●     Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management,
colleagues, and external partners

●     Technical writing skill and ability to synthesize technical


●     Experience working with state and federal agencies, tribes, academia,
and nongovernmental organizations

●     Prior experience supporting senior management

●     Experience managing project budgets and tracking project milestones

Apply online at http://tbgva.net

Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer


*"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it
is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came."*

*~ John F. Kennedy*


*Jennifer L. Koss*

*Director, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program*

*NOS/OCM/Corals - 10400*

*1305 East-West Highway*

*Silver Spring, MD 20910*

*240.338.2161 (cell)*


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