[Coral-List] Job Posting: Coral Reef Advisory Group Coordinator

Hideyo Hattori - NOAA Affiliate hideyo.hattori at noaa.gov
Tue Feb 13 17:09:18 EST 2018

The closing date of the application period is February 26, 2018.

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From: Hideyo Hattori - NOAA Affiliate <hideyo.hattori at noaa.gov>
Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 11:03 AM
Subject: Job Posting: Coral Reef Advisory Group Coordinator
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov


The American Samoa Government is seeking applicants to fill the Coral Reef
Advisory Group Coordinator position.  Please direct any questions to
alicelawrence.mpa at gmail.com.

1. POSITION TITLE NAME: Coral Reef Advisory Group (CRAG) Coordinator

The American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group is hiring a Coordinator who
will be responsible for actively managing grants awarded by NOAA CRCP, DOI,
DOC, and others as they are secured.  The CRAG Coordinator is responsible
for project management of CRAG’s projects, coordinating reporting on
projects and grants, planning and implementing training programs and
workshops, securing and managing grant funding, supervising CRAG staff
members and interns, coordinating and facilitating meetings and initiatives
among the 5 CRAG agencies and the three Local Action Strategy groups, and
acting as a liaison between local and federal partners.  The CRAG
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.
Coral Reef Advisory Group (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 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 Force.
• Oversee the implementation and administration of CRAG projects, including
advising project managers on funded projects, providing support and
assistance to researchers, coordinating workshops and training sessions,
and managing projects.  Seek project proposals and produce the annual grant
• Work closely with Federal Grants staff to ensure compliance with all
federal rules and regulations for grant funded work and manage grants via
Grants Online.
• Coordinate implementation of Local Action Strategies (LAS) relative to
Land-based Sources of Pollution, Fisheries Management, and Climate Change.
• Organize and facilitate regular CRAG meetings.
• 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 with responding to requests for American Samoa, and
with participation in the US Coral Reef Task Force
• Supervise CRAG staff members (MPA Network Coordinator, Coral Reef
Monitoring Program staff, NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow, Climate Change
Coordinator, Education/Outreach Coordinator, Watershed Coordinator,
Technicians, etc) as well as interns.

• A strong understanding of conservation, marine governance frameworks,
environment and/or biodiversity issues as they relate to coral reefs (esp.
land-based sources of pollution, fisheries management, and climate change).
• Ability to work as part of a team and with a diverse group of
• Willingness to live and work on a small, remote, and isolated island in
the South Pacific.
• Ability to self-manage, adjust according to competing priorities, and
allocate time as necessary to complete tasks.

• Experience communicating with multiple and diverse stakeholders including
the general public, local, regional, and federal government agencies,
private partner organizations, NGOs, Pacific Island Nations, and the media.
• Track record of successful public and/or private grant writing and
• 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, staff, and
• Proven expertise in project planning, project management, and
• Experience in solving problems on the spot, apply conflict resolution,
and negotiation techniques to get results.
• Experience with review, comment on and/or development of marine public

6. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 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, public policy, or a
related discipline. It is preferred that the individual’s background
includes tropical ecosystems, 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.

Applicants must send a cover letter and a resume and their contact details
(phone numbers and email addresses). Applicants should email these
documents to the DMWR HR Manager, Caroline Tafeamaalii
c.tafeamaalii at gmail.com with email subject: “CRAG Coordinator Position.”
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Applications
to be submitted before the closing date on […..DATE…..].
Attachments when submitting application must include the following:
1. Cover Letter
2. CV / Resume
3. References
4. Copy of degrees / official copy of transcripts

*--------------------------------------------Hideyo Hattori*
Amerika Samoa Management Liaison
Coral Reef Conservation Program
Coastal Zone Management Program
The Baldwin Group, Inc. on contract at
NOAA's Office for Coastal Management

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