Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences (closes 4/30/2019)

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Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences (closes 4/30/2019)

About the Position: The Director identifies priorities for and facilitates continued development of marine and coastal science programs at WWU. The Director fosters a climate of research innovation in marine and coastal sciences. In coordination with the Marine and Coastal Sciences Academic Program Director and relevant academic departments, the director oversees undergraduate and graduate academic programs in marine and coastal science, promoting a team spirit within the marine sciences at WWU by maintaining and strengthening positive relationships among faculty, classified, and professional staff. Responsibilities also include supervising staff at SPMC, authorizing budgets for SPMC and undergraduate academic programs, and seeking external funding to support the continued development of marine and coastal science programs and facilities. The Director also provides leadership for advancing marine and coastal sciences in WWU planning processes, aligning those efforts with the University’s mission and strategic goals while fostering productive relationships with college deans, university executive officers, and administrative officials throughout the university. The Director works to promote diversity, equity and inclusion for the staff, faculty, and students in marine sciences programs at WWU. The Director brings awareness of regional, national, and international trends in marine and coastal sciences, including the integration of research, education, and outreach, and will build relationships with key external partners. The position requires a physical presence in both the Anacortes and Bellingham campuses and associated travel.

About the Unit: Faculty from multiple academic departments in the Huxley College of the Environment and the College of Science and Engineering participate in marine and coastal sciences research and academic programs. These include the new B.S. degree in Marine in Coastal Sciences, the Marine Science Distinguished Scholars Program, and the M.S.-level Marine and Estuarine Studies Program. More information about these programs is available online:

Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) is located in Anacortes, approximately 45 miles from Western’s main Bellingham campus, on a 78-acre campus covered mostly by Pacific lowlands forest and distinguished by 3000 feet of undisturbed beachfront. SPMC supports and promotes Western Washington University’s undergraduate and master’s programs in the marine sciences; supports research by WWU scientists across marine-related fields; provides access to facilities for visiting scientists from around the world; supports supervised, independent research for undergraduates nationwide via federally-funded programs; and promotes ocean literacy through targeted K-12 and public education initiatives. SPMC is nationally recognized for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion through externally funded programs that create student opportunities at the marine center.

Local facilities, including a flow-through seawater system, a research vessel fleet, SCUBA support, oceanographic instrumentation, and a well-equipped analytical chemistry laboratory, support the research activities of WWU faculty researchers and resident scientists at SPMC. SPMC is nationally recognized for involving undergraduates, including members of under-represented minority groups, in the research programs of its faculty. More information about SPMC is available online:

About the University: Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Application Instructions and Requested Documents:

Please submit applications online through the university’s Page Up system.

To be considered you must submit the following: 1) A cover letter that clearly addresses the required and preferred qualifications; 2) curriculum vita or resume; 3) contact information for three recent professional references and 4) and a separate statement describing your demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in and out of the workplace.

Initial screening of applications will begin March 4, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. All applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. For further information, potential applicants should contact Jennifer Sloan, Search Coordinator, by email:

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

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