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Executive Director, Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Norfolk, VA, USA | Old Dominion University

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
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Job Description:
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This position will serve as a dynamic and collaborative leader as Executive Director of the Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience (ICAR). This position will have the opportunity to make a significant global impact by fostering research, leveraging resources, building connections, and leading efforts to turn world-class science into global practice. This position will also have the opportunity to build on a unique partnership with the City, expanding that to include other localities within the region.


Minimum Qualifications


Master’s degree or other advanced degree in science, engineering, business and economics, health sciences, geography, policy studies, or other related field. Considerable experience leading interagency and interdisciplinary teams for research and development, commercialization, and/or community engagement. Considerable experience participating in profile-raising efforts of an organization such as media outreach, social media, and high-level relationship management. Considerable experience in one or more of the following areas: coastal oceanography, atmospheric science, policy, law, climate change adaptation, environmental risk analysis, or stakeholder engagement and facilitation. Considerable knowledge of the strategies, practices, and procedures employed when leading interdisciplinary and interagency teams. Considerable knowledge related to adaptation and resiliency in one or more of the following areas as related to coastal adaptation and resilience: atmospheric/oceanic/climate science, engineering, geography, geoscience, economics, law, or another related field of study. Excellent interpersonal skills interfacing with senior leaders in a variety of organizations including government, academia, and industry. Strong skills in short and long-term strategic planning, business plan development and execution, and partnership development in a complex and rapidly evolving context. Strong advocacy skills used particularly in developing regional partnerships, coordinating policies and interventions amongst community members, academics, elected officials, media representatives, and members of the business community. Demonstrated ability to articulate and communicate a vision, and to effectively engage stakeholders at all levels of the enterprise to work toward that vision. Demonstrated ability to find new and impactful approaches, recommend new and innovative ways for diverse organizations to work together to navigate obstacles, and influence others. Demonstrated ability to effectively work well in a collaborative environment, balancing team and individual responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships with nonprofits, community groups, government agencies, corporations, and peer organizations locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally. Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical findings in a succinct and easy-to-understand manner using captivating language meant to engage both technical and non-technical audiences.


Preferred Qualifications


Substantial track record of experience acquiring or managing funded projects for research, outreach, or education related to adaptation and resilience initiatives.


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