Vice President of Conservation

Division / Title
Conservation / Vice President of Conservation

Reporting relationship
President & CEO

Job Summary
This position oversees the priorities, programs, and leadership of the Conservation Division – Veterinary Services, Research, and Community Conservation Departments – ensuring all Division work is aligned to achieve conservation impact. The VP of Conservation’s focus is generating scientific and medical insights to forge practical and policy solutions with community stakeholders in order to address ocean challenges. As a member of the Senior Management Team, this position helps lead institutional strategic planning; is responsible for Division annual goals, work plans, and budgets; and manages internal and external partnerships to advance the Center’s mission.

Core Responsibilities
Develops and manages government, community, and corporate strategies to amplify and attain conservation impact on key ocean priorities. With consultants and community stakeholders, creates policy products and practical programs that deliver impact at the state level and beyond.
Oversees and expands an active portfolio of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. Generates at least $500,000 of contributed revenue annually from foundation and government sources and relieves existing Conservation Division program budgets.
Serves as a spokesperson for the Division, and represents the Center in public forums both in developing strategic relationships and communicating on behalf of the Center’s portfolio.
Supervises Conservation Division department leadership personnel. Responsible for developing, tracking, and reporting Division annual work plan objectives, annual budget, and Strategic Plan goals to the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors.
Coordinates closely with Operations and Education Divisions to support exhibition operations and development, ensuring best-in-class animal welfare, display, and communication.
Coordinates closely with Education and Advancement Divisions to provide timely science and policy review, relevant program products, expert participation, and other Conservation Division content.
Supports the CEO by contributing to the regular meetings and standing committees of the Center Board of Directors. Serves as the lead program staff on the Board’s Conservation Committee, strategizing on board engagement and review, and preparing regular meeting agendas.
Oversees Facility Master Planning for the Conservation Division’s Departments, ensuring that the offices, laboratories, and fixed capital assets meet the current and future Division needs under the Strategic Plan, coordinating closely and planning with the CEO, COO, and CFO.
Responsible for overseeing, tracking, and reporting on all permits and permitted activities, covering all institutional and research programs that require government agency oversight and compliance.
Oversees Division representation and performance on internal Staff Committees, working groups, and Task Forces – especially the Animal Welfare, Research Oversight, and Safety Committees.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
Advanced degree/s (Masters and/or Ph.D.) in environmental policy, conservation, science, or a closely related field.
A minimum of 10 years of professional employment and experience, with at least 5 years dedicated in applied (preferably ocean) conservation settings in government, non-profit, or corporate sectors.
Demonstrated excellence in leadership and administration, especially in personnel management, project management, annual work plans, goal tracking, and long-term strategic planning.
Demonstrated excellence in communication (written, oral, and public) with both technical and non-expert audiences.
Demonstrated proficiency in cloud-based collaboration software (e.g., Google Suite, Office 365, DropBox, Zoom, Slack, Jira, Trello, Wrike, Asana, etc.).

Physical Demands
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position may involve working outdoors in Florida, often in hot and humid conditions, and at events that extend into evening and weekend hours. On occasion, it may be necessary to travel on a boat to rescue or release sea turtles, or to oversee campus preparations for tropical cyclones. Being comfortable and familiar with vessel operations will be helpful.

Notes 
This is a salaried and exempt position. The successful incumbent may be required to perform tasks beyond the scope of this job description as requested by the supervisor. All team members, including newly hired, transferred, and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated for an initial introductory 3 month period. After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. This recruitment may be used to select candidates for additional open positions.

About Us
Founded in 1983, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a leading cultural attraction in South Florida that remains open access to all guests. Today the Center is a global leader in the research, rehabilitation, and protection of sea turtles, serving our broader mission to promote ocean ecosystem conservation. Annually we reach 900,000 guests with our transformational education programs and partner with nearly 100 organizations across six continents and 16 countries in ocean conservation. In early 2022, we will open a new 27,500 square-foot campus that greatly expands our exhibition, education, and convening space and doubles our medical facilities.

To Apply
Interested applicants may submit their resume, cover letter, and the names of three references here