Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Virginia Sea Grant’s staff, extension partners and community work to enable integration, collaboration, and leveraging of the Commonwealth’s collective coastal and marine capacity to address pressing societal problems in Virginia, the region and nation. We serve as a bridge between scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy, and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay and coastal Virginia.

You can view our current job openings below. Thank you for your interest in Virginia Sea Grant.

Current openings are listed below:

Associate Director

Virginia Sea Grant’s (VASG) Associate Director will oversee the daily operations of VASG and the longer‐term financial and programmatic strategic planning and implementation of the vision of VASG and its Director. Specifically, the Associate Director has responsibilities for: Operational management and leadership; Staff management and coaching; Financial planning and strategic development; and Federal, state, private funder programmatic relations. The Associate Director will work closely with and report to the Director, and work collaboratively with staff, outreach partners, and and advisory committees that compose the seven‐university VASG College program.

The successful candidate could come from a variety of disciplines and sectors, including academia, and non‐profit, private, or public sectors, and will bring many of the following professional qualifications and style to the position: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, with extensive professional experience and growth; Experience with organizational and resource development; Forward‐looking strategist who has experience with financial management; Ability to manage human capital, financial resources, and partnerships to maximize effectiveness and ensure the highest quality of teamwork; Strong teamwork, listening, and problem‐solving skills; Strong open communication skills and a collegial, collaborative management style; Experience with staff management and growth; Commitment and proven ability to interact effectively with diverse groups with sensitivity and tact.

A cover letter, resume, and statement of management style should be submitted online by July 18, 2018. Please apply through the William and Mary HR site linked below.

Communications Program Manager

The Communications Program Manager implements and manages Virginia Sea Grant’s Communication Center, developing operational plans, processes and methods to establish the Center as an intellectual leader in communicating science, technical information, and other specialized knowledge and information to nonexperts.

The position supervises staff, directs and instructs students, and develops and manages a VASG communications budget and other resources (e.g., facilities, equipment, partners). Responsibilities include leadership and creativity in developing, managing and executing the VASG communication, public relations, marketing, public awareness, branding, and messaging activities. Position directly supports student instruction, curriculum design, and evaluation of communication and education programming, particularly the communication internship program and elements of the professional development program for VASG fellows.

A cover letter, resume, and statement of management style should be submitted online by July 30, 2018. Please apply through the William and Mary HR site linked below.

Science Communication Internships

Science communication interns, correspondents (embeds), and student ambassadors work with the Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Communication Center to bring scientific and technical information to non-scientists and decision-makers, and to evaluate the success of that process, or elements of it. They will learn interviewing, analysis, reporting, researching, and writing skills, and they will receive real-world training in the art and the craft of science writing, photography, videography, design or research in an environment focused on brokering coastal and marine science to stakeholders. When possible, these positions will also be teamed up in cohorts (writer, photographer, researcher), and will receive the same assignments. By way of professional development, this develops in each intern the ability to understand the written word, to visualize the story, and to evaluate both.


Diversity Statement

Virginia Sea Grant, based at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and part of William and Mary, values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the program. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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