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Job ID: 131165

Executive Director
North Pacific Research Board

Date Posted Oct. 9, 2019
Title Executive Director
University North Pacific Research Board
Anchorage, AK, United States
Department Research
Application Deadline Oct. 31, 2019
Position Start Date Feb. 1, 2019
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Sciences - General
    Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Marine/Freshwater Sciences

Under the direction of the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), provide leadership for a nationally recognized scientific organization to maintain and enhance the organization’s reputation for excellence in marine research. To meet this goal, manage the staff and established processes to administer sub-awards with funds made available to the Secretary of Commerce from the Environmental Improvement and Restoration Fund (EIRF). EIRF funds provide for Federal, State, private and foreign organizations or individuals to conduct research activities for cooperative marine research projects and activities on, or relating to, the fisheries or marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and Arctic Ocean (including lesser related bodies of water) as set forth at 43 U.S.C. §1474d(e)(1) and in accordance with criteria and priorities for grants established by the NPRB, as set forth at 43 U.S.C. §§1474d(e)(2) and (e)(4)(B).

Specific Duties:

  • Work jointly with the parties of the Memorandum of Understanding pertaining to the NPRB and the North Pacific Marine Research Institute; the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) to meet the overall objectives of the EIRF.
  • Employ and manage NPRB staff and contractors in accordance with relevant laws and regulations to assist in achieving the duties and responsibilities outlined in this scope of services.
  • Develop the annual work plan formulation process to generate budgets for the operation and administration of all research, education, and administration activities, and submit these timely for NPRB approval, together with all proposals for grant funding; track and report on the work plan in synchrony with Board meetings.
  • Manage the overall NPRB budget, and track and report on the budget in synchrony with NPRB meetings.
  • Provide NPRB with all information necessary to approve research, education and demonstration projects in accordance with 33 U.S.C. §2738 and oversee implementation and monitoring of all approved grants to ensure compliance and timely conduct; report in a timely manner to NPRB on issues associated with grant implementation.
  • Work at the direction of NPRB to develop standard operating procedures, science and strategic plans, and other policies for ultimate NPRB approval and oversee their implementation by staff, consultants, and contractors.
  • Provide oversight of scientific guidance provided to NPRB and scientific peer review of grant requests via the Science Panel; implement and administer grants, programs, and projects, and perform such other science review functions as may be required by NPRB.
  • Coordinate Advisory Panel meetings and reports to the NPRB and foster community and public input as appropriate.
  • Oversee a public process of communications and outreach and develop a biennial report of NPRB activities for approval.
  • Oversee, in conjunction with the ASLC Human Resources Manager, performance appraisals of NPRB staff; submit to the Executive Committee of the NPRB an annual performance report for this position and meet annually to agree on personal business goals and priorities for the year ahead.
  • Represent the NPRB at appropriate public, professional, and scientific meetings and symposia.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and work with the Fiscal Agent (ASLC) for the NPRB to ensure compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to NPRB operations; comply with all NPRB policies, procedures, and programs and all ASLC financial agent requirements relating to human resources, fiscal management, risk management, etc.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time by the Executive Committee of the NPRB.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proven/strong managerial and leadership skills; team building; and strong interpersonal skills;
  • At least five years of experience at a senior level in research and/or organizational management with three years of program-level supervisory experience;
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills – must be able to communicate effectively, internally and externally, to multiple audiences;
  • Leader and facilitator – the ability to motivate, influence, and develop capacity in others to create conditions that elicit passion, commitment, and best in class work that builds the reputation of an organization;
  • Proven emotional intelligence (i.e., ability to appropriately perceive, use, understand, and manage the emotions of oneself and others); and
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to science, business, law, administration, fisheries, or environmental research.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • A postgraduate degree in a field related to science, business, law, administration, fisheries or environmental research;
  • A record of accomplishment with a particular emphasis on oversight of multidisciplinary research that has management applications;
  • Solid understanding of issues relating to marine ecosystems, including current, key, and developing issues;
  • Experience working with and for a board of directors;
  • Ability to work effectively with key government, private and academic institutions;
  • Current knowledge of key government and academic institutions and partners in marine science and management, including fisheries, oil and gas, tourism and other marine industry organizations;
  • Demonstrated experience with business and financial management;
  • Demonstrated partnership-building experience with diverse political environments at State, National, and International levels;
  • Able to work with confidential information and diverse stakeholders;
  • Be alert to opportunities, be innovative, entrepreneurial, and take on new challenges in a manner that supports and reinforces the priorities of the Board; and
  • Be of the highest levels of character and ethical behavior.

This is a regular, full-time position equivalent to the GS-15 level in federal service.

To apply, email your credentials to Applicants should include a curriculum vitae, a two-page summary of their philosophy on guiding collaborative research, and four professional references with contact information. For questions, contact Amy Komarek, lead recruiter, at Communications will be treated with confidence. Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2019, and a review of applications will take place in November with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2020.

  • NPRB is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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Contact Information

  • Amy Komarek
    North Pacific Research Board
    1007 W. 3rd Avenue
    Suite 100
    Anchorage, AK 99664
  • 907-224-6307


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