Director, Ocean Sustainability - Technology and Innovation

New England Aquarium

Full-Time Employment
2 months ago

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SCHEDULE This is a full-time, regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package. The position can be conducted remotely or in a hybrid onsite/offsite fashion from any of the following states: MA, NH, ME, RI, VT, and NY with ongoing access to, and periodic meetings/events at the NEAq in Boston. Relocation is required if presently residing in any other state. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. Lead and manage the growth and development of NEAq’s blue innovation advising work, including existing corporate partnerships with seafood and seaweed companies, build-out programs, cultivate relationships and partnerships, develop public policy recommendations in conjunction with the Director of Ocean Policy and External Relations team, and supervise/expand the existing team. 2. Serve as the NEAq lead for BlueSwell, which is embarking on its third Cohort, prioritizing Cohort composition that reflects NEAq ocean conservation pillars, including, among others, the building of resilient communities, the responsible use of the ocean, and the advancement of animal and ocean health. 3. Partner and network with other blue innovation organizations, industry, funders, and policy makers (in conjunction with our External Relations team) to address key gaps for science-based entrepreneurs driving ocean sustainability in New England. 4. Serve as a leader in technical advising related to ocean conservation for blue entrepreneurs, while expanding NEAq’s sphere of influence as a technical advisor. 5. Lead the establishment of an environmental impact framework and tool for the broader blue ecosystem (entrepreneurs, corporations, and other stakeholders) to create a more transparent way to evaluate company actions and progress towards marine conservation goals. 6. The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and a governing board that reflects our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that inspires awe, curiosity, understanding, caring, and action. Using these guiding values, lead the scoping of a potential program to build out an inclusive, equitable bluetech workforce of the future through intern, fellowship, and community-based programs that build skills and result in equitable jobs in the blue economy. 7. Expand NEAq’s ability to synthesize big data for companies and consortia to meet sustainability goals. 8. Manage annual program budget of $1M+ and continue to raise funds in partnership with other NEAq functions to grow and sustain this work. 9. Work closely with ACCOL technical programs to ensure our expertise, scientific outputs, and science-based perspectives are reflected in all aspects of our blue innovation work. 10. Contribute to additional institution-wide initiatives as needed.

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