Executive Director – S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

About the Position

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium invites applications for the executive director position.

The coast is one of South Carolina’s most important areas economically, culturally, and environmentally. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is seeking an executive director to provide leadership and to facilitate solutions for the long-term sustainability of South Carolina’s coastal resources.

South Carolina has a diverse collection of higher education institutions and natural resource agencies. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, an agency of South Carolina government, was created by law in 1978 and is the only state entity mandated to provide coordination and communication across disciplinary, institutional, and agency boundaries. The Consortium does more than merely support science students, scientists, and state natural resource agencies needing assistance. It provides specialized workshops and conferences and produces a number of general information publications each year. The Executive Director is responsible for leading the efforts to support integrated research, education, and extension programs that align with the consortium’s mission of generating and applying science-based information on issues and opportunities that enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources fostering a sustainable economy and environment. Further, this position actively coordinates with other research and management programs within the Southeast to maximize return on investments in research, policy, and outreach.

The successful candidate possesses a master’s degree and fifteen years of experience in science or natural resources or a terminal degree in science, policy or natural resources and at least five years’ experience in leadership of extramurally funded research programs. Extensive experience in marine and coastal sciences, policy, and resource management is essential. Familiarity with the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program is desirable. Other key abilities for the executive director include:

  • Strong leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in writing grant proposals.
  • Demonstrated success in creating collaborative partnerships, particularly with state and federal agencies.
  • Ability to work well with a highly diverse group of scientists, university and agency leaders, students, community organizations, and leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with political leaders at all levels and across the political spectrum.
  • A personal commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Experience in managing people and budgets.

Learn More about the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

A. Primary Purpose of the Position

The Agency Head is responsible for overall planning, coordination, and implementation of the agency’s operations and programs, serves as the principal development and grantsmanship officer, principal legislative liaison and principal public spokesperson for the agency, and is responsible for the coordination and management of more than fifty grants, several major multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional programs, and the agency’s state budget and federal Sea Grant core program.

B. Involvement in Strategic Planning

The Agency Head is directly responsible for overseeing the agency’s strategic planning and implementation process. The Agency Head sets the strategic direction for agency programs, activities, and efforts based on input solicited from the agency’s diverse constituencies and stakeholders. The Agency Head established a Program Advisory Board (PAB) to provide strategic advice and guidance to the agency; members of the PAB represent state and federal government, academia, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The Consortium Board of Directors reviews and approves the agency’s strategic plan, which is usually updated every four to five years.

C. Major Accountabilities

List in order of importance the major activities that you perform, then describe the end results that you are expected to achieve and the primary indicators of success. Indicate for each activity the approximate percentage of time required.


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