Director, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

About the Position

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) is the graduate program in marine science for seven California State Universities and is administrated by San Jose State University (SJSU). MLML has a 60,000 sq.-ft. main laboratory facility and five other properties totaling 39 acres, more than 375 researchers and students, and brings in more than $20 million in research funding annually. The fully equipped marine operations department operates 13 research vessels; and the science diving program at MLML is one of the most active in the nation. The faculty emphasis on integration of mentoring, teaching, and research; and the excellent facilities and staff contribute to make this one of the best programs for a Master’s degree in marine science in the United States. Since its establishment in 1966, MLML and its leading scientists have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field of marine science, both in Monterey Bay and worldwide.

The lab is situated in an excellent location for the study of the marine world. The lab is located at the center of the Monterey Bay, at a short distance from Santa Cruz and Monterey. The Monterey Submarine Canyon, the largest such feature on the west coast of North America, begins within a few hundred meters of the Moss Landing harbor and the MLML research fleet. To the east of MLML is the Elkhorn Slough, one of the largest estuarine wetlands off the west coast of the United States, and an important site for shorebirds and fishes. To the north and south are sand dunes, sandy beaches, and extensive kelp forest habitats along the rocky shoreline. Some of the most productive kelp forests and intertidal areas can be found in this region. MLML also is located between two large upwelling centers, which provide nutrients that stimulate an incredible amount of productivity but also provide a wealth of opportunities to study coastal oceanic processes.

The Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) provides vision, administrative oversight, fiscal management, and coordination of research and educational activities for this premier facility.

MLML is a flagship institution closely associated with San José State University and is officially administered by SJSU. The director reports to the SJSU Dean of the College of Science; works closely with the Chair of the MLML faculty in curricular issues, and with the MLML Consortium Governing Board on consortium issues.

This is a position in the CSU – Management Personnel Plan (MPP), and serves at the pleasure of the President. In addition, this position may require adherence to University compliance training such as: Conflict of Interest and Ethics training, AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention training, Information Security training, and Injury and Illness Prevention Program training.

Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

Seeking external funds for facilities maintenance and development, including marine operations. Assist with programmatic development and assessment. Maintaining and building institutional ties within the CSU and at community, state and federal levels. Provides leadership to faculty, staff, and students in the execution of the MLML graduate and research programs in marine sciences. Director works collaboratively with the MLML Faculty Chair in issues involving faculty, students, and curriculum. Director has primary management oversight for state employees, institutional Foundation employees, and secondary oversight for project employees. Director is responsible for managing MLML physical facilities (ships, buildings, piers, and properties) and overseeing maintenance and development of facilities in a manner consistent with fiscal resources and MLML, SJSU, and CSU strategic objectives. Responsible for developing new programs at the lab as well as assessing current ones, including research initiatives, and cooperative agreements between educational and research institutions, foundations, and organizations. Incumbent will participate significantly in fund raising efforts in support of the lab. Director has fiscal oversight of state resources and Foundation operating accounts at MLML, and has signature authority on grants. Incumbent must ensure that contractual, fiscal, and accounting practices are followed in accordance with applicable federal, state and California State University rules and regulations. Director must work effectively as a team player within the structure of the CSU and to coordinate federal, state, and private contracts. Incumbent is expected to play a strong role in the CSU Marine Sciences Initiative (COAST). Establishes rapport with people from diverse backgrounds. Education and Experience

Earned doctorate in one of the disciplines in the field of marine science. Minimum of three years of administrative experience as department chair, program coordinator, or other relevant leadership and supervisory experience. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Interpret technical procedures or regulations. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to present information effectively to managers, affiliates, and the general public. Skill in managing complex contracts/subcontracts and budgeting scenarios from diverse funding sources. Ability to balance strategic long term planning with the day to day activities required to oversee a complex facility such as Moss Landing Marine Labs. Ability in developing new programs as well as assessing the current programs in the field of Marine Science. Thorough knowledge of fiscal management principles. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, and the general public. Leadership skills that help others to understand and commit to the vision and goals of MLML. Ability to lead and motivate staff. Ability to work in a unionized environment. Preferred Qualifications

o Demonstrates ability in maintaining and developing marine facilities. o Provides record in securing external funding. o Experience working with complex budgets. o Provides record of excellence in scholarly work or professional achievement, rooted in conducting field and lab oriented marine studies. First Screening Date: December 11, 2012

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after the first screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Materials

Resume Letter of interest SJSU Online Employment Application and to apply, please visit our website at: Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note to the Applicant

Evidence of degree(s) or certification(s) may be required at time of hire. The finalist will be required to submit their fingerprints to the Live Scan Prints Service through the University’s Police Department. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure.

Selected candidate may be required to sign a conflict of interest disclosure and may be required to complete the conflict of interest training within six months of assuming the position.


Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, or covered veteran’s status consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities.

University Shared Values

Learning: Valuing education and promoting life-long learning. Student and Employee Success: Placing our highest priority on academic success and personal growth. Excellence: Setting the highest standards in all we do. Integrity: Being honest, fair and accountable for our actions. Diversity: Respecting diversity and recognizing the strength this factor brings to our community. Community: Valuing collaborative relationships.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Human Resources One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0046 Phone: 408-924-2250 Fax: 408-924-1784 Email: For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Ivano Aiello, Chair Search Committee for the Director of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories 8272 Moss Landing Rd Moss Landing, CA 95039 Ph: 831-771-4480 Email:



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