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Environmental Market Solutions Laboratory (emLab) Executive Director (Academic Coordinator II) for Bren School/Marine Science

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 23rd, 2018
Last review date: November 6th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: December 31st, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The mission of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management is to develop interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems, train environmental leaders and work for a sustainable future. A team of faculty at the Bren School with interdisciplinary expertise in economics, climate, policy, land-use, fisheries and marine ecology are seeking a dynamic leader to develop and oversee a new collaborative program, the Environmental Market Solutions Lab or emLab ( focused on developing market-based solutions for efficient and equitable environmental outcomes. emLab builds on the success of the Sustainable Fisheries Group ( to tackle challenges related to climate change, land-use, and poverty alleviation through the four research groups it now comprises: the Sustainable Fisheries Group, the Climate Solutions Group, the Productive Landscapes Group, and the Poverty Alleviation Group.

The emLab executive director is the key management leader of emLab and is responsible for developing and overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of emLab and the groups it comprises. Other key responsibilities include fundraising, partnership-building and outreach. The successful candidate will have outstanding communication, management and organizational skills and the ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously to lead a highly collaborative research team and bring the vision of emLab to life.

Responsibilities for the emLab executive director include but not are limited to:

● Develop an organizational structure for four research groups that leverages existing staff and capacity in the Sustainable Fisheries Group and harnesses external expertise to contribute to a diverse variety of projects
● Responsible for recruiting and retention of competent, qualified, diverse staff
● Manage and mentor interdisciplinary team of UCSB researchers and project managers to foster a solutions-oriented environment of professional growth, creativity, collaboration and academic excellence
● Manage teams of faculty, researchers, graduate students, and partners working on research and applied projects related to sustainable fisheries, land-use, climate change, and poverty alleviation to ensure projects are managed efficiently and effectively
● Oversee communications and outreach efforts, including the development of a new emLab website and blog to highlight the group’s work
● Develop and maintain relationships with NGO, governmental and funding partners
● Liaise with emLab leadership team, partners and funders to develop project scopes, activities and budgets to strategically enhance emLab’s mission
● Communicate and coordinate with Bren, MSI and Economics students and staff to build a robust research community
● Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources needed to support emLab
● Responsible for planning and management of annual programmatic budget
● Oversee project budgets and work with leadership team and Fellows to ensure that funds are spent within project timelines

Basic Qualifications
● Master’s in environmental science and management, natural resource and environmental economics or related field required at the time of application

Additional Requirements
Three to five years of experience in:
● managing interdisciplinary academic and applied projects related to related to sustainable fisheries, land-use, climate change, or poverty alleviation;
● recruiting and managing interdisciplinary teams of researchers, modelers and project managers;
● developing and managing project and programmatic budgets;
● working with academic faculty, NGO partners and funders to develop project scopes, activities and budgets;

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with centralized systems used by UCSB or similar academic institution for financial management, human resource management or purchasing, such as IT Works, Kronos, Gateway, or other similar software;
• Experience working with academic personnel to establish or revise grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and other partnership materials;
• Experience working in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment;
• Experience developing systems and processes to increase organizational efficiency;
• Experience developing economic models for fisheries, climate, land-use or poverty-alleviation related research;
• Experience working with collaboration and project management platforms such as Slack and Asana.
● Experience tracking milestones and deliverables to keep projects and staff on track;
● Excellent computer skills including fluency in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs, Gmail, Box, and Google Calendar

Salary and Benefits: Academic Coordinator II with salary step commensurate with qualifications. 100% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance and funding. Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be no later than November 30, 2018. Full benefits package included.

Electronic applications (including a CV and contact information for 2-3 references) should be sent to:

For primary consideration apply by November 6, 2018

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to this position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

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