JOB TITLE: Offshore Wind Project Manager I
SUPERVISOR: Hannah MacDonald
Pay Grade: 5 Pay Grade Range: $46,700 - $74,800
Starting Salary Range: $48,000 - $55,000
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) develops and delivers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. We are dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. To learn more, visit gmri.org.
Without a doubt, climate change is the foremost ocean challenge of our time. We believe offshore wind can be a solution to the climate challenge — but process matters, and climate solutions that don’t consider the needs of communities aren’t solutions at all. Offshore wind may offer immense economic opportunity, including new jobs, investment, and tax revenues. But to realize these opportunities, the development of offshore wind must recognize and respond to the Gulf of Maine’s cultural, ecological, and economic significance of coastal communities.
GMRI is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit research institute with decades of experience supporting fishing communities to engage effectively in fisheries management and scientific research. Given our interdisciplinary expertise, skills, and relationships with these communities, GMRI is well-positioned to bridge gaps between government agencies, fishing communities, eNGOs and others invested in the responsible development of offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine.
GMRI’s Offshore Wind Program seeks to provide all interested constituencies with the best available information about the risks, opportunities, and uncertainties associated with offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. Through this approach, we will provide a wide range of stakeholders with unbiased, up-to-date information and resources — equipping them to weigh in on offshore wind-related matters impacting their livelihoods and well-being in a constructive and effective manner.
The Offshore Wind Project Manager will provide Gulf of Maine coastal community and fisheries stakeholders with digestible information and resources relevant to the offshore wind development process, science, technology, and regulatory landscape. With support from the Program Manager, the Project Manager will develop resources) for the Offshore Wind Resource Hub. This will include analyzing research articles, regulatory memos and case studies relevant to offshore wind development and science and developing resources including infographics, media, reports, and other communication assets.
To support the broader Offshore Wind Program, the Project Manager will support the Program Manager during stakeholder engagement workshops and convenings. Therefore, the Project Manager will interact with a variety of stakeholders, including fishermen, industry leaders, conservation organizations, developers, researchers and other partners while supporting program development. This may include networking at conferences and meetings and direct outreach to groups such as fishermen and scientists.
To inform consultation with industry, the Project Manager will maintain familiarity with federal and state policy actions, as well as the latest in fisheries management and research. Through this position, the Project Manager will also develop an understanding of offshore wind technology, science, supply chain issues and other global fisheries and offshore wind issues.
Working with the Program Manager, this position will develop and implement a strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of the Offshore Wind Program's efforts, both on a project basis and for the program as a whole.
As an integral part of GMRI’s Community team, the Offshore Wind Project Manager will participate in staff meetings and support GMRI’s commitment to convening diverse stakeholders, engaging the community in marine issues, and facilitating quality dialogue throughout the Gulf of Maine.
- Manage the day-to-day activities of the Offshore Wind Resource Hub, ensuring its smooth and efficient operation.
- Analyze federal reports related to offshore wind projects, environmental impact assessments, and regulatory changes, extracting relevant information.
- Translate complex federal reports and environmental analysis into easily understandable content for the general public, including stakeholders and community members.
- Establish a platform or system to best manage and disseminate resources to stakeholders (I.e. webpages, StoryMaps, text messages, etc)
- Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, such as government agencies, environmental organizations, industry partners, and local communities.
- Ensure high-quality standards in the delivery of information and resources to stakeholders and the public.
- Keep abreast of federal and state regulations affecting offshore wind projects and ensure compliance with all applicable laws.
Other General Responsibilities:
- The position may require occasional travel to attend meetings, conferences, or site visits.
- Commitment to GMRI’s independent, objective role in the development of offshore wind.
- Proven experience in project management, particularly in the environmental sector.
- Strong understanding of federal reports, environmental assessments, and regulatory processes.
- Experience in stakeholder engagement and community relations, with a track record of successful collaboration.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to simplify complex technical information for a non-technical audience.
- Demonstrated ability to motivate a team.
- Project management and organizational skills.
- Proficiency in data analysis and interpretation.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Proficiency in project management tools and software (e.g. Asana, Slack, StoryMap)
- Excellent science writing abilities.
- Familiarity with and understanding of marine and fisheries management and renewable energy policies and regulations.
Other Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor's or Master’s degree in a field such as Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Communications, or related discipline.
- Minimum of 1 year of experience in project management, environmental analysis, or a related role.
- Previous experience in science communication, offshore wind or renewable energy projects is preferred.
Diversity and Inclusion:
Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a long-standing policy and commitment to providing equal access and equal employment opportunities in all terms, conditions, processes, and benefits of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. GMRI's employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
Applicants and employees are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify their race/ethnicity, gender, disability status and veteran status to assist GMRI in fulfilling various data reporting requirements of the federal government. This self-identification is completely voluntary, will be kept confidential and separate from your application data, and used only to meet federal reporting requirements. Providing or declining to provide this information will not result in adverse action of any kind.
Salary and Benefits:
Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Salary: $48,000 to $55,000
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected. The deadline for applications is December 7th, 2023.