The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.
The Education Project Manager-I (PM) is primarily responsible for providing administrative support and coordination for a complex, multi-partner project operating across Maine and the Northeast. The project contributes to achieving the aim of GMRI’s Education team to create a climate-literate generation empowered with the fundamental STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) skills needed to tackle the challenges ahead. This project’s work includes: 1) creating authentic, data-rich learning experiences for youth in both formal and informal environments; and 2) launching and supporting peer communities of formal and informal educators collaborating to build their own confidence and competence with climate and data literacy in order to better support youth. A central focus of the work is to enable STEM and climate learning experiences that are compelling and relevant for youth in Maine’s rural, immigrant/refugee, and Indigenous communities.
With 15+ project partners in Maine and across the Northeast, and hundreds of participants, the PM will be a critical member of a small leadership team at the hub of the project’s activity. In addition to basic administrative tasks, the PM will specifically help address a central challenge for the project: facilitating collaboration within the project (among project partners), within our network of educators (among the peer communities), and with external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will work to invent systems for project communication and facilitate use of a variety of online tools. The PM will be web master for the to-be-launched project web site, which is focused on publishing stories of project work and sharing successes with participating communities, stakeholders, and funders. This will entail ingratiating oneself into educator peer communities to encourage and cajole submission of stories from both participants and project partners. Because meetings are a central collaboration tool currently, the team envisions the Project Manager as “eyes and ears” in project meetings (which are numerous), taking and circulating notes and – more importantly – becoming a vehicle for transfer of information among teams. The PM will also contribute to more basic administration tasks on both the project and for the Education department more generally, such as scheduling meetings, supporting retreats and travel, and facilitating paperwork and payments for participants and vendors. A positive, can-do attitude; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively; and excellent communication skills are critical to success in this role.
This position is full-time and located at GMRI in Portland, Maine
While additional responsibilities may emerge through collaboration with project partners, the Project Manager-I will:
As administrative support for GMRI’s Education department, the PM will also:
A wide range of backgrounds are appropriate preparation for this position, but proven success in an Executive Assistant or Project Administrator/Management role and/or any role supporting complex, multi-team, multi-stakeholder work is critical. A bachelor's degree in any field, or equivalent preparation through job experience, is required for this position.
Required skills and experience include
Other Preferred Qualifications
Diversity and Inclusion
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Salary and Benefits
Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Salary: $47,000 to $62,000
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue through the closing date of 10/29/21.
Per GMRI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all GMRI personnel are required to maintain full vaccination status against COVID-19, as defined by CDC, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.