Vice President of Marine Facilities & Operations
||Vice President of Marine Facilities & Operations
Reporting to the
President and Director, is responsible for the marine operations and
facilities of the Institution. Provides leadership in long-term
planning and strategies to meet the needs of WHOI scientists and
engineers. Ensures that marine operations and goals are consistent with
the Institution's policies and procedures. Responsible for creating and
maintaining a professional working environment which is diverse,
flexible and efficient and which will attract and retain top caliber
staff. Works closely and collaboratively with the President and
Director, Vice Presidents, Department Chairs, senior staff and members
of the Board of Trustees.
for the scheduling, maintenance, operation and quality of the
facilities (ships, vehicles, observatories and observing systems) that
the Institution maintains to provide access to the sea for ocean
Oversees the preparation of annual proposals and budgets for the
support of WHOI's research vessels, shipboard technical support staff
and equipment, and the vehicles in the National Deep Submergence
- Oversees the quality of the working environment for the seagoing and shore-based marine operations staff.
Oversees the collection, quality control, archiving and dissemination
of scientific data collected by WHOI's research vessels, vehicles and
Responsible for long-term planning for WHOI's marine facilities,
including the acquisition of new ships, vehicles and observing systems
required to meet future needs of WHOI scientists and engineers.
Serves as the primary contact at WHOI for matters related to the
Institution's marine facilities and access to the sea, and may serve on
various national and international boards or committees to represent
the Institution in these forums.
Responsible for keeping WHOI's directorate, science department chairs,
institute directors and trustees updated on developments regarding
WHOI's access to the sea.
Appoints, in consultation with the Executive Vice President and
Director of Research, the Chairs of the Marine Operations and Deep
Submergence Advisory Committees, and the Chief Scientist of Deep
Responsible for the administration and distribution of income from the
Institution's Access to the Sea endowment and works with the Vice
President for Board and Corporate Relations to raise funds for this
Formulates Institution policy with regard to utilization of WHOI's
marine facilities as well as investigator-owned small boats.
- Oversees the Center for Ocean, Seafloor and Marine Observing Systems (COSMOS).
- Responsible for WHOI's Dive Facility.
- Serves on the Institution's Appointments and Promotion Council.
- Other responsibilities as assigned by the President/Director and Executive Vice President and Director of Research.
Desired Education/Experience for Hiring
Ph.D. in a
discipline related to ocean sciences or other relevant degree with a
solid understanding of science and engineering research in an academic
setting. 10-15 years of experience with sea-going research and
operations, and technologies related to access to the sea. Proven
management experience and leadership skills. Good communicator with the
ability to represent and articulate the importance of WHOI's marine
facilities within and outside the Institution.
Last updated: February 25, 2013