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2222 East Cliff Drive

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compensation: Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-time
non-profit organization

O'Neill Sea Odyssey (oneillseaodyssey.org, oso100k.org) is a non-profit corporation that serves over 200 elementary school classes a year with a free program including an ocean-going field trip, classroom science curriculum, and community service project, and bus scholarships for lower income schools. It is run by a small team with a budget of just over $1 million. In 22 years the organization has served nearly 100,000 students. The organization also manages a small number of commercial office spaces co-located with its education center in the upstairs of the O'Neill Building under lease from the Santa Cruz Harbor.

The current Executive Director is retiring December 31, 2018, nearly 20 years after he started. The successful candidate will start October 1, for a three month overlap with the current director for a smooth transition. Due by 5 PM PST on June 9: One page cover letter, and maximum two-page resume with references . Unfortunately, we will only be able to respond to those who will be asked for interviews. We also ask that there be no calls, please.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience

Required experience for applicants for this position are:
• At least 4 years as a non-profit executive such as an executive director, manager, coordinator, or deputy director
• Proven success at fundraising and grant writing
• Knowledge of ocean issues and education curriculum
• Work in a team environment, including volunteers
• External community engagement, including public speaking
• Familiarity with program evaluation tools
• Work with a Board of Directors
• Familiarity with non-profit budgets and finances
• Event management

Preferred experience:
• Outdoor, ocean education field
• Bi-lingual in English, Spanish
• Managing commercial tenants
• Strategic planning

O'Neill Sea Odyssey Executive Director Job Description

O'Neill Sea Odyssey has three overlapping communities: 1) the students and classroom teachers it serves, 2) the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers who provide the service and 3) donors and the larger community that supports it. The Executive Director manages these relationships to sustain the organization.
Specific duties of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to:
• Five Year Strategic Plans: Gather input, draft, get approval, implement, and report.
• Staff: Hiring, dismissal, review, and salaries. Ensure that instructors have the resources and support they need. Recruit volunteers and interns and keep them engaged.
• Operations: With education coordinator manage communications, curriculum, class and bus funding; with operations coordinator manage building and finances; and with skippers manage logistics and staff, assisted by operations and education coordinators. Ensure that Procedures and Financial Manuals are up to date.
• Fundraising: With Board and staff, raise annual $1 million cash and in-kind budget, keep 6 month surplus, and build endowment funds. Write proposals, make reports and meet all grant requirements. Maintain relationships with and be responsive to current donors, and cultivate new ones. Maintain Giftworks database.
• Events: Develop volunteer leaders for OSO events and community building. Attend community events.
• Track performance: Use evaluation tool and other feedback to keep program fresh, and also use along with logic model in reports to grantees and donors. Also use in efforts to persuade others of program's value.
• Harbor: Maintain relationship relating to access through main channel, slip fees, and building partnership.
• Building: Keep tenant spaces filled and enterprise profitable, maintain leases and relationship with harbor.
• Partners: Ensure that relationships with vendors including auditor, evaluator, and web maintenance, as well as program partners are positive and productive. Negotiate agreements for maximum benefit to OSO.
• Board of Directors: Maintain meeting schedule, work with staff and Chair to prepare agenda and associated materials. Maintain and update policies, budget, and reports.
• Legal requirements: Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and rules.
• Communications: Keep donors, partners, Advisory Board and public informed using newsletter, social & regular media, website, fact sheets, and speaking engagements.
• Team O'Neill, O'Neill and related parties: Negotiate, maintain and update agreement as appropriate. Refer requests for O'Neill support or donations to the appropriate contact.
• Advocacy: Promote outdoor education generally and OSO specifically, including legislation.
• Politics: Ensure that leaders understand and can advocate for OSO. Maximize OSO benefits from mission-driven endorsements and campaigns. Engage strategically, and appropriately.
• Network with other organizations: Share information, and collaborate where feasible.


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