Director - Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP)

Institution: 
University of New Hampshire
Closing Date: 
Jan 24, 2022
Duties: 
The University of New Hampshire seeks candidates for Director of the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP). PREP is one of 28 national estuary programs established pursuant to Section 320 of the federal Clean Water Act and is a program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). PREP’s mission is to protect and preserve New Hampshire’s Estuaries and their watersheds as they extend into Southern Maine and Northeastern Massachusetts through partnerships with communities and organizations that conserve and restore natural resources. The Director will develop and maintain connections to relevant scientific and policy expertise locally, regionally, and nationally as necessary to support PREP’s mission. The PREP Director will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), the State Of Our Estuaries Report (SOOE), and the Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA), documents that are at the core of PREP’s work. Key issues to be addressed by PREP include water quality impairment, habitat protection and restoration, local capacity building, and coastal resilience. PREP’s work will be conducted with consistent and careful attention to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social and environmental justice. The PREP Director will use an inclusive and multidisciplinary approach to the protection of New Hampshire Estuaries and their watersheds, recognizing their ecological/environmental, economic, and social/cultural significance and bringing together diverse constituencies and perspectives to work together towards a shared vision and mission. The Director will lead all aspects of PREP program management. The Director will maintain PREP networks by communicating regularly with all PREP stakeholders and coordinating activities that enhance collaboration among Federal, state, county, and local agencies, as well as scientists and community members.
Qualifications: 
The position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited university or college in one of the natural sciences, engineering, public administration, business administration, urban and regional planning, policy analysis, or a related field. This position requires at least 5-7 years of work-related experience, with a required minimum of three years in a supervisory capacity and a preference for at least two years with project management experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have successfully directed environmental and natural resource management programs and who have successfully developed diverse and stable funding sources for those programs. Experience managing environmental organizations and/or familiarity with the National Estuary Program is highly desirable.
About Employer: 
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.