Operations Director, Shoals Marine Laboratory

University of New Hampshire
The key objective of the SML Operations Director is to ensure that SML operates safely, smoothly, and effectively to meet our mission. At SML, the Operations Director focuses on the management of seasonal staff; coordinating program schedules across SML’s various departments (academic, engineering, waterfront); ensuring efficient and safe operations of island activities; and aligning our policies and procedures to be legally compliant and in line with our values and mission.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the full time SML staff, the Operations Director duties include planning for the seasonal calendars, housing, staffing, as well as overall staff policies and operating procedures. They work closely with facilities and program staff to safety and effective seasonal activities. During the operating season, the Operations Director is expected to spend overnight time on Appledore Island to oversee seasonal staff activities to ensure island operations are working effectively and in compliance with our policies. The Operations Director is expected take the lead on island safety and the well-being of our island community. Intense and physical field and vessel-based work is part of this job.

Seasonal staff management
Staff policies & associated handbooks
Staff schedules
Oversee and trouble shoot staff performance and motivation
Leads seasonal employee weekly meetings
Draft and manage staffing budget
Encourage and actively support diversity, equity, and inclusion within the team, organization and/or field.
Identify and manage rented off-island seasonal staff summer housing
Operational scheduling- vessels trips (SML and other vessels) and island housing; assist with annual program calendar
Purchasing, budget, safety oversight for food services
Purchasing to support general island operations
Serve as a crew member aboard the Lab’s research vessels
Operational safety and staff well-being
Management of operational policies and procedures
Health and safety management
Hold and maintain Maine Food Service license with SML’s support
Drinking water management and monthly reports
Safety compliance reporting to UNH (e.g., Clery Act reporting; Injury reporting, etc.)
Oversees emergency planning and implementation in consultation with UNH’s Office of Emergency Management
Oversee Island store accounting, inventory, credit card terminals
Provide SML public tours and presentations about SML’s operations and mission
Assist with grant writing to support SML operations


A B.A./B.S. degree
5+ years of directly related experience that demonstrates success, especially in supervising personnel including participating in hiring, training, and evaluating performance.
Demonstrated excellence in managing staff with strong emotional intelligence employed to manage people.
Demonstrated organization and project management skills, including experience developing and managing budgets and schedules.
Previous experience communicating with external stakeholders such as program partners, scientists, etc.
This position is residential during SML’s operating season and includes multiple overnights per week in residence on Appledore Island from April – October.
Team-oriented, safety-minded, positive, patient, self-motivated, open-minded, adaptable, creative individual.
Dedication to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of work.
Experience with Microsoft Office, website interfaces.
Experience working in remote field and marine environments.
Enthusiasm for SML’s mission.
Valid Driver’s license.
Red Cross First-Aid and CPR certificates required (may obtain after appointment, SML will pay for training).
Willingness to participate in drug testing pool.
Serve Safe certification required (may obtain after appointment, SML will pay for training).
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.
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.

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