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
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 operationshttps://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/47294