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Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for Greater Farallones Association

In service to the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries


Please submit applications by September 13th

Desired start date is October 1st.

 

Greater Farallones Association (GFA) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a stakeholder engagement specialist for the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. GFA is a nonprofit organization working in close partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conserve the ecosystems of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and to develop and engage a diverse community of informed ocean stewards. 


Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) protects an area of 3,295 square miles off the northern and central California coast. Located just a few miles from San Francisco, the waters within the sanctuary are part of a nationally significant marine ecosystem. Encompassing a diversity of highly productive marine habitats, the sanctuary supports an abundance of species. Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS) is entirely offshore. Within its 1,286 square miles, the sanctuary protects soft seafloor habitat, a rocky bank, deep-sea canyons, and communities of wildlife throughout.


A major area of responsibility for this position is overseeing the coordination and success of two Sanctuary Advisory Councils (SACs), whose purpose is to advise the sanctuary Superintendent on priority management issues and to connect local communities with the sanctuaries and help them engage in policy decisions. The advisory councils provide an opportunity for information exchange on issues affecting the health of the sanctuary. Members represent a variety of interests, from fishing to science to conservation. Meetings of the councils are open to the public and provide a place where community interests, support, and concerns are heard.


The councils operate under a charter and serve strictly in a voluntary, advice-giving role. The councils provide an invaluable service as experts in their fields, advisors on potential sanctuary management decisions and representatives for the broader community. In addition to the council charters, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has developed a SAC Handbook that provides guidance for sanctuary advisory councils. 

 

The Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) forms subcommittees and working groups to address sanctuary issues and to provide recommendations for sanctuary management strategies. In addition to these topical meetings, each full council meets about once a quarter, as well as gathering for an annual planning retreat and gathering to orient new members. 

This position will manage a Program Support Specialist to facilitate all logistical and administrative functions of the sanctuary advisory councils. Working closely with the Superintendent, sanctuary staff, and SAC Chairs, this position will also be assigned coordination of stakeholder outreach on important management projects and policy initiatives. 


Each SAC is intended to reflect the diverse perspectives of communities who have a stake in the health and management of the sanctuary. The members (and their alternates) represent a variety of recreational, commercial, and governmental agencies. Several seats are currently open on the SACs, providing an opportunity to conduct outreach to stakeholders and recruit new SAC candidates from underrepresented communities. 


The Greater Farallones Association is committed to advancing equity and belonging in the management of marine protected areas and shorelines. We also aim to foster inclusivity, justice, and equity within our own organization, within our partnership with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and in the broader field of marine sciences and policy. This position will have the opportunity to help the SACs identify and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities in advising GFNMS and CBNMS in conservation strategies and educational priorities, including building the next generation of diverse marine scientists and policy makers.  


We acknowledge the significant barriers that early career Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals face in pursuing careers in marine science and making their voices heard in environmental policy. The individual selected for this position will have a deep understanding of challenges faced by underrepresented communities in using coastal and marine spaces; will be experienced in elevating marginalized voices; and will possess a desire to engage tribal communities and diverse stakeholders in ocean issues.


All GFA staff members are expected to help identify and address justice, equity, and inclusion issues within the organization and in our relationships with those we serve.


Duties

  1. Develop proficiency in the sanctuaries’ current mandates and supporting documents, including Management Plans and Condition Reports. Understanding current priorities of the sanctuaries, support the advisory councils’ evaluation of existing management strategies; investigation of emerging management, research, and protection needs; and facilitate the development of recommendations for policy and/or management changes. 
  2. Help identify and articulate key issues and priorities developed by the councils and working groups, and develop the Annual SAC Workplans to guide agendas and working group tasks throughout the year. Evaluate and report on progress and accomplishments by the SACs on a quarterly and annual basis.
  3. In preparation for working group, subcommittee, and full council meetings, meet on a regular basis with the Sanctuary  Superintendent, sanctuary staff, and council members to discuss SAC goals, projects, and plans. Identify agenda topics for upcoming SAC meetings. 
  4. Engage stakeholders in sanctuary public processes and ensure that the voices of community stakeholders are presented to the advisory councils and federal staff.
  5. Coordinate new member recruitment, council working groups, and subcommittees for special projects. 
  6. Identify information needs for advisory council members as they explore current research and emerging issues and engage sanctuary partners and organizations to provide educational presentations at SAC meetings. 
  7. Manage all SAC meetings and activities. Manage a Program Support Specialist in planning and conducting all meeting logistics and materials, including securing venues, day-of set-up, food, transportation, equipment, and presentations for both virtual and in-person meetings.
  8. Ensure the Program Support Specialist captures key meeting outcomes by means of written notes and a digital sound recording system. Review meeting outcomes. Ensure meeting agenda, notes, presentations, and materials are posted on the GFNMS and CBNMS websites. 
  9. Support the sanctuary in responding to SAC actions and information requests, as well as drafting documents and government communications with sanctuary headquarters and the West Coast Region office. 
  10. Attend quarterly national SAC coordinator meetings.
  11. If required, attend the Advisory Council Summit and other SAC meetings on behalf of the Sanctuary Superintendent. Report on SAC activities.
  12. Perform other management support duties as assigned.


Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in marine policy, conservation, resource management, environmental studies, or other relevant discipline required. A Master’s degree is a plus. 
  • Experience in marine protected area policies and issues.  
  • Ability to compile, organize and articulate ideas and recommendations from advisory groups and the public. Analytical skills necessary to assist sanctuary management with special policies, situations, and issues as they arise. 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills. 
  • Highly organized with excellent time and project management skills for numerous projects at varying stages of development. 
  • Experience managing the planning, production, facilitation, and documentation of public meetings of community representatives and government officials. Ability to meet deadlines as assigned.
  • Skilled in collaboration with diverse nonprofit staff, federal staff, scientists, academics,  community members, and volunteers.
  • Experience building an inclusive workspace.
  • Ability and flexibility to travel as needed. This includes possible overnight stays on location for SAC meetings, annual retreats, or SAC Chairs/Coordinators summits.
  • Proficiency with GoogleDrive, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, and GoTo Meetings/Webinars.


Employee Status and Benefits 

This is a full-time exempt position with Greater Farallones Association and is eligible for holidays, vacation and sick time accruals, excellent fully-paid health benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan (not currently matched by GFA). GFA is committed to providing a living wage to help ensure a healthy, sustainable organization in the marine science field. Starting salary for this position is $55,000 to $60,000.


Application Instructions 

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references (all in a single PDF) to jobs@farallones.org. Your cover letter should address program/project management, marine policy, stakeholder engagement, and environmental equity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with a start date ASAP.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for Greater Farallones Association

In service to the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries


Please submit applications by September 13th

Desired start…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 13, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

USD 55,000 - USD 60,000

Benefits

401(k), Dental insurance, Employee assistance program, Flexible spending account, Health insurance, Life insurance, Paid time off, Parental leave, Vision insurance

401(k), Dental insurance, Employee assistance program, Flexible spending account, Health insurance, Life insurance, Paid time off, Parental leave, Vision insurance

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
991 Marine Drive, San Francisco, CA None, United States

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references (all in a single PDF) to jobs@farallones.org. Your cover letter should address program/project management, marine policy, stakeholder engagement, and environmental equity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with a start date ASAP.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references (all in a single PDF) to jobs@farallones.org. Your cover letter should address program/project management, marine…

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