Title: Executive Director of MigraMar

MigraMar is a non-profit organization that carries out the scientific research needed to safeguard healthy populations of marine migratory species in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. MigraMar has recently carried out a process of strategic planning with its 15 founding members, and over the next three years will begin implementing the results of this process. The Executive Director (ED) will be expected to lead this undertaking, put together an operations team to coordinate the research, policy, and capacity-building activities of MigraMar Assembly Members, build a Board of Directors with strong fundraising capacity, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. The ED will also be expected to represent MigraMar, in partnership with Assembly Members, in promoting the development of a protected Swimway between Cocos and Galapagos Islands for threatened migratory species, among other initiatives.

Qualifications of candidate
Required qualifications:
•    Successful experience as Executive Director of a non-profit or for-profit organization dedicated to research and conservation (10 yrs. experience)
•    Successful experience in institutional growth – development and leadership of small organizations
•    Proven experience in fundraising, such as donor relations and cultivation, and proposal development
•    Demonstrated experience managing complex or multiple projects and strategic planning
•    Proven experience in budget planning and financial reporting, including overseeing financial management and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners
•    Proven experience working in Latin America and demonstrated knowledge of key players and institutions in the region
•    Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (in Spanish and English/ written and oral), including presentations to a diverse range of audiences
•    Ability to work with Boards of Directors – including the search of board members, connecting to potential members and leadership
•    Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of actors in Latin America and the US (scientists, research centers, NGOs, local and regional governmental agencies, resource managers, community leaders)
•    Experience in partnership development (partners, community, government, etc.)
•    Proven leader in the scientific research and international conservation arena, non-profit sector, advocacy, or related area, including demonstrated experience producing results and meeting program/department goals
•    Knowledge about the Eastern Pacific region and its national and regional marine conservation policies
•    Ability to identify and attract important donors ($100,000+ USD)
•    Proven knowledge of the philanthropic community, including foundations, loan agencies, corporate responsibility programs
•    Academic: PhD and/or MBA – knowledge on marine conservation, research capacity (with peer-reviewed publications in indexed journals), familiarized with biotelemetry techniques and in applying science to conservation and management issues

Desired qualifications:
•    Immediate availability (April 2017)
•    Demonstrated capacity of fundraising for institutional and operational needs in the short term (3-6 month)
•    Ability to identify and hire key personnel during the first 3 months
•    Excellent English and Spanish skills, both spoken and written
•    Capacity and availability to travel

Working conditions/Physical effort:
This position may require work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions may:
•    Require occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain
•    Present occasional possibility of injury
•    Require long hours in isolated settings
This position may also:
•    Require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally
•    Require evening and weekend hours

Start and duration of position: April-May 2017, 1 year, renewable for 2 more years based on performance appraisal.

Salary: $48,000-$68,000 USD annually (Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience).

Selection process
1. Submit required documentation:
•    Letter of intent (PDF, 1 page)
•    Curriculum Vitae with fundraising and publications record, and four references listed (PDF)
•    Four letters of recommendation
•    Portfolio with proof of experience on subjects related to the required and desired qualifications (PDF)

2. Interview by the Selection Committee
Please submit the required documentation to the following email address: migramarnet@gmail.com

Deadline for submitting documentation: March 24, 2017
Interviews will be carried out in the last week of March
Contact: MigraMar Selection Committee (migramarnet@gmail.com)

About MigraMar:
MigraMar is a non-profit organization dedicated to generate the necessary science for the conservation of marine migratory species in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Created in 2006, MigraMar is integrated by scientists from Ecuador, Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S. MigraMar scientists have studied the movements of more than 1,000 sharks, whales, turtles and pelagic fish throughout the whole region by using aquatic telemetry as the major tool, which has helped identify important aggregation areas and marine migratory corridors.

For further information about Migramar visit: