[MARMAM] The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA is hiring a Director of Veterinary Science

Heather Groninger GroningerH at TMMC.org
Mon Jul 2 13:37:45 PDT 2012

Announcing an employment opportunity at The Marine Mammal Center.

This listing can also be found on our website here: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/organization-information/jobs/


The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC), an equal opportunity, non-profit employer, is seeking a Director of Veterinary Science to join our team. The Marine Mammal Center's mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals-their health and that of their ocean environment-and to inspire their global conservation.

TMMC's core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community. Our rehabilitation facility operates under a letter of authorization from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service. TMMC was established in 1975, operates along a 600 mile stretch of California coastline, employs 48 staff and actively engages more than 1,000 volunteers throughout its rescue range. By virtue of the number of patients it serves, it is the largest marine mammal hospital in the world.

Because of our large case load, we have coupled our extensive rehabilitation work with scientific research into diseases of wild marine mammals with implications for animal conservation and human health, as well as clinical research to enhance veterinary care that impacts animal health. This work is made possible through the generous support of private donors, corporations and foundations whose donations comprise more than 80% of the Center's annual operating budget.

This position is responsible for leading a multi-functional department and advancing the Center's research and animal health divisions in close coordination with a cross-departmental management team. The Director oversees the work of the Veterinary Science Department, ensuring the coordination of the husbandry and clinical care of animals in rehabilitation, training staff and volunteer crews, and research oversight. The position is primarily administrative with significant management responsibilities (at least 60%), but also will afford the successful candidate ample opportunities to engage in aspects of our work that complement their professional expertise and interests. This position reports to the Executive Director and is full-time, exempt, and offers competitive benefits. This position works closely with the Senior Scientist (Dr. Frances Gulland) and supervises the Staff Veterinarian (Dr. Bill Van Bonn), Animal Husbandry Manager, Stranding and Data Manager, Research Biologist, and the Laboratory Manager/Medical Technologist.

Major Responsibilities:

*         Develop and manage annual department plan and budget with measurable outcomes

*         Serve as an integral member of the Center's management team

*         Manage direct reports in research and animal health, including providing performance evaluations tied to measures, and counseling as necessary

*         Contribute to Center fund-raising through close coordination with the Advancement team

*         Ensure timely drafting of grant proposals, tracking of expenses tied to grants and reporting

*         Oversight of the veterinary care of marine mammals in rehabilitation

*         Serve as the lead of the Center's IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)

*         Oversight of research projects pertinent to the center's mission

*         Ensure that department activities comply with all pertinent standards and regulations

Core Competencies -- Knowledge and Skills:

*         Demonstrated ability to manage complicated working groups towards shared objectives, and individuals towards their highest potential

*         Familiarity with an integrated workforce that includes paid staff, volunteers and outside contractors

*         Clinical and/or research acumen relative to the mission of the Center

*         Solid knowledge of marine mammal medicine, and/or strong familiarity with contemporary marine mammal health and disease issues

*         Ability to write scientific papers for publication in peer reviewed journals

*         Experience with public speaking and ability to represent the Center in public and professional audiences

Management Attributes:

*         An articulate person with creative and strong organizational skills

*         An initiator who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; a team player who is inclusive and flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded

*         A strong interpersonal and communication skill set and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies including staff, board members, potential donors, volunteers and the like

*         A person who is decisive and resourceful, with the willingness to accept responsibility and take charge of results

*         Imagination, vision, leadership, integrity and an entrepreneurial "can do" attitude
*         Ability to function well in a balanced culture that combines the richness and relevance of dynamic programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact

*         A self-starter who is confident in expressing opinions, has the foresight to forge ahead when appropriate and alternatively hold back when necessary, employing either tactic with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others
*         An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual


*         Demonstrated experience in the management of cross-functional teams

*         Combined DVM/PhD preferred, but considerations will be given to an advanced degree in a relevant field of study

 *   Several years experience in clinical marine mammal veterinary medicine is required, and/or investigation into current marine mammal health and disease issues as demonstrated through publication and presentation record
 *   California state license to practice veterinary medicine and DEA license preferred but not required

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume attention Human Resources and Operations Manager to admin at tmmc.org<mailto:admin at tmmc.org>. Please put "Director of Veterinary Science" in the subject line. Deadline for applications is July 20, 2012. Please no phone calls or faxed submissions.

Heather Groninger
Human Resources and Operations Manager
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965
Fax: 415-754-4048
groningerh at tmmc.org<mailto:groningerh at tmmc.org>

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