Regional Director

Regional Director

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
The SeaDoc Society / University of California, Davis
United States

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
$5,683.33 - $11,408.33/MO
Job Category: 
Job Category - Other: 
Management, Education, Strategy/Planning
Organizational Overview: 

The mission of the SeaDoc Society is to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education. We strive to find science-based solutions for marine wildlife in the Salish Sea through a multi-species approach. SeaDoc is a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Founded in 2000, the SeaDoc Society conducts and sponsors vital scientific research in the inland waters of the Pacific Northwest, also known as the Salish Sea. This rich and vibrant ecosystem is home to 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, 253 species of fish, and more than 3,000 species of invertebrates. Nearly eight million people make this region their home today while billions of dollars are generated annually by Salish Sea commercial and recreational activities.

The SeaDoc Society conducts and sponsors ground-breaking marine research to uncover the environmental factors threatening to unravel the web of life in the Salish Sea and surrounding watersheds. Translating science into action, we ensure that our findings effect positive change by acting as a catalyst - bringing together interested parties to share information, forge common understandings and design region-wide solutions.

Role Responsibilities: 

Reporting to the Director(s) of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center (WHC) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), the principle role of the SeaDoc Society Regional Director (RD) will be to provide development and management leadership for the WHC's SeaDoc Society (SeaDoc) Pacific Northwest program in close coordination with the SeaDoc Society's Chief Scientist (Dr. Joe Gaydos) to advance SeaDoc's overall mission. Works closely with the SeaDoc Society Board of Directors, and will oversee and manage SeaDoc Society outreach, education and administrative staff and workloads. Responsibilities shall include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a strategic vision for SeaDoc in collaboration with staff, the SeaDoc Board of Directors, and the WHC; formulate and implement a plan for that vision to achieve the mission and goals of SeaDoc;
  • Supervise SeaDoc Society staff;
  • Conduct strategic financial analyses and identify long-term funding streams
  • Help manage external and internal relations;
  • Provide broad oversight and management of SeaDoc's non-scientific operations, including all necessary reporting and measurement tools;
  • Ensure effective communication between SeaDoc staff, its Board, the WHC, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and campus administrative and development services;
  • Actively encourage and participate in team building with administrative and professional staff, and participate in management meetings with the Board and with the WHC to facilitate strategic development and address ongoing issues, concerns, and needs;
  • In collaboration with the SVM's Assistant Dean of Advancement and development team, create a culture of philanthropy that incorporates strategic major gift/donor stewardship and solicitation in partnership with SVM development team, a sustained annual donor program, successful grant writing and acquisition, corporate sponsorship, and events;
  • Write grant proposals for research and conservation work, and respond to requests for proposals;
  • Manage and steward key partnerships, including contract negotiations and funding solicitations (grant and individual);
  • Guide and ensure an impactful outreach program that engages donors and the general public to achieve SeaDoc's mission and development goals;
  • Oversee K-12 education programs of the SeaDoc Society  
Candidate Qualifications: 

The SeaDoc Society is a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis. Historically, the position has been based on Orcas Island, but for the right highly qualified candidate, the greater Seattle/Salish Sea area will be considered as well. Requirement and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • A passion for oceans, marine ecosystems and the ecosystem goods and services they provide the world.

  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience; solid grasp and understanding of non-profit management as well as science and its application to addressing ecosystem health challenges.

  • Development (donor relations, stewarding and fundraising) experience and a proven track record of experience working directly with donors, including solicitation of major gifts, donor stewardship and knowledge of and experience in non-profit (including university) fundraising activities and practices

  • Extensive business and administrative management experience in an institution of higher education, a research institute, or a non-governmental organization, including knowledge and experience in performing and managing financial planning and budget analyses in the areas of private sector giving, contract and grant administration, as demonstrated through education or equivalent experience;

  • Supervisory experience and team building skills demonstrated through past performance to effectively recruit, train, evaluate, and motivate staff and engage advisors, resolve problems/conflicts, conduct performance evaluations, and build an effective service-oriented, team environment.

  • Knowledge of, and skills to apply and ensure, principles of performance, multiculturalism, and diversity in the work place; coaching skills to enhance staff contributions and morale.  


  • Knowledge of, or experience with, marine science, management, conservation, policy and/or education and familiarity with the Salish Sea.

  • Familiarity with the Pacific Northwest, Salish Sea, and national ocean-related philanthropic and grantor community.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 
August 19, 2020
Application Instructions: 
Applications are accepted through the UC Davis job board and instructions are included there. Please visit the link below and use the application route for either new applicants or for current UC Davis employees.