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Position Announcement

Assistant Director for Development and Extension

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

About the Position

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium) is seeking an Assistant Director for Development and Extension to be based in its administrative office in Charleston, South Carolina. The primary functions of this position are program development and extension program leadership, as well as assistance to the Executive Director with overall management of the Consortium.

The Consortium is a university-based state agency established in 1980 to optimize the environmental, social, and economic potential of the coastal and marine resources of the state and region through the support of high quality research, extension, and outreach programming.

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The Consortium is committed to continuing efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion among its staff and partners. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Lead, coordinate, and oversee the Consortium’s Sea Grant Extension Program.
  • Support S.C. Sea Grant Extension staff in program and professional development.
  • Provide leadership and management of S.C. Sea Grant Extension staff in long-range planning, writing, reporting, applied research and outreach grant development and management.
  • Enhance and build S.C. Sea Grant Extension program areas by fostering partnerships and securing extramural funds from local, regional, state, and federal agencies, industry groups, foundations, and other appropriate sources for Consortium projects.
  • Develop the Sea Grant Extension program base funding proposal through the Consortium’s quadrennial Sea Grant omnibus program proposal plan to the National Sea Grant College Program, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Engage in regional and national Sea Grant Extension activities.


  • Plan, develop, secure funding for, and manage multidisciplinary research and extension programs and projects that draw from Consortium-wide expertise.
  • Identify and maintain an awareness of potential sources of federal, state, local, and private funds to support the research and outreach program objectives of the Consortium.
  • With the Executive Director, develop and maintain contacts in federal, state, and international agencies, industry, and private foundations to expand program activities and develop new sources of funding.

Other Responsibilities

  • Assist the Executive Director in overall management of the agency.
  • Work with the Executive Director and other senior management team members on strategic and tactical program planning efforts, annual accountability and performance reporting while providing visibility for Extension staff programs.
  • Assist the Executive Director in interactions with university officials, state agency representatives, and the public and private sectors, and state and federal legislative members and staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Specialized graduate degree in natural or social science field pertinent to ocean and coastal science and policy fields with a minimum of six years programmatic and progressive administrative and management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with technical, academic, agency, and private sector representatives, as well as legislative staff.
  • Demonstrated leadership and motivational skills to encourage staff creativity in expanding and improving the content and delivery of S.C. Sea Grant Extension and outreach programs.
  • Proven record of success in securing extramural funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, communicate, collaborate, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work and make decisions independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial knowledge of the Sea Grant mission.
  • Thorough understanding of ocean and coastal issues and stakeholder needs in South Carolina and the southeastern region; federal level knowledge is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and extension, research and extension administration, and budgeting and financial planning.
  • Work experience in industry; national, state, or local government agencies; universities; or conservation organizations.

Position Type

Regular, full-time state FTE position. Position is contingent upon continued state and federal funding and successful performance. Salary commensurate with experience within the agency hiring range: $60,443 –  $79,580. The finalist for this position must successfully complete an e-verify and driver’s license background check.

Work Location and Hours

This position is based in Charleston, South Carolina. Normal Consortium business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. However, work beyond regular business hours, including evenings and weekends, may be necessary in order to complete the requirements of the position. Travel throughout the state and region is necessary; a valid driver’s license is required.

To Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you for your interest.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium participates in E-Verify.