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August 3, 2011
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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Collaborative Institute Seeks Development Assistant

Update, 9/15/2011: This position has been filled. Thank you to all who expressed interest.

The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security is seeking a qualified individual to fill the Development Assistant Position.

Job Description

The temporary Development Assistant for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security will take a lead in helping coordinate and facilitate meetings, research, identify and disseminate funding source information to CIOCS community, prepare and submit proposals to meet Institute priorities and goals, and provide grants administration support to successfully funded applicants, as needed. The Development Assistant will also: assist in assessing CIOCS needs through facilitating focus group sessions, developing and administering surveys, and recommending projects for proposal development; serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the organization; actively serve as a member of the senior management team, working collaboratively with scientists, conservation, external affairs, and finance staff on fundraising and administration tasks; provide assessment and feedback on CIOCS’s overall development program, providing mentorship and direction to other interns, volunteers and staff as appropriate; execute Institute convening’s and events from conception to post event wrap up including facilitating agenda creation and implementing and/or supervising logistics; work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and CIOCS collaborators to conceptualize, draft, and develop grant proposals; prepare draft applications for review and development; provide ongoing grants management/administration support to successfully funded grants, including serving as liaison to funding agency and within the college; prepare various marketing materials for the department; compile data for use in reporting development activities; conduct ongoing research on public and private funding opportunities at the local, state, and national level; and review and interpret funding solicitations and announcements from public and private funding sources and remains current in funding trends and themes.

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June 15, 2011
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)
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Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council Releases New Report

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council has released a new report that calls upon leaders to support implementation of the National Ocean Policy. America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy identifies four fundamental components that will ensure effective implementation:

  • Coordination of federal agency policies and activities with state, regional, tribal and local entities for collaborative reform and efficient decision-making in a transparent manner
  • Increased availability and improved collection of high-quality science and information to local, state, regional, and national entities for informed decision-making
  • Implementation of policies that allow for “protection and enhancement of sustainable economic benefits from ocean, coastal, and Great Lake resources”
  • Investment in implementing the National Ocean Policy and strategies to ensure consistent funding for “ocean and coastal science, management, and restoration, including development of a dedicated ocean investment fund”

The report offers recommendations based upon these four overarching components, which will allow the Joint Initiative to complete an assessment in the future on implementation and efficacy of the policies, investment and information made available as a result. The Joint Initiative recognizes the economic austerity the United States is currently experiencing, but acknowledges the long-term economic benefits of increased investment and acting now to implement the National Ocean Policy. Investing in education, research and policy implementation now will result in better economic circumstances and quality of life later. The report calls for a collaborative effort at all levels of government to “ensure the health of the critical ocean resources on which so many Americans depend for their livelihoods and quality of life.”

To view the Join Ocean Commission Report, visit their website at www.jointoceancommission.org.

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