Executive Director

Center for Coastal Studies

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details TBD

A nonprofit, independent research organization dedicated to advancing applied research, education, and public policy initiatives for the betterment of coastal ecosystems, the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS or the Center) seeks an executive director to lead the Center into its next era of impact. Drawn to the Center’s ethos of doing science that matters, the next executive director will bring a deep passion for the CCS’s commitment to scientific rigor.

The Center for Coastal Studies provides sound science to formulate solutions that address the ocean’s most pressing challenges. Rooted in investigation, CCS’s work delivers cutting-edge discoveries about marine and coastal ecosystems and the life inhabiting them. Its impact extends far beyond research, motivating and equipping communities to engage in protecting coastal and ocean resources. CCS’s work focuses on the waters of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the broader Gulf of Maine, the latter of which is known to be the most rapidly warming body of water on the planet, but extends globally – partnering with researchers across six continents. With nearly 50 years of experience, CCS is uniquely positioned to address the urgency of our degraded oceans and the demands of the current climate crisis.

Today, CCS has a wide-ranging and active portfolio of impactful science, from endangered whale species to shark and seal research to collaborations with marine fisheries. As just a sampling of impact outcomes, the Center has disentangled more than 250 whales and trained more than 40 countries in its disentanglement methods; removed and recycled 160,000 pounds of debris from the ocean floor; helped local towns analyze more than 8,000 water samples annually to help improve water quality; and supported 23 Cape and Islands towns with access to CCS’s user-friendly app to predict the extent of impacts from approaching, and future, storm-related flooding events. CCS’s next executive director will reinforce the strength and quality of the organization’s portfolio and ensure infrastructure is effective in its scale and scope to support mission-critical work.

The next leader will galvanize CCS’s high-performing team, board, community members, political leaders, funders, and other external partners, bringing diverse groups together for a shared purpose: forging strategic partnerships to motivate communities and stakeholders to engage in protecting coastal and ocean resources. This moment calls for a collaborative, people-first leader with outstanding abilities in relationship development and communication who will convey the impact of the Center’s research to critical audiences.

The Center for Coastal Studies has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to support the search for its next Executive Director. Please submit all inquiries, nominations, and applications (including CVs and letters of interest) through the Isaacson, Miller website: https://www.imsearch.com/open-searches/center-coastal-studies/executive-director.



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Category Admin & Leadership , Marine Biology