In 2014, The Marine Mammal Center opened Ke Kai Ola (“The Healing Sea”) a hospital and education center dedicated to caring for injured, ill, and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals and returning them to the wild and to be a place where children and the community learn to care for this beautiful marine mammal. The goal of Ke Kai Ola is to promote Hawaiian monk seal recovery through 1) a science-based rehabilitation program; 2) a highly trained and well-managed volunteer stranding response network; and 3) coordinated community efforts and partnerships to inspire the local community to protect, care for, and ensure the future of this endangered species.
The Hospital Director of Ke Kai Ola works as an integrated member of the Kailua Kona community and the broader conservation and education communities in Hawaii, and across departments at The Marine Mammal Center to ensure that Ke Kai Ola is tightly integrated into the Center’s planning and operations by closely liaising with directors and staff of the Veterinary Science, Life Support System and Facilities, Education and Guest Experience, Development and Marketing, Finance, and People and Culture departments. The hospital director is responsible for the strategy, structure, budgets, people, financial outcomes and agreed metrics of Ke Kai Ola. S/he administers and manages the veterinary care of Hawaiian monk seal patients, manages the day-to-day operations of the hospital and works to ensure the growth and sustainability of the program. The person in this role works quite closely with colleagues at NOAA Fisheries and directly manages a team of two staff and many volunteers. This position reports to the Executive Director, is a part of the Management Team, and works between Kona, HI and Sausalito, CA.
- Invest in building relationships, fostering community, representing The Marine Mammal Center and Ke Kai Ola to Hawaiian partners, colleagues, and supporters, and listening and learning to members of those same groups to encourage the continued positive embrace of the community and to identify pathways towards further strengthening rich and mutually beneficial relationships.
- Serve as a member of Management Team, the Marine Mammal Center’s leadership body, and work alongside department directors to set strategy and guide the organization in the achievement of its mission.
- Develop an annual budget and manage revenue and expenses in compliance with Center policies and procedures and in coordination with the Chief Financial Officer.
- Liaise with department leads to ensure coordinated planning, collaborative work efforts, integrated programming and shared success towards agreed goals.
- Manage direct reports including partnering with the Human Resource function to support individuals through their employee life cycle. Responsibilities include setting goals and ensuring accountability, providing timely and routine feedback, counseling, and managing employment transitions.
- Support education program staff and integrate into Ke Kai Ola workforce community. Coordinate with TMMC-based supervisor to ensure close communication, guidance and support.
- Lead, supervise and support a dynamic and growing facility and animal care volunteer corps, in coordination with the Director of People and Culture and the Volunteer Services Manager.
- Manage veterinary care and provide a lead role in direct veterinary support for Hawaiian monk seals in rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola.
- Implement communication strategies that engage external partners (NOAA Fisheries, chief among them) on matters of short- and long-term consequence (including individual patient treatment and diagnostic plans, policies and procedures as they relate to patient care, coordination of patient transportation, etc.)
- Direct the management of the hospital to ensure facility operation, equipment and supply readiness, and adequate staffing.
- Ensure compliance with all required permitting and record-keeping.
- Lead and coordinate communication amongst Ke Kai Ola sta, f and volunteers.
- Liaise with Center staff outside of Hawaii to ensure that Ke Kai Ola community is integrally connected with other TMMC staff and volunteers via multiple communication vehicles.
- Foster and develop community engagement and awareness in Kona and the broader Main Hawaiian Islands.
- Chair the Ke Kai Ola advisory council.
- Represent TMMC and Ke Kai Ola on the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team.
- Collaborate with Media team and Education team to promote communication of Ke Kai Ola clinical care, science, and research.
- Represent TMMC and its mission before a spectrum of audiences; press, professional associations, donors, staff, volunteers, the public.
- Partner with development colleagues to support and lead efforts to raise revenue through major donor cultivation, donor events, and pursuit of foundation, public (federal, state, and local) and corporate funding opportunities.
- Prospect Development: Work with community members and other leadership volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward appropriate donors. Implement programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue for TMMC. Update donor records in TMMC database.
- Relationship Development: Develop ongoing relationships with major donors for the benefits of TMMC. Accountable for cultivating relationships for individual and institutional fundraising, as outlined below:
- Individuals: Cultivate relationships with individual donors personally and by supporting volunteer leaders in peer-to-peer outreach.
- Organizations: Cultivate, solicit and steward support from corporations and foundations to meet annual fundraising goals within the Region
- Partner with TMMC research staff and external colleagues to maximize funding opportunities dedicated to Hawaiian monk seal research.
- Encourage and support internal and external collaborations to advance clinical science in support of Hawaiian monk seal conservation.
- Collaborate and/or lead studies and secure funding for research that furthers the TMMC mission; analyze data and publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Additional TMMC Responsibilities
- As assigned (but may include limited contract work, or other marine mammal conservation projects.
Knowledge + Abilities
- The successful applicant must be well-versed in fundamental and applied clinical veterinary medicine in marine mammal species, and possess an in-depth knowledge of current conservation strategies as they relate to the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
- Experience with phocid medicine and rehabilitation required.
- Experience and familiarity with global marine conservation issues and skill in managing cross-functional, inter-agency, domestic and international programs required.
- A strong aptitude and disposition for teaching and training required.
- Very strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to advance the mission of TMMC.
- An appreciation for Hawaiian culture and a passion and humility for learning from local leaders and colleagues to best integrate people and programs into Hawaii communities.
- Highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong ability to prioritize and deliver against responsibilities and duties.
- Strong management experience.
- Ability to represent and promote TMMC on both a local and global scale.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team through shared mission and goals.
- Ability to thrive in a multi-tasking, high energy environment with shifting priorities.
- Ability to excite and engage prospective supporters of the organization through public speaking, one-on-one meetings, and personal outreach.
- Track record of success in the solicitation of funds from a diverse range of philanthropic support, or capacity to develop same.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent, with additional post-graduate degree or experience in fields preferred.
- Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California and Hawaii, and possession of a DEA license.
- Effective oral and written communication skills and ability and experience communicating in varied settings in front of diverse audiences.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to supervise and motivate volunteers and team members
- A proven track record for publishing in well-respected scientific journals.
- Ability to travel, nationally and internationally, for long periods.
- Committed to spend as much as 60 – 70% of the time in Kona and 30 – 40% of the time in Sausalito. (This ratio to shift based on program needs and other factors.)
- Comfort with various modes of travel including small watercraft, small planes.
- Comfort working in field conditions and extreme environments.
- Ability to carry up to 50 pounds.
TO APPLY: Please send your Resume and a Cover Letter to https://tmmc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fuzq.