09/27/19 – SAFMC Recruitment Announcement – Council Deputy Executive Director for Science


September 27, 2019

Council Deputy Executive Director for Science

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405

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The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., is responsible for the conservation and management of fish stocks within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida to Key West. The Council is responsible for Coastal Migratory Pelagics from New York to Florida and for Dolphin/Wahoo, from Maine to Florida.


The Deputy Executive Director for Science is a Senior Staff position responsible for providing guidance and leadership to SAFMC science activities, including the regional SEDAR stock assessment program, Citizen Science Program,The Deputy Director represents the Council at regional and national science workshops and meetings, and supports the science-related committees of the Council.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight, coordination and staff supervision for the SEDAR and SAFMC Citizen Science Programs.
  • Provide oversight and guidance for Council science activities and provide staff support for the Council’s science related committees. Supervise the Quantitative Fisheries Scientist.
  • Represent the Council at regional and national data, research, and monitoring bodies and conferences.
  • Compile, analyze, and communicate biological or other technical data related to the Council’s management program and Fishery Management plans.
  • Prepare funding proposals and requests for proposals as needed to further the Council’s science goals.
  • Interact with the public, state and federal agencies, and other scientists on SEDAR, stock assessment, stock status determination, and biological reference point issues.


Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:


Applicants must have a Master’s degree or higher with course work in fishery management or a related resource or science discipline.  Professional experience working in a fishery science or closely related natural resource management field of at least 5 years is required, including 3 years of supervisory responsibility.


Applicants must have the ability to effectively communicate with anglers, commercial fishermen, scientists, Council members, and other resource managers on technical and scientific topics related to marine fisheries management.  Working knowledge of, and experience with, stock assessment and fisheries data collection methods, marine and estuarine species of the Southeastern United States, and scientific peer reviews is preferred. Experience managing programs, including budgeting, grant applications and management, and strategic planning is preferred.


Supervisory Responsibilities:


The Deputy Executive Director for Science is responsible for hiring, supervising, and evaluating science program staff (currently 5 employees).


Supervision Received:


The Deputy Executive Director for Science is supervised by the Executive Director.


Starting Salary Range:


$87,704 – $125,701, negotiable depending upon education and experience.


This is a non-federal position with benefits.


Closing Date:


October 9, 2019


Send Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to


Kelly Klasnick

Administrative Officer

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201

North Charleston, SC 29405