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Development Operations Associate (DOA)

Salish Sea Expeditions is a small, successful nonprofit education organization that has been inspiring students with hands-on, inquiry-based marine science programs aboard a research vessel and in local watersheds since 1997.  We are seeking a Development Operations Associate (DOA) who is detail-oriented, passionate about kids, and eager to partner with the Development Director, staff and our P/T Communications consultant to lead and grow the organization’s fundraising program to sustain and enhance our mission. This position is a chance to work in a flexible work environment with a close-knit group of creative, outdoorsy people on Bainbridge Island while enabling middle and high school students to experience hands-on science learning and connect with our marine environment. There is an opportunity for this position to grow in both hours and scope, with more hours and more communications-related tasks. We are especially interested in candidates who are creative, forward-thinking, open-minded, willing to take risks, and model a positive attitude that inspires confidence.

Employment type: Part-time

Hours: 24 hours per week July & August; up to 30 hours per week starting September, with short periods of up to 40 hours per week around major events in October and March.

Compensation- $17/hr plus benefits (Premera Blue Cross Health Insurance)

Start Date: July 2018

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA

Position Summary: The DOA will perform tasks necessary to support fundraising activity and administrative functions for Salish Sea Expeditions, primarily focused on managing the donor database and leading logistical management of fundraising events.

Overview of Primary Responsibilities

Development Support – Administrative:

  • Maintain accurate constituent records through precise data entry and thoughtful creation of systems and reports online using the Salesforce CRM
  • Assist with analysis of data reports to assist development work
  • Create and manage mailing and email lists and provide support for mailings and emails
  • Oversee donor database maintenance and upgrades, including a possible data migration to Bloomerang from Salesforce (2009 version)
  • Serve as primary point of contact for the donor database and the IT support team
  • Create and manage donor thank you notes in a timely fashion
  • Track recurring donations and pledges, and assist in strategy for sustained support with DD
  • Support fundraising administrative needs in the creation of mailing labels, name tags, copying, collating, and stuffing envelopes
  • General office duties including answering phones, copying/scanning, office supplies inventory and re-order
  • Assist in managing volunteers to assist with office duties

Development Support – Events:

  • Partner with DD/ED to lead annual event preparation and implementation. Salish holds two fundraisers annually in Seattle, a breakfast in October and a Gala in March, as well as a program-focused Symposium in June. We also run up to four development-focused sailing trips annually, and manage smaller donor gatherings throughout the year.
  • Create and manage event infrastructure and donations using events software (Eventbrite, Salesforce, IATS Payments, Bloomerang, etc.)
  • Lead events logistics and guest management, from registration/ticket purchase to check-in
  • Recruit and manage guest experience and volunteers

Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of experience in nonprofit development/fundraising or comparable qualifications
  • Demonstrated prior experience with donor database systems; Salesforce experience preferred
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, with excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong written/verbal communications and interpersonal skills
  • Technically savvy with computers and office productivity software (i.e. MS Office, Google, Dropbox, WordPress, etc.)
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Creative and solutions-oriented approach
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in managing multiple tasks efficiently and on time
  • Commitment to carrying out organizational goals and vision
  • Knowledge of the local marine science, education, and/or nautical community, and familiarity with the Northwest non-profit community are a plus

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to:  seth@salish.org  Subject line: Development Operations Associate.  Email submissions only, no phone calls please. Three references will be requested for short-listed candidates. In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • Your previous experience in non-profits, and in non-profit development if relevant
  • Your experience with donor database management and events support (use examples)
  • Why you are a particularly good fit for Salish Sea Expeditions
  • Any other information relevant to your qualifications

**Please note:  Salish Sea Expeditions is a small, non-profit organization.  As such, tasks may arise that are not explicitly outlined above.  As a member of a small staff, all employees may be called upon to address and complete these unforeseen responsibilities. Salish Sea Expeditions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of the organization

 


Our next sailing season requiring additional paid staff will be Spring 2019.  You are welcome to send along a resume at anytime during the year.

Spring dates: March – June

Compensation: $1,400-$2,200/month; depending on position and experience

We hire nautical and marine scientist educators for our spring (~late Feb-mid June) + fall (~Sep-Oct) sailing season to teach  in the classroom and aboard the sailing vessel Carlyn.  There are typically 6 crew members on all expeditions. The captain, mate and deckhand oversee ship operations and nautical instruction, while one to two marine science educators guide student research efforts. The program coordinator, responsible for oversight of the entire experience, facilitates each trip and assists in the science program. The galley + logistics coordinator is in charge of preparing lunches for the students and crew and coordinating meals and supplies for the expeditions.  Multi-day trips with students range from 3- to 5-days where each night the vessel is either docked or anchored. Each season we also have a number of 4-6 hour day sails with students, 2-4 hour promotional public sails and transits between ports within the Puget Sound.

Integral to the success of Salish Sea Expeditions is a crew full of knowledgeable, curious, enthusiastic, and self-motivated educators! Professional development opportunities vary from season to season and may include, attending conferences and outreach events throughout the area, volunteer opportunities with other scientific research groups, and continuing education classes in the maritime sector. If you are interested in joining our team, please take a look at our job descriptions descriptions below. Our primary hiring period is December for the following spring season, though we accept applications year-round and will keep your resume on file if your desired position is not currently available.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Seasonal positions:

  • Captain
  • Mate
  • Deckhand
  • Program Coordinator
  • Marine Science Educator
  • Galley +Logistics Coordinator

 

Captain

Captain’s duties include, but are not limited to, directing and training sailing staff, science staff, and 5th-12th grade students in safe operation of the vessel and her systems as well as maintaining the vessel in a safe, operational condition of readiness, including directing others in maintenance and repair, and facilitating the education program and community on board.  The Captain works directly with the Mate and Deckhand in order to implement nautical curriculum as well as part of a 6 crew onboad the vessel during expeditions.  The Captain works directly with the Program Coordinator and other crewmembers to plan the timing, daily flow, and destinations of the expedition.

Qualifications

  • 50 ton Inland Masters license (or greater) with sail endorsement
  • Effective management, leadership and communication skills and ability to foster community onboard
  • 2+ years experience as mate or captain of similarly sized sailing vessel
  • Demonstrated ability pilot, maintain, and facilitate safe environment aboard a large sailing vessel
  • Demonstrated ability to train staff and instruct students in proper vessel operation to ensure safety
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

Compensation: $1900-$2200/month based on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Complete job description + application details

 

Mate

Mate duties include, but are not limited to: instructing and overseeing staff students in proper vessel operation, presenting nautical science topics both in the classroom and on the vessel, and teaching a variety of sailing + navigation classes while underway. The Mate directly supports the Captain and works as a team with the Captain and Deckhand in order to ensure a safe environment on the vessel and to address any maintenance of the vessel that is necessary.

Qualifications:

  • 50 ton Inland Masters license (or greater) with sail endorsement
  • Effective management, leadership and communication skills and ability to foster community onboard
  • Demonstrated ability to train staff and instruct students in proper vessel operation to ensure safety
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

Compensation: $1500-$1800 per month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Complete job description + application details

 

Deckhand

Deckhand duties include, but are not limited to: instructing and overseeing students in proper vessel operation, presenting nautical science topics both in the classroom and on the vessel, and teaching a variety of sailing + navigation classes while underway. The Deckhand directly supports the Captain and Mate as necessary in regards to the safety needs and management of the vessel.

Qualifications

  • Sailing experience
  • Demonstrated ability to direct/instruct students in sailing while maintaining a safe work environment
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • Current first aid/CPR.
  • Enthusiasm for working outdoors in all types of weather
  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

Compensation: $1400-$1600 per month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Complete job description + application details

 

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator is responsible for the overall experience of an expedition. Pre-expedition and office duties may include managing paperwork to prepare for the trips, coordinating with other staff for expedition prep, general maintenance of scientific equipment and program development as necessary. The Program Coordinator will also work with other staff to help students in their classroom to design their marine research project. Primary responsibilities aboard the sailing vessel are to oversee onboard program operations, collaborate with the Captain and other crewmembers to facilitate meetings to plan the timing, daily flow, and destinations of the expedition, and to assist the Marine Scientist in the implementation of the science program. The Program Coordinator will be one member of a 6-person team.

Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in outdoor/environmental education programming (coordination/management experience preferred)
  • Excellent organizational skills + attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to both crewmates and Salish Sea Expeditions office
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in Oceanography and associated sampling techniques
  • Ability to carry out and explain the scientific process to students
  • Demonstrated Inquiry Based teaching ability
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

Compensation: $1500-$1600/month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Complete job description + application details

 

Marine Science Educator

The Marine Science educator is responsible for assisting students in developing their research project in the classroom as well as collecting and analyzing oceanographic data onboard the vessel.  Pre-expedition duties may include preparing materials in the office to prepare for the trips, assisting in food and supply packing, logistical projects, general maintenance of scientific equipment and program development as necessary. Primary responsibilities aboard the sailing vessel are to instruct and supervise 5th-12th grade students (up to 14 at a time) who are creating a sampling plan and itinerary, deploying science equipment, analyzing data, and synthesizing results.

Qualifications 

  • BA/BS in marine biology, oceanography, or other relevant field of study
  • Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in Oceanography and associated sampling techniques
  • Ability to carry out and explain the scientific process to students
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • Current first aid/CPR.
  • Ability to work well both individually and as a team member, as well as independently with small groups of students
  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

Compensation: $1400-$1600/month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Complete job description + application details

 

Galley +Logistics Coordinator

The Galley + Logistics Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating pre-trip and day-to-day food and supply details for 3-5 day science education programs and day sail events aboard the vessel. This position will be split with approximately 30% of time in the office and 70% onboard the vessel. In the office, the Galley + Logistics Coordinator will use student menu plans provided by each group to design meals for the duration of the expedition.  Shopping for and packing food and additional supplies necessary for the trips will also be the responsibility of the Galley + Logistics coordinator. Onboard the vessel, the Galley + Logistics Coordinator will be responsible for preparing lunches and snacks for all participants, organizing foods so they can be divided for the group camping onshore as well as the group sleeping on the boat in the evening, ensuring there are adequate food stocks and cleaning supplies aboard, and assisting marine educators and sailing crew where needed.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Time management, responsibility and flexibility a must
  • Experience in food service + interest in cooking
  • Experience working with 10-16 year olds
  • Current first aid/CPR.
  • Ability to lift an carry gear up to 50lbs
  • Ability to stay positive when working with crew and students over multiple days in relatively confined spaces of the vessel
  • Proactive work ethic: willingness to help in any aspects of programming necessary

Compensation: $1400-$1600/month, depending on experience, full room, partial board and sea time.

Complete job description + application details

 

Interested in applying for a position?

Follow the above links for complete job descriptions + application details and send  a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

programmanager@salish.org

OR

Program Manager
Salish Sea Expeditions
1257 Patmos Lane N.W.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Salish Sea Expeditions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to provide opportunities for students in grades 5-12 to design and conduct real scientific research on the waters of the Salish Sea and within their local watersheds. For over 19 years we have been working with teachers to align our programs with current educational standards and with teacher curriculum. We aim to create a generation of critical thinkers who will collaborate to solve society’s hardest problems.

Salish provides equal opportunity employment to all employees and applicants for employment. All employment-related decisions are based upon valid job-related factors. It is the policy of Salish Sea Expeditions to make hiring and personnel decisions without regard to race, color, age, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification.

Contact Us

Salish Sea Expeditions
1257 Patmos Lane NW
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone: (206) 780-7848
E-Mail: Info@Salish.Org

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  • We are on our last trip of the season and we have Whitefish High School from Montana joining our crew for 3 days! They are collecting water samples to study the relationship that nitrates, plankton and turbidity have in relation to the proximity to land. They will be taking their data back to classroom to create a GIS Story Map. 
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  • Prepping for our last #SalishSeaExpeditions for the season. It is a surreal moment when you realize it's almost over. #sailingforscience
  • Students on this #SalishSeaExpedition from Alderwood Middle School were extra excited about life on shore this morning. #shoreexplore #intertidal #handsonlearning #marineeducation
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