Salish Sea Studies Institute seeks Director (Bellingham, WA)

Job Close Date: 
December 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

The Salish Sea Studies Institute addresses the identified need by creating, and maintaining a respectful forum for ongoing, critical dialog. The Institute will also provide a structure for scholarly collaboration across boundaries of culture and political geography. It will develop undergraduate and graduate education programs in collaboration with academic institutions throughout the region. The Institute will provide a mechanism for Coast Salish communities to identify knowledge gaps and to contribute to an agreed upon research agenda. And, it will provide public communication about the Salish Sea.

The work of the Salish Sea Studies Institute is intended to strengthen the sense of place; increase knowledge and understanding; foster respect for history and culture; and lead to actions which serve to restore and protect the health of the Salish Sea.

The Director functions as a manager, leader and spokesperson for the Salish Sea Studies Institute and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Institute’s programs and activities. Included in these responsibilities is an important role as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the bi-annual Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. The Director is responsible for developing collaborative working relationships with the Center for Canadian-American Studies and the Border Policy Research Institute within Western Washington University, as well as with many organizations external to Western that have an interest in advancing sustainability of the Salish Sea (i.e. Puget Sound, Juan de Fuca Straight and Georgia Strait, as well as the land within the watershed). The Director seeks to strengthen the institute by promoting shared investment, collegiality, and collaboration amongst these organizations.

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