Executive Office at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 07:43 PM

Executive Officer 

Posted Date: May 25, 2021 

Job Type: Full-time, non-federal 

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021 

Compensation: IS-14 ($122,530 per year plus benefits plan including: annual and sick leave, group  health insurance, retirement and saving plans 

Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, Maryland) 

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) invites applications for an Executive Officer.  SERC is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to ecological and environmental  research and education. Located on a 2,650-acre campus of forests, farmlands and wetlands and 15  

miles of shoreline of Chesapeake Bay. SERC is based in Edgewater, Maryland, 25 miles from the central  Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and 5 miles from Annapolis. 

The SERC campus consists of an array of historic and modern buildings, including a large modern  laboratory building, wet lab, dock and other facilities for environmental research and education. Staff  include approximately 110 employees, 40 interns, and 500 volunteers. A 40-person, centrally managed  maintenance and security staff are on site. SERC receives 15,000 visitors annually, including 6,000 school children on field trips. See www.serc.si.edu 

We seek to fill this key position with a person of integrity, empathy, and energy with a management  style that is analytical and especially collaborative. 

To apply: 

Submit applications by email to: [email protected] 

Applications must consist of: 

1) Resume 

2) Cover Letter with brief description of experience in supervision, administration and  management of a scientific research and education organization such as a governmental agency,  university facility, or non-governmental organization (or similar), including: 

Operations and administration oversight, compliance, and staff supervision. Budget and Finance 

Human Resource Management 

Teamwork and Advising Management 

Science Programs 

Public Engagement Programs 

Key Responsibilities: 

This position is responsible for the management and oversight of SERC operations, including  administrative services and support systems. The position reports to the Director and is responsible for  all support activities, including budget and financial planning and management; procurement and 

contracting oversight; human resources management; facilities, security, safety and occupational health  support; travel policy implementation and compliance, and oversight of information management  technology systems. SERC’s programs are funded by a mixture of federal appropriations and  Smithsonian Trust funds, but a major source of funding is from extramural grants and contracts. Major  activities of the Executive Officer include: 

Is the key member of the SERC Directorate to oversee finance, administration and operational  compliance with Smithsonian guidelines and central services.  

Is a member of the Director’s cabinet that also includes the Associate Director for Research,  Assistant Director for Public Engagement, Development Officer, and Communications Officer.  Advises the Director on organizational management and administration. 

Serves as liaison between SERC and the Smithsonian’s central offices (e.g. finances, human  resources, facilities, security, IT/computer services, purchasing, grants and contracts).  Serves as SERC’s EEO advisor responsible for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and access  policies at the Center. 

Ensures compliance with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures in the day-to-day  management of SERC.  

Education/Experience Requirements: 

Bachelor’s degree in science or business administration PLUS either 5 years of specialized and  progressive experience OR an MBA and 3 years of specialized and progressive experience in  administration of operations of a science-related research or education organization.  

Specialized experience is defined as: administration and management of a scientific research and  education organization to review, analyze and supervise staff for unit operations; and/or direct financial  management; and/or human resources analysis and oversight; and/or liaison and advising senior  management. 

Progressive experience is defined as significantly increasing levels of management oversight and  responsibility. 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression,  sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status, and disability. The SERC  community recognizes the value of diversity in promoting innovative science and creative solutions,  and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We recognize that each  applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this  position. Competitive candidates will have many, but not necessarily all, of the listed qualifications  and experiences.