Background The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a global not-for-profit professional scientific society established in 1979. SETAC’s mission is to support the advancement and application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making. SETAC is currently composed of an overarching governing body, the SETAC World Council (SWC), and five Geographic Units, one of which is SETAC North America (SNA). SNA is incorporated in the United States as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that operates under its constitution and by-laws. The SNA Board of Directors (BOD) serves as the governing body for SNA, and daily operations are overseen by the Executive Director (ED).
Strategic Priorities SNA’s vision is aligned with the broader strategic vision of the global organization, which exists to advance science, advocate for science-based decision-making, and ensure operational health. The SNA BOD is committed to advancing all strategic priorities, specifically:
(1) enhancing opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion;
(2) improving member services through innovative practices; and
(3) ensuring the long-term operational and fiscal health of the organization.
Position The ED is the chief executive officer of SNA, appointed by and serving at the discretion of the SNA BOD. The ED guides and supports the SNA BOD with the authority specified in the by-laws and constitution. The ED serves as both an ambassador and principal administrator for the society. Together, the ED and the BOD are responsible for the operational health and strategic focus of the society. The primary remit of the ED is to implement and report on the projects and programs advancing the society’s mission and the goals set forth by the SNA BOD.
Administrative and Ambassadorial Role and Responsibilities As an ambassador, the ED is responsible for establishing contacts with external organizations operating in similar and ancillary fields of research in order to further the mission of SETAC and to represent SNA both internally and externally.
As an administrator, the ED is required to work with the SNA BOD to implement SNA priorities and coordinate day-to-day operations with SNA staff. In consultation with the SNA BOD, the ED manages the business, functions, programs, budget, and activities of SNA in support of the long-range plan. The ED supports the SNA BOD to deliver on advancing science, primarily through meetings and workshops; establishing a development program; ensuring financial stability; and internal and external communications.
The ED candidate must have proven ability in both the administrative and ambassadorial roles. They must understand the needs of a global organization with diverse membership and demonstrate the ability to deal with those needs with appropriate cultural sensitivity and understanding. It is essential that the candidate has previous nonprofit experience and demonstrated skills related to personnel management, resource management, and change management.
Professional Qualifications It is essential that the candidate has the following qualifications:
Education and experience: Master’s and/or advanced professional degree in a related field such as environmental science, policy, non-profit management, or business administration; minimum of 15 years of leadership experience
Organizational leadership: Demonstrated understanding of not-for-profit organizations and of the workings of professional societies, preferably scientific societies and a demonstrated ability to implement a strategic plan
Supervisory skills: Exceptional staff development and leadership skills
Project management: Proven track record as a program and project manager; discipline to set clear priorities, delegate effectively, and meet or exceed goals in varied and multi-cultural settings
Business development: Solid financial and administrative management skills, including contract negotiation; creativity and vision with regards to donor development
Interpersonal leadership: Ability to foster the talents of SETAC members and draw upon their professional and culturally diverse backgrounds to strengthen the organization and enhance its culture
Communication savvy: Experience communicating science to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. Strong writing and public speaking skills
Personal Qualities While no single candidate will have all the ideal qualifications, SNA seeks candidates who bring many of the following abilities and qualities:
Passion for environmental sciences
Experience with conflicts of interest and scientific integrity issues
Strong reputation and extensive networks in scientific societies or in the area of environmental science and environmental protection
Proven success building and sustaining relationships with internal and external partners (such as nonprofit organizations and public agencies)
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
International or cross-cultural experience
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: We are offering a full-time position with flexible work hours. The position requires travel within the US and internationally for approximately 10% of the time under normal conditions. This is a remote position, currently supervising six full-time staff located in several states. The salary ($120k–150k) will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to experience, education, specialty, and training. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation. Benefits include health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, long-term disability, vacation and sick time, and parental leave.
SETAC offers an exciting and challenging working environment in a respected organization with a high international profile, the support of a talented and international pool of staff and volunteers, and flexible work environment.
About Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
SETAC’s mission is to support and facilitate the development of principles and practices for the protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.