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NERR Director (Administrator II) - Estuary & Ocean Science Center/Romberg Tiburon Campus - Coll...

San Francisco State University
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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 536361
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Francisco
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Working Title

San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Director

Administrator Level

This position is an MPP II in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP), reporting to the Executive Director of the EOS Center at Romberg Tiburon Campus.

SF State University

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The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


EOS-RTC, College of Science & Engineering

Appointment Type


Time Base

Full-time (1.0)

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm

Anticipated Hiring Range

$11,250.00 - $11,667.00 Per Month ($135,000.00 - $140,004.00 Annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Director manages the program, supervises staff, manages the budget, coordinates with partner organizations and funders, and provides overall administrative leadership. The SF Bay NERR program ( is a federal and state partnership program of the US Coastal Zone Management Act and is part of NOAA’s network of 30 research reserves nationwide ( The SF Bay NERR operates under a cooperative agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), San Francisco State University (SF State; lead state agency), two additional land-owning partners (California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Solano Land Trust), and a state coastal zone management agency (San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission). The SF Bay NERR was established by the state of California for long-term research, education and stewardship of the San Francisco Estuary. It includes two sites that encompass 3,700 acres of intertidal to upland habitats: China Camp State Park in Marin County and Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve in Solano County. The SF Bay NERR has its headquarters at SF State’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center (EOS Center) on the SF Bay shore of the Romberg Tiburon Campus, about 40 minutes north of SF State’s main (Holloway) campus.

The Director of the SF Bay NERR leads a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary estuarine science program with local, regional, and national connections. The position is responsible for strategic and collaborative leadership to improve understanding and stewardship of the San Francisco Bay NERR sites and the San Francisco Estuary, and contributes to strategic leadership for other estuaries through NOAA’s NERR System. The position offers a unique opportunity to oversee the application of research to a variety of issue areas including management of tidal wetlands, nature-based adaptation to climate change, water quality, and habitat restoration.

This SF Bay NERR Director is based at the EOS Center on SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Campus and reports to the EOS Center’s Executive Director. As this is a management level position (Management Personnel Position, MPP) at SF State, the NERR director shares in providing on-site supervision of the Romberg Tiburon Campus on a weekly basis along with the EOS Center Executive Director and Facilities Operations Director, and has delegated administrative authority for the EOS Center (including staff supervision) during EOS Center Executive Director absence.

Position Information

Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Develop and maintain a cohesive vision for the San Francisco Bay NERR’s research, education, training, and stewardship programs.
  • Collaboratively (with NERR System and EOS Center leadership and other partners) establish and meet strategic short and long-term program and cross-program objectives.
  • Actively facilitate local, regional, and national NERR system coordination and support of positive working relationships among the Reserve’s partner organizations.
  • Oversee application of research findings to stewardship of the Reserve properties.
  • Demonstrate leadership of natural resource management in the region through written/oral synthesis or other products.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for synergy between NERR programs with those of the EOS Center and SF State.

Fiscal Management

  • Manage federal operations grant from NOAA to support NERR staff salaries and programs to meet strategic objectives.
  • Pursue substantial additional external funding that augments Reserve program capacity and supports operations and collaboration with the EOS Center.
  • Effectively manage competitive grants in close coordination with the SF State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Educational Leadership

  • Provide leadership and support for development and maintenance of durable educational programs that promote understanding and management of Reserve and SF Bay natural resources.
  • Actively seek and grow opportunities for inclusive participation in NERR programs by diverse and marginalized individuals and groups.
  • Advocate for and foster opportunities for SF State students to engage in research and educational activities of the NERR programs.
  • Support SF State graduate student research through mentorship, guest lectures, and field trips.
  • Contribute to jointly administered public engagement and educational outreach activities at/with the EOS Center.

Staff Supervision and Management

  • Attract, hire, retain, develop, motivate, manage, recognize, and reward a staff that supports the NERR’s mission within university policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate with EOS Center Director on needs for office and laboratory space for NERR staff.

Organizational Accountability

  • Professionally represent the NERR and EOS Center/ SF State by adhering to professional work standards, image, attendance, and productivity.
  • Represent the NERR on committees, work groups, and/or taskforce teams at the EOS Center, contributing to shared governance at the Romberg Tiburon Campus.

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User-Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D).
  • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself and others in the office and field environment.
  • Ensure the highest work ethics, legal compliance, quality standards, and accounting practices in achieving short- and long-term objectives.

Other Duties as Assigned

Some work on weekends and holidays will be required; this position involves frequent automobile travel between the EOS Center, SF State and off-site locations, as well as occasional air travel. Outdoor work is occasionally required and may include work in tidal wetlands and on small boats. All MPPs may be directed upon occasion by the SF State president or other official to perform other duties that insure safety and security of university operations on both the Romberg Tiburon and Holloway campuses.

Embody The Six Roles Of Leader

  • Structure Work: effectively manage and direct workflow, create clear position descriptions, clarify roles and expectations; improve processes for efficiency and effectiveness, empower employees, and delegate work.
  • Manage Talent: hire, coach, and develop employees; ensure a level of diversity that encourages every employee to contribute to their fullest potential.
  • Inspire Performance: set clear goals, monitor performance, coach for results, recognize and address performance outcomes
  • Build Teams: build trust and collaboration among direct reports, peers, campus stakeholders, and supervisors
  • Use & Share Information: convey effective oral and written communication to large and small groups; steward of financial planning and fiscal management; apply policies, procedures, and campus protocols; adopt technology for improved performance; retain knowledge of applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements; project professional presence and nonverbal behavior
  • Facilitate Change: encourage others to develop innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.

Embody The Core Competencies

  • Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
  • Diversity and inclusion.
  • Facilitate Change: encourage others to develop innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities; facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent experience in science, science education, or science policy, with a marine, estuarine, coastal, or ecological focus.

Experience: Experience conducting or leading interdisciplinary and applied estuarine science, science education, or coastal zone management programs. Experience in leadership roles, including collaborative work, diplomatic relations, strategic planning, grant management, and responsibility for budget oversight. Experience with supervision of interdisciplinary staff, including demonstrated experience with staff supervision and development, providing formal and informal feedback and mentorship to staff, and leading teams of motivated program managers. Demonstrated success with creating an inclusive working environment and recruiting staff, students, and partners from communities historically and currently marginalized from environmental science and policy careers. Demonstrated experience and success with grant writing. Experience working with the broad range of environmental science, justice, and policy interests around the San Francisco Estuary or similar locations.

Knowledge: Knowledge of estuarine science, coastal zone management issues, and science translation, education, and public engagement with demonstrated foundational knowledge of the San Francisco Estuary from scientific, policy, planning, and involved organizations perspectives. Training or professional development on how to develop and support an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Skills and/or Abilities: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of situations and with diverse audiences. Ability to manage large grants, including a track record of successful grant awards and administration. Demonstrated ability to lead interdisciplinary work. Strong communication, organizational, and computer skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience: Experience in a leadership role working with and/or within universities or other large public organizations.

Knowledge: Knowledge of ecological research, watershed or estuarine management, and science policy. Knowledge of local, regional, and national issues and strategies affecting coastal resources.

Skill and/or Abilities: Significant ability to inspire and positively motivate both supervised staff and organizational partners. Demonstrated success in supporting an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Advertised: February 21, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled


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