The American Fisheries Society (AFS) seeks a Director of Student and Professional Development (DSPD) to fill an immediate opening.
The DSPD is the lead staff with responsibility for all aspects of program development, management, and administration of activities that engage students in the fisheries profession and provide career long learning opportunities for professionals. The incumbent is a strong leader and program manager with extensive knowledge in continuing education program management, instructional design, project management, budget management and marketing with excellent written and oral communication skills. The incumbent is program manager for the Continuing Education (CE) and Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology (internship) Program as well as other AFS programs and activities relevant to the education of students and professionals. The DSPD serves as the primary staff liaison with AFS’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC), Hutton Committee, and the Education Section and coordinates closely with the Professional Certification Committee.
A fundamental role of AFS is career-long development of the skills and abilities that will enhance members’ ability to be successful as fisheries scientists, managers, teachers, and administrators. To support these goals, the DSPD will:
- Work closely and develop collaborative relationships with the CEC, the Education Section, AFS leadership and wide variety of partners to assess the professional development needs of members and the profession at-large and oversee a dynamic CE program providing a variety of courses to enhance the professional growth and effectiveness of fisheries professionals.
- Develop an effective and appropriate business approach to professional development opportunities by creating an operative business model including assessing potential cost structures, contracting arrangements, instructor support, and other costs and revenues to establish reasonable and appropriate revenues for AFS.
- Identify, implement and evaluate methods and technology to deliver AFS annual meeting program material (presentations, symposia, keynote speakers) to the broader membership and create dynamic interactions among meeting participants and the larger AFS community through a wide variety of mean such as podcasts, video streaming, interactive dialogue and other innovative approaches. An important role for AFS is the introduction and development of students in to future Fisheries professionals.
- Provide overall creative and programmatic management for AFS student engagement and development activities. This oversight includes assessing needs, evaluating existing programs and developing new approaches as appropriate.
- Work with student subunits and other student organizations within AFS to provide support and identify needs relevant to greater engagement in the fisheries profession, and the development of continuing education program directed towards student needs.
- Coordinate with the Education Program Coordinator and the Hutton Committee to collaboratively oversee and manage the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, which places high school age students with interests in fisheries and aquatic science, in an 8-week summer mentorship program.
- The position is also responsible for helping organize and run chapter leadership training and networking events, overseeing the Job board and creating print and online content for promoting and delivering professional development.