Director of Programs, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 07:45 AM

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages. Schoodic Institute helps the National Park Service achieve the original vision for Acadia as a destination for science and inspiration. Through innovative programs and partnerships, the nonprofit Institute is a national and community catalyst and center for research and learning.

The Institute enriches the experiences of residents and visitors to the Acadia region. Building understanding and appreciation for the complexity of the natural world leads to stronger connections to nature and the environment we share. Engaging the public in science is rapidly advancing research and offers hope as we address complex challenges in a changing environment.

Primary Responsibility: Provide strategic leadership and direction for the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park program team. Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and coordinate the activities of research and education staff. The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key member of the management team.


  •  Lead the development of new programs and partnerships, and sustain and strengthen existing strategic programs and partnerships.
  •  Lead a team of researchers, educators, and program managers.
  •  Oversee development of program descriptions and budgets and lead preparation of funding proposals. Work with financial management and program staff to ensure proper financial tracking,  grant and program administration, and reporting.
  •  With financial management staff, track, analyze, and report on budgets and financial performance.
  •  Coordinate multiple programs and seek opportunities for synergies between programs that enrich experiences for program participants.
  •  Coordinate with the National Park Service, Universities, and other key partners.
  •  Work in close cooperation with the President of Schoodic Institute.
  •  Participate in selected donor cultivation activities and public events.
  •  Contribute to communication and marketing efforts of Schoodic Institute.


  • Strong interest in Schoodic Institute’s mission, ambition and motivation to contribute to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages.
  • Demonstrated success in program leadership. Demonstrated abilities in developing proposals, managing projects, and leading teams.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and managing partnerships, and experience working in highly interdisciplinary settings.
  • Advanced degree in a field related to the work of Schoodic Institute.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong computer and software skills, including Word/Excel and shared calendar and document suites (Google).
  • Exceptional candidates may combine the above qualifications with experience in research and education related to northern forest, freshwater, or Gulf of Maine ecology; science communication skills, and citizen science experience or expertise.

Location: Schoodic Unit, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, ME

Hours: Full time. Requires occasional weekend or evening work.

Compensation: Competitive salary dependent on experience. Benefits include vacation and medical leave, health insurance, retirement plan contribution, and an outstanding work environment within Acadia National Park.

To Apply: Please send resume & cover letter as a .pdf attachment to [email protected] using “Director of Programs” in the subject line. Application review will begin on June 13, 2016, though additional applications will be accepted after that date.

Schoodic Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.