LUMCON is searching for an experienced, reliable, and
task-oriented Associate Director of Consortium/Consortium
Coordinator. LUMCON not only represents a traditional marine
laboratory, the DeFelice Marine Center, but also a Consortium of
public and private colleges and universities in the state of
Louisiana. LUMCON operates to serve the education and
research needs in marine and coastal sciences across more than two
dozen member institutions (https://lumcon.edu/consortium/).
Furthermore, LUMCON’s serves as a center for the synthesis in
coastal and marine science (https://lumcon.edu/marine-synthesis-center/).
The position will provide the management, coordination, and
oversight to bolster LUMCON’s Consortium mission, i.e. serving the
needs of the universities and colleges in the state of Louisiana.
The ideal candidate is focused on results, has a dedicated
personality, and is committed to building and maintaining
scientific and educational networks. The applicant should
have experience in managing collaborative projects involving
multiple stakeholders. Superior communication, networking and
organizational skills, and attention to detail are essential.
The position reports directly to the Executive Director but
coordinates with other LUMCON divisions as well as variety of state
The position comes with a competitive salary, ample vacation,
holiday, and sick leave, lucrative retirement and medical benefits,
as well as work in a beautiful location among Louisiana’s gorgeous
- Manage and coordinate specific projects between LUMCON and
individual Consortium institutions.
- Coordinate follow-ups and updates on existing projects.
- Coordinate, plan, and promote Consortium institution visits to
LUMCON’s DeFelice Marine Center and Blue Works facility at the
Houma Maritime Campus.
- Identify and promote new collaborations between LUMCON and
individual Consortium institutions.
- Identify and lead efforts to fund and support consortium
- Coordinate communications with Consortium institutions.
- Work with the Associate Director of Education to coordinate,
organize, and promote undergraduate and graduate courses.
- Work with the Associate Director of Science to coordinate,
organize, and promote collaborative scientific research among
member institutions to address coastal and marine issues.
- Coordinate and participate in Consortium institution visits
with and without the Executive Director both in and out of the
state and provide appropriate follow-ups.
- Attend conferences, state administrative and legislation
meetings, and Consortium institution events as needed.
- Maintain a database of contacts within Consortium
- Coordinate participation in or planning of Consortium events as
- Oversee and promote LUMCON’s Marine Synthesis Center and
recruit users into the program.
- Promote and coordinate, with the Associate Directors of
Education and Science, educational and research usage by Consortium
institutions of LUMCON’s assets.
- Generate reports of Consortium usage of LUMCON on a monthly,
quarterly, and annual basis.
- Generate and update marketing materials for LUMCON as related
to Consortium mission.
- Minimum of 4+ years of experience in educational or research
program coordination. Masters (for Consortium Coordinator level) or
Ph.D. preferred (for Associate Director level).
- Experience in coordinating multidisciplinary teams.
- Demonstrate familiarity with coastal and marine research and
- Willingness to travel within state and nationally as
- Advanced Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become
familiar with LUMCON-specific programs and software. Familiarity
with online collaboration tools, e.g. Slack, and file sharing, e.g.
- Proficiency in collaboration and delegation of duties.
- Strong organizational, project management, and problem-solving
skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Track record of grant writing.
- Friendly and professional demeanor.
A candidate should be able to demonstrate or explain the
following during their interview:
- A basic understanding of LUMCON and all our programs.
- A working knowledge of the Louisiana University Systems and how
LUMCON does or could fit into their programs.
- Experience working within university administration.
- An ability to manage multiple projects that are unique to all
the university project partners.
- An ability to be creative and explore innovative relationships
with consortium members.
Those interested in the position should submit a
- Cover letter
- A 1-2 page statement on how they would specifically build up
connections between LUMCON
- and Consortium members
- 3 references including contact information to
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
LUMCON promotes, facilitates, and conducts research and
education in marine and coastal sciences relevant to the
sustainability of coastal and marine environments in the Gulf of
Mexico. In this aim, LUMCON strives to provide innovative models of
scientific and educational programs and answers to scientific
questions relevant on the national and international stage. In
1979, the Louisiana State Legislature created LUMCON with 2016
legislation placing LUMCON as a division of the Louisiana Board of
Regents. The DeFelice Marine Center is located in Cocodrie, 85
miles southwest of New Orleans. By design, LUMCON's location serves
as an ideal and immersive location for research and education. The
Marine Center is situated in the heart of the estuarine wetland
complex. The Marine Center is a modern complex of research,
instructional, residential, and support facilities. This includes
26,000 usable square feet of laboratory, classroom, office, and
library space. Dormitory rooms and apartments provide Louisiana
Universities Marine Consortium housing for up to 80 people. LUMCON
operates and maintains one of the largest fleets of research
vessels along the Gulf of Mexico. The icon of marine operations and
the fleet is the 116' R/V Pelican. The 58' R/V
Acadiana is well suited for both education and research in
Terrebonne Bay and nearby coastal waters. The research vessels are
complemented by a fleet of 14 small vessels. With nearly 100 staff,
LUMCON encompasses an intrepid and resilient group from diverse
backgrounds and with broad expertise. Each staff member is integral
to the education, research, and consortium missions of
LUMCON. The research conducted by the scientists is
internationally recognized and impactful. Marine operations and
vessel crews are known for their proficiency, professionalism, and
determination. Administrative and facilities staff have weathered
hurricanes, flooding, and variable funding cycles. These
challenges, in conjunction with the Marine Center's remoteness,
have created deep and lasting connections between the staff.
LUMCON's staff is not so much a collection of employees as a
cohesive community and family.