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Position Announcement: Executive Director, European Marine Board

The European Marine Board (EMB) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic, professional Secretariat to promote and advance marine science on behalf of the EMB membership of institutions from across Europe. We are seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to oversee the EMB work programme and to bring new ideas for optimising the success and impact of EMB as a leading provider of high-quality marine science policy advice to the European institutions, national governments and funding agencies. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of leadership and achievement in marine research; research management; the management of people and resources; and science writing and communication.

The EMB Executive Director is Head of the EMB Secretariat based at the InnovOcean campus in the port of Ostend, Belgium. InnovOcean also houses the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and a number of regional and international marine organizations including the International Oceanographic Data Exchange office of IOC-UNESCO and the Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). Staff working at InnovOcean generally live within a commuting radius which includes Ostend itself, several coastal towns, the heritage city of Bruges and the vibrant university city of Ghent. The post involves regular visits to Brussels and significant international travel.

Download the full job specification and guidelines for applicants (pdf)

Download the Competency Form to be completed by applicants (Word)

Applications including a full CV, detailed cover letter and completed Competency FormĀ  should be sent in electronic format to, by 17.00 CET on Friday 23 June 2017. Please include the reference EMB Executive Director 2017 in the subject line of the email. It is envisaged that interviews will be held in Brussels on 10 July 2017.