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Hiring Organization: Bayshore Center at Bivalve

Location: 2800 High St. Port Norris, NJ 08349

Website: https://www.bayshorecenter.org/

Organization Description: Through the state’s official tall ship, the oyster schooner AJ Meerwald and historic waterfront museum, the mission of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve is to advance the understanding of human impact on New Jersey’s aquatic environment through education, advocacy, and programming. Located along the Maurice River in southern Cumberland County, NJ, BCB carries out this work through innovative, place-based educational and preservation programs. The site includes the Delaware Bay Museum, located in the restored 1904 Bivalve Oyster Shipping Sheds and Wharves, which serves as a maritime center of national significance. The site is also home to the AJ Meerwald, a restored 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner that serves as BCB’s sailing classroom. The Meerwald was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1995, and was designated as New Jersey’s tall ship in 1998. On an adjacent property the Bayshore Center owns a 3-bedroom house which serves as a crew house when the AJ Meerwald is in port. BCB is governed by a board of approximately 12 trustees and operates on an annual budget of approximately $1,000,000. The Executive Director oversees 2-6 full-time year-round staff, 3-5 part-time year-round staff, a seasonal staff boat crew of eight, and many volunteers.

Job Title: Executive Director

Job Status: Full Time

Compensation: $90,000 / year

Benefits: Vacation, Sick Time

Position Summary: The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and shall discharge the duties of the position in ways that are consistent with the mission and values of the organization. Specific responsibilities include:

• Oversee the day-to-day operation of all aspects of the Bayshore Center including the hiring, firing and evaluation of staff required to accomplish BCB’s work.

• Oversee the development of strategic, effective fundraising programs that will grow unrestricted funds and capital reserves.

• Recruit and manage the volunteers needed for the organization to accomplish its work.

• Create a professional work environment by adhering to sound human resource practices, encouraging best practices, professional development, and a collaborative work ethic.

• Ensure proper management, conservation, and maintenance of BCB’s physical plant and tangible assets.

• Work with the board of directors to develop a strategic plan for the organization.

• Work closely with the Board Chair on priority issues affecting BCB’s ability to operate effectively. Provide staff support to the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and other board committees as needed.

• Ensure that all corporate documents are updated, accessible, and safely stored.

Work Schedule: 40 hrs / week

Position Responsibilities:

• Work with the Board Finance Committee to prepare a responsible annual budget, establish proper financial reporting to monitor the budget monthly, and internal controls to ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines. 

• Engage and manage consultants and providers of donated services as needed to effectively implement organizational functions that cannot be performed directly by the paid staff.

• Facilitate, participate in and otherwise seek collaborative partnerships of community leaders, educators, funders and other providers who can help advance the work of the Bayshore Center.

• Establish a summer home for the AJ Meerwald in a population center able to support the AJ Meerwald as an education platform and passenger carrying vessel offering day sails.

Position Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred

• At least ten years of meaningful work experience nonprofit management; previous successful experience in an executive director or leadership position preferred.

• Experience in development, including government and community relations.

• Demonstrated ability to effectively handle a wide variety of roles including leadership, strategic planning, communications, finance, administration, data management and technology. The Bayshore Center intends to operate through a very small staff and the Executive Director will be responsible for management or direct implementation of all the organization’s functions.

• Proven ability to effectively motivate and manage staff

• Strong interpersonal and communications skills

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a volunteer Board of Trustees

• Energetic and entrepreneurial

• Familiarity with tall ship operations

• A Captain’s License is a plus.

Physical demands of job: N/A

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jbrady@bayshorecenter.org






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