Communications Director

Moss Landing, California
Apr 17, 2017
May 17, 2017
Ocean Science
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Communications Director


Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is uniquely dedicated to merging science, engineering, and marine operations for the purpose of developing state-of-the-art instruments, methods, and systems for advancing scientific research in the ocean. MBARI’s Technology Roadmap  (  sets forth a set of priorities that will be coordinated over the coming decade under three overlapping initiatives:  Taking the laboratory into the ocean, Enabling targeted sampling, and Advancing a persistent presence. These initiatives were derived from a series of interconnected scientific challenges that exemplify the research themes articulated in MBARI’s Strategic Plan (


Presently, MBARI seeks a Communications Director.  This position reports to the President/CEO and directs the activities, personnel, and products of the Digital Media and Communication Strategies (DMCS) Division. The incumbent is responsible for strategic planning related to MBARI communications and digital media management, and works with the MBARI Management Team to review policies and procedures in support of MBARI’s mission and non-profit status. The Communications Director works closely with researchers and engineers to produce and disseminate information on MBARI research and technology development, and oversees the annotation and curation of digital and video media and related data. In addition, the Director works with MBARI’s President/CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Science Chair, Director of Engineering, and Director of Marine Operations to communicate information about major institutional events, such as high profile research findings, upgrades to MBARI’s facilities, research vessels, etc. to the MBARI Board of Directors, Packard Foundation representatives, and the public.


The Communications Director develops and manages the divisional budget and resources, consistent with MBARI’s goals and objectives, contributes to the review of annual project proposals, and participates in policy development and implementation. This individual is a member of the MBARI Intellectual Property Committee, providing support for documenting invention disclosures, as well as the transfer of MBARI technology and know-how. In addition, the incumbent serves as a liaison with the Monterey Bay Aquarium by assisting with setting priorities for joint projects, exhibits, publications, programs, and special events.  Specific oversight duties include:


• Video quality control, annotation, and access

• Video equipment maintenance (software and hardware)

• User training for digital and video image processing

• Institutional archives for information, images (video, photographs, illustrations), scientific samples

• Quality control for platform (e.g. ship, ROV) navigation data

• Institutional library services

• Educational activities (such as MBARI intern program and seminars)

• Institutional events

• Collaborative projects with the Monterey Bay Aquarium

• MBARI’s internal and external communications, such as websites, social media, annual reports.

• Supervision and mentorship of assigned staff.


Qualifications: PhD degree in a scientific or technical field, or the equivalent, plus a minimum ten years experience in professional communications and digital media management (preferably working in scientific or technology development-based organizations).  Must possess extensive background working with copyright, licenses, and permissions necessary for the legal use, reuse, and re-purpose of informational resources. Must have experience with print and electronic publications, audio and video productions and equipment, as well as demonstrated experience in educational activities. Excellent communication, organizational, and leadership skills are required, as well as a strong capacity to recognize and respond with discretion and diplomacy to sensitive situations. The successful candidate must be able to develop, plan, and execute divisional programs efficiently, including developing and managing program budgets appropriately. Experience in managing resources, such as staffing and scheduling needs, is required. The Director serves as mentor for DMCS staff and supervisors and must be comfortable and effective working collaboratively with diverse groups in a high-paced, multi-activity environment.


Prospective applicants should send a cover letter, resume, names and contact information of four professional references, and a work sample to or to the address below:

MBARI, Human Resources

Job Code C-DIR

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA  95039 


MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. 


MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. 



MBARI Welcomes Diversity