The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a global not-for-profit professional scientific society established in 1979. SETAC is an open and democratic organization that operates in a broad social context, providing impetus to improving Environmental Quality Through Science®.
SETAC’s mission is to support the advancement and application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making.
A unique strength of SETAC is its commitment to ensuring participation from all stakeholders, including academia, business, nongovernmental agencies, nonprofits, and government in all its activities.
SETAC is currently composed of an overarching governing body, the SETAC World Council (SWC), and five Geographic Units (GUs): Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America.
SETAC is incorporated in the United States as a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization that operates under its constitution and by-laws. Overall global operations are governed by the SETAC World Council, a body appointed by the boards of each GU, with daily operations overseen by the global executive director (GED), with support from the executive officers committee comprising the president, vice president, immediate past president, and treasurer.
The SETAC GED is the chief executive officer of SETAC. The GED serves the SWC with delegated authority specified by the SWC. The GED serves as both an ambassador and principal administrator for the Society. Together, the GED and the SWC are responsible for the operational health and strategic focus of the society. It is expected that the primary remit of the GED is to implement and report on the programs advancing the society mission and the goals set forth by the council.
Administrative and Ambassadorial Role and Responsibilities
As an ambassador, the GED is responsible for establishing contacts with external groups operating at the international level in order to further the mission of SETAC and to represent the global operations of SETAC both internally and externally.
As an administrator, the GED is required to work with the executive officers and SETAC staff to prioritize and coordinate activities to ensure that SETAC’s needs, objectives, and work plans are being met. In consultation with the executive officers, the GED manages the business, functions, programs, global budget, and activities of SETAC as established in the strategic plan by the SWC. The GED works closely with the SWC to help support effective global governance of SETAC and programmatic success of all SWC activities; with the director of publications to ensure the quality and timeliness of the Society publications (two journals, books, newsletter, website, and miscellaneous publications); with the global science manager on the promotion of environmental science and the organization of global workshops and conferences; and with the treasurer to ensure the financial stability of SETAC.
The GED candidate must have proven ability in both the administrative and ambassadorial roles. They must understand the needs of a global organization with diverse membership and demonstrate the ability to deal with those needs with appropriate cultural sensitivity and understanding. Previous experience in managing change, personnel and resource management and coordination across global time zones would be well regarded.
At this time, we are offering a part-time (50% FTE) position with flexible work hours. The nature of the position will require availability for weeks such as those in which our Geographic Unit meetings are held. Location can be in any country provided the work location has good global communications connectivity. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and adjusted for local cost of living where necessary. Some global travel will be required, typically 3 weeks per year.
An exciting and challenging working environment in a respected organization with a high international profile
The support of a talented international pool of staff and volunteers who will enthusiastically work with the successful candidate
A flexible work environment, which can be based in any of the GUs
For more information, please contact Gertie Arts (email@example.com)
Send your application, referencing SETAC Global Executive Director in your cover letter, a CV, reasons for applying, and why you are suited to this position as an attachment by email to: Gertie Arts, SETAC Immediate Past President firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for application: 28 February 2020
Candidates will be informed whether or not they have been shortlisted for interview by 30 March 2020. Telephone interviews will be conducted in April 2020 and an in-person interview with final candidates will take place at the SETAC Europe meeting in Dublin, Ireland May 2020. Travel expenses will be covered.
A thorough understanding of not-for-profit organizations and of the workings of professional societies, preferably scientific societies
Project management and problem-solving experience in varied and multi-cultural settings
Evidence of effective financial and administrative management skills
Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills
The ability to work with students and volunteer SETAC members with a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds
Ability to attract grants and funding appropriate for a scientific, not-for-profit organization, prepare applications for such funding, and report back to or maintain relationships with funding bodies as needed
Postgraduate qualifications in the environmental sciences
Experience in an international scientific organization or setting or a similar professional society
Multi-lingual skills (however, English is the official language of SETAC) and experience of working in other countries with different cultures and needs
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
SETAC’s mission is to support and facilitate the development of principles and practices for the protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.