Job Opportunity: Operations Manager for Marshall Islands with Okeanos

Okeanos Foundation for the Sea is hiring an Operations Manager for Marshall Islands. The Operations Manager is responsible for leading and managing the island organisation, following the Okeanos mission, standard rules and ethics, within their given contractual possibilities.

Okeanos Foundation for the Sea are expanding their activities to new locations in the South Pacific Islands region with the aim to establish a broad and reliable Vaka network for sustainable sea transportation.

For each new location, they need self-motivated, collaborative and proactive people with relevant skills and areas of expertise. All applicants should be familiar with the Vaka project and have appropriate sailing skills (depending on the individual job requirements as specified in the job description). Knowledge about Okeanos’ high standards of professional sailing, boat building and safety is imparted in the Okeanos Training Center in Auckland by the Vaka Operations Manager and other professional trainers.

Specific responsibilities

  • Represent Okeanos in dealing with government, administration and the public and establish relationships with island leadership and boat charter clients (including government, schools, NGOs and other public or private entities)
  • Identify and generate revenue proactively, in collaboration with Head of Operations and RMI shipping
  • Schedule all charters for the Vaka, and all necessary work activities in collaboration with the captains, e.g. maintenance
  • Ensure that all required safety standards of the canoe are adhered to
  • Ensure that vaka and crew performance and activities are of high standard, and align with Okeanos Foundation and Okeanos mission
  • Promote and message of Okeanos’ service for the community
  • Assist in the preparation of grant proposals
  • Responsible for overseeing fund raising activities
  • Responsible for all Vaka activity finances and reporting those financial statements to the Head of Finance within agreed upon timeframes
  • Identify and employ internal staff (where necessary), crew and captain for vaka operations on the island, the latter in close co-operation with Fleet Commander and Head of Operations
  • Supervise and discipline staff in collaboration with the captain and Fleet Commander
  • Secure a safe harbour for the vessel in collaboration with the captain
  • Provide regular reports including special charter, important news, trip reports, and the total of sales for the period
  • Dissemination of information and communication regarding vaka activities within Okeanos Foundation and Okeanos entity on the island and through social media
  • Communicate with colleagues in other islands, exchange experiences and offer assistance if needed or asked for, building solid networks between the islands
  • Responsible for ensuring all external reporting to various agencies is completed within regulated timeframes, including but not limited to, annual financial statements, tax returns, grant reporting etc.

Applicants must have open ocean sailing experience, professional and cooperative disposition, and be committed to working full time as part of team operating traditional sailing canoe equipped with photovoltaic panels and engines fueled by coconut biofuel.

Full time salaried positions include individualized training on Vaka Motu.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

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